Il Borgo has wonderful, far-reaching views of the gorge and surrounding mountains from the pool-side, though you will not get these from some parts of the hotel – especially from the hotel-facing side of the new annexe part where we stayed. Our room was spacious enough with a large king size bed (very firm mattresses). The room had good air con and a roomy powerful shower. There was no noise at all at night, which was bliss.
The buffet breakfast, taken in the characterful old farmhouse building, consists of all the usual continental offerings: fruit, yoghurt, breads, cakes, pastries, boiled eggs and little cold antipasti. Jugs of fresh squeezed juice and coffee made to order. All quite yummy.
The pool / poolside was almost always deserted during our September stay as most people seem to use Il Borgo as a base for a few days from which to go exploring the area. The pool is unheated and not very large, but adequate for a short burst of front-crawl or for a cooling dip.
The car park is small, though if full there is always room to park on the road outside and this wasn’t a problem for us.
The reception staff were often busy, but sweet and helpful when needed (including assisting us in figuring out how to pay a parking fine we managed to pick up in Taormina!).
Our local highlights were: Alcantara Gorge, 5 mins drive; Etna (north), about 1 hour’s drive to Piano Provenzana; Castiglione - wonderful atmospheric, medieval hill-top town, 20 mins drive.
Il Borgo was not really my definition of a ‘luxury resort', but that was not what we were looking for and had a perfectly nice stay in this lovely rural setting.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Splendid luxury country resort, Il Borgo is only 20 kilometers away from Taormina, in the beautiful landscape of the Terralcantara farmstead, surrounded by over one hundred hectares of olive trees, vineyards and citrus groves that gently descend towards the sea. This is truly a spectacular view for the eyes and hearts of every traveler. Located in an ideal area to visit the Parco delle Gole dell'Alcantara and to go for walks along its trails, the country resort Il Borgo gives you the chance of enjoying a vacation in complete contact with nature and its products, staying in comfortable suites inside a completely renovated age-old farmhouse with a pool and restaurant. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Il Borgo Sicily/Castiglione Di Sicilia