Whitewashed blocks sit pretty under the Aeolian sun. On a gorgeous slope of Mediterranean green, smuggled away amid the Malvasia vines and looking out to Panarea and the fiery cauldron of Stromboli, Capofaro is the idyllic Italian island getaway. A luxurious, five star boutique resort on the island of Salina; a stay at Capofaro is almost overwhelmingly magical, unavoidably romantic – just the thing for a very special weekend away.
Located on the coast between the villages of Malfa and Santa Marina, Capofaro overlooks the lighthouse or faro from which it takes its name. Lush pockets of typical Mediterranean vegetation alternate with cliffs of dark volcanic rock that drop abruptly to the sea past vineyards and small white houses.
The 18 rooms of the resort are clustered in 7 cottages built in the typical Aeolian style: flat roofs white stucco walls and columned terraces shaded by woven cane mats known as cannizzi. Rooms are traditional but incredibly sleek and each looks down across the vineyards to the sea – a breathtaking panorama, especially at sunset, when the distant islands of Panarea and Stromboli are bathed in pink.
Why we like it
Right in the rugged heart of the Italian Med, Capofaro’s finest bounty is nevertheless undeniably Greek. Reputedly brought over to Salina by Greek colonists in 588 B.C., Malavasia Bianca, the island’s celebrated grape, has garnered admiration for centuries. Considered some of Sicily’s finest (glowing plaudits ring out from fabled French novelist Guy de Maupassant no less), there’s nothing quite like a glass of the estate’s own wine as the gloaming falls over volcanic earth and stirring seas.