Adler Spa Resort Sicilia’s location in the Torre Salsa nature reserve near Siculiana has a lot to answer for: not only has it been the cue for environmentally kind choices (sustainable building materials, low-profile architecture, nature-inspired decor), but it also sets a restful mood… This luxe clifftop stay is a tale of two tempos: slow down with quiet time by the pool, an indulgent spa treatment or leisurely feast of estate-grown produce; or up the pace with a bike ride into the countryside or coastal hikes to make the heart soar; the reserve’s sandy beach is only a wander away, too.
11am; earliest check-in, 3pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability.
Double rooms from £240.51 (€279), including tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €5.00 per person per night on check-out.
Rates include buffet breakfast and a three-course evening meal excluding drinks.
The resort has some wheelchair adapted rooms and there are lifts in communal areas (including to the indoor pool). All buildings are linked by wheelchair-friendly ramps.
From 7 January to 22 February 2024.
At the hotel
Spa, fitness club, free activities daily including yoga; bikes to borrow; underground car park; free WiFi. In rooms: smart TV, minibar, free tea and coffee, Adler bath products.
Our favourite rooms
Low-lying, single-storey blocks of junior and family suites are dotted around the lawned estate – some nearer the restaurant, others nearer the spa – but all with private terraces where you can soak up the serene Sicilian scenery. Whether you opt for a junior or family suite is entirely a question of headcount.
An assortment of dips is on offer with Adler Spa Resort Sicilia’s choice of pools: there’s the 25-metre-long sports pool on its own sun terrace; at the spa, you’ll find heated saline pools indoors and out, plus a thalasso thermal pool with a view.
Where the grounds slope towards the Mediterranean, you’ll find a timbered, glass-walled complex that’s home to spa cabins with sea views, a light-filled relaxation lounge, Finnish and bio saunas, as well as a steam room and a trio of pools (indoor, outdoor and thalasso). The decor is in keeping with the calm, contemporary spec you’ll find in your room, with an emphasis on clean lines, natural materials and making the most of the spa’s panoramic setting. Join a class at the resort’s fitness studios or work out with Technogym equipment; then slow the pace with a spa treatment or two, including options for couples and sun worshippers, plus spa bundles tailored for Mr Smiths. Adler’s bespoke spa lotions are infused with island-sourced organic ingredients such as sea salt, algae and orange extract – all the better to scrub, pummel, soothe and restore you once you’ve decided on your preferred body or facial therapy. And once you’ve buffed up and zoned out, you can make an appointment at Adler’s hair salon, too.
An estate of standalone buildings linked by walkways, Adler Spa Resort Sicilia is a hotel that calls for wafting: arrive with kaftans, loose linen separates, statement-print cover-ups and hardy slides to take you from room to spa to pool.
As well as free yoga classes daily, there are free guided hikes and bike tours each week.
There’s good provision for little Smiths – two-bedroom family suites; a kids’ club for over-fours and options for babysitting – but the peaceful atmosphere and emphasis on wellness means the resort is better suited to couples.
Eco-minded measures are all around you at Adler Spa Resort Sicily – in the walls (made of humidity-tempering air-dried Sicilian clay), in the opus signinum floors (containing upcycled crushed bricks and mortar) and in its cladding (volcanic rock from Etna’s foothills). The cedarwood used throughout is sustainable and in keeping with the surrounding landscape. The hotel’s low-profile architecture is designed to respect its setting beside the Torre Salsa natural reserve. To reduce carbon emissions, cutting-edge heat pumps recover and redistribute energy around the resort; LED lights work on sensors and the hotel has solar panels. To get around, you can hire hybrid or electric cars in resort, and the hotel’s beach shuttle is fully electric. Waste water and collected rainwater are used around the grounds; there are recycling and composting systems in place and you won’t find any single-use plastic in the resort.
Next to the window at the main restaurant; all tables alfresco at the osteria entice equally.
Covered-up beachwear is fine for lunch at the osteria; dinner at the seaview restaurant calls for a touch of glamour, which you’re free to interpret as meaning sundresses, smart separates or merely the addition of some statement jewellery.
Sicilian produce stars at the resort’s restaurant and osteria, both of which showcase herbs, fruit and veg grown in the grounds, as well as island-reared meat and seafood caught locally. The Seaview Restaurant is in a two-storey glass-walled space that’s light-filled and open plan with linen-topped round tables, potted plants and an ornamental pool outdoors dotted with candle lanterns: it’s open for breakfast (a buffet affair of fresh fruit, juices, cereal and pastries) and dinner, featuring refined Sicilian plates (rack of lamb, Mediterranean amberjack) that are matched in class by Mediterranean views; an Italian-skewed wine list includes biodynamic vintages from Adler’s Tuscan winery. For a casual lunch alfresco at wooden tables, the Osteria serves seasonal salads, pizza and pasta. You can pick up light bites such as caesar salad or a club sandwich at the Sunset Bar, too.
Adler Spa Resort Sicilia’s drinking hole is the Sunset Bar – an all-day bar overlooking the Capobianco coastline, open 11am until midnight. The cocktails are island-themed – Sicilian Spritz, Etna Mule and an Adler G&T with orange and Mediterranean tonic – and the music is live on most evenings in summer.
At the seaview restaurant, breakfast is served 7.30am–11pm; dinner, 7.30pm–9.30pm. Osteria is open for lunch, 12.30pm–3pm; after that, a smaller menu of salads and sandwiches is available until 5.30pm.
You can order breakfast to your room between 7.30am and 11am.
Adler Spa Resort Sicilia is on the clifftops near Siculiana on Sicily’s south coast, neighbouring the Torre Salsa natural reserve and 30 minutes north of Agrigento.
Palermo and Trapani are the nearest airports, both less than two hours away by road; the hotel can arrange private transfers (from €190 each way). Catania airport is a two-and-a-half-hours drive from the hotel, with private transfers available from €220 each way.
The hotel has an underground car park with charging stations for electric vehicles; free valet parking is available.
You can hire electric or hybrid vehicles from the hotel, which also has bikes and e-bikes to borrow. An electric shuttle will take you to/from the beach, which is just a short walk over the sand dunes.
Worth getting out of bed for
Torre Salsa natural reserve is on your doorstep – named for an ancient watchtower whose rocky ruins still grace the cliff south of the hotel, and protected for its sealife-rich clear waters and the diversity of plants and wildlife that make this chalky scrubland their home. The resort can arrange kayaking, canoeing or SUP; go horse riding on the beach, or ask about e-bike tours. Further afield, you’ll find rich pickings for days out around the hilltop city of Agrigento, a 30-minute drive south of Siculiana. In the city itself, Via Atenea is Agrigento’s main artery, lined with shops and trattorie. Greek temple ruins dot the surrounding countryside and an archeological museum on the city’s outskirts documents the settlement’s Grecian heritage. Just along the coast you’ll find much-photographed Scala dei Turchi (stairs of the Turks) – a striking stepped cliff of stratified chalk embracing a sandy cove.
There’s a wealth of culinary standouts along this stretch of the coast… Just inland in Montallegro, Ristorante Capitolo Primo is where chef Damiano Ferraro whips up innovative variations on Italian staples such as cuttlefish and black rice arancini, and veal-and-sage-stuffed gnocchi, and the flavours match the presentation for finesse. Starred Milan restaurant Locanda Perbellini has an Al Mare outpost in Sicily at Bovo Marina: the clean lines and mood-setting downlighters of its contemporary dining room are eclipsed by stellar sea views through floor-to-ceiling windows and a menu of precisely tweezered plates including Iberian suckling pig with caramelised endives, shellfish lasagne and beef with béarnaise mousse and fondant potato. A 19th-century palazzo in Agrigento is the setting for Sicilian chef Vincenzo Santalucia’s artfully refined plates of gnocchi with shrimp and artichoke, beef carpaccio and pumpkin tortelloni at La Scala, accompanied by an oenophile-pleasing choice of Italian wines (many of which are Sicilian). Also in Agrigento, Il Re di Girgenti is a flamboyantly dressed first-floor dining room and terrace with views over the sun-baked countryside; this is a place to taste lesser-known Mediterranean fish such as croaker and amberjack, alongside beautifully presented plates of cod with tomatoes, olives and capers or pork tenderloin with pumpkin puree.
Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this coastal hotel in southern Sicily and unpacked their obsidian jewellery and nero d’avola wines, a full account of their coastal break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Adler Spa Resort Sicilia in Siculiana…
Siculiana is a place to go wild: not in the hedonist sense (we’ll leave that to the island’s manicured lidos) but in its unspoilt location beside the Torre Salsa nature reserve, where a sandy beach – uncluttered by cafés – is backed by grass-tufted hummocks and breeze-tickled cliffs. It’s a fittingly back-to-nature setting for Adler’s newest island outpost, Adler Spa Resort Sicilia. This eco spa stay of simply dressed contemporary suites was born to soothe: keeping a low profile on the cliffs, it consists of farm-to-table restaurants, well-spaced clusters of contemporary suites and a comprehensive spa, all united by calm-inducing sea vistas. Wellness is the focus here, evident in the choice of pools and saunas and state-of-the-art gym, and a raft of fitness classes and daily yoga sessions – but you’ll want to intersperse activities with spells by the pool or relaxing on your private terrace. There are 15 spa cabins available for treatments including volcanic scrubs, ayurvedic therapies, facials and massages. The resort’s rugged setting has plenty to tempt you outdoors, too: a sandy public beach on your doorstep; bikes free to borrow when you fancy a foray into the countryside, plus guided hikes and bike rides are yours to dip into as you please – after all, you wouldn’t want to go too wild…