What We Love
- A gorgeous Sicilian boutique retreat, including a suite or lodge, a welcome drink and moreBeing only a short trip from the Ionian Sea, which is in view from the property
- Taking in the lush, gorgeous grounds, with more than 5,000 flowers and plants
- Wandering among the courtyard's lava stones or the bottles of the wine cellar
- Choosing between a suite and a lodge, with breakfast and extras included either way
What To Know
- Rooms are quite spacious and some suites have Mt. Etna views
- Concierge service is available 24/7
- Free Wifi
How to Get There
I have stayed here twice now. Both times were good. Modern well finished international standard boutique hotel with clean rooms and tastefully modern light airy public spaces. The bar area is very pleasant and there are spacious sunny terraces in the quiet private gardens outside. Breakfast and dinner were very good. Hotel and dining staff were very warm and welcoming. Location is good for a trip to Mount Etna ( a must do), Catania, or the famous Godfather film locations near Taormina (good fun - no need to overpay on a tour - its an easy self drive), there is lot within an hours drive from here. As this is a peaceful countryside location, I would recommend this for people with car hire, although hotel has a pick up from the airport around 30 mins drive away. As this property is on a hill side, you have both a great view of the sea and mount Etna as well
I stayed at Donna Carmela for New Year’s Eve. Great hotel grounds with a magnificent view on both the sea and the Etna. Charming atmosphere and overall very good service (welcome drink, luggage porter) and clean rooms.
The New Year Eve’s dinner was good, although not as gastronomic as expected (no wine pairings). Great party from midnight with unlimited champagne. Nice breakfast buffet, however slow service to get coffee and hot dishes.
Slightly disappointed with my classic room. Temperature control did not work. There was no ventilation in the bathroom, and varying water pressure. Some bathroom fixtures definitely need to be replaced (see attached pictures).
Comfort could be improved with small things such as additional amenities (e.g. tissues, electric kettle), more electrical sockets for charging mobile phones, and international channels on TV.
We stayed in a lodge and loved it. The hotel grounds are amazing as is the food. The only thing missing for me, was a pizza and that's probably due to it being 'fine dining'. Can't wait to come back in 2019 and am sure we will be back many times.
Stayed at Donna Carmela in early November, was immediately taken aback by the loveliness of the gardens, the really excellent food and the great staff.
We stayed one week organised by Fleetway Travel (or Tommy Fleetwood travel as someone I know calls it after the Ryder Cup star) and were picked up at Catania airport. Weather was good for us (20 degrees and sun on most days) some rain but we missed the downpours of the previous week.
We had half board and were delighted by the lovely food every evening. Staff were friendly and highly professional. Beer, wine and some spirits were replenished in the fridge every day! The room was large and divided into a bedroom (4 poster bed) and and equally sized sofa/living area, with two balconies overlooking the Ionian Sea.
We went out a few days to see some local towns using the minibus service the hotel provided as well as by train, and also used the free bikes from Donna Carmela.
Thanks so much to all at Donna Carmela. We relaxed perfectly thanks to you all. Sorry to leave (always a good sign)!
Firstly I must say that I have read a couple of bad revues for Donna Carmela which must be 'totally unwarranted'. I suggest the authors of these reviews return to their Travelodge and McDonalds where they are quite obviously more comfortable.
I am 75 years of age and spent a lot of time in Hotels of every standard both for business and holidays. I have received similar standards to Donna Carmela but certainly necer better from every point of view. The hotel itself is stunning with wonderful facilities. The staff are without exception incredible and go the last mile to be helpful and totally efficient. The complimentary airport transfer service is 100% efficient as is the chauffeured mini-bus service to local places of interest. The breakfast choice is excellent and served by friendly and helpful young ladies. The dinner menu has a wide tasty choice of beautifully presented dishes to suit everyone's taste. The dining room staff are attentive and helpful with a sense of humour which provides a lovely relaxed atmosphere over dinner. The actual room that we were allocated could not have been better with every little attention to detail catered for by the efficient and friendly domestic goddesses. We were offered a free mini-bar srvice which was replenished every day. That's a welcome bonus. Thank you ! There is a clean pool with once again every facility one could need including ample good quality sun-beds.
So we have resolved to return at least once a year to this absolute gem of relaxation. Thank you once again Donna Carmela for making our stay with you so enjoyable.
Colin & Ros Porter