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“Don't look any further. This is the "Best" place on Salina.” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Capofaro Malvasia & Resort
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Malfa
Certificate of Excellence
Redwood City, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Don't look any further. This is the "Best" place on Salina.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2013

Seriously, we have friends who live in Catania who visit Salina every year and they recommended this place when we were booking. And I can say -- this is indeed the best "Resort" on Salina. We stayed there for about 5-6 days. I can tell you that the Service was great, friendly folks with an attitude to help. Rooms were spacious with great views of the Mediterranean. They truly make you feel welcome in this place. Great food, fantastic wine, awesome views, perfect swimming pool and my wife even enjoyed the spa there... We will most certainly visit again.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank AJ K
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Lier, Belgium
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23 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2013

our boat from Milazzo arrived with a 30 min delay but the taxi driver was still there waiting for us.Once we arrived, staff took over completely so that we didn't have to do a thing.We were driven in a golfcart to our beautifull suite : overlooking the deep blue see from a chalk wite terrasse; it was like a photo from a glossy magazine: perfection! We felt at home instantly
we spend a few days doing nothing but pleasant things:having lazy lunches, rent a boat and make a tour of the island: a steal at 80 euro/day , enjoying the granitas from Alfredo etc..
dinner at capofaro was excellent -we went for the tasting menue- and far better than what we had before in Sicily.
The one thing I didn't like was the (too) loud music that turned the pool area into some Buddha bar experience and the haevy bass sounds could be heard everywhere all the time We even heard the music when passing by the hotel on the sea !!(I kidd you not)

Room Tip: room 10 is really nice and far enough from the bar/resto area.There is though an odd smell of petrol...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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23 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2013

First of all, this was my second time, after a memorable dinner there last year.

Unfortunately I now have to overturn my review. In a nutshell:

1) Overall quality of the food was just ok, and definitely not outstanding as it was before and supposed to be;

2) While the quality fell down, prices have been increased unreasonably. Above all, the waiter warmed suggested us dishes off menu, which resulted to be far more expensive of any other on the menu (yet largely overpriced). Come on, that is a technique that just not fits a allegedly luxury restaurant;

3) Desserts were just insignificant (still priced like a lobster). A mortal sin in Sicily, world renowed for its desserts.

All in all, they have lost a frequent Salina guest.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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30 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2013

We arrived in Salina by boat and reserved a wine tasting and lunch via the beautiful (I discovered later) Jessica on the phone. A 10 euro (!) taxi ride from the main port up the hill and along the coast was great, then we got there and a nice young man from Rome very knowledgeable about wines led us, for 40 euros each, through a tasting (unlimited refills it seemed!) of 3 whites, 2 reds, and a dessert wine, all from Sicily (and one from this estate).

After we had a great lunch in the not crowded restaurant by the pool. Shady and breezy so we beat the July heat.

After we toured a room and they seemed discreet, quiet, but you better like white (floor, walls, ceiilings, and bed linens!).

Seems like a perfect place for a romantic weekend away from it all

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank philip s
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2013

The hotel is sorrounded by vineyards and olive trees.
Located close to the cliffs, you will have a wonderful scenario of Eolian Sea,
I would recommend to rent a car ( 60 euros x day) and visit Pollara ( just this).
I would also rent from Malba a motor boat ( 12o euro per day) and have a picnic in front of Pollara's cliff.
Santa Maria, the main town in Salina island is very limited.
Woud recommend Alfredo's and Gamberoni for dinner, still the best option anyway is having dinner in the hotel.

Room Tip: There are only 20 rooms, Special rooms probable do not worth the higher price charged.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank AlexR05
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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22 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2013

I have been meaning to get around to writing a review for Capofaro for several years now, because I am always remembering it with happiness. I'm not sure why it took me so long to put pen to paper.

I must admit that my experience of Capofaro might not be typical. We still had no accommodation on Salinas as our ferry approached the island. Capofaro was out of our price range, but I called hoping there might be a last minute vacancy on which we could strike a deal. We were in luck! We got one of the bungalow suites near the main office for a little less than half the standard rate, still at the top end of our budget but worth the experience.

Our bungalow was simple, but refined, airy and comfortable. All of the furnishings and fixtures were top notch. The view from our veranda featured vineyards and a whitewashed vineyard in the foreground, then the sea, then the volcanic island of Stromboli in the distance, which at night shot red sparks of lava into the sky.

Capofaro may have one of the best pool atmospheres I have seen at any hotel. It is elegant, long enough for exercise swimming and situated perfectly, with the open-air restaurant on one side and panoramic views of the sea and hills from other vantage points. As I recall, a few welcome drinks and snacks were part of the package, and there was nothing more relaxing that having a drink at the end of the day as the sun set, looking over the sea and watching Stromboli erupt.

The food was excellent for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I believe they had a Michelin-rated chef at the time. The staff was friendly to us and helpful in arranging activities, which is essential given Capofaro's location a bit outside of town.

The only downsides: We did witness the hotel staff not sufficiently assist a honeymooning couple from the UK who appeared to be being scammed by the owner of a boat they had rented. The owner/staff did not side with the rental provider, but they did little to help the couple either, who were hotel guests. The experience left us wondering if Capofaro could do a better job screening who they recommend for tours/rentals, etc., though we had a great experience with the people they put us in touch with. We also noted that, perhaps because of the price, the rest of the guests seemed to be either honeymooners from the UK or older Italian men with women who seemed to be 20 to 30 years their junior. They all seemed nice enough, but these two camps somewhat understandably kept to themselves most of the time, so the place is quiet.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Dublin, Ireland
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42 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2012

It is worth undertaking the long trip to arrive on the island of Salina, usually encompassing a plane to Catania, a bus or private driver to the port of Messina and a hydrofoil to the islands. Once you arrive at Capofaro you are immediately exported to another dimension. The hotel complex is situated among a malvasia sweet wine vinyard jutting out to sea. I say complex because this is no ordinary hotel rather a collection of independent traditional white washed bungalows. Each luxury bungalow has its own terrace and is very private. The pool which adjoins the restaurant. The restaurant is top class and among the best in Sicily, try the fish dishes and the local wines. We had an excellent local organic wine. Breakfast offers plenty of home bakes and natural juices which you can enjoy gazing out to sea and over to the volcano of Stromboli. Staff cannot do enough for guests and when you eventually leave you will do so reluctantly.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Capofaro Malvasia & Resort
Address: Via Capo Faro 3, 98050 Malfa, Sicily, Italy
Location: Italy > Sicily > Islands of Sicily > Aeolian Islands > Isola di Salina > Malfa
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Malfa
#2 Luxury Hotel in Malfa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Capofaro Malvasia & Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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