Salina, Italy

Principe di Salina

Rates from (ex tax)$150.48

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 (EUR140.80), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Sun-bleached coastal casa

Setting

Between two volcanoes

Set in the fertile foothills of one of Italy’s evergreen islands, Principe Di Salina is a dazzling-white boutique hotel in the Aeolian archipelago. The whitewashed interiors are reminiscent of a Greek getaway, but don’t be fooled, it’s all-Italian here. Enjoy fine local fare in the ristorante della casa, which uses only the freshest catches of the day and spoils from the island’s rich volcanic soils. Sip fruit juices and smoothies by the infinity pool, and if you like things steamy, the heated spa bath soothes, relaxes and lulls you to sleep; not that you’ll need help catching some ‘z’s with the hotel’s super-soft beds and feather-light pillows – more than all white for the night.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

12.

Check–Out

11am. Earliest check-in, 2pm; both flexible, subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $150.48 (€128), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

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 (EUR128.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include a buffet or à la carte breakfast.

Hotel closed

The hotel is closed from the end of October till the beginning of April.

At the hotel

Living room with a library, computer and fireplace, and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, air-conditioning and a minibar.

Our favourite rooms

Inside, all rooms are fairly similar with whitewashed walls, bright-white furnishings and marine-blue accents dotted throughout, so choose your room based on the view: the top-floor Superior Rooms have guaranteed ocean views, or opt for one of the Cosy Rooms which overlook the hotel’s garden, where the grass is always greener.

Poolside

After catching a few rays in the solarium or out on the deck, cool down with a dip in the large ocean-facing infinity pool. Or, watch the sun set from the spa tub, which is a soothing 40 degrees and fed by a natural spring 80 metres below the hotel. The mineral-rich waters are proven to help ease muscle pain and and boost circulation.

Packing tips

Channel the hotel’s Aeolian-inspired interiors with flowing white gowns that’ll billow in the sea-breeze and ocean-blue trunks for lazy days by the pool.

Also

All floors are accessible via a lift and two of the Superior Rooms are specially-adapted for disabled guests.

Children

Kids of all ages are welcome, but the hotel can only accommodate two tots at a time, so book well in advance. The restaurant has a highchair and the chef is happy to adapt the evening menu and heat up baby food.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Sit centrally if you’re feeling social, or keep your back to the wall to enjoy the views out the open windows.

Dress Code

Go for elegantly understated pieces brightened with bold accessories.

Hotel restaurant

Feast on fresh island fare at the ristorante della casa. Enjoy light lunches and family-style Sicilian dinners around the large white, wooden table decorated with bouquets of blossoming flowers, slender candles and colourfully hand-painted earthenware. Variety is the spice of island life, as the menu here changes daily (and makes liberal use of the local seasonings), but you’re likely to dine on plenty of fresh fish from the morning markets and the island’s array of fruit and veg – proper Italian food. 

Hotel bar

Start the day with a real Italian espresso in the terrace bar, then return later for something even stronger – maybe a pre-dinner apéritif or a nightcap. The bar by the pool offers cocktails and fresh juices to cool off with in the day. 

Last orders

Breakfast is served 7.30am to 10.30am, lunch is from 12 noon till 3pm and dinner is served 8pm till 10pm. The juice bar by the pool is open 12 noon till 8pm and the main bar is open from 7am to 12 noon, and in the evening from 8pm till midnight.

Room service

Order from the restaurant menu and dine in your room during the restaurant opening hours; you can also request cocktails when the bar is open.

Location

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Address
Principe di Salina
Via Nazionale 3
Malfa
98050
Malfa
Italy

Planes

Fly direct to Catania Airport in Sicily then catch a taxi to the port of Milazzo, less than two hours’ drive away. From there, regular ferries cross to Santa Marina port on Salina. From the port it’s a 30-minute drive along the coast to the hotel. Call our Smith24 team to arrange all your travel – the planes, boats and automobiles.

Automobiles

Salina is only a small island and it’s easy to find a taxi, so you won’t need your own car here. However, if you do want your own set of wheels, our Smith24 team can arrange a hire car for you to pick up at the port and hotel has free on-site parking.

Other

Ferries run regularly between Milazzo and Santa Marina port in Salina; the journey takes roughly 90 minutes. Alternatively, you can arrive in style in a private speedboat; whatever your choice, our Smith24 team of travel experts are on hand to arrange your voyage.

Worth getting out of bed for

Although most of the island’s beaches are pebbly, they’re well worth a visit to swim and snorkel in the crystal-blue waters. Pollar beach was the backdrop for the film Il Postino; Scario beach is a calm bay that’s ideal for families; and Rinella, an area previously known for high volcanic activity, is a hotspot for snorkelling. The best way to view the island’s dramatic coastline and rich hinterland is by boat; ask the concierge at the hotel and they’ll happily book you an excursion. If you visit in spring or autumn, climb to the summit of one, or both, of the island’s two extinct volcanoes: Monte dei Porri is 860 metres high; and Monte Fossa delle Felci, the highest peak in the archipelago, stands at a soaring 962 metres tall. After such dizzying heights, we think a drink is well deserved: call our Smith24 team to arrange a tour and tasting of one of the island’s wineries: Fenech, Hauner, Azienda Agrobiologica d'Amico Salvatore and the seaside Tasca D'Almerita are just a few of our favourites.

 

Local restaurants

La Pinnata del Monsù offers sea vistas, mountain views and deep dishes piled high with homemade pasta. Another mountain-side eatery with impressive ocean views is Agriturismo Galletta. One of the most popular restaurants on the island, this is the place to go all out, with multiple courses; start with a mixed dish of Aeolian specialities, followed by fish-stuffed spaghetti all'Italiana, calamaretti stuffed with malvasia, Filante mozzarella, capers and parsley, and lamb cutlet seasoned with local spices. The elegantly presented desserts of Trattoria Cucinotta are a must-try while in Santa Marina, but we’d also accept a dish of their alalunga alla'eoliana (pasta with albacore) or diced tuna flavoured with citrus fruits. 

Local bars

Don’t leave the island without grabbing a granita at Da Alfredo – the perfect antidote to the scorching Salina sun (+39 (0)90 984 3075). The cosy Pizzeria a’ Lumeredda is just around the corner from the hotel on Via San Lorenzo; fill up on Italian classics like arancini, pastas packed with olives and capers, thin and crispy pizzas, and trays of cream-filled cannoli. The palm-thatched beach bar, Maracaibo is the perfect spot for a laidback lunch in between bathing on the beach below. We recommend the paninis paired with a refreshing beer, or one of their sharing platters laden with fresh bruschetta, olives, capers and cheese.

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 all white island hotel in Italy and unpacked their handpainted pottery and bottles of Salina’s finest, a full account of their Aeolian break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Principe Di Salina in Salina…

Island hopping in the Aeolian archipelago just got a little more luxurious with the opening of boutique hotel, Principe Di Salina on the volcanic isle of Salina. Reaching Salina involves planes, boats and automobiles, but the journey will fly by in a haze of crystal-clear waters, blue skies and deep-green forests as you zip through the fertile island’s hinterland. Once you’ve settled into your shining-white sala and admired your sea or garden view, dig out your swimwear, don your shades and fall into one of the comfy poolside cabanas with a cocktail in hand. When the heat rises, cool off in the ocean-facing infinity pool, but for the warm-blooded among you the hotel has a heated spa tub that’s set at 40 degrees; it’s filled with water from a natural spring 143 metres below. On its journey to the surface the water picks up many rejuvenating and soothing minerals for you to reap, while you gaze out over the ocean and sip local wine in a leisurely fashion.

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