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
We stayed here for two nights as part of a Secret Sicily tour and the location must be one of the best we've ever stayed at. We'd upgraded to a sea-view room which was well worth it for the fabulous views, even though the room itself (207) was not particularly outstanding. Being part of a group meant perhaps that the food was not exceptional, but nevertheless it was interesting, authentic and tasty. There was a good selection of wines, but probably being towards the end of the season, bar staff for late-night drinks were not always easy to find. There were excellent swimming pools and access to the sea and the gardens were carefully manicured. We would not hesitate to return for a longer stay as the place was so relaxing. The nearby harbour (accessed by free shuttle bus or taxi) had some good small restaurants to explore and a pleasant atmosphere.
My wife and I and our children [16, 10, 8] spent a lovely week early October. It was quiet - which was nice. We had a half board deal through Secret Escapes. Lovely rooms overlooking the other islands. Large balconies. Food very good with changing menu. Staff all very pleasant and helpful, Regular shuttle to port. Plenty to do on Vulcano - we walked up the volcano twice; had a boat trip round the island stopping at picturesque swimming spots; hired bikes for a day; wallowed in the mud baths; swam in the sea heated by fumaroles; hired bikes one day and jeeps another to explore the island; explored the coastal caves in sea kayaks; had boat trip to watch Stromboli erupting. An excellent week!
If you are thinking about staying here, please rest assured it is as wonderful as it looks. We stayed 4 nights which was perfect for a sample of paradise. The hotel staff are helpful and attentive but not OTT. We often walked into town to sample the local restaurants and bars, all of which were excellent. The complimentary transfer into and back from town offers a perfect alternative to a taxi ride which costs EUR 9 during the day and EUR 15 at night.
Do check out the local restaurants otherwise you will miss a real treat.