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
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!
We stayed one night in the hotel, and a week in an apartment ( suite ) as a timeshare Getaway. The whole resort is delightful, the breakfast consists of a good choice of hot and cold items, and lots of locally sourced cheeses, jams and honey. The restaurant serves light lunches but is not open in the evening. Its a short walk to the port, shops, bars and restaurants.
The private beach is right outside the building, in a lovely bay.
Its easy to island hop for the day, tickets are available at Liberty Lines or Siremar.
Welcoming staff (Manager, Driver, Barman, etc.). We were again given a huge room (a suite really) with nice terrace. Beach is right outside the building. Hotel made an effort with the breakfast-buffet, which had many more fresh products this time.
We stayed one night and everything was perfect! The staff and service was great from beginning to end. The breakfast buffet was very good with a variety of foods from hot to cold. The hotel is situated in this small town, walking distance from the port and right on the black sand beach. All in all, it was a great stay 😊
It is hard to call this a "hotel" unless you are used to suites in a hotel. Kitchen and living room along with a seperate bedroom and bathroom. Really great experience. We could see the beautiful black sand beach from our porch and enjoy the sunset. We had a wonderful sunset dinner on the terrance that will always be remembered. We were on a family tour and this was a change in the hotel, way better than what we had been told. Nice and easy walk to town and the boat docks. Breakfast was great. The pool hours do need to be looked at but that was the only negative. Staff was always friendly and very helpful.