Set within the lush Piante Faro nursery
Stylish eco-friendly design using local materials
Donna Carmela is a luxury boutique hotel nestled between the Mediterranean and Sicily’s Mount Eta, set amongst the largest Mediterranean plant nursery in Europe. Originally a 19th-century Sicilian villa, the hotel has been fully refurbished with a calming, contemporary décor. Particular emphasis has been placed on sustainable architecture and local materials, such as beautiful courtyards of volcanic stone and river pebbles. With stunning views of beautiful natural landscapes from the chic pool, you’d be forgiven for never leaving Donna Carmela, but its location makes it ideal for exploring picturesque Sicilian locales such as Taormina if you so choose.
There are several peaceful spots throughout the hotel’s grounds, perfect for sequestering yourself with a good book beneath the wide, clear blue sky. The unheated swimming pool is particularly inviting in the hot summer months, and the chic poolside terrace has many comfortable loungers for heliophiles. The hotel is set amongst the vast Piante Faro plant nursery, a lush paradise featuring Abutilon, Agave, Ficus, Cistus and ornamental citrus plant, and guests can make visits to the nursery to stroll between the swaying leaves and breathe in the unmistakable scent of the Mediterranean.
Mount Etna rises dramatically behind Donna Carmela, and you’ll have many opportunities to explore the volcano, including trekking and mountain biking. If you make it to the top, you’ll be blessed with spectacular views of Sicily. The village of Taormina, perched above the Ionian, has an impressive Greco-Roman amphitheatre and charming beaches: Isolla Bella is a particular favourite.
Foodies are in for a treat at the hotel’s restaurant, La Cucina di Donna Carmela, which serves a mouthwatering traditional Sicilian menu. Booking in advance is essential, not only because the restaurant is so popular but also so that the freshest local ingredients can be sourced.
Of course, no meal in Sicily would be complete without a glass (or bottle!) of Sicilian wine, and Donna Carmela has an extensive wine list, stored within an elegant glass cellar. Be sure to try the hotel’s very own DOC vintages, the award-winning Pietradolce Archineri and Etna Rosso Vigna Barbagalli. The hotel can arrange tours and tasting sessions of the vineyards in Castiglione di Sicilia just a short distance from the hotel.
spa treatment room
Facility details:24-hour front desk, Accessible bathroom, Breakfast available (surcharge), Free WiFi, Free airport transportation, Free self parking, Garden, In-room accessibility, Outdoor pool, Pool sun loungers, Pool umbrellas, Poolside bar, Restaurant, Roll-in shower, Spa services on site, Total number of rooms - 28, Wedding services.
Contrada Grotte, 7, 95010 Riposto, Italy
Carruba railway station is a 4-minute drive from the hotel (2km)
To best explore Sicily, we recommend hiring a car
Catania Fontanarossa Airport is a 45-minute drive from the hotel (42km)
Bedrooms at Donna Carmela have a bright, contemporary décor with a strong emphasis on high-quality fabrics. Exposed stone and brickwork provide a chic setting for luxurious armchairs and soft sofas. Many of the rooms have beautiful views over the hotel’s gardens or the sparkling blue sea.
Each hotel selected for its unique charm by Lulu the founder.
Special benefits only guests booking through Chic Retreats obtain.
If you find your stay cheaper elsewhere we will give you £50 towards your next stay with us.