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Foresteria La Planeta - Luxury holidays to Sicily

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  • About this holiday

    The four-star La Foresteria on the Planeta Estate in southern Sicily combines the stunning rural views of traditional wine estates with convenient proximity to the beautiful coastline. Revel in wine-tasting sessions and cookery classes amid vineyards that predate the 16th century, or simply enjoy the views from the hotel’s infinity pool. Nearby historic towns make for interesting cultural excursions, as do the ancient temples of Agrigento. La Foresteria is the perfect destination for those looking to get more in touch with the heritage of this famous Italian island.

    The journey and how you get there

    Complimentary

    Use of fitness area, pool area and club on the beach (June-September).

    Included in your holiday

    Expressions Holidays includes scheduled British Airways flights, private transfers/ hire car, and 5 nights’ accommodation on bed and breakfast.

    Holiday prices

    Sample prices are based on two people sharing a double Dependance Room.
    From £990 per person for 5 nights

    The prices displayed here are a guide only for this hotel and each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect the actual flight costs and all up-to-date special offers.     

    Special Offers

    • Italy 2019 autumn early booking offer
      Book a holiday of at least 7 nights to Italy by 31 August 2019 for stays between now and 31 December 2019 and receive a reduction of £50 per person.
    • Italy 2020 early booking offer
      Book a holiday of at least 10 nights to Italy by 30 September 2019 for stays between 1 April and 30 September 2020 and receive a reduction of £100 per person.

    Hotel code

    EXH46003

    Our opinion

    This picturesque boutique hotel is perfect for Sicilian food and wine holidays, offering specialist cookery classes and tasting sessions that provide insight into the local production of wine, olive oil, traditional aperitifs, and regional specialities.

    Hotel description

    The Planeta family have been instrumental in developing modern Sicilian wine and their estates produce consistently top quality white and red wines. On the Planeta Estate on the southern coast of Sicily, La Foresteria is a boutique resort that combines nature and relaxation with the impeccable flavours and aromas of the island. A surprisingly modern building, perched on a gentle hill laden with vines, La Foresteria is intimate in size and therefore remains in-keeping with the natural beauty of the Sicilian landscape. Its pale peach exterior walls are interrupted by sheltered terraces and patios and creeping plants. Inside, guests will be struck by the distinct homely feel of the hotel. Unique antique pieces of furniture add extra character to the public rooms, where guests are brought together in a real sense of community. In the evenings, dine on the atmospherically-lit terrace, on traditional Sicilian cuisine creatively put together by Chef Angelo Pumilia, served on white-clothed tables next to wrought iron chairs. While you eat, look out across the fragrant gardens of lavender and vibrant flowers, and the flourishing vineyards beyond. A variety of cooking classes are available at the hotel, including patisserie, pasta, and a historic look into Sicilian cooking. A class specially dedicated to the wines of the Planeta Estate will introduce you to their particular flavours and show you how best to use them in your food. Alternatively, enjoy a wine-tasting session in the tasting room, accompanied by the Personal Wine Trainer. Explore the six terroirs of the Planeta wines, or blind-taste some of the more modern and vintage wines. Perhaps complete your wine experience with a tour of Planeta’s first winery, in a 16th century farmhouse beside Lake Arancio. At the edge of the hotel grounds is an infinity pool, surrounded by parasols and loungers, which also looks over the vineyards below. The poolside bar serves refreshing cocktails and snacks throughout the day. For a change of scenery, head down to the hotel’s private beach, where guests have access to the beach club of the Porto Palo di Menfi, a 20 Blue Flag beach. Guestrooms at La Foresteria have a very simple, refreshing style, with wrought iron bedsteads, intricately patterned bed throws, classical furnishings, and cool tiled floors. All rooms have their own terrace with breath-taking rural views. Stay at La Foresteria Planeta for an experience of complete immersion into Sicilian culture and flavour. Your visit will be rich in history, exquisite wines, and impeccable food.

    Location

    Bivona, near Sciacca

    Official star rating

    4

    Annual opening

    30 March to 2 January.

    Distance from airport

    62 miles

    Closest airport

    Palermo Airport

    Room types

    14 rooms with terrace, air-conditioning, heating system, satellite television, telephone, iPod speakers, coffee machine, safe, hairdryer, beach and pool towels, minibar, and Wifi.
    Dependance Room - features king bed/ two queen beds, en suite bathroom and terrace. Accommodates 2 people.
    Rooms with a view - features king bed/ 2 queen beds, en suite bathroom and terrace. accommodates 2 adults and 2 children.
    Junior Suite Rooms - 35 sqm room featuring 1 king bed/ 2 queen beds, en suite bathroom and terrace. Accommodates 2 adults and 2 children.

    Hotel facilities and services

    Restaurant with dining and garden rooms, outdoor swimming pool, media lounge, vineyards, wine room and tastings, fitness and wellness area with Turkish bath, private beach, beach club access, reserved parking, poolside bar, bicycle rental, guided tours, babysitting, various cooking classes, olive oil tasting during harvest season.

    Water sports

    Sailing and fishing can be accessed through nearby partner sports clubs.

    Land sports

    Access to partner sports clubs offering golf, tennis and horseback riding. Bicycle hire available at hotel.

    Out and aboutnearby/local interest

    Sicily is an island rich in history and culture. Though popular with tourists in the summer months, it has retained its original character and charm. While staying at La Foresteria Planeta, we would recommend making day excursions to cities such as Sciacca on the seafront, famous for its unique ceramics. Caltabellotta is an enchanting ancient village that sits at 900m above sea level. The Selinunte Archaeological Park is one of the most important archaeological sites in the Mediterranean, with ruins dating back to the 7th century, when the Greeks marked the most western point of their territory. The Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, however, is Sicily’s most well-known ancient site, with many temples still very well preserved. The ancient methods of construction can still be seen in the structures, as well as the development in their design. The Island of Mozia is a tiny, inhabited island off the coast of Marsala that was once an important and formidable city. Today, it can be reached by boat. For peaceful, rural walks observing wildlife and the beautiful natural landscape, visit the Nature Reserve of the Belice River, of the Nature Reserve of the Torre Salsa.

    Sports nearby

    Golf, tennis, horse-riding, fishing, sailing, flying, and nature trails. All of which can be organised through the hotel.

    Children

    Up to 2 additional children can be accommodated in the Rooms with view and Junior Suites. Baby cots are available upon request. Babysitting is also available.

    Minimum stays

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