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Relais Santa Anastasia
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Castelbuono
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

love it , went on honeymoon in july 2012 and it has to be one the most relaxing experiences of my life ! the rooms were well equipt with a bath, shower, bede and toilet complete with robes and slippers. the vineyards and scenery outstanding ! recommend the pony trek through the grounds this was a lovely way to spend the morning and the pool side / area is just lovely . its only downside is it is out of the way a bit you will need a car to explore all that sicilly has to offer and the food at this hotel although very nice can be a bit samey ! the wine especially the litra is gorgeous and the wine tour is worth doing if only to gain a deeper apreciation of the craft and taste . All in all one of the best places we have stayed in . perfect for couples and honeymooners ... would be a bit boring for children .

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 24, 2013

We just got back after 2 weeks in beautiful Sicily. The first week was a self-guided hike arranged by Inntravel.co.uk. Our long hike (over several days and inns) terminated at the Relais. We walked into heaven as the gates swung out for us as we entered the courtyard. We stayed for 3 nights in a lovely, spotless room overlooking horses grazing and terraced vineyards. The desk staff without exception was outstanding, warm and helpful. The food was downright remarkable (OH! and the WINE! Fantastico!) and abundant (good thing we did all that hiking!). The views from the pool were utterly restorative - as was the pool. I went horseback riding for 2 hours around the vineyard with 2 Sicilian cowboys that were a joy to ride with - despite language shortcomings. Chasing wild pigs and laughing in the light. We'd return in less that a heartbeat. Just go.

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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 2, 2013

Hesitated a little before giving five stars. Remember, this is an agriturismo, or speciality lodging, not a hotel! With that in mind, just go there! This is a true gem, very romantic with its beautiful surroundings, wonderful ambience in the historic buildings, fantastic staff - all very helpful, good food. So, now on to more details. We stayed at the Relais Santa Anastasia for 11 nights. Arrived in the evening and started with a late dinner at the restaurant. Actually, there are two. One open for breakfast and lunch, and one for the evenings. Both often arrange meals for people celebrating weddings, anniversaries, birthdays. It is a popular place for a lunch, with the stunning views over the coastline and the islands in the distance, surrounded by mountains and vineyards. We found the meals in the restaurant good, but not excellent. It is convenient, so you don't have to drive anywhere in the evening, and while good, even better food can be found elsewhere. The wines come from the Abbazia Santa Anastasia - this is agriturismo, so the relais is part of the wine company with cellars next door and vineyards all around. We had a nice room, all have names of grapes, ours was perricone. Room was spacious, equipped with an extra bed/lounge. From some of the other rooms (there are 29) there are views over the coastline, while ours overlooked the garden and courtyard. Bathroom was well equipped (photos tell you more). Room was clean, of course, as were all other areas of the relais. Noise from neighbouring bathrooms is a slight drawback. There was a terrace with pool and several lounges. Staff at reception were very helpful, giving us driving directions, restaurant recommendations in nearby Castelbuono, Cefalù and also in Taormina (great!!), maps, assistance in making reservations, doing the internet flight check-in etc etc. Most of the employees speak English and/or German, and there is especially one lady, working in the reception, who is fluent in five languages! Breakfast buffet is OK - but you have the possibility of getting fried eggs, scrambled eggs, omelette, freshly squeezed orange juice and all kinds of coffees, espresso etc free of charge, but you have to order it. Most order coffee, and never realize that there are so many other choices available! Sometimes, there is a menu placed on the tables, but often not. On the grounds of the Santa Anastasia it is also possible to go for a couple of hikes. However, they are also helpful in providing maps for the surrounding Madonie mountains, so the really experienced hiker have something also for them! A visit to the wine cellar is also possible, and remember, they are not only ecological wine producers, they are also one of the top 10-15 of Sicily! Treatments like facials, manicure or pedicure can also be booked (in advance). Horse riding can also be arranged. In the summertime, the relais can offer entrance to a beach club in Cefalù, or you can stay by the pool. This time of year, we could spend some time by the pool and a couple of days on the beach (beach club opens in season, which approx is from June 1). If we weren't married already, we would celebrate our wedding there - maybe we'll come back and celebrate a future anniversary?

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

We spent 4 days at Relais Santa Anastasia, as part of a Spring holiday in Sicily. What a wonderful property – an absolute gem in Castelbuono!

From the first moment we entered the relais (an old abbey – very tastefully rebuilt), we felt very welcome and relaxed. Everything is very clean inside and around the relais, food quality is superb (both breakfast and dinner), and wine quality is very good. Service is friendly and very helpful, both at the reception and in the restaurants. The views over the Castelbuono hills are superb, and the relais is hidden away amidst acres of olives and wine fields.

This is by far the best place ever we have stayed at in Sicily. Only one minor comment: room walls are rather thin, so ask for a room in a quiet location if you want absolute silence during mornings/evenings.

Highly recommended relais!!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank TonnyVanmunster
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

We stayed at Santa Anastasia for three nights at the end of March on our first visit to Sicily. This beautiful old converted, 12th century, Benedictine abbey far exceeded our expectations. Don't come here if you want the bright lights and buzzing activity on your doorstep; but if you're looking for a totally quiet, tranquil, historic and supremely comfortable small hotel set high in the hills with vineyards tumbling steeply down towards the distant sea, Santa Anastasia is for you. OK, we were out of season, few other guests, and had the best room (large, with antique furniture and a bathroom+bath to die for), so it may not always be so idyllic. But this place is special. The cuisine in the restaurant is superb and reasonably priced, the excellent wines all local from the winery that forms part of the estate. Staff are extremely pleasant and helpful. Gorgeous big pool, for when it's swimming weather. The views are sensational, and birdlife plentiful. (Two quick glimpses of a hoopoe made my day!) Walking, riding, wine-tasting can all be arranged. For an authentic, unspoilt small mountain town, Castelbuono is only twenty minutes by car. Cefalu, ancient historic town on the coast just slightly further. We loved Santa Anastasia and hope to come back one day.

Room Tip: They are all named after wines. We were in 'Tocai'.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

We only came for the lunch and winery tour but would absolutely love to come again and stay. Sicily has many wonderful spots to enjoy local wines and food but this property has a truly magnificent kitchen. Our lunch was full of prosperous local families enjoying a leisurely and delicious Sunday lunch. We have had many wonderful meals but not sure we ever had a better one. Highly recommended

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

We stayed there for three days last year during the high season. Place totally answered to our expectations, actually was even better than we hoped. Professional and friendly staff. Though we didn´t had the best room (made the last minute booking and got the last room) on our first day (we didn´t complaine, but they sayd so:D) they moved us to better one next day (on their's own initiative). Both rooms were nicely decorated, second one was perfect (spacious and comfortable). Lovely buildings, nice pool (we didn´t miss the crowded beach for a second) and romantic dinner restaurant. Our opinion is that breakfast and it´s service staff did not respond to five star hotel and dinners weren´t definately one of the bests, but it didn´t change our feelings about the place in general. Breathtakingly beautiful nature and views, climbing the stairs up to their ´´panorama square´´ is worthwhile. Visiting nearby Castelbuono city is a must while staying there - very charming little city. Would (and probably will) return there! Oh, and our last day they made a little excursion to us in their winery and explained how everything works there:)

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Address: Contrada Sant'Anastasia SNC | Autostrada A20, 90013 Castelbuono, Sicily, Italy
Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Palermo > Castelbuono
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Castelbuono
Price Range: $124 - $217 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Relais Santa Anastasia 5*
Number of rooms: 29
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