PANTELLERIA: a holiday far from the madding crowd on one of Sicily’s minor islands

 

A wild and peaceful land at the heart of the Mediterranean, offering African-hued sunsets and unforgettable starlit nights: welcome to Pantelleria, a beautiful and intriguing place, born around 300,000 years ago, whose volcanic origins are reflected still today in its colours and its secrets. Pantelleria is part of Sicily, but the island actually lies much closer to Africa than Italy. It is precisely this privileged position (Homer called it “the navel of the Mediterranean”) which gives the island its look and its culture rich in contrasts, a place of Arabic forms and typical scents of Southern Italy. The island stands out, amongst other things, for its rugged coastline and the green countryside overhanging the sea. This isn’t a place of sandy beaches, but rather one of small coves with crystal clear waters, spectacular and mysterious caves and a descent to the sea over smooth rocks. Pantelleria’s volcanic origins are also to thank for its authentic open air spa facilities: from the hot springs of Gadir and the Benikulà Cave natural sauna to the mud of the Lago di Venere, every corner of Pantelleria offers regeneration for the senses and reconciliation with nature. The architecture too is unique, reflective of the fact that man has had to bend to the will of nature, which here reigns supreme: from the unusual Pantelleria gardens created to protect the citrus trees from the wind, to the typical dry stone walls which weave between the curves of the white dammusi dwellings, and the green and black landscape sloping down to the sea through ingenious terracing. Pantelleria is an island which you will only discover by abandoning yourself completely to its will.

Timeless is the island of Pantelleria, where our senses are enveloped in a rough and wild nature, and time passes slowly like in the most authentic Africa. Timeless is the origin of the name Sikelia, which dates back to sometime in the Byzantine era, when the Empire was divided into themata.

Hidden is the island of Pantelleria, solitary in the sea between the coasts of Sicily and Africa, an ancient land whose people once worshipped Ishtar, the goddess of love. Hidden is Sikelia, concealed within the rounded walls of ancient dammusi dwellings, a haven of peace and serenity.

Intense like the scents of the island and the black of its volcanic rocks. Intense are the authentic flavours of our cuisine, with its typical Arab and African influences

Unique are the contrasts between the white roofs and the blue sea, the green countryside and the black volcanic rock. Unique are our suites, each one unequalled, all elegant and refined.

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Stylish suites housed in ancient dammusi dwellings bring together strict monastic interior architecture and refined contemporary elegance: welcome to Sikelia, an exclusive, timeless place, synonymous with luxury and tranquillity, a place to discover the many contrasts of the island of Pantelleria. Our warm and personal welcome will make you feel right at home. Our elegant and stylish cuisine showcases the authentic flavours of rural tradition. And our Arabic garden is a place to get lost in the ancient rituals of grape therapy and rediscover the slow rhythms of the earth. This is Pantelleria, the Black Pearl of the Mediterranean, a place to discover and respect, with its dark rocks carved by the wind, its sharp forms softened by the roundness of the white dammusi dwellings, its natural hot springs and rejuvenating mud, the precious legacy of the volcano from which the island originated. The music of the wind crashes dramatically on the cliffs, as if to remind us that here, nature is the absolute master. But that nature is also our friend. And finally the sea, an intense blue, in which to get lost and dream. A sea which whispers tales of an Africa that is closer than we ever could have imagined.

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