Donna Carmela, Catania
|Contrada Grotte, 5, 95018, Carruba di Riposto, Catania, Sicily, ITALY.|
Description: Donna CarmelaA charming, late eighteenth-century house and a contemporary, minimal interior design are the main strenght of the Donna Carmela boutique hotel. Blessed by the warmth of the volcano Etna at its backdrop and the blue waters of the Ionian sea in front of it, Donna Carmela is also surrounded by the pristine Mediterranean and subtropical plants of Piante Faro's Nursery. Donna Carmela provides 16 beautiful suites, each one with different, unique style and an exclusive Dépendence for a bit of classy relax. Another milestone of the boutique hotel is its restaurant, "La Cucina di Donna Carmela", which delights its guests with the traditional recipes of Sicily revisited according the new trends and tastes.
In 2015 Donna Carmela goes further and launches the new Natural Lodges. These are eight little dwellings where nature and contemporary living coexist, breaking the limits of interior and exterior. Lodges differ from Donna Carmela's main building because of their more private position just within the nursery. Moreover they can count on precious materials, such as mother-of-pearl and volcanic sand and new building techniques which aim for energy efficiency and a reduction of negative effects on environment. With a strong visual impact, they amaze with the beauty of the interior designs and a full environmental sustainability, according to which they have been conceived.
Placed in the very heart of a nursery specialized in Mediterranean plants, DonnaCarmela was born in 2009, in a 19th century Sicilian house that has been refurbished in full respect of the original but given all the modern comforts. Elegantly refined, the building dominates the ten thousand square meters nursery garden. Here everyone may enjoy a guided tour to discover the hundreds of scents and varieties of Mediterranean plants. It is also possible to admire a private collection of subtropical plants.
The courtyards in lava paving, the ancient cistern and river pebbles, the well-stocked wine cellar and the swimming surrounded by secular olive trees, the comfortable spaces designed to relax and the quiet reading room, the wide halls and ample dining room: all this has been designed to make your stay exceptional. Donna Carmela is only few kilometers away from the mount Etna and a few steps from the Ionian sea.
Type of rooms: Donna CarmelaDonna Carmela has meant to express the idea of Sicilian Hospitality right from the rooms layout and their organization. In fact, all our guests can choose from 17 rooms (4 Superior and 13 Suites) located in two different buildings, each one unique and different from the others in size and furniture; 1 Dépendance nestled in among the plants and the flowers of the nursery and 8 brand new lodges, made with bio-architecture, all of them valued by the highest quality finish, high quality materials and excellent attention to detail for the interior design. Besides the daily cleaning, the minibar, the satellite and digital cable Tv, all the rooms are provided with internet wi-fi, independent air-conditioning system and safe.
The Superior rooms are composed by bedroom and bathroom. All rooms are different in furniture, design and accessories, with a homely and cosy feeling thanks to a great attention to details and to provided services.
An ideal option for our customers looking for more: confortable large rooms, terraces with outstanding views, articulated in details with period furniture, modern art distinguish the suites from the other rooms characterizing them for the materials and their furniture, perfected in all details, both in the bedrooms and in the living rooms. Air-conditioning, minibar, satellite and digital cable Tv. Warm coloured sofas in the living rooms in this kind of rooms will ensure total relax moments, leading our guests out of the standard patterns of classic hotel accommodation. Moreover, four of these Suites have 2 floors with living room, 2 bathrooms, bedroom on the first floor. The added floor makes it possible to arrange an extra bed without changing the room framework.
In the heart of the Company's nursery park, the Dependance is located about 500 mt away from the main building of DonnaCarmela, in a place offering the highest privacy and absolute tranquility. It is composed by bedroom, kitchen, living room, bathroom, small terrace with pergola made with sicilian roof tiles and a small Jacuzzi pool.
New addition for the 2015 season is the 8 new 45 sqm. Lodges, all of them surrounded by the greenery and equipped with a 15 sqm. Terrace, 4 of them with a 8 sqm. small pool. The lodges, deep in the tropical greenery, have been built adopting bio-architectural solutions making them perfectly integrated into the nursery surrounding them and highly eco-friendly. Two of them offer a garden view and can accommodate up to four people, while the other six are all with sea-view, they can accommodate up to three people and 4 of them are also equipped with small salted water pools.
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.
Before booking, verify the current costs, prices and policies (deposit, cancellation fees for each rate, etc.) as the hotel may charge the guest accordingly. Consider travel insurance that covers cancellation fees.
Number of rooms: 26
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.
How to get here: From Catania, follow the indications for the highway A18 Catania-Messina. At the exit for Giarre keep to the left and after 300m at the stop turn right towards Catania. After 1km you will pass a Land Rover dealer, keep on for another 500 mt. and take the turning off the main road at San Leonardello on the left towards Torre Archirafi and Carruba di Riposto. Straight on for 1,5 km. In the village of Carruba turn right by the church, after 800 mt. go through the bridge keeping to the right and after another 300 mt. you will reach Donna Carmela .
GPS Coordinates: 37° 40' 34.90'' N 15° 10' 47.01'' E
Nearest airport: Catania Fontanarossa Airport - 43km.
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.