Author: Danny Vargas

Thermal Relaxation: 6 Best Spa-Hotels of Sicily

UNA Hotel One - Siracusa

(photo by UNA Hotels & Resorts)

Sicily is rich not only in cultural attractions, but it’s also just overflowed with thermal energy. Hot springs, hidden in Sicilian cities and villages, will please your body, strengthen your health and diversify your vacation. Currently, all the thermal springs in Sicily are tied to a particular spa-hotel. And this is not surprising, because in this case, treatment and rest will be much more pleasant and comfortable. So, we have selected the best spa-hotels in Sicily, where you can spend your time maximally pleasantly as well as improve your health.

Shalai Resort

Luci e colori dell'autunno a Piano Provenzana di Linguaglossa sull'Etna (2.000 metri)

(photo by Luigi Strano)

If you like to discover new places, this cozy hotel in the authentic Sicilian village of Linguaglossa, which is 47 kilometers from Catania, will please you with its originality. Shalai Resort is located right in the middle between the mountains and the sea from the north-eastern side of Mount Etna, and you can easily reach it by car rental Interrent Catania. It represents an unusual combination of traditions and modernity, the decor with elements of antiquity and a real home comfort. According to the Sicilian dialect, Shalai means “the moment of true happiness and well-being”, and this meaning fully expresses the mood and concept of the hotel. Shalai Resort offers a wide range of regenerative and relaxing programs for health and beauty. At your service are sauna, swimming pool, Turkish bath and a special area for relaxation, where under the influence of aromatherapy guests can fully relax with body and soul. The average cost per night is 220€.

Address: Via Guglielmo Marconi, 25, 95015 Linguaglossa


Therasia Resort Sea and SPA


(photo by Therasia Resort Sea & Spa)

If you are searching for privacy, luxury and outstanding service, then Therasia Resort Sea and SPA will fully satisfy all your needs. It’s situated on Vulcano Island just 800 meters from the sea shore among the most amazing landscapes of Sicily. The hotel features a calm and refined atmosphere, which is emphasized by the fully-white walls. The major highlight of Therasia Resort’s interior decoration is the use of only natural local materials: olive and cedar tree, Sicilian terracotta and volcanic stones from Etna, so the hotel can be called truly-Sicilian. Visitors have the opportunity to choose the specific procedures from the huge list of services available in the wellness center: from small cosmetic programs to more complex therapeutic and recovery courses, consisting of massage, hydrotherapy and relaxing baths. The average price per night is from 300€.

Address: Località Vulcanello – Isola di Vulcano, 98050 Lipari


Des Etrangers Hotel & SPA


(photo by Travelive Photos)

Not everybody wants to relax on remote islands – someone likes to combine medical procedures with an active cultural program. Such tourists can choose Des Etrangers Hotel & SPA – an elegant spa-hotel situated in the center of the legendary Ortigia, the historic heart of Syracuse. This is a special hotel, which stands out for an amazing combination of an excellent location, exquisite interior and a variety of healing services. For sightseeing and shopping, you just need to go outside and you will find yourself in the center of the Old City of Syracuse with all its impressive sights. A memorable gastronomic experience is guaranteed in the restaurants of the hotel. Des Etrangers Hotel is the key solution to enjoy the selection of spa procedures, soak in Jacuzzi, relax in the sauna and bring your thoughts in order during the aromatherapy session. The average price of accommodation is 180€/night.

Address: Passeggio Adorno, 10-12, 96100 Siracusa


Villa Athena

Athena Villa Poseidon Devine Villas

(photo by Unique Feeling Connected)

Located in Agrigento in the Valley of the Temples, Villa Athena will help you to relax and at the same time dip into the history of Sicily. In fact, there are only few hotels in the world can boast of such an exclusive location in the center of the historical sites. Villa Athena is located in a 17th century mansion, which was rebuilt into a hotel about 40 years ago. This hotel is a family property, and the current owners carefully preserve the established traditions and honor of their name, providing guests with exceptional service. You won’t be disappointed either by the classical style of the interior or by the quality of the services: attentive staff, excellent food and treatment in the wellness complex will make your stay at Villa Athena pleasant and useful. The price per night is 380€.

Address: Via Passeggiata Archeologica, 33, 92100 Agrigento


Cefalu Sea Palace

Cefalu - near our hotel

(photo by Graeme Churchard)

It’s difficult to find a more suitable place to hide from everyday worries than Cefalu Sea Palace located directly on the Cefalu Beach. In order to splash into the sea and get your share of the generous Sicilian sun, it’s enough to make just a couple of steps, and you’ll immediately find yourself in the center of beach entertainments. The well-equipped spa center of the hotel offers a plenty of water procedures – from a Turkish bath till the course of an emotional shower, combining the positive effects of water, light and pleasant smells. The average cost per night starts from 200€.

Address: Lungomare G. Giardina, 90015 Cefalù


Marina di Petrolo Hotel & Spa


(photo by hongde jiang)

This magnificent spa-hotel is located Castellammare del Golfo resort city, where you’re guaranteed to enjoy fresh air and a pleasant, relaxing atmosphere. Regenerative procedures in Marina di Petrolo will be especially suitable for women: all options of services are designed in such a way that not only to refresh the body and improve health, but also to give pleasure to customers. The list of services includes massages with the use of innovative techniques, rejuvenating procedures to restore the tone of the body, as well as comprehensive programs for facial care. The price of accommodation is about 80€/night.

Address: Via Marina di Petrolo, 16, 91014 Castellammare del Golfo

Summing it up, Sicily is a unique place. The secret is that many hotels are situated in places of healing springs, allowing you to combine rest on the beautiful Mediterranean coast and enjoying healing treatments at local spa centers. Well, the above-mentioned hotels are excellent for relaxation and refreshing your heath, providing all the necessary amenities for an unforgettable weekend on Sicily.

Best places for visit with your family in summer holidays

Summer… summer is the best time for good old family trips. Just imagine: summer, you drive a luxury convertible hired via 24hr rental car, you and your spouse wearing light summer
clothes seating in the front seats, your lovely kids in the back seats having fun with your old pal labrador retriever, you are heading to nice hotel where you will stay for one of the best weekends in your life. Isn’t it’s great?

Many will say: yeah, it’s great, but where can we go with our kids. We need some place where both our children and we will have fun without bothering each other? Yes, really difficult question, but gladly, I’ve got an answer for you.

Heading: best places for family trip

● America:

1. San Diego, California

San Diego, California has thousands of different leisure for family activities, with various themed parks, water parks, museums for kids, and more than 70 miles of beache areas. The Go San Diego Card can be used for different attractions like the San Diego
Zoo Safari Park or the Legol and California, sea cruises, and galleries in Balboa Park with a discount of almost 50 percent. Types of cards, which can be for one or for seven days, also has got unlimited access to Sea World San Diego.

2. Winter park, Colorado

You can think about winter park only as winter place, but it is great for summer too. Prices start at $90 per day at the Winter Park Resort, where families can enjoy trek, cycling, horse riding, rafting, zipping, and Colorado’s longest alpine slide..

● Europe

1. Algarve, Portugal

This is a wonderful region in Portugal with a calm and sun hut climate all the time! The Algarve is the region where you should visit with your children who will love its shining beaches, its azure waters and the undiscovered beaches of Benagil caves. Choose your resort, condo, villa, guesthouse at the one of the most beautiful regions of Portugal. Book your place of living in wonderful cities of this region and enjoy brilliant weekend for young and old alike. Come to see the dolphinarium in the Algarve, one of the best places for dolphin tour in EU or have a day truck safari tour in the this region or offer your family the seacoast.

2. Athens, Greece

It is never too late to discover the roots of someone’s past and culture. Visit Athens for a family weekend and enjoy soft tours like a full-day trip to Hydra or a full-day travel to Meteora with cultural leisure.

See the Acropolis and Parthenon. Stay with family in different kinds of hotels, guesthouses, villas, resorts, apartments. Make yourself a dream holiday best sights of the Greece capital with it tons of cultural places.

● Asia


With a plenty of places to stay, a public transport system that is elegant, adequate, and not hard for use, thousands of places where you can enjoy tasty Asian food and great number attractions, Singapore is the best place for families exploring Asia.

This was our top family places to visit. Hope, you will enjoy your trip and will get plenty of emotions. Don’t forget your rental car!