Caol Ishka - Sicily, Italy
About this Chic Retreat
An intriguing name, Caol Ishka is Gaelic for 'the sound of water', which was conjured up by Irish-born Gareth and locally-born Emanuela. Caol Ishka is a small chic and contemporary hotel just 5 minutes from the old town of Ortigia in Siracusa and less than an hour from Catania airport. The 10 rooms and restaurant are surrounded by a beautiful garden which features the infinity pool. Modern design has been combined effortlessly with the warmth of a Sicilian Masseria to create a chic and fun place to stay. Expect a warm welcome and a very relaxed atmosphere. Siracusa sits in a bay and has a temperate climate most of the year. September and October are lovely months to come when the sea is still really warm and temperatures average 22 degrees.
Restoration took 4 years, but it was well worth the wait; the 10 rooms at Caol Ishka are spacious & sleek and are spread across 2 of the stone wings. Six of the 10 rooms have their own veranda and all have TV, DVD and CD players. The deluxe room stands proud in its own enormous barn with 6m high ceilings. Modern fittings and design elements are evident throughout all of the rooms which have a sharp, urban-chic feel to them. Children of all ages are welcome and there are 2 rooms that can interconnect (7 and 8). All the usual comforts and high-tech requirements are in all of the rooms - Room 1 is even equipped with its own Mac for those who can't live without email.
Tailor made excursions can be arranged and there is biking and canoeing nearby. For those wanting to be pampered Shiatsu massages can be arranged. Beaches are fairly close by and there are some great hikes in the surrounding hills. Otherwise simply relax by the pool until the sun goes down.
The selection of dishes served at the restaurant 'Zafferano' all use local ingredients and the recipes are classical Sicilian dishes with the occasional Oriental twist. The Spaghetti alla Siracusana is a subliminal dish with fresh anchovies, almonds and tuna roe. Caol Ishka also has a great bar where guests can relax with a drink or two and there is a lovely outside terrace, perfect for an evening drink.
Rates at Caol Ishka are per room per night and include breakfast. A third bed will cost EUR 40 per night. Beds and cots for children aged under 3 years are free of charge.
* Rates in EUR
A non-refundable deposit of 50% is required to confirm reservations. No-shows or early departures will be charged the full stay.
- Neareast Airport: Catania.
- Distance from Airport: 40 minutes.
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