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Capofaro Malvasia & Resort, Salina 

3 Via Faro
Salina , Aeolian Islands
Italy 98050
Tel: 39 090 984 4330
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Named after the lighthouse at the front of the property, this new resort has a beautiful position overlooking the sea, with a big-decked pool and restaurant area that capitalizes on the views. The 20 rooms are spread out through low whitewashed buildings with shaded terraces (you'd be forgiven for thinking you had landed in the Greek isles, but this is actually the typical architectural style of the Aeolian Islands). Inside, the design is pared down but still luxurious, with butter-soft bedding and well kitted-out bathrooms. During the summer the hotel becomes more of a scene, with many tanned Italians crowding into the chic restaurant and bar, but off-season the place becomes positively sleepy. Regardless of the time of year, one of the best sights at night is Stromboli giving a little volcanic firework show in the distance. Ask someone at reception to arrange a boat trip to check out the nearby empty coves, and be sure to try the sweet Malvasia wine grown on the property's vineyards.

From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
Salina's first top-shelf accommodation is the creation of Sicilian wine producer Count Tasca D'Almerita, who built seven cottages while planting 17 acres of Malvasia vineyards on this Aeolian island estate. The 18 stylishly spartan rooms, all with fabulous sea views, are whitewashed—from the bed frames to the wood-beamed ceilings—and bathrooms are tiled in sheets of lava stone. While the grounds are easily walkable, golf carts are provided in case you'd rather ride from the open-air restaurant to the pool or from the tennis court to the solarium. The service is friendly but minimal, though staff can arrange for massages, a scooter rental or a chauffeured car, or a boat to explore the rocky beaches.—2006 Hot List

When to go: May through mid-July and September through early October.

Which room to book: No. 18 is all on its own and has a spacious private patio (doubles, $226–$320).

Amenities: 24-hour Room Service, Bar/lounge, Beach, Pool

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