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OVERVIEW

The place for upmarket seclusion and relaxation in Sicily's Unesco-listed Val di Noto, this discreet five-star all-suite hotel is isolated among olive and citrus trees. Once a summer getaway for Sicily's nobility, the property is now transformed into a stunning Relais & Châteaux hotel with the island's longest swimming pool. If you want to go further afield, the hotel's courtesy shuttle will transport you to its private beach club. Play a game of tennis, stroll amongst the fruit trees or relax in the spa, or simply while away the hours in your suite's private plunge pool. In the evenings, order a cocktail to your private terrace before sampling tasting menus of international cuisine at Principe di Belludia, or opt for more typical fare in Casa Pasta.

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THE REVIEW

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

This is Sicily's answer to the middle of nowhere - a quiet corner of the Unesco-listed heritage site of Val di Noto, surrounded by acres of olive and citrus groves and a 12-minute drive from Noto. The beach is a little further afield, 20 minutes away.

By plane: direct flights to Catania take 3 hours from London. The hotel is over an hour's drive. Free on-site parking available. skyscanner.com

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

Architect Corrado Papa has sensitively married the old with the new while making the place feel entirely modern. Many of the suites line an enormous central square swimming pool, while others look out onto one so long, it's considered to be the longest in the island at 100 metres.

THE FACILITIES

Service is personal and discreet. The hotel has three dogs and is dog-friendly. Aside from the two swimming pools, there are grass tennis courts, a small gym and treatment rooms. The free shuttle service to an exclusive beach makes up for the inland location.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Beach
  • Swimming pool
  • Fitness centre
  • Spa
  • Tennis court
  • Family-friendly
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

All 26 suites (and eight villas) have Modica stone and Guatemalan marble throughout. All rooms have a private terrace, some also have plunge pools. Four-poster beds, walk-in wardrobes and huge marble tubs create a sense of luxury.

Room types: Deluxe Suite, Junior Suite, Premium Suite, Master Suite, Premium Pool Suite, Junior Pool Suite, Premium Pool Villa, Luxury Pool Villa

Key amenities: terrace, ensuite bathroom, bathrobe and slippers, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, TV, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

Principe di Belludia serves tasting menus of global cuisine, while low-key Hostaria Casa Pasta is the place to go for classic Italian dishes, such as Parmigiana and veal Milanese. Breakfast is bountiful, with a heaving wooden table laid out in the wine cellar full of fruits and pastries, hams and salads.

Principe di Belludia: gourmet restaurant, Mediterranean cuisine. Open for dinner, Tue-Sun. Tasting menu from €130.

Osteria Casa Pasta: casual grill restaurant, Sicilian cuisine. Dishes include pizza, pasta, grilled meat and fish. Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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