I have delayed my review for a month to complete our second full month of travel ( by car ) in Italy before reviewing Monaci. My aim is to be constructive.
Monaci is Guido's passion and he has certainly achieved a lot in two years of development. But Monaci still has a long way to go to be great and value for money.
The agricultural venture consists largely of fruit trees on terraces. They have been overgrown and don't look attractive. A lot more work.
This is not a family friendly resort. The rooms are not very suitable and the rough steps and some significant unprotected drops are a hazard. The food menu, meal timing and dining provision for families is not acceptable. Monaci seeks to offer slow dining and it just doesn't work with small children. Our expatriate and his wife with twin 5 year old boys living in England met us at Monaci. They stayed a week. My wife and I stayed 5 days.
The pool was too cold for children and there is no play equipment.
Our room had the embarrassing situation that anyone going to the toilet next door sounded like a fire hose - and using the shower was similar. Flushing at night was awful.
Travelling for 3 months, my wife and I need to hand wash clothes. The hand basin was useless and there was no provision for drying clothes.
Breakfast was interesting, served on the terrace but it would be helpful to get rid of some stones and flatten the ground. It was a bit too rough and the stone stairs would be difficult for people with knee problems or the elderly.
This is a romantic location for the honeymooner and gay market. The food is certainly very good and it is served very slowly in a nice dining room so a long and romantic dinner is certain.
After 2 months in Italy and 3 months last year in France and several other international holidays in between, my wife and I don't think that Monaci, as currently presented, is value for money compared with other offerings in Italy. But Guido will probably succeed in achieving his passion and we hope he does.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In 2007, by chance, I stumbled upon this place, fell in love with it and decided to devote my life to its resurrection.To bring this place, previously chosen by the monks of Saint Anna’s order for his special energy and extraordinary charm, back to life. It has become the second great project of my life. The estate Monaci delle Terre Nere is situated along the slopes of Mount Etna, the biggest volcano in Europe on the border of the Etna National Park at 500mt above sea level. My wish has been to preserve the historic identity and local traditions, more than a Boutique Hotel it is a home which I hope retains its intimacy. The house which dates from 1800 is listed as one of historical importance. It is now a place where traditional Sicilian Architecture is combined with contemporary art and living. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Monaci Delle Terre Nere Zafferana Etnea, Sicily, Italy