Don’t be fooled: Sicily may technically be part of Italy, but every proud Sicilian will tell you that places like San Vito Lo Capo are off the boot for a reason. Fixed around a fortress-like church on the Tyrrhenian Sea, San Vito Lo Capo’s charming town will ask nothing more of you than to sit back, soak up the sun and sip on a glass of wine from a local vineyard. These are the best hotels in San Vito Lo Capo – bookable with Culture Trip.
A stay at Hotel Achibea is a breath of fresh air for your city-clogged lungs. The ancient olive trees surrounding the swimming pool set the stage for a relaxing vacation. You’ll spy the sea from your suite’s furnished terrace, easily accessible with complimentary beach shuttle service. When your arms get tired from swimming on Baia Santa Margherita or lifting beachy cocktails on Bue Marino Beach, wander into the Zingaro Nature Reserve for a peaceful, secluded hike.
How do you define paradise? Hotel Al Paradise insists that you should never be more than a few minutes from whatever you desire. This hotel, in the centre of the town, puts you within a short walk of the beach, bars and boutiques. Listen to the soundtrack of Sicily as you sip coffee on your balcony, or hear nothing save for the lines of your favourite novel as you read in peace within a private apartment adjacent to the main hotel.
Did a messenger come to you in a dream and tell you to book a breathtaking Sicilian getaway? Perhaps it was a missive from Hermes Hotel, San Vito Lo Capo’s relaxing holiday home. Could you visualise yourself strolling calmly across the beach, the endless blue sky stretched out above you? Did you picture spending every morning and evening on your private balcony savouring a drink from your minibar? Make this dream a reality at Hermes Hotel where they’re waiting with an umbrella in the sand just for you.
The Balcony Deluxe Room at Hotel Sikania was designed for simple delights. If you love the little things in life, you’ll adore the warm decor and welcoming balcony. You’re welcome to mix a traditional bellini from your minibar, or allow the bartenders on the outdoor terrace to serve you a fine Aperol spritz. Need nothing more than the breeze and time to kill? Spend hours exploring San Vito Lo Capo with a bicycle rental from the front desk.
Find the colour that looks best on you at Albergo Auralba. We’re thinking of a red or a white – specifically, one of each from the hotel’s wine cellar. Best uncorked on the terrace overlooking a blue sky and even bluer sea, you’ll savour every sip knowing that the entrance to your room is only a few steps away via your private veranda. Nap away the afternoon and wake up pleasantly surprised that you placed a bottle of sparkling in your mini fridge.
Only a block from the Spiaggia San Vito Lo Capo, you may be tempted to split your time between your double bed and the beach. As you make your way around the complimentary breakfast buffet, take advantage of your proximity to the sea and dive into Sicily’s fresh fish cuisine. A short walk from the hotel you can also sample tasty focaccia at Panificio Plaia, the saucy spaghetti alle vongole from Mare Blu, and Sicilian prawns at U Sfizziusu.
Are you a heavy packer? You won’t need much during your stay at Hotel Soffio D’Estate. Bring your swimsuit, a pair of comfortable sandals and a good book to this hotel, only 60m (200ft) from the beach. Maybe slip a “going-out” swimsuit in there too for when you want to grab a Negroni at the on-site bar and chat up other visitors. You’re only a stone’s throw from the historic centre of the town, where you can admire the Santuario di San Vito while dining on homemade pasta at I Giorgini Ristorante Giardino across the street.
Once you start your day at Piccolo Mondo with cannoli, pane cunzato and homemade cakes, you’ll never look at the traditional hotel morning buffet the same way again. Though the Sicilian breakfast is the best way to begin your day, the 50m (165ft) walk to the shore will certainly be your impetus to rise with the sun. The warm “sirocco” wind will blow across your face when you open your suite’s terrace doors and let the cadence of the waves pace your day.
Though only 3km (1.8mi) from San Vito Lo Capo, the sea, sky and mountains surrounding Hotel Pocho’s terrace will make you feel worlds away from the little town. Spend your days trekking the footpaths which lead to prehistoric caves, caverns, ruins and monuments. Scale the spectacular cliffs of Makari or dive into the sea to view the Kent shipwreck. There are only 12 rooms in this hotel, which means that the cultural collection of “Sicilian Puppets” on display outnumber your fellow guests.