Situated at the edge of the spectacular Isola di Capo Rizzuto marine reserve, this resort occupies a series of whitewashed villas and is surrounded by immaculately tended gardens. At the heart of the property is a swimming pool shaded by umbrella pines and flanked by a casual restaurant and bar. The hotel also houses Michelin-starred, dinner-only Pietramare Natural Food, one of the best restaurants in the region, which serves traditional Calabrian dishes, prepared with a contemporary twist. The excellent wine list showcases bottles by little-known vintners in the region. The 30 guest accommodations are appointed with wood carvings, painted terra-cotta tile floors and wrought-iron accents, all handcrafted by local artisans. Chic Elegance Suites also feature beamed cathedral ceilings, striking contemporary art and spacious terraces with private Jacuzzis. Other hotel amenities include a spa treatment room and a residents-only beach club, set on a lovely stretch of pale sand, that encompasses another bar and restaurant. This is an excellent base from which to explore the ancient Greek archaeological sites in the area, including the fifth-century B.C. temple of Hera Lacinia at Capo Colonna. The property does not permit children under the age of 12.
Lowest Rate: Patio Room, $280; Editor's Choice: Elegance Suite, $430.
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