Donna Carmela

Hotel near Sicily & The Aeolian Islands

Prices from £1000 - £1500 pp

(Low season)

Prices include: Flights Car hire Breakfast

Accommodation At A Glance

  • Based on 7 nights
  • Includes flights
  • Includes transfers/car hire
  • Bed & Breakfast Basis

   With 26 rooms and 8 lodges, this historic residence located between Etna and the Ionia sea is set in a paradise of Mediterranean and subtropical plants.

Only about 30km from Taormina, 40km from Catania airport and 10 minutes from the motorway, the small boutique hotel Donna Carmela is ideally placed for touring the wonders of Sicily, and is a perfect choice for a weekend break or a long summer holiday. Donna Carmela’s spectacular backdrop is the towering Mount Etna, the sparkling Ionian Sea and the biggest and most famous plant nursery of its type in Europe, with sub-tropical and Mediterranean plants and trees, covering five hundred hectares and are often sent off to the Chelsea Flower Show.

Donna Carmela is a place of colours and scents, with a charming swimming pool, complete with poolside bar and manicured gardens of secular olive trees, lofty palms, unusual shrubs and pretty flowery courtyards and terraces, overlooking serried lines of a well-ordered massive ten-hectare nursery. Fragrant perfumes infuse the air with gentle wafts of citrus on cooling sea breezes. Donna Carmela hotel is unique and at Long Travel we love its feeling of “total greenery” with the blue sea, in the distance.

The very essence of “boutique”, the former farmhouse of the Donna Carmela has been transformed, with chic modern design, into a haven of style and elegance, feeling like a very gracious home. Exemplary attention to detail, luxurious fabrics and fittings, beautiful fresh flowers, family photos, striking artwork and quirky bits and bobs, blend perfectly with hints of its authentic Sicilian past. Sumptuous sofas tempt guests to relax in one of the many sitting rooms, on the terraces outside, or in Donna Carmela’s lovely restaurant for that pre-dinner drink. For much of the year, the restaurant spills out onto the courtyard for al fresco dining. Each bedroom is intentionally different from one another, and all are comfortable and classy, with impressive shower rooms.

Breakfasts are a real treat, with home-made jams, bread and pastries and fruit juices made from what is in season in Donna Carmela’s own garden. The passion for seasonality and freshness is also evident at lunch and dinner, with freshly picked vegetables gracing the chef’s creative dishes – Sicilian cuisine with a modern twist. The owners of this hotel certainly know about good wine, having been given their agritourist label for their own award-winning wine, produced on the slopes of Etna. So, to complete your meal, choose from the extensive wine list or, better still, taste Donna Carmela’s own delicious wine.

A stay at Donna Carmela is rather like staying in a private home. The atmosphere is sophisticated, but with truly genuine warm Sicilian hospitality. Daniele, the Manager, and the rest of the team strive hard to make guests feel at home and there is a laid-back, relaxed atmosphere.
In 2021 the resort became part of the small luxury hotels of the world collection.

Prices include: Flights Car hire Breakfast

Season Price
High season Prices from £1500 - £2000 pp
Low season Prices from £1000 - £1500 pp
  • Air-conditioning
  • Restaurant & bar
  • Swimming pool 1/4 – 31/10, weather permitting
  • Occasionally hosts functions/meetings
  • Restaurant open to the public
  • Please note that for guests staying on half-board, there is an additional supplement for fresh fish, to be paid for locally.
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout main hotel
  • Hairdryers
  • Room safes
  • Pool towels
  • 4 Romantic Lodges inc. Outdoor heated pools
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“Donna Carmela is the jewel in the crown.” Michael & Carol, Stafford

“You were right, as always! What a gem of a place and fantastic food and wine.”  Graham & Sue, Cheltenham

“A twinkle of blue sea on the horizon, lush greens all around and as far as the eye can see, Mount Etna’s wisps of grey smoke at our backs – this place is an artist’s palette. We loved it.”  Jake & Victoria, London

Available Board Basis

B&B and HB

Nearest Airport(s)


40 mins


1 hr 50 mins


3 hrs 15 mins

Nearest Town
Carruba di Riposto, near Taormina

Places of Interest
Taormina, Mt. Etna, Siracusa

Distance to Coast
Approx. 1km

Internet Access

Swimming Pool


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Prices from £1000 - £1500 pp

Low season

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