La Foresteria Planeta Estate
Menfi, Sicily, Italy
At a Glance
With beautiful views over the vineyards and out to sea, this hotel is the perfect oasis from which to explore the surrounding area
The ideal setting for wine lovers, guests at the hotel can enjoy a tour of the vineyards and a tasting experience, as well as being able to sample local wines at their leisure
It is only a 10 minute drive, or a 25 minute bike ride, down to the nearest sandy beach. The hotel has several bikes which they provide for guests to use free of charge
The chef at the hotel is superb, and guests can watch staff at work in the open kitchen or take part in cooking classes themselves
For the more active guest, there are several footpaths from the property which wind through the hills of the surrounding countryside
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Sicily enjoys a blissful Mediterranean climate, with mild winters and warm springs and autumns. Even February, the coolest month, has average temperatures of 13°C, which means that any time of year is suitable. October–November and March–June are reliably warm, with temperatures ranging from 15°C to 26°C. July and August are blessed with glorious sunshine, and average temperatures of around 28°C.
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La Foresteria Planeta Estate is a charming boutique vineyard hotel in the north west of Sicily. With beautiful views over Menfi’s countryside, and within striking distance of the sea, this hotel is the perfect place to relax away from the bustling towns.
La Foresteria Planeta enjoys a hilltop location just a 10 minute drive from the small town of Menfi. Surrounded by rolling vineyards and olive groves, and just a short distance from the coast, this is the perfect destination for guests wishing to get back to nature and escape the crowds.
The wine estate here is just one of a group of Planeta estates scattered around the island, and La Foresteria Hotel has been added to this particular estate to offer guests the opportunity to stay longer and fully immerse themselves in a unique vineyard experience.
Each of the hotel’s 14 rooms are unique in their furnishings, but share a simple, warm Mediterranean style, and beautiful views. Many also enjoy a small outdoor private terrace area. The rooms take their names from the wide selection of herbs which can be both seen and smelt from the terrace areas, and which are used to enrich the dishes created in the kitchen.
The one restaurant is small and intimate, with an open dining terrace from which the stunning views can be enjoyed. The kitchen is open, viewed through a large glass window, so you can watch the chefs at work as they produce delicious Sicilian dishes made with fresh local produce. The restaurant’s menu has been designed to introduce guests to the products of the surrounding countryside and sea, and stems from traditional family recipes.
With one swimming pool and terrace area, a small spa and fitness room, and a spacious and comfortable lounge area with large windows overlooking the valley, there really is no need to leave the hotel if it is peace and relaxation which you are seeking. For the more active and adventurous, bikes can be borrowed from the hotel, free of charge, and used to explore the trails which run through the surrounding countryside and down to the beach. There are also some beautiful walks from the property, and the opportunity to learn more about the workings of the vineyard with wine tour and tasting experiences on offer.
There are 14 rooms at La Foresteria Planeta Estate, each with views out to the sea and over Menfi’s countryside. Each room is uniquely furnished in a simple, but comfortable Mediterranean farmhouse style. With locally sourced antique furniture and handwoven textiles, the rooms are warm and welcoming and, with their private terraces, provide the perfect place for private relaxation and contemplation. A few of the rooms have two queen beds, sleeping up to four guests, which can be a good option for families. Interconnecting rooms and extra beds are not available.
Children are more than welcome at La Foresteria Planeta Estate and babysitting services are available upon request, however there are no other specific childcare facilities.
There is one outdoor swimming pool with a terrace and pool bar, as well as an honesty bar in the communal lounge area. The hotel offers a small spa and fitness room.There is one restaurant which serves a delicious fresh buffet breakfast, and lunch and dinner from a small, but carefully selected, menu.
As well as relaxing by the pool, guests can get out on foot or by bike to explore the surrounding countryside, vineyards and olive groves. The nearest sandy beach is a 10 minute drive, or a 25 minute cycle away along a dedicated cycle track (the hotel will lend bikes to guests free of charge), and the hotel concierge would be delighted to arrange a boat trip or other excursions for guests.
Cooking classes run regularly in the hotel’s kitchen, and wine tours and tasting experiences, as well as olive oil tasting, are also on offer.
Being just 1 hour 30 minutes away, the town of Palermo is also accessible for a day trip, and we can help arrange fantastic guided experiences and cultural activities here.
Explore the Valley of the Temples
Step back in time as you explore the Valley of the Temples with your private guide and admire the ruined Greek temples and tombs that once made up the ancient city of Akragas.
Private walking tour of Noto
Renowned for its impressive Baroque architecture, Noto is a UNESCO World Heritage Site boasting some of the most picturesque streets in Sicily. Explore the town with your private guide and discover the history behind the architecture.
Sicilian cooking class
Discover the art of Sicilian cooking in a private masterclass with a local chef. You'll visit the market to purchase your ingredients before heading to the kitchen and learning how to cook traditional Sicilian recipes.
Visit Villa Romana del Casale
An impressive Roman villa dating back to the 4th century, Villa Romana del Casale boasts a stunning complex of Roman mosaics, almost perfectly preserved due to a landslide during the 12th century.
Walking tour and chocolate tasting in Modica
Explore the charming town of Modica and its medieval centre with your private guide. Discover its elaborate architecture and picturesque streets as you wind your way through the city.
Walking tour of Ortigia
The historical heart of Syracuse, the island of Ortigia is a UNESCO World Heritage Site home to beautiful Baroque architecture. Explore this stunning island with your private guide and learn about its fascinating history.
Walking tour of Ragusa
Visit the magnificent town of Ragusa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site boasting incredible Baroque architecture, and discover the beauty of the city with your private guide.
Winery tours at Planeta
Visit Planeta's own winery at Ulmo and discover the delicious world of Sicilian wines. Choose from a variety of tours that will give you an insight into the traditions of winemaking and the family's history in the industry alongside wine tastings.
Highlights of Sicily
Menfi, Ragusa & Taormina
from £3500 pp inc flights & transfers for 7 nights
- Discover the beautiful streets of Taormina and enjoy the breathtaking views from the city
- Explore the fascinating towns of Ragusa, Modica and Syracuse in southern Sicily
- Scale the heights of Mount Etna, Europe's largest volcano
Location & directions
Menfi, Sicily, Italy
La Foresteria Planeta Estate is located in the rolling hills of Menfi’s countryside in the north-west of Sicily. It is about 90km north of Agrigento and 90km south of Palermo.
How to get there
It is a 3-hour direct flight from London to Palermo Airport. From here, the drive to La Foresteria takes about 1 hour 15 minutes.
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