Falconara Charming House Resort & Spa
What We Love
- A tranquil hillside retreat in Sicily, with a private bay overlooking a medieval castle Waking up to stunning views over an ancient medieval castle
- Sunbathing on the hotel’s own private beach
- Blissing out in the spa’s Turkish baths
What To Know
- Looks out over the sea and a medieval castle
- Relax by the swimming pool or play a game of tennis
- This is a secluded getaway perfect for sun-seekers, not hard partiers
Situated on the southeast coast of beautiful Sicily, with its very own private bay that gazes out over a tumbledown medieval castle, Falconara Charming House Resort & Spa is well-placed for a truly tranquil getaway. Blending effortlessly with the picturesque landscape, the Falconara is where nature meets history; wake up to sea vistas, castle views and plenty of fresh air.
Days here should be spent doing a whole lot of blissful nothing. Enjoy a long leisurely breakfast at the restaurant before heading down to the bay for a morning of sun-worshipping or taking a dip in the pool before a wander around the magnificent temples of Agrigento nearby.
You’ll probably want to check out the castle too, before heading back to the hotel for a blissful hour or two in its serene spa area, where you can enjoy treatments like chromotherapy showers, Turkish baths and massage treatments.
How to Get There
This is a beautiful hotel set in an amazing setting, we had a lovely room with a sea view which was an added bonus which we do not normally get and with a view of the castle. The only downside I would agree on is that you do need a car to visit other places as this is in the middle of nowhere, fortunately we did hire a car so had an enjoyable stay. You did have a choice at breakfast, I did enjoy the muesli with walnuts & seeds, plenty of fresh fruit, continental style breakfast & cooked food not to mention the pastries which I enjoyed especially with a cappuccino. The pool and surrounding area was lovely & I did enjoy having a swim. The private beach was the best part especially the sun beds as I prefer shade to sitting in the sun. I thought the layout of the gardens was beautiful & I took a lot of photos. A perfect relaxing holiday which I could not fault. Thank you Falconara, the helpful receptionists, the lovely friendly cleaners who do an excellent job, the restaurant staff who are always busy & not forgetting the gardeners. This was a holiday to remember & have many happy memories. I forgot to mention there is a kettle in the room with cups & tea bags & are refilled daily, so if you like your cuppa which I do while sitting out on the balcony you will not be disappointed.
Apart from the view of the castle there is very little reason to go to this hotel. It just has everything wrong. No atmosphere, poor service, food was average at best, spa disappointing and nothing to do.
I don't really understand the good reviews. The setting is nice and the quality of the building is good. But the food was limited in choice and not great. Breakfast seemed to have a lot but again not a good quality.
Very overpriced and I would definitely not return or recommend to others. The spa was just a Turkish bath which wasn't even hot. You had to pay extra for the sauna.
After two nights I was happy to be leaving.
We went there for our honeymoon. We booked the option including a 3 course dinner. Ubfortunatley we had a bit of delay with the flight and rental car. My husband called about this and also asked for maybe some sparkling wine because it was our first night of our honeymoon. We arrived at 22.30, we did still get some food (just a simple plate with ham and cheese). With the (unpersonally) check out we also had to pay the prosecco. Normally I could understand this but now we payed almost 100 euro for a bit of ham and cheese I would have appreciated it if this wine was on te house. The location is very beautiful and the beach is perfect. In Licata there's absuloutely nothing to do in september.
The beach at Falconara is drop dead gorgeous and the 'deluxe suite' is one of the nicest rooms I've ever seen. Located in between Agrigento and the hill towns near Syracuse, its a great place to stop for a few days. There's also a great little pizza place just outside the property with a huge patio and cheap beer and wine that you can bring back to your room. Unfortunately, the unfriendly service just doesn't match the five star setting so walk in with low expectations and it will be fine. A warning for those who booked on Expedia that the hotel will not honour the 'Deluxe Room' that is shown on the booking site as having a sea view. They will try to put you in a garden room and charge you a 100 Euro to upgrade. If this happens, just give Expedia a call and they will sort it out (we did it when we got back and got a refund for the extra amount paid).
We were looking for a decent hotel close-ish to Agrigento, and having never been to Sicily before, didn't really know the areas or where was good to stay. A deal came up on Secret Escapes dot-com, and it was a really good discount. I showed my husband, the photos of the rooms looked lovely, we saw it was close-ish to Agrigento, and so we booked it.
The staff here were all lovely. Everyone we spoke to was kind and helpful, if a bit disorganised (it *is* Italy...).
We were upgraded for free to a sea-view superior room that had really lovely views out over the sea, and the castle.
The dinner at the restaurant was really lovely-- I had lamb chops one night that were fantastic, and a branzino the next that was gorgeous.
The hotel is badly designed. There are far too many big open spaces. The rooms are dark, the bathrooms meh, the landscaping makes it look like it could be any resort, anywhere in the world (I've stayed in places in Palm Springs that look like this) and that is a SHAME, because Sicily has such a distinctive character, that when you're visiting, you want to stay somewhere Sicilian, not somewhere that could be a Marriott timeshare anywhere. There's also a massive swath of invasive grasses next to a tiny stream on the way to the rooms that could easily be a water loving plant that's native to Sicily that would make it look less like the landscaping isn't taken care of in the slightest (it is, there were gardeners taking care of the sweet memory, pruning it carefully, so there's no reason not to have some pretty Mediterranean plants in place).
The lack of Wifi in the rooms is SO annoying. I don't see any reason for it-- if its for peace and quiet there should be no TV either, so I'm assuming its just laziness on the part of hotel management because it'd be expensive to get it put in.
The breakfast is awful. Granted, I have food allergies (gluten) so eating breakfast anywhere in Italy is difficult, and Italians don't seem to do eggs well at all, but most places have a few protein choices available that aren't some limp looking ham and rubbery and runny (how do you manage to make them both?!) scrambled eggs. The baked goods selection looked lovely, however, and I do understand that this is a picky point because most people can eat most of what's there. The cappuccinos were adequate; I will never think about them again.
The air conditioning in our room didn't work- we had to call the reception and they switched it on from there. This was strange.
The pillows are so thin; there are spares in the closet. Why not just leave them on the bed in the first place?
All in all, I'd say this: if you are the type of person who likes your hotels to be professional, friendly, and slightly without personality (I don't mean this as an insult-- plenty of people love staying in chain hotels so that it feels familiar to them around the world) then you'll probably like this place a lot more than I did. I felt like I'd been cheated out of a couple of nights of Sicily, while in Sicily, which was disappointing.
Why did I give it 3 stars if I have so much bad stuff to say about it? Because I looked around that area and didn't see any choices that seemed better, to me. We wanted to be on that side of the island, near Agrigento, near the temple valley, etc, for a couple of nights, and I still think we managed to pick the best of what was available, so I think, if you want to be an hour from the valley of the temples, from the Turkish steps, and have somewhere comfy to come back to with a good dinner and a beach right there if you want to chill, it's totally fine.
(NB: I didn't go to the beach or to the spa so have no idea what they're like)