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
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
We booked Donna Carmela to from 18th-22nd October to celebrate our 30th Wedding anniversary,,,,,,,and we were NOT disappointed, We stayed in a romantic bungalow with its own Jacuzzi pool, set in secluded, beautiful surroundings.The hotel restaurant was fantastic for our celebratory meal.....food and wine were excellent, and the staff could not do enough for you.
We only wish we could have stayed for longer........a true paradise.
Fantastic hotel and wonderful staff.
Having not long returned from a wonderful 7 day break, a quick snapshot……
Hotel - Chic, relaxing, clean and very well presented
Food - On par if not better than some Michelin star restaurants we have dined in. Breakfast plentiful with a good variety
Service - Second to none, nothing was any trouble
Room - We stayed in one of the lodges in the gardens, surrounded by dense planting with sea views in the distance, fantastic!
Location - The hotel is remote, yet a shuttle service is available daily taking you to the various point's of interest in the locality, Taormina is a must!
Thanks for a great trip, a pat on the back to you all
Mike & Wendy
This is our second time to visit Donnacarmela’s- and after a rather disappointing stay at Villa Neri we appreciated the elegant atmosphere, the friendly and welcoming staff, the wonderful rooms, the Phantastic gardens and the restaurant more than ever.