reviewer rawan hadid
Sicily is truly the heart of the Mediterranean – the food: figs, oranges, olives, pistachios, wine and cheese. The people couldn’t be more archetypal. We weren’t visiting the Sicily of the American Mafioso imagination, but the Sicily of Arab-Catalan architecture and Southern Italian charm. On this nine day trip, we stayed at several hotels and two farm hotels. Monaci Delle Terre Nerre was one of the farms.
hotel name & website: Monaci Delle Terre Nerre
who: Me & My Hubby
why: Tour of Sicily
when: June 2014
stay: This hotel was purchased and lovingly restored from it’s decaying glory as a former monastery by architects and the love is in all the details. We only stayed one night en route from Taormina to Modica (it was all they had available during our dates) but we spent a lot of time on the property and on the slopes of Etna. The building itself maintains a lot of historic charm. The renovation preserved the integrity of the estate, retaining many details including the olive press used by monks hundreds of years ago.
location: a boutique country hotel set amidst a Sicilian Estate on the foothills of Mount Etna. This Sicilian retreat is small and discreet, and offers stunning views of both Etna and the Mediterranean, set among orchards and a taste of true country life in a refined setting. It offers an easy journey both to the top of Etna and to coastal cities in either direction: Taormina and Siracusa are both a short drive away.
rooms: We stayed in one of the double superior rooms in the old barn. They were alright but if you are staying here I would recommend shelling out a little more and staying in the main building - those rooms seems significantly nicer.
pool/gym/beach status: There is a pool in the garden - beaches can be driven to, and why would you go to the Gym in the Sicilian country side? Get your priorities together and focus on fresh mountain air and the mouth watering offerings of the farm to table restaurant.
food situation (mini bar, breakfast, restaurant): The breakfast, while not the best we had in Sicily was still delightful. Everything served at breakfast and dinner is from the farm itself and is exquisite. Breakfast is served outdoors.
bar: There is a bar in the lobby and they offer a super cute aperitivo daily where guests can mingle.
data (wifi?): Lobby only
vibes: Elegant industrial meets rustic farmhouse
kiddie agreeable: yes.
specialty: Disconnect in style.
price scale: A little high for the basic rooms which is why I think it's worth paying a little more for the suites or deluxe rooms in the main building.