LUSH ISLAND CHARM
If you are seeking a friendly, sun drenched holiday in a verdant island surrounded by azure seas, then this colourful small gay friendly hotel in the heart of Sicily is for you. Whether you are floating in the pool by the lemon trees or enjoying the true flavours of traditional Sicilian food, you can take in the best of this delightful volcanic (dormant…) island.
The island of Salina (off Sicily) takes her name from the salty reservoir in Lingua that the Romans constructed several centuries ago to collect salt for preserving capers and fish. Salina is the second largest island in the Aeolian archipelago with 2500 people – and the greenest of the islands.
The hotel is 200 metres from the beach and 400 metres from the port of Santa Marina Salina – from which pick-up and drop-off services can be provided. You can reach the island by hydrofoil or ferry from Milazzo, Messina, Reggio Calabria, Palermo and Naples.
The nearest airports are Naples, Reggio Calabria, Catania and Palermo/Trapani from which you can travel onwards to the port by bus or train. The reception team will assist you in all the steps of your journey planning, from choosing the flights to arranging all necessary transfers.
- warm, colourful and relaxed’ is the perfect way to describe this popular family hotel. Its informal atmosphere makes it a place to be happy, chilled and blissfully, on holiday (but feeling like at home)!
- the views while you sip the local wine in the hotel restaurant are more than easy on the eye, as you take in the Sicilian horizon and plan another lazy day on one of many beaches. The island road wraps the island and you can stop off at any number of beaches for a dip
- if you fancy a really spectacular view, head off on a guided tour of one of the two dormant volcanoes on the island. Rich in vegetation and wildlife, enjoy the nature reserve that is the highest peak on the island. If you are up for it… plenty of long walks very close to nature under a warm lazy sun
- despite all the wonderful beaches and sea swimming, The Aelolian islands remain fairly unknown out of Italy and quiet outside outside the peak weeks of August
- if you did tire of the island, you can visit the other islands – Panara, Lipari and Stromboli. Just ask a local fisherman and they will be happy to oblige for a small fee
- 16 different rooms, all with balconies or terraces – and some with a Jacuzzi. All have cool tiled floors and are neatly furnished with wooden furniture and a simple, easy style. There is a bath or shower in each room. Most rooms have view over the sea and nearby islands
- all rooms have self-regulating air conditioning, a minibar and Satellite TV, safe box and Wifi
- a cool pool surrounded by lush vegetation with a Jacuzzi zone and a lounging area for sun bathers is available for guests to enjoy when you really want to switch off
- with recipes passed down through the generations, Mamma Santina lives up to its name, serving traditional food in the restaurant that your mother (if she was Sicilian…) would be proud to serve. Enriched with the garden’s herbs and the sweet local wine, it is delicious. From the restaurant terrace you there is a lovely view over the sea and nearby islands. In clear nights it is possible to admire Stromboli erupting.
Mario, the owner, has a unique relationship with the island and Mamma Santina. The hotel was once his family house, the place where he grew up and his mother “Mamma Santina” decided to open up a small restaurant for the adventurous tourists who 30 years ago started to discover the beauties of this island. The many items scattered around the hotel are not simply decorations, each and every one of them tells a story about Mario’s family and its history. Mario has managed to keep the same welcoming family atmosphere passing on to his team the same enthusiasm and capturing the hospitality typical of his mother. When he is not in the kitchen preparing exquisite delicatessen he goes fishing (which is a joy for him and the guests).
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Gennaro Ruocco: 2013
Aeolian Island, a unique beauty, fascinating geophysical characteristics (two of the islands are active volcanoes!), a wealth of history, myriad Greek myths and legends, wonderful sea-swimming, great beaches, stunning views, mountain and coastal walking galore, mouth watering cuisine and luscious sweet dessert wines.......... Despite all this, the Aeolian Islands remain fairly unknown out of Italy and surprisingly unspoiled outside the peak weeks of August. There are seven inhabited islands in this volcanic archipelago, each offering its own distinct atmosphere, sense of hospitality and charm.
We stayed at Mamma Santina and Mario, the owner, is an absolutely FANTASTIC and WONDERFUL host. He is an architect and a great great great chef.
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Hotel Mamma Santina
Aeolian islands, Sicily, Italy
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Hotel Mamma Santina
Aeolian islands, Sicily, Italy