Therasia Resort, Vulcano
The incredible beauty of the resort results from its secluded natural setting far off the beaten track. Sitting between crystal clear waters and the slopes of Vulcanello – one of three volcanoes on the island – Therasia has an enviable position overlooking the sea stacks and other Aeolian Islands of the Tyrrhenian Sea. The hotel has been cleverly designed and built using locally sourced materials such as lava stone and cedar wood where possible, so it only adds to its unspoilt natural surroundings. The low-rise buildings feature arched picture windows that draw your eyes to each unique view, and the two infinity pools seemingly blend into the sea. The beautiful spa is an idyllic spot to retreat to following time out exploring Vulcano and the other islands, and you can even enjoy treatments exclusive to the region such as the Vulcano Black Sand Scrub. Although not renowned for its beaches, there are a handful of black-sand beaches that you can reach via shuttle, and the resort also has a sea platform which you can swim off.
Authentic Sicilian and Mediterranean cuisine is a particular focus here and, although you are in an out-of-the-way location, you certainly don’t have to forego luxuries such as fine dining. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at the main restaurant L’Archipelago where the cuisine is inspired by traditional Sicilian flavours. For a light poolside lunch, head to the casual restaurant I Grusoni, an open-air venue that's also open for dinner during the summer months. The standout venue however, has to be the intimate Michelin-starred Il Cappero where six- to ten-course taster menus are served in a delightful setting overlooking the sea and island of Lipari. The innovative menu is also inspired by local cuisine and created using hand-picked seasonal produce.
The rooms are minimalistic in style with cream walls, comfortable furnishings and bathrooms decorated with vibrantly-coloured Sicilian tiles. Each Classic Room features a small terrace or balcony which overlooks the resort’s pretty gardens towards the volcano’s slopes. For a full sea view –and who wouldn’t want to wake up to a view such as these – we recommend a Comfort or Deluxe Seaview Room. For more space opt for one of the Junior Suites, the Lipari Suites or the Master Suite, the latter of which has a Jacuzzi on its spacious terrace.