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Reviewed 8 February 2019

Salina (Malfa village) – Hotel Santa Isabel

We decided to visit one of the Aeonian islands of Sicily and choose Salina based on a recommendation from friends. Salina is a beautiful green sleepy little island that has a main port where during the day its quite active and Malfa town on the other side of the island (app. 20 minutes by car) where it is quite lively at night. Our hotel Santa Isabel is right on a cliff and offers the best sunsets on the island and is well patronised during the sunsets every day. The best feature of the hotel is the large dinning area that leads out onto this expansive balcony overlooking the ocean and puts you in the perfect spot for sunsets, which are simply breathtaking.

Making these night memorable is Raffaele who is the cocktail bartended extraordinaire, he is the maître de and the life of the party every day and evening. Raffaele is well supported by a great team (inc. Orellio) and the chef who produces beautiful lunches and dinners every day. The front desk staff cannot do enough for you and everyone has a big smile when they greet you. When we return to Salina we will definitely stay at Santa Isabel again.

A few reviews mentioned the noise but if you are accustomed to city noise it won't really bother you, the hotel is right on the point and the road also narrows down to one lane, as a result locals stop, chat and look at the water which generates city noise, but as this is a quiet island it seems much louder. We didn’t really notice as we live in the heart of a city, our room was on the ground floor and our balcony basically abutted the road.

The rooms are very clean and have been renovated recently, they are more typical of the Greek renovations than Italy, very minimalistic and our room was quite large, particularly for Italy. This is a beautiful Hotel and worth consideration if you want to soak up the island atmosphere and all it has to offer.

Room tip: top floors would be less noisy
Date of stay: July 2018
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Thank chris_spring1
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Reviewed 31 July 2018 via mobile

Totally loved this place!

Our room had an incredible view over the ocean and was decorated in a rustic and simple style - perhaps not to everyone’s taste but personally I much prefer this to a stuffy ‘traditional’ hotel style.

The view from breakfast was one of the most stunning I have ever experienced - while the waiter was incredibly friendly and attentive. The food was delicious (admittedly we didn’t eat dinner here as we felt it would be wasted on our fussy toddlers) but there are plenty of delicious restaurants to choose from in Malfa, just a short and picturesque stroll up the narrow alleys from the hotel.

The sunset aperitifs is also not to be missed.

We loved the gorgeous beach just a steep 5 mins walk - yes it’s pebbly/rocky and a pair of rock shoes are recommended (also readily available in Malfa for just 6 euro) but sand is a bit of a pain anyway and who cares when the view is this good and the sea is this clear? We loved snorkeling and the cafe serves simple food and drinks enough to make leaving the beach unnecessary.

Our only slightly concern was the room we had was on two levels and the stairs were not ideal for our headstrong two year old - quite steep and with an open side that meant we couldn’t totally relax ... something perhaps the hotel should have flagged when we were booking.

All in all we loved this place though and would love to come back.

Date of stay: July 2018
Trip type: Traveled with family
Thank Fluffylittleleague
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Reviewed 26 July 2018 via mobile

This is a true special place. The view from the terrace is simply stunning. Breakfast is great and the restaurant In Se Natura has one of the best shrimp tartare in the planet. Marta at the reception, Raffaele at the bar, Marco in the kitchen, Aurelio and the entire staff are nice, extremely efficient and incredibly available. They made our stay unique.

I really enjoyed the Santa Isabel and I am looking forward to coming back

Date of stay: July 2018
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Thank lorenzo15789
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Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

For the price, it does not get much better than this. Perched just above the beautiful Punta Scarrio beach, this small hotel excels at courtesy, breakfast and cocktails. The morning offerings are plentiful (croissant, toasts, bread, organic jams, just picked mini pears, tomatoes, cereal, nuts, ham, cheese, yoghurt and just-out-of-the oven cakes!). At the end of the day the charming bartender who makes your espresso in the am, creates an amazing array of excellent cocktails. While I would rather drink wine, he convinced me to try his wild fennel, local lemon, ginger and vodka concoction. Best ever!!
Yes, the rooms are extremely basic, but do feature AC and internet access. Sometimes less is more. Ask for a room with a view, even a partial view.
If lounging is your thing, only the terrace next to restaurant is available (but lovely with pillow and low benches). No pool, which would have been welcome.
For taste of luxury, amble up the alley to the Signum Spa. $30 to while away the afternoon in various hot/cold pools...

Date of stay: July 2018
Trip type: Traveled solo
1  Thank Ritz1165
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Reviewed 19 February 2017

So let's start with the positives! The hotel has the most fabulous terrace with a bar and it is the best place around for watching the sun set with a drink. The rooms are nice but quite basic. It is a very simple design and considering the price it is good value. The key issue that I had was that the air conditioning was not very effective and I was visiting in August! There is a rock beach which would delight some people but wasn't for me. The breakfast was ok - but the view stunning. So it is quite a mix in terms of this place.

Date of stay: August 2016
  • Trip type: Traveled with friends
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3  Thank BoutiqueAdventurer
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