Need to know
Twenty-one rooms, including eight suites.
11am, but later can be arranged, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $157.49 (€136), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
Room rates include a buffet breakfast.
Have the hotel arrange an hour-long wine tasting for €40 a person, or go all out with a cooking course (€95 a person) taught by the hotel's chef; you'll prepare and eat two courses, sip on coffee, and enjoy wine chosen by the hotel's sommelier.
At the hotel
A 40-acre farm, library and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: air conditioning, minibar and artisanal olive-oil bath products.
Our favourite rooms
Housed in a quiet 18th-century building, Suite Dependance Minerale has a beamed ceiling and dramatic lava stone walls. It’s in the old wine press, giving it lashings of rustic charm, a unique split-level layout and sweeping views over the vineyards. Seclusion and style are found in Dependance Queen Fiore, a sprawling suite set in an eco-friendly building in the hotel's grounds. We love its mod four-poster, from which you can spy the sea through large windows. Double Superior Frutatto’s floor-to-ceiling windows with garden views; fresco-style, powder blue walls; and exposed wooden beams make it homely and authentic enough to make you feel like a bona fide paisan.
The hotel has an unheated, outdoor black lava-stone pool with an infinity edge, overlooking the Sicilian countryside,
Volcanic rock murders inappropriate footwear, so be sure to bring hiking boots with a strong constitution; and clear a bottle-shaped space in your luggage for a bottle of Uranaci wine, a bold blend of Nerello Mascalase and grenache grapes, produced onsite.
Yoga classes, and wine and olive-oil tasting (must be booked a day in advance) are offered onsite.
Dogs – a maximum of two a room – are welcome by arrangement for €35 each a night (assuming resident hound, Rachi, doesn’t object). Just let the hotel know when booking. See more pet-friendly hotels in Sicily.
Welcome, but amusements are scant at the villa (just a small playground). The Suite Fresco is best suited to families; it can fit a baby cot (free), an extra child's bed for children up to nine years old (€35 a night), or an adult bed (€60 a night).
Impressively so; half of the hotel’s energy is from renewable sources. Owner Guido’s ‘zero-kilometre’ food philosophy favours home-grown and locally sourced ingredients (guests dine on produce from the 40-acre farm on site); and recycled and reclaimed furnishings, solar panels and chemical-free paints and plaster are just some of the villa’s clever eco elements.