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“Fantastic relaxing holiday in Lampedusa” 5 of 5 stars
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Ranked #1 of 40 Hotels in Lampedusa
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“Fantastic relaxing holiday in Lampedusa”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

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.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Francesco A, Proprietario at La Rosa dei Venti, responded to this review, July 31, 2014
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Grazie ,grazie ,grazie ,sono parole bellissime che ci fanno adorare il nostro lavoro.Siamo felici di aver reso il vostro soggiorno da noi indimenticabile.Anche per noi conoscervi e' stato davvero bello,riuscire a farvi vivere in stile lampedusano anche per pochi giorni e' l'obiettivo che ci prefissiamo ogni volta.
Un grosso abbraccio a te e alla famiglia da tutto lo staff de La rosa dei venti.
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Bucharest, Romania
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We have just returned from La Rosa dei venti in Lampedusa and what we found there was more then we've expected. It was all thought from the beginning as a concept. The rooms are traditionally, but very good taste decorated, there is a terrace where you can take an appetiser in the evening or have a dinner all together in the italian style with 3 round big tables where you can share food with your table mates. But the best of La Rosa offers is a daily boat trip on sea, where Giacomo and Marco prepare the really italian food we have eaten in all Italy and they take you to swim in the best places they know. And the sea in Lampedusa is something that you won't find any elsewhere: even if it has 10 meters, you see the white bottom, we've been to Maldives and the water is the same, except the corals. Or how the italians say: " e indimenticabile". But this concept is for those who really love the sea and swimming, if you don't like them, don't go, you'll waist you money. Ciao Giacomo e Marco e Franco e Francesca and all the big italian family we've been in the middle of! Auguri!

Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Francesco A, Proprietario at La Rosa dei Venti, responded to this review, July 17, 2014
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Cara Mariana,ci fa molto piacere sapere che siete stati bene qui da noi,che avete provato per qualche giorno a vivere all'italiana,mangiando le nostre specialità' e godendo di questo splendido mare.Vi ricordiamo con affetto.
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Elisa and her staff know how to treat the guests. From the moment we arrived until the second we left we felt as if we were cherished guests. I cannot find one bad thing to say about the place or the experience. The only reason why I have not written this review previously is because I was striving to find the right words to compliment La Rosa.
We opted for the all inclusive package which included one meal in their amazing restaurant, personal transportation and the boat excursions daily. I would not recommend that you avoid this option. The meal was prepared by the staff consisting of only fresh caught fish, local wines and other local delicacy's. The boat... WOW! The boat. It really completes the experience. The captain and first mate (Marco and Giacomo - Hello from Texas!) made us feel as if we were family and prepared AMAZING meals on the boat. They took us to a few of their favorite spots around the island. The island consists of the most jello like crystal blue waters and the boat provided us with snorkels and fins so that we could explore the region. Every stop we made around the coastline was just as or more beautiful than the next.
I would recommend this for a romantic trip, an adventurous trip, or even a family gathering. We cannot wait to go back. As global travelers with adventurous spirits, we find it hard to plan ANY trip without the topic of going back to Lampedusa and to the La Rosa coming up in our conversation.
We WILL be back Elisa! Soon I hope.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

the boat experience was really to remember; the boat, the captain and his one-man crew, captain Giacomo was a very good cook, made delicious fish and pasta dishes, the hotel was beautiful amid the wasteland of Lampedusa, the owners were not really friendly, but the staff was, the diners included in the price of the hotel were not of the same quality as the boat lunches, 7 nights were definitely too long in the island but for 4 days with good weather it was a very nice experience, with rabitisland as variation on the boat.
Filip V

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service

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Rome, Italy
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

La Rosa dei venti is a small resort located in lampedusa's island, Sicily. Everything is fine here and we came back once again. The owners,Francesco & Elisa, and all the staff work to make your staying fabulous. The day is preatty scheduled: after having a good breakfast, enjoy the daily cruises on the boat of la rosa dei venti. Giacomo, the captain, and Marco will show you the best bays and beaches, where the water is transparent and crystalline. Cuddled by the waves, you can relax and regenerate, swim and have great snorkeling, even make new friendship with the other guests. Plus, you will eat on board spectacular fish cooked 'sicilian style' by the captain. You will test the taste of freshly caught fish, and appreciate the grace of someone who does his job with simplicity and love.
The day ends at the pool, where it served the 'aperitif'.
The room are simple, but confortable and clean.
Very sad for the end of the vacation, we left la rosa dei venti club with a heavy heart.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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United kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Amazing do recommended it for a lovely honeymoon experience very romantic and private lovely panoramic views boat trips amazingly entertaining will defiantly go back again may be not next yea r in 2 years or so loved it simply outstanding

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Montreal, Canada
2 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

What a great place to stay! The boat experience was absolutely fantastic. The daily excursions to the beaches and grottos was absolutely amazing. The turqoise water. It was like swimming in a pool. What was the most fun was the food prepared by Giacomo on the boat. Excellent, Bravo Giacomo!! I must not forget Marco the Sous Chef! Bravo Marco. It was a little too windy for me and the water was cool. Don't go to Lampedusa for night life or if you don't like fish. Gemma was very nice to us. She took care of breafast and the evening appetizers and prosecco. Bravo Gemma.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Address: Via Terranova, 64, Sicily, Italy
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Location: Italy > Sicily > Islands of Sicily > Lampedusa
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Ranked #1 of 40 Hotels in Lampedusa
Number of rooms: 14

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