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Destination inspiration: Pantelleria, Italy

Enjoy a revitalising mud bath in Pantelleria

Enjoy a revitalising mud bath in Pantelleria

Why go?

Forged in fire, this rocky island’s volcanic origins are visible at every turn – in its twisted crags, its black-stone villas and its brooding fumaroles that seep steam clouds into the Sicilian sunshine. It’s the perfect setting for a relaxing getaway – whether you’re travelling alone, with a partner or as a family. Bubbling hot springs and gloopy mud baths provide natural treatments to revitalise your body, and the jagged coastline is dotted with isolated coves that are ideal for snorkelling and boat trips. Pantelleria’s setting in the Straits of Sicily means that top-notch seafood is never far away, and neither is a bottle of the local sweet ‘passito’ wine.

A traditional island home

A traditional island home

With its stunning scenery, quiet back-roads and secluded villas, it’s little wonder that the island is a favourite with the likes of Giorgio Armani and Madonna. It was also the backdrop for 2015’s A Bigger Splash, starring Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes as holidaying celebrities in search of peace and luxury. You don’t need a bulging bank balance to stay in Pantelleria though. There are plenty of holiday homes and private apartments to suit a range of budgets - so you can be confident of finding the right base to explore the island at your own pace.

Pantelleria is home to tantalising seafood dishes

Pantelleria is home to tantalising seafood dishes

When to go?

Pantelleria’s mild climate makes it a great holiday destination throughout the year. However, the best time to enjoy the sunshine is between May and September, when temperatures rise to around 25°C – warm enough to bask in sultry summer vibes, but cool enough so that you can explore the landscape without sweltering.

Where to stay?

Waterfront Villa – Pantelleria, Italy

Perched on the hills that rise up from the sea, this villa is known for its views. Booking.com guests love the spacious terrace that faces westwards – a space that lets you watch the sun set over Tunisia in the distance.

Hotel Village Suvaki – Pantelleria, Italy

This family-friendly hotel has something for everyone. For energetic types, there are tennis classes and scuba diving lessons. And for those who prefer to relax, each room comes with a private balcony. The hotel’s entertainment staff are a hit with Booking.com guests, who consistently give them glowing reviews.

La Terrazza sul Mare – Pantelleria, Italy

La Terrazza sul Mare is a traditional ‘dammuso’ house that’s split into two comfortable apartments. Each one has a terrace with spectacular sea views, and there’s also a garden with a barbecue for you to enjoy home cooking al fresco. Guests never fail to fall for the charms of Teodora, the friendly owner.