There is a beautiful little spot in Sicily that has stolen a piece of my heart recently. An unspoiled paradise that is nestled in the mountains, surrounded by vineyards and endless farm land, with views that quite simply take your breath away. It is peaceful, it is remote and it is seeped in history, all of which peeps through its archeological evidence and scenery.
Couples Retreat To Sicily
It’s the perfect place for a retreat, especially for one tired and very frazzled mama, who is in desperate need of sleep and a little light pampering.
This particular spot in Sicily is home to the quaintest, most beautiful hotel called Casale Del Principe. An ancient farm turned luxury hotel and spa, a place where you can indulge in the local delicacies and explore the natural landscapes, all whilst enjoying a tranquil holiday with the most incredible backdrop.
The hotel itself was so beautiful, I feel it deserves a post all onto itself.
Upon first sight of the hotel I was blown away. A mixture of clean white outer walls mixed with old crumbling brickwork, big wooden doors opening onto traditional Sicilian tiled floors, each corner of the hotel reflecting the impressive authentic Sicilian architecture found all around this historical valley.
I could have walked around this hotel all day, with all of its little terraces and hidden corners, walled gardens, big open spaces and places where you can enjoy the views and sip on a homemade wine, thats made from the grapes you can see growing in the vineyards all around you.
It’s been quite a hectic year so far, with lots of big life changes. This was my first holiday in a few years and my longest time away from Evie. But it was a much needed relaxing break away.
Time away from my blog, time away from my home town, time away from responsibility. Time to think and process everything that has been happening and to put everything into perspective.
As a mother you don’t normally get that time to yourself, that time to relax and unwind. But this hotel was perfect for offering this.
The hotel was nothing short of luxury, and we were lucky enough to stay in one of the suites called the ‘spa rooms’. The spa rooms are bigger than the regular rooms and are all decorated individually to reflect the different elements and the landscape surrounding Casale Del Principe.
After booking the hotel through Expedia, we looked at the suites on the hotels website. We decided to try our luck and rang the hotel to request our favourite suite, feeling so grateful that it was still available, and also that the hotel were accommodating enough to change us to that room.
The room that stole our hearts was the History room, a warm intimate room containing a four poster bed, with gorgeous grey basalt floors, reminiscent of the ancient squares of Sicily. Isn’t it incredible?
The room had gorgeous wooden beams overhead, a walk in wardrobe, a huge glass double shower, private bathroom and a large window over looking a beautiful interior patio where you could see the mountains peeking over the top.
The room was right on the doorstep to the spa, meaning we simply needed to throw on our supplied dressing gown and slippers, and in less than a minute we’d be in relaxation heaven.
How perfect is that?
The spa itself was equally remarkable. Built in 2014, the modern spa is set over several levels. On the ground floor there is a beautiful treatment cabin that looks like a cocoon, made from steel and hand-woven rattan. It floats on a pool of water and has a small little internal window, so you can enjoy views of the beautiful mountain ranges while you enjoy a massage.
On the same floor there is also a sauna, a steam room and what I can best describe as a human car wash. The website describes them as ’emotional showers’, a type of water massage, designed to stimulate the senses. You simply step through different types of water jet, all with changing colours, scents and sensations.
On the lower floor you find a heated pool with various types of whirlpools, relaxation beds and a lounge area where you can make a variety of herbal teas. The pool itself is even more impressive, carved out of the rocks of the landscape it was built on.
Casale Del Principe
The hotel is a family run business, and they’ve done an incredible job of maintaining its beauty and authenticity, even whilst adding modern extensions like the spa.
The staff at the hotel were all so lovely and went above and beyond to help us during our stay, making reservations for us and giving us recommendations of places to go.
But, Nelly the dog was the warmest host of all, greeting us overtime we came back to the hotel and excitingly escorting us to the car every time we left. Isn’t she sweet?!
We opted to eat in the hotel every night of our three night stay, and were greeted with a different, delicious five course menu every time.
We were lucky enough to be here in the quiet season, which meant prime seats in front of the impressive grand fire place at the back of the large dining room. On arrival we were served a basket of bread and a jug of their homemade wine, made from a traditional Sicilian grape thats grown locally.
The food was so delicious and was all cooked using fresh homegrown produce that reflected the season and can be found all around the farm. The menus each night were really impressive and were all inspired by traditional Sicilian recipes, handed down for generations.
I don’t know about you, but five courses was quite a challenge for us to eat. I am a bit of a foodie and love dipping into different delicacies, but we realised quite quickly on the first night, that if we were going to make it to desert we needed to eat slowly and take our time through each of the courses.
*Note to self, wear baggy dress next time instead of tight skinny jeans!*
One night before dinner we decided to grab a bottle of wine from the bar and explore the hotel grounds, stopping off to watch the sun disappear behind the mountains.
It was such a chilly night, but the views were breathtaking and the hotel was so peaceful out of season. We didn’t see a soul as we walked around and got to enjoy the entire grounds to ourselves, stopping off every so often to sit in a different hidden corner or terrace.
In summer this place must be so incredible to experience. You could really make the most of the little seated areas way into the night, and still be wrapped in the blanket of the warm sun.
We were amazed by the little surprises around every corner. Little courtyards, an old monastery, a pond with a sweet little pergola, a cute little playground for little ones and lots of friendly farm animals.
If you’re looking for a calm, relaxing holiday and to spoil yourself, this is the place to do it. I couldn’t recommend it enough.
If I didn’t yearn for my little lady so much I think I could have stayed here for a lot longer.
Please stay tuned for the second post of our holiday to Sicily, where we take you on a journey through the beautiful village of Monreale, to the busy bustling streets of Palermo and the seaside escape that is Mondello.