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Hotel Falconara Resort Hotel 4 star
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Localitą Falconara 93011 Butera, Italy -
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This elegant hotel displays a combination of refined antique style and modern design and is particularly well-suited for adult couples who will find rest and comfort here, as well as a vast serene garden.

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      Falconara Resort   -   © EASYVOYAGE

    • Hotel Falconara Resort

      Falconara Resort   -   © EASYVOYAGE

       
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    Location 10.0 /10

    The Falconara Charming House & Resort is visible from the SS115 motorway, which runs along Sicily's southern coast between the sea and the ancient Falconara Castle. It is located 123 mi from Palermo airport and 69 mi from Catania airport. There isn't really much to see and do in the surrounding area, and the closest towns of Licata and Gela are also of little of interest to tourists.

    Accommodation 8.95 /10

    The hotel's gardens are dominated by Falconara Castle and run right along the quiet stretch between the hotel's two buildings, almost right down to the water's edge, with a series of avenues set against a backdrop of ancient palms and olive trees. Built in 2007, the Falconara Charming House & Resort was designed with elegance and charm in mind, but without being too traditional, while seeking a permanent link with its history and its land. The most striking example of this is undoubtedly the area referred to as 'La Fattoria', which exudes a cool, medieval atmosphere dating back to Norman castles, but nevertheless with a touch of warmth provided by the modern comforts and facilities. The Caltagirone ceramics that dominate the entrance hall, each proudly displayed on a plinth on the wall, only serve to heighten this atmosphere. This establishment is aimed at a clientele of a certain calibre, light years away from the clientele you would expect to find at a holiday village with organised entertainment and omnipresent sporting activities. The hotel swimming pool has a certain romance about it, with its water jet and black loungers arranged on an equally dark platform. The bar just alongside resembles a Renaissance-style camp. In terms of sports facilities, you'll find a tennis court and a gym with a small selection of machines, or if you fancy a spot of pampering, why not head over to the well-being centre to relax with a Turkish bath or a massage.

    Overview 9.45 /10

    The hotel has a total of 65 guest rooms housed in two differently styled buildings. The main building, known as the Club House, contains 36 Classic rooms and 3 Junior Suites, as well as the reception. You will have a choice between the rooms on the ground floor, which all directly overlook a patio facing the gardens, and those on the first floor, which have a balcony and a view of the sea in the distance. The common theme found throughout the establishment is the colour black that is found everywhere, from the wicker chairs outside to the floors in the guest rooms and even the furniture. However, the dark tones are lightened somewhat by the pastel yellow on the walls and the touch of beige brought in by the bedspread. The angular forms of the lamps and the geometrical aspect of the bedside tables, desk, and bed all help to create a chic, modern atmosphere in impeccably clean surroundings. This also goes for the bathrooms. The castle theme is carried through the corridors of the Club House, with stylised lamps in the form of candles running along the light-coloured walls, combining tradition and modernity. The same concept is featured in the Fattoria, the second of the hotel's buildings, although to a slightly higher degree, with a variety of decorative pieces and touches taken from the rooms of the castle itself. The lowest category of room in this second part of the hotel is Superior, with 14 rooms on the ground floor, a third of which open onto the gardens. The flowing cream-coloured linen draped over the 2 adjacent four-poster beds creates a wonderful play on light, worthy of the country houses you'd find in a Mediterranean village. The rooms themselves are all different from each other but each one is both elegant and rustic, undoubtedly due to the natural tiling and the rosemary and bamboo lining the outdoor patio.The other Superior rooms overlook the sea, and of course the castle, which really isn't a bad deal at all. The hotel also has 8 Junior Suites for couples, divided into two separate parts with the option of adding a third or even a fourth additional bed. The style and pastel colours bring a pleasant and unique ambience to the rooms, a feeling which is only enhanced by the luxury of a large balcony facing the sea in the case of those on the first floor. The rooms on the ground floor, meanwhile, whether on the garden or the beach side of the building, have patios furnished with armchairs and a table. If you really feel like pushing the boat out, the 4 Deluxe Suites, bearing the significant names of Baron Chiaramonte Bordonaro, Prince Branciforte, Montereale and Pietrapagliata, are very large rooms with high ceilings adorned with dark wooden exposed beams and accessed through a large door - they are absolutely not to be missed!

    Food and drink 8.70 /10

    The colour black is once again present in the dining room, on the floor, the tables and the chairs, but is admittedly counter-balanced by the white walls and little tablecloths. The setting is very bright thanks to the large picture windows overlooking the gardens and part of the patio, and is the perfect complement to the slightly nouvelle cuisine-style dishes prepared by the chef. Forget about generous portions - it's all about quality at the Falconara and not quantity, with a sort of taster menu served at the table and consisting of a selection of dishes primarily taken from Sicilian culinary tradition but also featuring a few international options. Chinese ceramics, which once belonged in the Baron's private collection, are displayed in the windows along with bottles of wine produced at various Sicilian vineyards. The food here is good, the atmosphere pleasant, and nothing is left to chance, not even the music, with a preference for Paolo Conte.

    Beach 7.70 /10

    The small bay housing the hotel's private beach curves right around to the grounds of the castle, which stands proudly overlooking the sea. This area is split into two levels: the first and highest level is furnished with black loungers and large white parasols while the second, lower level consists of a strip of sand sloping gently down to the stony sea-bed. The setting here is truly magnificent, despite the slightly neglected vegetation that could be seen as a negative by the most demanding of guests. Given the way this piece of land slopes down to the sea, there is no room for any more facilities to be provided here. Although the level set aside for the loungers is perfectly kept, to the extent that the usual unsightly plastic rubbish bins have been replaced with wicker baskets and white bath towels are provided for guests' convenience, accessing the sea, just a few metres below, is no easy affair.

    To know

    Wherever you are on the hotel grounds, you will be able to see the rather severe outline of Falconara Castle, located just above the hotel and connected to the latter not only for geographical reasons but also because the owners used its image and even its buildings in the construction of the hotel. Indeed, one of the establishment's 2 buildings, built facing away from the sea, is none other than the former outbuilding of the castle, where the servants of the Lords of Butera, the former inhabitants of the castle, used to live. The decor of the hotel is reminiscent of the chatelaine style, with a touch of modern over-refinement thrown in. Its romantic and vaguely nostalgic charm particularly appeals to couples over the age of thirty, bringing it a rather sophisticated international clientele.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      sauna, Turkish bath, hammam, massage, wellness, beauty salon, keep fit

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      fitness, tennis, gym, beach volley, sports

    • Animals allowed
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium

    advantage

    • The successful combination of old and modern styles
    • The large gardens
    • The guest rooms

    disadvantages

    • The somewhat impractical beach

    Traveller Reviews

    • Overall Score 6.83/10