Hotel Les Sables Noirs
What We Love
- A picturesque stay on a black-sand Sicilian beach, with breakfast and a glass of proseccoSipping rooftop cocktails with stunning views over the bay
- Splashing about in the island’s Jacuzzi-like thermal springs
- Lazing beneath a parasol on the private, black-sand beach
What To Know
- The hotel is located just a five-minute walk from the island’s main street in Porto di Levante, and a 10-minute walk from the marina
- You can view Vulcano's crater from the pool
- Friendly receptionists speak English and are happy to arrange boat trips and provide suggestions on nearby bars and restaurants
Vulcano – one of eight islands in the Aeolian Archipelago off the coast of Sicily – may be tiny, but it packs a serious punch, with dramatic volcanic scenery, therapeutic mud baths and incredible, black-sand beaches.
Hotel Les Sables Noirs is the perfect place from which to enjoy its charms, with stunning views over Ponente Bay, an outdoor swimming pool and its own private beach. With stunning sea views, the Roof Bar and American Bar provide an idyllic spot for sunset drinks and buffet breakfasts featuring tasty regional produce – think Etna honey, almonds, and pecorino cheese.
Handily located in Porto di Levante, the hotel is just a short walk from the main marina and town center. While you’re here, don’t miss the chance to clamber up to explore the vast, steaming crater of Fossa di Volcano and a indulge in a blissful mud-bath session.
Splashes of bright teal liven up the Comfort rooms, which boast a veranda, from which you can take in the pretty garden views.
Breakfast comes in the form of a delicious buffet, with proper Italian espresso naturalmente, on The American Bar’s panoramic terrace. It also serves a small selection of light dishes prepared with local products later in the day, while Porto di Levante has no shortage of trattorias where you can try Sicilian specialties. As for aperitifs, head to the hotel’s Roof Bar for the most beautiful sunset views over the Tyrrhenian Sea.
The Aeolian Islands cluster 16 miles north of Sicily, sharing the same balmy Mediterranean weather and azure seas. Vulcano is one of the most distinctive of the set, thanks to its black-sand beaches and huge, smoking volcanic crater – the Romans believed it was the chimney of the fire god Vulcan’s workshops. The hotel is located just a five-minutes walk from the island’s main street in Porto di Levante, and a 10-minute walk from the marina.
How to Get There
Our first Aoelian island stop and we were picked up from the ferry jetty by Alesandro and driven a short distance to Hotel where we were welcomed. Our booked room was upgraded to a beach view suite and was just lovely and a very pleasant surprise!
The owner helped us with a local boat operator who took us out from the black sand beach outside the hotel to visit a cave and swim & snorkel.
We walked the volcano one early evening to watch the sunset and explore, we even walked the small lesser volcano on the Lipari side of Vulcano. Caution not a track well used or sign posted!
Thankyou for having us and sharing Vulcano we will return.
Ida & Paul
Also wonderful selection of Miele (honey) from Vulcano 4 different flavours at breakfast i was in heaven. The breakfast selection was a credit to the hotel and all the staff we met and spoke to also great ambassador's.
Enormous rooms with a separate living room with kitchenette
Free transfer provided to the port which was much appreciated
2 glasses provided with kitchenette, kettle and mugs had to be requested (no tea bags or coffee provided), 20 euros / day to equip the kitchenette
Building work going on in the spa, informed it was not available on arrival, offered 20EUR credit against a treatment
No iron available (which to be fair is not listed as a service)
Pool open 9-1, 3-7. Too deep to stand up in as average height female, if anyone actually swims the south area floods. Dont leave your £1000 iPhone on the floor.
Beach is a roped off area on a public beach, towels and loungers provided.
Maintenance problems were quickly fixed.
Would I stay here again? I'd probably pay the extra for Therassia.
I have to say this is a first class hotel, tucked away from the main drag and on its own private beach.
All staff were amazing and very friendly and reception were always extremely helpful. Management was run perfectly by Antonella and she couldn't do enough to help, organising the mini bus back from the port to the airport and transport to and from the port in Vulcano.
Breakfasts were amazing - so much choice of hot and cold foods, fruit, cakes etc.
And my friend and I LOVED the roof cocktail bar where free snacks were served in the evening with the wonderful cocktails prepared by Moses (Mose in Italian) - great cocktail maker! It seemed he really enjoyed his work and the same at breakfast time when he was happy to serve at the tables even though it was a buffet service!
Rooms lovely - mine had a living room attached with a sofa bed - and cleaned every day with fresh sheets and towels.
Also great pool which I had to myself sometimes!