The Aeolian islands, north east of Sicily are a real gem to discover. Each with their own character and reason to visit, the naturally wild cluster of volcanic islands are completely off the beaten track. They’re all about simplicity; eating local, staying away from crowds and hiking your way through the island.
Lipari is the largest of the seven volcanic archipelagos and is the only one with life 365 days of the year. Its history is complicated, steeped in local folklore and mythology and really is the only island that has the most to offer in terms of culture (there’s a fantastic archaeological museum and a former Greek acropolis which are a must when you visit).
What we love about this hotel is the location. Hotel Rocce Azzurre is literally carved into the rocks above the little bay of Porto delle Genti. Every room has a sea view (some even with their own jacuzzi) so you really can’t get any better than here. There’s also a fantastic wellness centre located right at the top on the roof garden, so you have everything you need right here.
In a few minutes’ walk, you can find yourself at Marina Corta, the island’s famous fishing port where locals love to spend their evenings.
We also rarely do say this, but we don’t recommend going far for dinner, the hotel’s restaurant is one of the best on the island. Fresh fish dominates the menu and you can enjoy your evenings on the terrace looking out to the sea.
There’s a real local feel about this place, the staff are wonderful and will take care of you.
The hotel has 33 rooms.
Season begins in May.