Pantelleria is Sicily’s largest offshore island and is nestled between Trapani and Tunisia. A long-time favourite of Giorgio Armani, Pantelleria is the go-to low-key summer spot for those in the know.
With a rugged coastline, caves and volcanic hot springs (and no direct flights from the UK as yet) it’s still a fairly well kept secret. With the opening of Sikelia—a beautiful 20-room boutique hotel designed by the island’s most famous resident architect Gabriella Guintoli—there’s no better time to visit.
In-keeping with traditional Southern Italian design, the property is super-simplistic, with white washed monastic architecture meeting modernist interiors (which have been painted in predominantly dark shades to help cool off on those hot summer days). And every inch of the property has been attentively designed and curated right down to the bathroom, where Frette linens and Hermés products line every wall.
The hotel’s restaurant, Themá, is an intimate space, combining locally sourced fresh fish and shellfish with vegetables grown in the surrounding gardens (and is accompanied by wine from the owner’s estate).
Sikelia, €288 Per Night, slh.com