The Grand Hotel Minareto: a seaside luxury resort
The Grand Hotel Minareto is a luxury seaside resort located right in front of the island of Ortigia, on a promontory in the midst of the crystal-clear waters of the Plemmirio Nature Reserve, in Siracusa, South-east Sicily.
An outstanding luxury resort
Not surprising if you think that Cicero called the island of Ortigia the largest and most beautiful of all the Greek cities.
Sprawled around a splendid bay, across the New Bridge, the island of Ortigia is a masterpiece of art and history and a UNESCO world heritage site, founded by Archias a Corinthian noble who, in 734 B.C. defeated the Sicilians and founded the colony of Siracusa.
The architecture and design of the Grand Hotel Minareto itself more than live up to the beauty of its surroundings. The Grand Hotel Minareto is a network of detached and semi-detached suites on circular roads, some villas with sea views, and all within a short walk of a large central swimming pool and the white-sand beach.
The communal spaces and bedrooms, scattered around the extensive grounds in private cottages, are expertly designed to reflect the Italian obsession with luxury and baroque style.
From the marble and chandeliers in the lobby to the Persian rugs and classical sculptures in the bedrooms, everything exudes an air of rococo opulence, while you also enjoy the latest high-tech facilities in the form of a gym and modern spa, as well as air-conditioning, superbly equipped bathrooms, large TVs and computers with internet access in the bedrooms.
One of the best things about the accommodations are the outdoor patios, which provide terrific views overlooking the Ionian Sea and across to the old town center of Ortigia Island. Suites with sea views are the best location choices on the property and while more expensive, worth paying for.
All this is overlooked by the soaring minaret which lends the hotel its name, rising imposingly from the top of the cliff as if to rival the Castello Maniace citadel just across the water in Ortigia.
Relax and unwind
Situated in a marine nature reserve, the setting is spectacular. The Grand Hotel Minareto is secluded, surrounded by protected flora and fauna, while the shimmering waters below are full of diverse marine life, including dolphins and sperm whales, and historic artefacts, such as Second World War wrecks.
Enjoy a wide range of activities. Shelter under a parasol beside the pool, enjoying an ice-cold cocktail before taking a dip in the inviting water or if you prefer to spend a whole day sunbathing while taking in the breathtaking natural beauty of the cliffs and the turquoise Mediterranean Sea, perhaps you should head down the steps to the hotel’s private, picturesque little cove.
As if this is not enough, the Grand Hotel Minareto even offers another scenic spot to swim in the crystalline Ionian water. The Titanic Bluff is an exclusive solarium, a series of terraces on various levels which eventually tumble gracefully down into the sparkling waters, for a more rugged and rocky but equally divine bathing experience.
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