La Rosa dei Venti was an absolute pleasure. I spent three days there with my family in July and we had an amazing time. This is a family run business that has discovered an amazing formula. Very nice bedroom with a very relaxed beachy vibe, nice breakfast, phenomenal 7 hour cruise on one of their two sailboats with a gourmet lunch while exploring the many swimming spots Lampedusa has to offer and then back to the hotel at 1730 to relax by the pool, grab a drink, enjoy your hammock and then be ready for appetizers and drinks at 2000. Wow.
First, if you are going to enjoy Lampedusa, you MUST have access to a boat. Rabbit beach is great, but you will want to get out and swim in these spectacular waters. The only real access is via boat. La Rosa dei Venti has made this a dream.
From the moment you land, they are taking care of you. They pick you up from the airport. Get you checked in, give you a small car for your stay or motorino's if that is your style, show you your room, invite you to cocktails and then give you directions for meeting up with the sailboat in the morning. It simply does not get any easier and they make every step very enjoyable.
They appear to have a dinner service at the hotel once a week. again, not to be missed. The other evening after drinks, we enjoyed taking the car they gave us into town and enjoying the local sights and food. We were shown a great pizza restaurant (The Anchor. Go visit it for a change of pace.) that fit the bill on a few nights. Breakfast was very nice. Plenty of coffee, juices, bread, yoghurt, jams etc.
The rooms were very comfortable with very nice showers. The rooms had mosquito netting in them, however, I did not see any mosquitos there. The rooms are well ventilated and there is a safe which can be used as the hotel is completely empty while everybody is sailing.
My wife and I agreed that this would be an amazing holiday if you could talk a group of friends into going. Even if you do not, do not worry, you will get put in the group and you will feel at home in no time.
On the boat, everything is taken care of. Food, drinks, water, floating mats. If you need it for water enjoyment, it is on the boat. Simply as Giacomo. And don't worry, Giacomo can cook! The meals range from simple to more complex and all are beautifully executed, very tasty and plentiful.
Now to address the rumors of the island being over run. Lampedusa was beautiful and there was no signs of any problems. Lampedusa was clean and very friendly. If I had any advice it would be to go right away and take many changes of clothing and swimsuits. Everybody went through a few changes aside from us.
You cannot go wrong at La Rosa dei Venti.
Oh, If you are booking three nights for example, you are paying for three boat trips. When you book, ask Francesca how to ensure that you can use your first or last day. Otherwise, you may potentially miss a days worth of events that you have in fact paid for.