“A small, chic hotel set on the spectacular coastline of tiny Favignana, with a private beach and ocean-facing terrace”
All rooms and suites look appealingly simple, with chic, uncluttered design focussing on natural materials - stone, wood and iron. Small decorative touches add warmth: glass candlesticks on the mantelpiece, fresh flowers on the table, Ingo Maurer lamps. You get air-conditioning, a flatscreen TV, a minibar/fridge, toiletries and fluffy bathrobes. Bathrooms are elegant, with ornate carved mirrors and, in many, amazing sunken stone bathtubs or vintage rolltops.
To keep cool, the Superior Room has an outdoor plunge pool on the ocean-view terrace. For extra space, choose the Garden or Sea Suite, each with a separate living room and private secluded terrace. Or book one of the 2 Suites about 5km away: the Pool Suite has a 5x5m lake-edge pool and a private garden. We stayed in a Deluxe Room: sheer romance, with polished wooden floors, a beautiful concave stone ceiling, and a free-standing rolltop bathtub looking out to Levanzo.
A rustic continental breakfast is served on the terrace overlooking the ocean. As often in Italy, there are no cooked options, but there's a good selection of fresh fruit, homemade marmalades, natural yoghurt and cereals. Don't miss the chef’s finger-licking pastries and cakes - soft, doughy cornetti (croissants) or creamy cannoli (rolled pastry filled with ricotta, for which Sicily is renowned). Heaven with a rich cappuccino.
A daily menu of gourmet Sicilian dishes is available at lunch and dinner - think swordfish carpaccio, followed by seared tuna steak with red onion compote. Guests can head into Favignana town more more dining options: 5 minutes by bike or scooter, 10-15 on foot. The team speak highly of Ristorante Aegusa, which serves traditional food in a romantic, lit courtyard. The prices are reasonable and the caponata comes highly recommended. For delicious Sicilian desserts, head to La Pasticceria FC on Via Garibaldi.