Sicily, Italy

Dimora delle Balze

Rates per night from$465.46

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR396.04), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Terracotta treasure

Setting

Columns and carob trees

A 19th-century masseria, Dimora delle Balze is a Sicilian sensation of stonework, terracotta and local flavour. Historical elements pop up throughout the space, including in the restored courtyards and terraces lined with ancient columns, with columns setting the scene by the breakfast terrace. Each of the 11 rooms is named for a work by a Sicilian artist and set in immaculately restored buildings across the property. Many rooms have terraces facing the 27-hectare estate of gardens, orchards and the rolling green hills beyond the hotel that make up the Unesco-recognised Val di Noto. Many guests barely stray from the grounds, but if you've got a car, the hotel's only a 35-minute drive from Noto’s Baroque city centre.

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Dinner for two with a bottle of Sicilian wine.

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

Eleven, including one suite.

Check–Out

10.30am. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $465.46 (€396), excluding tax at 1 per cent.

More details

Rates include a Continental buffet breakfast, with meats and cheeses, as well as fruit from the hotel garden.

Also

The rolling grounds include fragrant lemon orchards with blossoming jasmine, and a garden that supplies vegetables for the kitchen.

Hotel closed

From 31 October 31 until 25 March.

At the hotel

Farm, gardens, gym, free WiFi. In-room: flatscreen TV, air-conditioning, minibar, custom bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Each room is named for a work of Sicilian art, with a unique story and design. Many have restored frescoes and most have terraces or gardens. Clandestini, named for works by Giovanni Iudice, sits atop the tower, with prime valley views and a small balcony. L'Annunciata, named for a painting by Antonello da Messina, is the most romantic space, with a crystal chandelier and a spacious terrace.

Poolside

The heated saltwater pool is flanked by sunloungers and comfortable overstuffed lounge chairs.

Packing tips

Bring Sicilian books: the hotel’s focus on local artists and writers is inspiring.

Also

The common areas are wheelchair-accessible, and there is one dedicated room for wheelchair access, with wider passages and a roll-in shower.

Children

Little Smiths are welcome to join – extra beds (€80 a night for children four-and-up, free for under-fours) and baby cots can be added to some rooms; the serene setting and lack of activities make this best as an adults-only escape.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Take a table outside for a meal with a view.

Dress Code

Loose linens are perfect for the relaxed setting.

Hotel restaurant

Set beneath a pergola in the Limonaia area overlooking verdant fields, the pool bar and lounge is open throughout the day, serving modern Sicilian dishes, with many ingredients coming straight from the property’s organic gardens for cold salads and seasonal specials.

Hotel bar

The laidback bar has a fantastic selection of Sicilian and Italian wines, and staff mix classic cocktails, including refreshing spritzes.

Last orders

The lounge is open from 10am to 11pm each day; breakfast is served from 7.30 to 10.30 each morning.

Location

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Address
Dimora delle Balze
SS287, 96017 Noto SR, Italy
Noto
96017
Italy

Planes

Catania Fontanarossa is about an hour’s drive from the hotel, with direct flights from London, and connections from far-flung cities through Rome and Milan. Smith24 can arrange flight bookings and hotel transfers.

Trains

Syracuse is the nearest train station, a 30-minute drive from the hotel. The station connects the region to cities throughout Sicily, with further-flung service to Milan, Rome and Venice.

Automobiles

A car is recommended for anyone who’d like to explore the island. The hotel has free on-site parking.

Worth getting out of bed for

Settle in by the saltwater pool to relax and enjoy the orange-scented breezes and Sicilian sun. The fragrant orchard and well-restored courtyards are worth exploring as well. The hotel is nicely situated to visit the Baroque buildings of Noto and the Greek and Roman ruins of Syracuse, both of which earn Unesco status. Stroll Corso Vittorio Emanuele in Noto for postcard-worthy architecture, most of which dates to the early 1700s, after a massive earthquake levelled the town. Get an early start for Syracuse to see the locals stock up on local tomatoes and seafood at the morning market on Ortigia (daily, except Sunday), then explore the Greek Theatre, the Roman Amphitheatre and the many ornate churches and basilicas that stud the town. The beaches along the Ionian coast are known as the island’s best, with warm, tranquil waters and soft sands. Fontane Bianche is prime among options, with snack bars for those looking to spend the day. An hour south of the hotel, the Vendicari Nature Reserve is a secluded spot for hiking and swimming. Migratory birds, including storks, flamingos and cranes love it too, and make it a year-round paradise for spotting colourful birds. About two hours north of the hotel, Mount Etna is Europe's largest active volcano, and one of Sicily's most prominent landmarks. EtnAround offers jeep tours and hikes to the summit, or to the most recent eruption sites.

Local restaurants

The hotel’s blissfully bucolic location means that there are no restaurants in the immediate vicinity. A 20-minute drive west of the hotel, Ristorante Andrea, in Palazzolo Acreide, prepares Italian food using ingredients from the chef's organic garden, including local pistachios and lemons, carob cream and fresh-caught fish. After a day at the beach, head for dinner in Avola at Domus, feet from the Ionian Coast. The restaurant utilises seafood from the nearby waters for crudo, risotto, pasta and grilled seafood platters. Finish with lemon gelato. If heading to Noto, plan to eat at Manna, a chic restaurant focused on Mediterranean dishes with exceptional Sicilian wine.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

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 Italian manor house hotel in Val di Noto and unpacked their sun hats and sandals, a full account of their country break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Dimora delle Balze in Sicily…

A serene, sunbleached estate tucked into 27 hectares of gardens and fragrant orchards, Dimora delle Balze is the kind of place that lets guests make believe they are Sicilian natives. Set near Noto, on the south-eastern part of the island, the restored 19th-century masseria is a tribute to Sicilian history and culture. Each of the 11 rooms is named for a Sicilian work of art by a native Sicilian, and is decorated to show off the building’s heritage, with locally built wood furniture, local pottery, and bright accents, including Moroccan tiles and velvet armchairs. Many of the rooms have terraces that are ideal for enjoying jasmine-fragranced breezes and views of the Unesco-protected valley. Meals utilise ingredients from the site gardens, including local fruit for breakfast with house pastries. Laze away the fortifying meal by the saltwater pool, within view of citrus trees best taken in from overstuffed lounge chairs. It’s enough to turn any visitor Sicilian.

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