Sicily, Italy

Donna Coraly Resort

Rates from (inc tax)$247.41

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 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21EUR), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Heirloom estate


Flowerbeds and farmland

Mediterranean languor is as abundant as plump citrus fruit at Donna Coraly Resort, in the south east of Sicily, where Moorish-tiled and terrace-blessed suites are set in acres of fertile farmland. The rustic environs inspire fabulous feasts crafted from farm-fresh produce, and when you’re not busy eating (very) well, you can swim in the pool, take drinks on the veranda, play with the friendly resident dogs or visit historic hubs Syracuse and Ortigia. Or, just take sun-kissed country living in your unhurried stride… 

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Need to know


Five suites.


Noon, but flexible, on request. Earliest check-in, 3pm.


Double rooms from $247.41 (€227), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €2.00 per person per night on check-out.

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 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR250.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include a Continental breakfast buffet (with home-made cakes, bread, jam and marmalade, fresh fruit, eggs, locally sourced cheese and ham, yoghurt cereal, coffee and juice squeezed from the farm’s oranges) and an apéritif.


Come summer, piano recitals in the gardens and various food-themed festivities are planned. The minibar in your room may look a little bare – owner Lucia prefers to serve guests fresh drinks and snacks herself – but you only have to ask if you want a glass of wine, fresh orange juice, strong coffee or aperitivo.

Hotel closed

Annually from 1 November till Easter.

At the hotel

Farm, gardens, pavilion and covered veranda, free WiFi. In-room: Flatscreen TV, selection of books, minibar, bathrobe and slippers, Ortigia bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Suite Carmela is large and beautifully dressed – the bright-blue iron bedstead and blue-and-gold Moorish tiles dazzle against white walls; there’s also a little sitting room and a phenomenally well-stocked bathroom. Suite Angelica’s four-poster bed adds an extra hit of romance.


The unheated lap pool – the focal point of the immaculate gardens – has beachy sides to lounge on, and a smattering of white sunloungers. There’s little shade, but if it gets too hot you can retire to the pavilion a few steps away. Peckish? Wave over a member of staff and request a plate of tropical fruit and candied orange peel or a chilled glass of local wine.

Packing tips

Bring your trusty flip-flops or perhaps even a pair of jellies – the pool sides can overheat in the sun. An Italian phrasebook might come in handy (not all the staff speak English), and consider some scuffed-up footwear for farmyard rambles.


The working farm next door is lovely to wander around. Pick windfall oranges from the groves, get acquainted with the resident goats or, if you’ve picked up a few words of Italian, chat to the farmers.


Small dogs can stay free; however, they’ll have to play nicely with the three resident hounds. See more pet-friendly hotels in Sicily.


There’s lots for children to love here, but grown-ups may love the peace and quiet a little more.


Suites have been designed to be as energy efficient as possible. Solar panels heat the hotel’s water, and the owner is dedicated to zero-kilometre food: fruit and veg are grown in the gardens and surrounding farmland, cheese and extra-virgin olive oil are made onsite, and everything else comes from producers nearby.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Sit close to the restaurant windows for restive pastoral views, or sip wine curled up in the cushioned cane loungers on the veranda – the dogs might trot up to say hello.

Dress Code

Glamorously <i>dolce far niente</i>.

Hotel restaurant

The window-walled restaurant overlooks the courtyard gardens; in summer, they’re opened to let in the sunshine, gentle breezes and a heady floral scent. In cooler months, a heater keeps guests comfy. The hotel’s acres of fertile farmland and well-tended gardens are abundantly fruitful, and chef Giuseppe crafts zero-kilometre produce into tempting menus. Dishes change daily, depending on what’s been harvested that morning: expect modern takes on typical Sicilian fare, such as pasta alla Norma (with eggplant, tomato and salted ricotta), Ionian-netted swordfish and gamberoni, and citrus-infused desserts. There’s a lavishly tiled breakfast room in the main building, but it’s only in use when the weather’s especially chilly.

Hotel bar

There’s no particular bar area; tipples can be taken in the gardens, on your suite’s terrace or in your room. Come sundown, aperitivi are ferried out to the veranda.

Last orders

Breakfast from 8am–11am; lunch from 1pm–3pm; and dine from 8pm–10pm. However, with a maximum of 10 pampered guests at any time, the resort is fabulously flexible: late breakfasts – and later nights – are no problem.

Room service

Dishes the chef’s rustled up using that day’s farm goodies can be served in your suite. If you ask nicely the night before, a member of staff will whisk breakfast goodies to your door come morning.


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Donna Coraly Resort
Contrada San Michele


Catania Fontanarossa, roughly an hour’s drive from the resort, is the nearest airport. From the UK, fly direct with British Airways, or connect via Rome Fiumicino and Milan Linate with Alitalia. Flights from the US are via London or Dublin, and flights across the Pacific connect via Abu Dhabi or Rome. The hotel can arrange one-way transfers with a local taxi firm for €70–90, or €250 for an eight-seater minivan.


On-site lazing is encouraged, but you may want to hit the road to see the region’s beaches, timeless country tableaux and Syracuse’s ancient treasures. There are car-hire booths at Catania Airport, and parking is free at the hotel; take care when edging your rental along the unpaved country lane that leads to the hotel.

Worth getting out of bed for

The province of Syracuse is lapped by the Ionian Sea on Sicily’s south-east coast. It’s largely patchwork fields planted with vines and groves, surveyed by crumbling villas, but the ancient Grecian remnants add historic intrigue to the area, and it has beaches worth packing your bikini for. Arenella beach – a sheltered inlet with calm waters and a bank of parasol-shaded loungers – is a 10-minute drive away (it’s closer to some resorts, so it can get crowded). Port town Syracuse, a 25-minute drive from the hotel, is a hub of ancient Greek grandeur and Roman decadence in a cosmopolitan setting. Old Town Ortigia’s origin story is rather bizarre: it was allegedly formed when the goddess Asteria turned herself into a quail to flee Zeus’ amorous advances, then leapt into the sea and transformed into an island – naturally. (The fountain of Aretusa has a sculpture depicting the event if you’re curious.) Despite inauspicious beginnings, Ortigia is historic and handsome, famed as the birthplace of math-whizz Archimedes, and home to the ruined Temple of Apollo, piazzas filled with grand follies (the Fountain of Diana on Piazza Archimede, the acanthus-leaf-studded cathedral in Piazza del Duomo) and a rare Caravaggio (The Burial of Saint Lucy) in the Santa Lucia alla Badia church. Between the ancient landmarks are cafés, osterias and upmarket boutiques (MaxMara and Marella womenswear), and sea views from the harbour. Inland, morbid kicks can be had in the Roman Catacombs of St John (+39 93 166 571), and there’s a well-preserved amphitheatre in the Neapolis Archaeological Park (+39 93 166 206) where it’s rumored that teens gather after dark for full-moon parties. Further north lies the Ear of Dionysius, a limestone cave that looks sort of like the godly appendage if you squint. Fshing village Marzamemi, an hour's drive south of the resort, dates back to the 10th century and has enough history (and excellent fish restaurants) to warrant a day trip; if you want to scale Etna, it's an hour's drive away – be sure to pack sturdy footwear.

Local restaurants

Sicilian dining – influenced by a rich agricultural heritage and gastronomically inventive invaders (French, Arabic, Greek) – has a strong regional identity that differentiates it from that of mainland Italy. Fish is a staple, pizza has a thick crust, and oranges and almonds – and liberal amounts of sugar – make dessert the most anticipated course (well hello, cannoli and cassata). Palazzo-set Regina Lucia (+39 93 122 509) in Piazza Duomo is a grand setting for sampling seafood and home-made pasta (there’s an in-house cannoleria if you want to take a box home). Find excellent antipasto and a modern menu at Oinos on Via della Giudecca (+39 93 146 4900), and the sea urchin- and cuttlefish-laced dishes at Ristorante Don Camillo (+39 93 167 133) and Apollonion Osteria da Carlo reels in gourmets with excellent fish dishes and a reasonably priced set menu – as long as you’re not too squeamish about its freshly-caught decor. Tucked-away trattoria Dionisio on Via Claudio Maria Arezzo (+39 093 124 679) serves melanzane mille-feuille and other restyled traditional dishes. Further out, Ragusa comune, roughly a 90-minute drive inland from the resort, is noted for celebrated chef Ciccio Sultano; dine at his Ristorante Duomo (+39 93 265 1265) and you'll see why.

Local cafés

Caseificio Borderi is a renowned deli and cafe, its well-deserved reputation earned by its home-made cheeses, generously stuffed paninis and sharing boards. 

Local bars

Sicily’s social scene revolves around aperitivi and clinking wine glasses late into the night. Monzù, just around the corner from the cathedral, has a lemon-tree-flanked terrace and flavourful house liqueurs to sip (+39 95 836 0485).


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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 estate-set hotel in Syracuse and unpacked their bottles of EVO (extra-virgin olive-oil) and majolica curios, a full account of their luxury country break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick postcard from Donna Coraly Resort in Sicily…

This beautiful Sicilian stay, built around a 13th-century fort amid orange groves and artichoke fields on the San Michele estate, stands head and shoulders above other resorts on the south-east coast. It’s sun-bleached and attractively weathered, Neapolitan-ice-cream-hued and – aside from some warbly songbirds (AM) and amorous crickets (PM) – whisper quiet. On arrival, cheerful and immaculately coiffed Milanese owner Lucia (granddaughter of formidable aristo, socialite and women’s rights activist Donna Coraly Grande Sinatra) was waiting by the gate to greet me. Plane-weary, I looked a little like a ‘down on my luck’ backpacker by comparison, but Lucia graciously ushered me into a lushly planted, perfumed courtyard bedecked with sylphlike palms and in-bloom rosebushes. Each suite (there are five in total) has a semi-private garden with a stone path leading to a softly lit terrace. Interiors deftly showcase character and serenity, and Moorish and Med design: a peacock-blue iron bed frame and tiling in gold and lapis lazuli enliven white walls. If your toilette’s diminished by the 100-millilitre rule, the bathroom’s a cornucopia of hotel minis: the Etnian-stone counter is lined with Marvis toothpaste, beaded pots with razors and shaving foam, make-up pads, cotton doodads and nail files. The food is incredibly good too: alongside freshly squeezed OJ, this fertile region has extra-virgin olive oil and Nero d’Avola wine running through its veins; and locavores are in luck: you can trace the lineage of the restaurant’s ingredients to within a five-minute walk of your room. At the end of the resort’s cacti-and-palm-edged park, planters overflow with fat bean pods, lascivious strawberries, giant frilly cabbages and more. 


The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Donna Coraly Resort ’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The service was second to none, and the standard of the accommodation was exceptional. There's a great local beach club, a visit to which can be arranged for you by the hotel.

Don’t expect

24-hour room service.


Stayed on 18 Sep 2016

We loved

We happened upon the Donna Coraly Resort after weeks of research into hotels in Sicily and couldn't find one that we could either afford or would make me cry! And then Smith recommended this new resort to us, and from the very first moment of booking until the last day of our holiday we could not find fault with it. To say it exceeded all our expectations is not said lightly. The restoration and redecoration has all been done with love, extraordinary attention to detail and a great deal of inspiration. And the jewel in the crown is the owner Lucia, whose only aspiration is to make sure simply everything about your stay is perfect. Nothing is too much trouble. One day our google map wasn't working, and rather than have us miss out on our excursion, Lucia had one of the waiters jump into her car so we could follow him to where we needed to go. That is way and beyond the call of duty. Every evening there was something delicious for her guests to eat and drink on the terrace before dinner, which is a lovely treat, and then it was just a couple of steps to the restaurant. If anything, the resort made us too lazy - there is wonderful sightseeing in the area and Lucia organised a great guide for us in Syracuse to help us try and penetrate its many layers of history, and then dinner in a beautiful restaurant overlooking the floodlit cathedral square. The bathrooms are overflowing with wonderful treats from Ortigia and there are three different types of pillows for each person and their particular preferences. The linen is of the highest quality and changed every day. Each suite has its own little garden terrace and the silence is golden. It is not a case of if we will return, but when.

Don’t expect

Don't expect a buzzy bar and lots of people. The hotel only has 7 suites. You need to drive to the beach but it is easy to have a car delivered to the hotel for very little extra cost and the nearest beach is only 10 minutes away.


Stayed on 10 Sep 2016

We loved

The privacy, the beautiful gardens and pool, but above it was Lucia the owner that made our stay so wonderful. Lucia could not have done more to help us when asked, whether it was car hire, a restaurant booking, or advice on the area. We had dinner at the hotel on two nights and ate out on the third on Lucia's recommendation, all excellent. There are only five rooms and all have attention to detail for the traveller, from the Ortigia bath products sourced in Sicily bottled in Florence, to the books by your bedside on local areas of note. A very special place to stay. 

Don’t expect

It meets all expectations and beyond.


Stayed on 7 Jul 2016

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