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Monaci delle Terre Nere Country Boutique Hotel

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Via Monaci snc, 95019 Zafferana Etnea, Sicily Italy
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#3 of 22 Specialty lodging in Zafferana Etnea
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4.5
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4.6
Service
4.5
Value
4.0
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Stylish and sustainable, Monaci delle Terre Nere is a luxury hotel and countryside retreat situated on the slopes of Mount Etna, with views over the Mediterranean sea. With an 18th century villa at its heart, the eco-friendly estate has 27 elegantly-designed rooms, suites and villas in renovated farm buildings, scattered among 60 acres of fruit orchards, terraced vineyards and gardens. With two restaurants: Locanda Nerello serving creative cuisine, and a poolside restaurant which is perfect for casual dining, the hotel champions slow food and many of the ingredients served are grown on the farm or are sourced from zero-km producers. Charming Convivium Bar serves imaginative Sicilian cocktails and the extensive grounds and scenic pool offers plenty of natural beauty. The expert hotel team can arrange Sicilian cooking classes with the Chef, Etna wine tastings guided by the head sommelier, horseriding, yoga, private boat trips and even helicopter tours from the estate's own helipad, to explore the volcano and coastline. Monaci delle Terre Nere is a peaceful base to explore Etna, Taormina, Catania and the beautiful eastern coast of Sicily, and is ideal for couples, families and friends.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Yoga room
Free breakfast
Badminton
Bicycles available
Children's playground
Electric vehicle charging station
Valet parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Kids' meals
Snack bar
Wine / champagne
Poolside bar
Hiking
Horseback riding
Table tennis
Tennis court offsite
Walking tours
Indoor play area for children
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Highchairs available
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Airport transportation
Taxi service
Banquet room
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Manicure
Massage
Neck massage
Pedicure
Baggage storage
Concierge
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shops
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Doorperson
First aid kit
Umbrella
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Clothes dryer
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Allergy-free room
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Desk
Fireplace
Coffee / tea maker
Extra long beds
Bidet
Soundproof rooms
Air purifier
Bathrobes
Housekeeping
Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
Safe
Seating area
Sofa
Telephone
VIP room facilities
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Minibar
Electric kettle
Sofa bed
Walk-in shower
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Kathy C wrote a review Sep 25
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We had a glorious three nights at Monaci! The entire staff went above and beyond to create a welcoming vibe. We met and talked with the owners one evening and learned even more about the hope, history and vision for the property. Views and walking paths are extraordinary--rows or herbs, fruit trees, grapes and native vegetation. I cannot stop thinking about the delicious breakfast and those funky barstools! We hope to return for sure.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Stefan S wrote a review Sep 23
New York City, New York18 contributions26 helpful votes
This resort billed as a Relais & Chateau property is beautifully situated in a hilly vineyard and olive grove with rooms spread apart and reachable by golf cart. The restaurant is located in a 19th century building and is the standout of this property. Excellent food and, of course, wine locally produced. But how unfortunate that the service is amateurish and careless. Young poorly trained staff are the rule here. And we stayed in a so called "classic"room which was small, poorly furnished, with a tiny bathroom with no room for even our toothbrush and cosmetics. And would it be too much to supply tissues to guests? The beautifully designed pool holds a surprise: Freezing cold water Yes, it is a resort committed to bio and environment consciousness but, unfortunately here at the cost of guest comfort.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Room Tip: I did not stay in one, but suites would be better
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London traveller wrote a review Sep 21
London, United Kingdom55 contributions42 helpful votes
We were greeted warmly by Fabio and the team and had a well appointed room nearby. Some of the rooms need a golf cart. The menu was a bit limited as we didn’t want to do the full Tasting menu but all the ingredients were very fresh and Marco took great trouble to find me a wine I like. They even changed my food when I didn’t like my choice. Breakfast on the terraces was lovely. The only downside was the pool was cold and there were lots of biting insects so take plenty of repellent if you plan to sit by the pool.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Tom G wrote a review Sep 5
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Firstly, the location is stunning with Etna above and views of the coastline below. Prior to arriving, I arranged a surprise upgrade for my partner and was so appreciative of the assistance offered by the Monaci team in making this happen. Upon arrival, we were greeted with a welcome drink and sat in the stunning garden while we enjoyed our drink. We were then driven to our suite. The Monaci Pool Villa (Monaci had surprised me with a further upgrade). This Villa was perfect - stunning views, private pool, private garden with table and day beds, a beautiful sitting room, comfortable bed and a beautiful bathroom. The villa also paid homage to the region with plenty of natural light and an incorporated lava rock feature in the room. Breakfast was fantastic serving everything you would expect, with a focus on local produce. We made an effort to explore the property and try all of the facilities and amenities available. From using the extensive grounds for exercise, there are plenty of routes available for a walk or run. The main pool area and the pool itself is a beautiful spot to relax, have a drink and soak up the sun. Our dining experience was amazing and again in such a beautiful location! We loved the slow food and enjoyed the recommendations made by the sommelier. The bar is also stunning and has a great range of beverages and bar food, we were fortunate enough to be staying on a night there was live music playing so we sat in the garden enjoyed our beverages and the live music. We also tried a cooking class (pasta making) which was fun. Monaci has everything, it is the perfect place to relax and unwind for a few days. One minor suggestion - I would suggest revising the price of the Wine Tasting experiences. This was one experience we would have liked to try. A sincere thank you for making our stay in Etna extra special.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Room Tip: Consider the distance from the main building (access to amenities vs privacy). Regardless, there...
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Chris wrote a review Aug 2022
6 contributions4 helpful votes
We stayed 3 nights while on honeymoon and had a fabulous time. Nuwan greeted us straight out of our private transfer from Taormina. We were explained the layout, ethos and history of the site and walked to the pool bar for some complementary wine from Rosario. We received a triple upgrade to room 7 - a delightfully rustic, stone wine press converted into a gorgeous and well-appointed boutique suite with stunning views and a private pool. Every member of staff greeted us warmly in such a way that we really noticed and they all somehow knew who we were to congratulate us on our marriage. Marco, the sommelier, is mentioned in many reviews here for good reason. Generous, knowledgeable and personable, he greatly enhanced our stay. As did Luisa, with whom we had a superb pasta making session that even included a guided walk through the herb garden and vegetable plots with the head groundsman, picking fresh produce as we went. In contrast to other reviews, we enjoyed the breakfast and found there to be sufficient variety of grains, cakes, fresh fruit, homemade yoghurts, jams, local honey, bread, salads and eggs however you like. There was even nut butter and alternative milks available. The restaurant in the evening had a good menu that caters for vegetarians and meat/fish eaters, though is pricey. Delicious cocktails in the bar, take advantage of happy hour if you can. The tranquility of the estate and general ecologically sensitive ethos of Monaci - with a focus on slow food - chimed with us and enhanced our stay, especially after the madness of touristy Taormina. The negatives? It's expensive, probably overpriced even for the lovely stay we had, especially if you eat every meal on-site. That said, at least for us we felt appreciated and had a lovely stay.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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the limes wrote a review Aug 2022
London, United Kingdom13 contributions2 helpful votes
We stayed here for 2 nights and it was the low point of a wonderful trip to Sicily. I give this review 2 stars because the restaurant was a good experience - breakfast on the terrace, the staff, and in particular the sommelier. But the hotel... terrible welcome where after a long journey we could not get water or see our rooms but were constantly offered wine. The air conditioning was not working and no-one could fix. We were there to visit Mount Etna and again the hotel were useless unless you want a helicopter trip or expensive private guide they can't help. This is all style, obsequiousness and no substance - such a disappointment - don't go.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Laurentadpole wrote a review Aug 2022
London, United Kingdom5 contributions
We stayed in 4 hotels in Sicily and Monaci was the most expensive and the one we were most looking forward to yet was the most underwhelming. We had 5 nights booked and ended up checking out after 2. Pros: - Nice pool area and sufficient beds - Room was nice if a bit too rustic (in a non polished way, there were leaks after heavy rain) - Sommelier Marco was great, very friendly and most personable of all the staff - Convivium bar was good, staff were good and cocktails excellent Negatives: - Food in the restaurant was hit and miss, some dishes were ok some were tasteless, but none were up to standard for this level of hotel / restaurant - Breakfast was the worst we have ever had in a hotel, buffet style mostly baked pies / flans. The only option to order cooked breakfast is eggs, which arrived undercooked in all their forms. - Service was unorganised, inconsistent and impersonal (aside from Marco). There were no personal touches you would expect at this level of hotel. We visited at an unfortunate time as Etna seems to have its own microclimate of rain and thunderstorms (this wasn’t the case in even the closest town Taormina), however, the visit could probably have been saved with good food and service. We decided to leave after the second bad breakfast experience and because we didn’t want to have the food in the restaurant for another night (the hotel is quite isolated if you would like to leave for another restaurant). Monaci will argue that all their food is grown on site sustainably, this is not an excuse for poor quality, particularly as our previous hotel in Sicily (Country House Villadorata) also had the same ethos and their food was some of the best we have ever had in a hotel by comparison. We have never left a hotel early before so we would advise to stay elsewhere, the experience at Monaci doesn’t meet the price point. The fact Monaci argue against all constructive feedback on Tripadvisor is reflective of their approach to customer service.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Mehmet K wrote a review Aug 2022
Istanbul, Turkey4 contributions
Not worth the money. Don’t get me wrong it is a nice hotel, the facility is nice and all but in my opinion it did not deserve the price. The breakfast buffet looks cheap. Their wine tasting only includes their own crappy wines. The staff is helpful but they feel very cold. Sorry but I expected more from a hotel at this price caliber.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: I wouldn’t consider doing the wine tasting event.
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jonfbrighton wrote a review Jul 2022
Brighton, United Kingdom60 contributions21 helpful votes
Plus points: - location lovey nature / views. - bar and pool lovely set up / great views / nice ambiance. - buggie transfer staff around the grounds were friendly and great. - Sommelier was v good. - bar staff gréât - main house unique. - breakfast- have the eggs. Development points: - we did not think the evening meal lived up to 5* standards. - more time needs to be spent familiarising guests at the beginning as the estate can be something of a maze / a bit more slick. Notes: - beware mosquitoes - bring spray then you should be ok.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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oren_10 wrote a review Jul 2022
tel aviv38 contributions42 helpful votes
Great nature, country side hotel with unique charm. I am happy we came over however a lot of the service should improve mainly the food side. The front desk and house keeping services are great but every thing that relates to the food , including service and the food itself was under what you would except from this level of an hotel. We decided to eat in other places around the hotel but it wasn't convenient .
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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$377 - $1,206 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
ItalySicilyProvince of CataniaZafferana Etnea
NUMBER OF ROOMS
27
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Frequently Asked Questions about Monaci delle Terre Nere Country Boutique Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Monaci delle Terre Nere Country Boutique Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Dario Vaghi - Etna Excursion Naturalistic Guide (3.2 miles), Casa delle Farfalle (4.2 miles), and Oro d'Etna (1.5 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Monaci delle Terre Nere Country Boutique Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Monaci delle Terre Nere Country Boutique Hotel?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a bidet.
What food & drink options are available at Monaci delle Terre Nere Country Boutique Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Monaci delle Terre Nere Country Boutique Hotel?
Yes, free parking and valet parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Monaci delle Terre Nere Country Boutique Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Vulcanica Pizza Contemporanea, Viagrande pizzeria bistrot, and Dolceria Salemi.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Monaci delle Terre Nere Country Boutique Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a yoga room during their stay.
Does Monaci delle Terre Nere Country Boutique Hotel have airport transportation?
Yes, Monaci delle Terre Nere Country Boutique Hotel offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Monaci delle Terre Nere Country Boutique Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Monaci delle Terre Nere Country Boutique Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Monaci delle Terre Nere Country Boutique Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, German, Italian, and Russian.