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
Very impressive when you arrive. Shuttle to town a convenience but odd times and not frequent enough.
Rooms were nice. Slight smell of mustiness in rooms facing hillside. There are ample scented infusion bottles everywhere which leads me to believe they know there is a smell. The suite facing the water was fine.
The restaurant experience was not up to standards. We tried 2 of the 3 restaurants.
It’s as if the kitchen staff isn’t adequately trained for a 5* hotel. I don’t expect to find kiwi skins and pineapple cores in my fruit.
These little things are part of the experience. Great showers and robes. Mini bar free. Beds very nice. Staff tries hard to please. A hotel that sits alone on a fabulous view point should have everything right. That’s what you are there to experience.
This lovely hotel is in a magnificent location. Rooms are more than adequate and our welcome was excellent. However - and unusually for me - I happened to be part of a group booking of 10 people. At 7.15, I went for breakfast and entered the breakfast room where just 3 people were eating. I went to a table near the windows with a nice view. I was then approached to be told that I had to sit at a table allocated for the group! This was out of the way at the back. As no other group members appeared I ate alone at a table for 10 with little view! When I left he room at. 7.45 there were then just 6 others left in the room. What a foolish management policy and one that will certainly colour my memories of the visit! If you are in a group, you seem to be only a second class citizen reluctantly accepted in a first class establishment.
We came here on a tour, and on arrival were greeted by an amazing sunset view. The staff are all pleasant, the room spacious, airy, and well-appointed, and the food we had in the main restaurant was tasty. Breakfast selection was excellent, and included Prosecco!
The situation is away from the main town, and is reached by hotel shuttle. This makes for a peaceful stay, but it had a slightly isolated feel to it at times. However, we came at the beginning of the season, so I imagine it gets lively later on!
What an incredible resort! We are staying here right now and I can’t say enough about the the beautiful resort, the over the top customer service, amazing spa ( ask for a massage from Mary it was life changing)... the pool, the views, the cocktails, the sunsets, and really the best concierge service I have experienced anywhere. Veronica and Francesca Ed t out of their way to help us at all levels. Top resort for a reason! Shuttle pick up and into town in very nice !...Just excellent
My wife and I stayed at Therasia on vacation for two nights during a visit to the Aeolian Islands. We arrived at sunset and amazed at the incredible views of 6 of the other Aeolian Islands right before us. The staff was extremely welcoming and also professional. Our room as comfortable and we liked that it had a balcony overlooking the sea and the islands. My wife loved visiting the spa for a massage, while I liked working out. The best part was that the three restaurants offer a choice of eating casual or formal.