Need to know
Six, including three suites.
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in is usually 4pm.
Double rooms from $188.24 (€153), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
Room rates usually include breakfast, a choice of a zero-mile buffet spread or à la carte menu. Expect freshly squeezed orange juice, bread from local bakers, home-made biscotti, fresh fruit (some from the hotel garden) and cold cuts of meat.
If you’re heading to the beach, let the hotel know roughly what time you expect to be back, as they’ll prepare refreshments for your return.
The hotel is closed from the 1 November until Easter each year.
At the hotel
Library, garden with several terraces, spa with hammam, gym/fitness studio and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: decorative fireplace, Maria Candida Gentile bath products and free bottled water.
Our favourite rooms
Every room has its own charm, but we’ve got a soft spot for the Torretta Suite. Split over two floors, it has a four-poster bed with white drapes, a regal chaise longue and a private terrace; it’s also one of the only rooms in the hotel with a wooden floor. Families will appreciate the Quad Room, which has two interconnecting bedrooms – one with a king-size bed, the other with twins.
The large pool is outside on the terrace, surrounded by fruit trees, fragrant shrubbery and slender cypresses. Sunloungers with parasols are arranged around the outside.
The spa is in what used to be the cellar, where freshly-picked olives were stored before being pressed into oil. Now, it’s home to a hammam, colour-changing shower, Jacuzzi and a fitness studio equipped with the latest Technogym equipment. There’s also a lounge area with a view of the garden – the perfect spot for your post-workout recovery.
Unless it's the height of summer, bring something to wrap up in while zipping around on a Vespa – things can get a little chilly at speed.
Don Totu’s historic character doesn’t allow for a lift, so it’s not really suitable for wheelchair users.
Children of all ages are welcome. An extra bed (€80 a night in low season; €100 in high season) can be added to one of each room type. A cot (free) can be added to most rooms, but numbers are limited, so be sure to ask when booking.