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Caol Ishka, Siracusa, Sicily 

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Via Elorina
Contrada Pantanelli
Siracusa , Sicily
Italy 96100
Tel: 39 093 169 057
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This former family farm has been painstakingly restored by Emmanuela Marino and partner Gareth Shaughnessy to give Siracusa a much-needed dose of style. Though close to the attractions of the city and the beach (plus the Sicilian Baroque towns of Noto, Modica and Ragusa Ibla), Marino built the hotel as a place to unplug rather than sightsee. There's a pretty raised infinity pool, secluded grounds, and décor that is modern but not out of place (design aficionados will like pieces such as the Edra Angel chaise lounge, a huge Hoesch tub, and a Davide Groppi test tube light). With only ten rooms (ask for one of the bigger ones), the property feels intimate but there are lots of communal areas to read and drink wine, which adds to the uncrowded feel. The nouveau Sicilian restaurant Zaffreano Bistrot is also a draw—try the grouper with ricotta and honey and the crudo, raw fish—as is the English-speaking, friendly staff. Plans are in place to arrange a boat transfer to and from Siracusa, which should make the journey even more romantic.

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