Donna Carmela, Catania
|Contrada Grotte, 5, 95018, Carruba di Riposto, Catania, Sicily, ITALY.|
Description: Donna CarmelaDonna Carmela is a romantic and historic boutique hotel set in a 19th century Sicilian house with all the modern comforts. Elegantly refined, the building is reigns over the park-like grounds of the ten thousand square meter nursery specialized in Mediterranean plants. Enjoy the lava paved courtyard, ancient cistern and river pebbles, well-stocked wine cellar, swimming pool surrounded by olive trees, comfortable spaces designed to relax, quiet reading room, the wide halls and ample dining room.
Set in the Carruba di Riposto area, Donna Carmela is ideal for easily exploring the important cultural and natural sites in eastern Sicily: Siracuse's remains, Acireale's baroque, Piazza Armerina's mystery, Catania's history, Taormina's charm, mount Etna's beauty, just to mention a few. Explore the tallest active volcano in Europe, covered with green woods, fiery red lava and white winter snow. The eastern coast of Sicily reaches out towards the blue Ionian Sea, from the black rocks of Catania to the sandy beaches of Taormina.
Donna Carmela is just 25 minutes away from Castiglione di Sicilia, where they produce their own Doc wine, Pietradolce. In fact, their Archineri 2007 is the winner of the 2009 Gamebero Rosso Award, Three Glasses.
Type of rooms: Donna Carmela18 rooms all with different spaces and style and spaced between two distinct facilities and an annex; three suites, nine jr. suites, four rooms and a flat (apartment). All the environments are distinguished for their finery and for the high quality of the materials. The furniture is also cared for in detail.
5 Superior Rooms: a bedroom and bathroom. They all differ in furniture and design and are extremely comfortable thanks to the care for detail and the services (air conditioning, fridge bar, satellite TV).
9 Junior Suites: Each is different in colors and style. Along with the bedroom and the bathroom there is a living room. Four of the nine suites are fitted on two levels: living room and double services on the one level and the bedroom and other bathroom upstairs.
3 Suites: The perfect solution for those who want more space. Terraces with breathtaking views, refined details and antique furniture distinguish these three suites from the other rooms. Each of these suites is characterized by different materials and furniture. Air conditioning, fridge-bar, satellite TV, warm colors and large sofas guarantee great moments of relaxation.
1 Annex: Set in the heart of the garden nursery park, the Annex includes bedroom, kitchen, living room, bathroom and private terrace, services to guarantee maximum comfort and a special location to offer maximum privacy.
Additional information: Donna Carmela
Dining: Relish the region. Donna Carmela's menu, based on the typical local delicious recipes, will bring you on a culinary journey through the flavors and scents of ancient traditional Sicilian cuisine. The care put into the choice of ingredients and the passion put into the preparation turn every dish into both a pleasure and a discovery. Thanks to the refined wine cellar, they always complement the dishes with the most appropriate wine. Quality, passion and good taste for those who have a fine palate: with Donna Carmela the best of Sicilian cuisine is always within your fork's reach - except on Wednesday, when it is closed. Be sure to reserve a space the day before. The restaurant, La Cucina di Donna Carmela, is open to the public. One day advance booking for lunch and dinner is required.
Facilities & services: In addition to the daily cleaning, the fridge-bar, satellite TV and toilets in every room, there is an ample parking area, a restaurant, laundry services, air conditioning, Internet access, a swimming pool, a solarium and a reading room.
Special Events: the perfect conference room where you can organize any type of event. The natural scenery and quiet of the area and the easy access and services make Donna Carmela the ideal place for company briefings, business training courses and any other type of meeting. For all your special moments: honeymoon or anniversary, a romantic occasion or a chance to relax with your family. Any occasion will become a special moment thanks to the warm welcome and services you will receive especially thought of to make your events special.
Nearby activities include: sports and nature, skiing, golf club (il picciolo) 25minutes by car, trekking, sailing, tennis (Tennis Club Acireale), Alcantara Adventure (sport fluviali nel Parco fluviale dell'Alcantara), Amatori Nuoto Faro S.Anna: private spa, solarium, bar and restaurant, Mikasaluxury: charter boats, Air Panarea: (helicopeter rides), Diving Center Capo Taormina, and guided tour of Mount Etna. It is also possible to organize tasting sessions of local products.
The port of Riposto - 5 km
Fontanarossa Airport, Catania - 43 km
The centre of Catania - 18 km
Acireale - 5 km
Taormina - 25 Km
Mount Etna - 34 km
The Greek theatre of Siracuse - 90 km
Golf Club - 40 km
The Roman villa of Piazza Armerina - 110 km
The Valley of Temples, Agrigento - 180 km
Homemade House Wine: The Doc wine for Donna Carmela is produced on ten hectares in the most prestigious wine area on Mount Etna. These vineyards between Solicchiata and Passopisciaro on the northern side of the volcano in the territory of Castiglione di Sicilia were bought by Donna Carmela in 2006 and all grow Nerello Mascalese, the vine that produces the most appreciated wines in this area.
The wine-making is done in a well-equipped cellar in Mascali, the area of origin of the Nerello Mascalese, only a few kilometers away from Donna Carmela. The name of the wine, Pietradolce - Archineri Etna Doc, comes from the place where it is produced and is born from the passion and commitment of the Faro family. It is characterized by its ruby-red color, red berry scents with mineral notes, and by the complexity, persistence and elegant tannin it offers the palate.
Botanical Gardens: Relaxing, wining and dining, is not the only thing they offer. A little lower down the mountain side, between the Ionic coast and the first hills, discover the best environment for Mediterranean plants to flourish, where Piante Faro created the biggest nursery in Europe. Here plants develop into unrepeatable shapes and colors. Donna Carmela gardens feature Abutilon, Agave, Ficus, Cistus, Opuntiae, and ornamental Citrus plants. They are the essence of Mediterranean gardens and these plants and flowers offer themselves to visitors in all their charm. Here you may enjoy a guided tour to discover the hundreds of scents and varieties of Mediterranean plants and admire a private collection of subtropical plants.
Getting there: From the Vincenzo Bellini Airport, located in Fontanarossa, Catania, follow the road signs for the Autostrada A18 Catania-Messina. At the exit for Giarre keep to the left and after 300m at the stop sign turn right towards Catania. After 1km you will pass a Landrover dealer, keep on for another 500m and turn off the main road at San Leonardello on the left towards Torre Achirafi and Carruba di Riposto. In the village of Carubba turn right by the church, after 800m go through the bridge keeping to the right and after another 300m you will reach Donna Carmela.
Number of rooms: 18
Official category: 4 stars.
Year of establishment and/or latest refurbishment: 1800's/2009.
Period of closure: open all year.
Languages spoken: Italian, English, French.Smoking policy: no smoking in the rooms.
Credit cards accepted: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners.
Restaurant closed: Wednesdays.
GPS Coordinates: 37° 40' 34.90'' N 15° 10' 47.01'' E
Nearest airport: 43 km
Rates: Donna Carmela
|Jan - Mar/Nov - Dec||Apr - Oct||Taxes||Service charge|
|Sunset Etna Double Superior||140||180||incl.||incl.|
|Sunrise Sea Double Superior||150||195||incl.||incl.|
|Sunset Etna Suite||195||260||incl.||incl.|
|Sunrise Sea Suite||215||295||incl.||incl.|
|Villa Mediterranea Dependance||280||380||incl.||incl.|
|Breakfast per person||incl.||incl.|
|Description of seasons|
|Low Season: Jan - Mar; Nov - Dec.
High Season: April - October.
|Rates valid till (d/m/y)|
|Booking and cancellation policy|
|Cancellations made more than 61 days prior to scheduled arrival, will not be charged. Those made 60 - 30 days prior, will be charged 20% of the entire stay; 29 - 15 days, 50%; 14 - 8 days, 80 %; 7 - 0 days, charged 100% of the entire scheduled stay.
All costs, prices, and policies, including exchange rates, package deals, and cancellation policy may change and should be confirmed with the hotel upon booking.