Where fantastical landscapes, heartfelt hospitality and culinary elegance meet, the Aeolian Islands pack the finest charms of Italian travel onto their sun-beaten shores. Matching the mantra of this untouched archipelago perfectly, Hotel Mea is a small, boutique beauty that epitomises the laid back lifestyle that the Aeolians promote. If you’re looking for a taste of La Dolce Vita without the bustle and crowds, Hotel Mea is the hotel for you.
Perched on a perfect hillside that offers panoramic vistas across the bay of Marina Lunga, you’ll find Hotel Mea etched into the undulating landscapes of Lipari; the largest and most fascinating of the Aeolian Islands that can be reached by a one hour hydrofoil journey from mainland Sicily. Flanked by pumice stone beaches and fertile inland wineries, the Mea offers a perfect proximity to Lipari’s bountiful offerings. Explore the rustic island scenery however you please during your stay; stroll from beach to beach with a local guide, sip your way across the rolling vineyards with a private driver or, if you feel like exploring the rest of the Aeolians Islands, simply walk down to the port and hop on a private speedboat that waits to whisk you across the vibrant characters beyond.
Awash with a light and airy atmosphere, each of the Mea’s 37 rooms offer porcelain color palates, sumptuously comfortable furnishings and views that span the picturesque Tyrrhenian Sea or the hotel’s fruitful Mediterranean garden. Deluxe rooms offer more spacious terraces with a shaded area for when the Aeolian sun reaches its smouldering crux. Or if you’re looking for the best option to live out your own Aeolian dream, opt for one of the Mea’s stunning suites, where you’ll benefit from a spacious private living area and the finest views across the island.
WHY WE LOVE IT
Hotel Mea’s allure is hard to put into words. With an aura of complete and utter tranquillity, a stay at here allows time to wash over you as you bask in the natural wonders of the Aeolian Islands. It’s impossible to choose what we love most about this secluded bolthole; we’ve had some unforgettable moments soaking in the balmy outdoor infinity pool and exploring the island majesty of the other Aeolians. But if we had to pick one highlight, it would have to be the culinary prowess of the Chimera Restaurant, where the Italian slow food movement is showcased through an ever-changing menu that calls upon the finest local ingredients to create a medley of tastes that will linger on your taste buds long after you leave this charming hotel.