Eremo della Giubiliana, Giubiliana
Tel: 39 093 266 9119
Concierge.com's insider take:
On a clear day you can see Malta from this property, in the region south of Ragusa known as Val de Noto. Built in the 12th century as an Arabic fortress/hermitage, it later became a Knights of Malta monastery. Owned by the Nifosì family for the last 300 years, it's now one of the most sumptuous hotels in southern Italy. The nine double rooms and three suites—formerly friars' quarters—have refurbished exposed-brick walls, arches, and wood beams, and are filled with 18th-century antiques. Splurge on the Tower Suite, in the oldest part of the building, with its two vaulted, stone-walled rooms, fireplace, and private garden. Privacy seekers prefer the five freestanding stone cottages, each with two or three bedrooms, a stone barbecue, a fireplace, and a kitchen. The hotel has its own airstrip for sightseeing tours and guests' private aircraft.