Therasia Resort Sea & Spa
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes breakfast, sparkling wine on arrival, spa access, transfers to/from the port of Vulcano and free soft drinks from the minibar
- Postcard-worthy view of Lipari and its faraglioni (freestanding rock formations off the coast), with the other Aeolian islands in the distance
- Privacy: The resort is on a promontory away from everything else
- The romantic terrace is perfectly positioned to take in stunning sunsets
What To Know
- Vulcano is known for its sulfuric mudbaths, which emit a strong aroma that hits as soon as the ferry pulls in. The resort is far enough away not to smell it, but be warned
- It’s very popular with families when kids are out of school
- Some of the rooms (and especially the bathrooms) are small
- The property is seasonal and closes on September 30; we've secured Flash sale rates from May 10 through July 1, 2014
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Smoldering volcanoes, bubbling mud baths and black sand beaches make up the seven Aeolian Islands off the coast of Sicily. Vulcano, the least developed of them, is home to Therasia Resort Sea & Spa, a secluded spot on a private promontory with a palm tree–lined terrace and infinity pool. Light, bright and breezy, the low-rise buildings are whitewashed and have vaulted ceilings, archways and wrought iron railings. The interiors make the most of local materials including Sicilian terra-cotta, cedar and molten rock from Mount Etna, and colorful modern art pieces dot the walls.
Bed and Bath
The 97 guestrooms continue the all-white vibe with white floor tiles, bedspreads and furniture. Subtle splashes of color feature in the bright majolica headboards in some rooms; wrought iron four-posters take center stage in the others. All rooms have a shaded balcony or terrace. The bathrooms are on the small side but all have impressive sinks cut from black lava rock (some of the marble and tiling could do with a refresh).
The hotel is proud of its gourmet restaurant, Il Cappero, but its menu is a tad complicated and unsuccessful. On the other hand, the simpler dishes at the other two restaurants shine, particularly lunch at the poolside outdoor restaurant. Grilled local swordfish, tuna and calamari, as well as the linguine with sea urchin and the pizzas are all delicious. So are the cocktails, particularly an Aperol spritz on the large white stone terrace at sunset. If you’re not chartering the hotel’s crewed motorboats, you’re at the pool with the stunning Lipari/faraglioni view, swimming in the sea (there’s ladder access from the rocks below the pool) or at the spa having a volcanic black sand scrub.
In the Area
Vulcano is the southernmost island of the Aeolians, but daytripping to the other islands is an easy 30- to 90-minute ferry ride. Glamorous Panarea, a prime setting for models, actresses and European royals arriving by yacht, comes alive at night when the nightclub at the Hotel Raya starts up, but by day the main town has plenty of chic shops (such as Raya’s separate boutique) and infinitely charming lanes of whitewashed houses to stroll. Stromboli, home of the famous constantly erupting volcano, is best seen from a boat at night, when torrents of molten lava can flow down the side; at the very least, you’ll see puffs of red smoke. Salina is home to vineyards that produce the sweet wine Malvasia, and fields of capers. Head to the village of Lingua to sample the island’s best granita in a rainbow of flavors at Da Alfredo.
How to Get There
This property is one of the most stunning we stayed at in all of Sicily. You can’t beat the views of Lipari and Stromboli.
What really made our stay was the best service we have ever had from any concierge in the world from VERONICA SORBELLO. Veronica booked us a private boat to tour Salina, Panarea, & Stromboli. This was one of the best experiences we have ever done and would highly recommend it. Veronica even touched in with us on her days off!!!! Veronica also got us a private water taxi to go for dinner in Lipari and helped us with car rentals and ferries.
Overall we loved this place.
Would definitely go back.
For the eighth consecutive year we spent 12 days at Therasia. Every year we find pleasant news as well as all the usual amenities. The view is enchanting, we never tire of admiring it from sunrise and sunset, the infinity pool with a view of the faraglioni of Lipari has no equal in Europe, the two pools of sea water, the descent to the sea with a water with a limpid emerald green color, comfortable deckchairs and umbrellas, excellent bars and restaurants make our holiday very pleasant. The whole staff is very kind, starting from the directors Trani and Tiretti who supervise the good progress of the hotel with professionalism and passion, the drivers of the shuttle including Ciro, the lifeguards Filippo, Giuseppe and Dominique, the polite cleaning ladies including Stella and Tiziana, the spa staff including Loredana, the bartenders including Francesca, the maitre and the waiters including Enrico pamper us with their kindness. We will definitely be back next year.
Great service with friendly staff and delicious cuisine! We had a wonderful stay with our family which included toddlers and the staff was very welcoming and accommodating... would recommend to anyone who wants a 5 star hotel with spectacular views!! Thank you for your wonderful service and hospitality and we’re looking forward to our next stay.