I cannot say enough good things about Capofaro. My husband and I decided to spend a good portion of our honeymoon (8 days) at the resort and after a very long journey from New York City, we were not disappointed. From the moment we arrived, the staff at Capofaro did everything they could to make us feel welcomed and relaxed. Since it was our honeymoon, they even had a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine and dessert tray waiting in our room for us.
The resort is perched on top of a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and two of the other Aeolian Islands: Stromboli and Panarea (if you are lucky, at night, you can see Stromboli spew lava!). Capofaro is set in a working vineyard, which makes for a very peaceful and beautiful setting. While there is no private beach (few, if any, hotels on the island have this), the resort makes up for this with their amazing pool and lounge area that looks like it belongs on the cover of a travel magazine. The rooms are decorated very nicely and well kept. Each room has views of the ocean.
The food at Capofaro was very good and beautifully presented. If you want to venture into town for dinner, there are plenty of good options, but if you do not have a car, it can be bit pricey - 30 euro roundtrip for a taxi.
In addition to its beauty and good food, the staff at Capofaro really helped make the trip memorable. From the front desk staff who was eager to help answer questions regarding airport transfers, arrange taxis and also help us decide on the right excursions for us, to the attentive wait staff and bartenders, everyone was so friendly and really tried to go above and beyond to make our stay special. One example that really stands out is one night, when we ordered room service. To our surprise, practically the whole restaurant was brought up to our room so that we could dine just as well as if we were at the restaurant. They prepared a table out on our terrace, complete with romantic candlelight. We were not expecting anything extravagant (since it was room service!), but it really could not have been more romantic and special.
Capofaro is all about relaxation and enjoying some down time with friends or a partner - their "activities" consist of getting massages, taking a dip in the pool and having an aperitivo while watching the sun set. While these are all very worthy pursuits (and I enjoyed them all to the fullest!), for those who don't need so much down-time, there are also opportunities for adventure outside of the resort. I would recommend taking a day trip by boat (Capofaro can help you arrange this) to the island of Panarea. The town is very beautiful and the captain of the boat will also take you to out-of-the-way beaches and coves to go swimming and snorkeling. Another excursion that is well worth the money is a private boat rental - known as a gommone in Italian - these small motor boats can fit about 4 people and can be easily driven around Salina. My husband and I had never driven a boat before, but got the hang of it very easily and spent the day finding secluded coves around the island to swim in. This was one of the highlights of our trip! You can also rent at scooter for around 20 euros per day, which would give you the ability to drive to Salina's beaches. While the beaches are nice - especially Pollara - and deserve a visit, for me, they couldn't beat the allure of Capofaro's relaxing pool and attentive poolside service!
We could not be happier with our choice to spend our honeymoon at Capofaro!
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- The Wine Resort Capofaro is the best "zen" experience in Sicily ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Capofaro Malvasia Hotel Malfa
- Capofaro Malvasia And Resort
- Capofaro Malvasia & Resort Isola Di Salina, Italy - Malfa