Rising from the Mediterranean off the northeastern coast of Sicily, the Aeolian Islands lure discerning international travelers because they remain so unspoiled and authentic. Their appeal has now been boosted by the arrival of several stylish and very comfortable hotels. Our writer visited three such properties on two islands, Stromboli and Salina, and came away with two recommendations.
Set on a beautiful working 15-acre cliffside estate amid vineyards, this hotel is spread out across the property in low buildings that offer spectacular sweeping vistas of the sparkling Tyrrhenian Sea. The 27 guest accommodations feature rustic but comfortable furnishings, a color palette of taupe and stone gray, and private terraces with Aeolian-style columns that look out over the vineyards and the Capofaro lighthouse beyond. The excellent Michelin-starred restaurant, run by chef Ludovico De Vivo, serves sophisticated but unfussy contemporary Sicilian dishes. Other amenities include a small garden spa, a freshwater swimming pool and a paddle tennis court.
From the editor: “One way or another, we’ll be back, because this is an exceptionally charming, distinctive and relaxing hotel.”
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Located in the delightful village of Malfa, this distinctive family-owned hotel set beneath an extinct volcano overlooks the sea. The 30 individually decorated guest rooms, each named after a local plant, are distributed among several stone houses surrounded by terraced gardens and orchards. All air-conditioned lodgings come with patterned tiled floors and a mix of antique and contemporary furniture. Specifically request Suite No. 26, which is augmented by a private front porch, a side porch furnished with heavy wicker armchairs, and a small balcony off the spacious main bedroom. Overseen by chef Martina Caruso, the Michelin-starred restaurant serves a regularly changing menu of updated Sicilian cooking on an open-air patio or in a charming dining room.
From the editor: “Hotel Signum is a place where we would happily have stayed for a week.”
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