Grand Hotel Minareto

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Val di Noto & The South East  |  Syracuse

97 bedrooms, sleeping 2-4

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Waterfront luxury with stunning views of Syracuse and Ortigia, and private section of beach

The Grand Hotel Minareto offers a unique prospect being the only luxury hotel in the Plemmerio Marine Nature Reserve. It combines a spectacular setting with excellent service and facilities in stylishly contemporary surroundings.

The promontory on which the Minareto sits is a thing of wonder, with swathes of lush carob, olive and palm trees giving way to hidden coves and crystal clear waters – not to mention the views beyond, across the water to Ortigia and the brooding drama of Mount Etna. There are two beach areas, one sandy cove and one rocky outcrop, readily equipped with parasols and sunbeds, so you can really make the most of the views and the cool sea breeze. And, being a marine reserve, the opportunities for snorkelling really shouldn’t be missed.

All the bedrooms are elegantly furnished and well equipped, with private balconies making the absolute best of the dazzling surroundings. The hotel's restaurant, Nesos, has the Titanic outside terrace for al fresco dining, offering a mix of Sicilian delicacies and Mediterranean dishes; the roof garden is particularly stunning throughout the summer months. There are also two bars where you can enjoy drinks by the pool or under the canopy of the stars on the Minareto terrace, plus a wine house offering a glass, or two!

Out and about, the hotel operates a shuttle service to the city of Syracuse, where you’ll find countless layers of cultural history to pick through. Reception can also pre-book a water taxi boat service (payable locally) across to the island of Ortigia, and the old centre of Syracuse – both an absolute must.

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Facilities in hotel

Swimming pool, Main restaurant Nesos and Titanic outside terrace in good weather, Two bars: Minareto and Poolside, wine house, spa, gym, bicycles, Wi-Fi in communal areas.  Private section of beach. Free shuttle bus to and from Ortigia, along with the option of a pre-bookable water taxi to the island of Ortigia (payable locally approx €20pp each way).

Facilities in room

En-suite shower room, hairdryer, minibar, safe, LCD television, internet connection, air-conditioning.

Location

  • Beach: By the beach
  • Restaurants: On-site, Syracuse 9km
  • Shops: Syracuse 9km
  • Main town: Syracuse 9km
  • Airport: Catania 67km, Comiso 114km, Palermo 297km

Rooms at Grand Hotel Minareto

Classic Room

From £969pp

Sleeps up to 2 

   

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Superior Room

From £1,011pp

Sleeps up to 3 (2 adults)

   

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Superior Sea View

From £1,123pp

Sleeps up to 3 (2 adults)

   

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Deluxe Sea View

From £1,249pp

Sleeps up to 4 (2 adults)

   

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Junior Suite Sea View

From £1,753pp

Sleeps up to 4 (2 adults)

   

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About the Local Area

ABOUT AREA

Syracuse, is the best known town in the south east region, and for good reason. It can be roughly divided into three parts, the modern town with its seaside promenades and broad avenues, the ancient Greek and Roman city at the foot of Monti Iblei and lastly, the island of Ortigia with its narrow streets, baroque churches and charming piazzas.

LOCAL BEACHES

Fontane Bianche
One of the best beaches in the region, Fontane Bianche is 3km stretch of coast, 15km from the centre of Syracuse. With fine white sand, a gently sloping seabed and warm, transparent sea, it is very popular with families. Sunloungers and parasols are available for hire.

Vendicari, Noto
In the heart of Vendicari Nature Reserve lies an 8km stretch of golden sand dunes, lagoons, cliffs and hidden bays. There are no sunloungers, bars or water sports and no crowds. A truly wonderful place to swim and well-suited to families but be sure to take anything you might need including water with you. You might see the occasional flamingo!

San Lorenzo
A favourite beach in this area as it is stunning with beautiful clear, turquoise water and a gently shelving sandy beach which is great for families. Head for the section that is not owned by a particular hotel or resort, where there is a beach hut serving ice cream and drinks. This beach does get busy in peak season.

FESTIVALS

Greek Theatre Syracuse - Mid May to late June
One of Sicily’s most prestigious cultural events each spring is the Greek Theatre Festival. At sunset, in the evocative setting of this ancient amphitheatre, a classical Greek comedy or tragedy is performed, transporting audiences thousands of years back in time.

Infiorata di Noto, Noto - May
Italy’s best-known flower festival sees one of the baroque town’s main streets, Via Nicolaci, carpeted with a series of flower tapestries. The day after the festival finishes children enjoy running through the petals scattering them in all directions.

Festa della Fragola, Cassibile and Syracuse – April & May
A celebration of the first crop of strawberries held every year around the end of April/beginning of May.

THINGS TO SEE & DO

Ortigia
Take a stroll around the enchanted cobbled streets of the island of Ortigia, stopping at bustling piazza’s and baroque churches along the way.

Piazza del Duomo
Spend an evening at Piazza del Duomo, a masterpiece of baroque architecture lined with restaurants and home to a stunning cathedral adapted by the Byzantines and later the Normans from a 5th century BC temple to Minerva.

Parco Archeologico della Neapolis
Visit the famous Greek ruins in Syracuse including the extremely well preserved Greek amphitheatre where classical theatre is performed in the summer months.

Val di Noto
Drive to the late baroque towns of the Val di Noto. The valley holds a series of picturesque towns composed almost entirely of baroque churches, palaces and house - a must see for architectural and historical enthusiasts.