Luxury hotel holiday Eremo della Giubiliana Sicily

The Eremo della Giubiliana was a convent dating from the 15th century and is now a 5-star deluxe hotel. The service here is personalised and there is a pervading sense of authenticity. A daily-changing restaurant menu and the addition of antique family heirlooms to each of the rooms makes this hotel adds to the personal flavour. Rooms have been converted from the religious cells but all have modern comforts. The setting for the restaurant is in the great hall of the ancient refectory although on summer evenings service is outside in the ancient hortus conclusus. The hotel can arrange all sorts of experiences and excursions.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Catania
  • Hire of a group A car for the duration of the holiday
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, car and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Eremo della Giubiliana, near Ragusa

Eremo della Giubiliana is a 5-star deluxe, historic, boutique hotel in a beautiful natural location. The excellent local cuisine and indulgent spa facilities afford guests a truly relaxing experience, and a luxury taste of Sicily.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 5 deluxe

Location The hotel is 20-minutes' drive from Ragusa

Annual opening All year

Closest airport Catania Airport

Distance from airport The hotel is aout 90-minutes' drive from Catania airport

Hotel facilities and services

Swimming Pool (open May-October), Restaurant, Bar, Terraces, Excursions by Light Aircraft (bookable locally), Complimentary Parking, Cycle Hire, Room Service, Wellness Treatments, Private Beach 8kms from hotel. 

Complimentary

Complimentary Parking, Cycle Hire.

Out and about nearby

The baroque town of Ragusa Ibla with its 18th century Church of San Giorgio and the beaches of Marina di Ragusa, Siracusa (outstanding Greek and Roman remains and archaeological museum), Piazza Armerina (3rd century Roman villa with superb mosaics), Taormina (picturesque streets and Greek amphitheatre), Agrigento (Valley of the Temples, birthplace of Luigi Pirandello).

Sports nearby

Walking, Mountain Biking (hotel provides suggested itineraries and excursions), Tennis, Archery, Fishing, Swimming and Water Sports on the beaches at Marina di Ragusa.

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The Giubiliana was magnificent and so friendly. We really enjoyed all their food. We would certainly stay there again and recommend to others.
Mr W, September 2017

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Classic double or twin room for 7 nights

From about

£1,120

Holiday Code IE243

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Eremo della Giubiliana, near Ragusa

The unique guest house of Eremo della Giubiliana lies on the fertile plains between the historic town of Ragusa Ibla and the seaside resort of Marina di Ragusa (ten and seven kilometres away respectively). The architect Sr Nifosì, whose family inherited the property, converted it from a 15th Century convent with great respect for the original structure and opened it to guests in 1997. Heirlooms such as portraits and antique furniture, which have been passed down from generation to generation, feature in both the bedrooms and the public rooms. Even the original kitchen of the convent, with its ancient hearth and cooking utensils, has been preserved for display purposes. The thick stone walls, which were once used to protect the property from pirates, now create a cool and tranquil atmosphere. The Eremo della Giubiliana hotel's restaurant specialises in local cuisine and many of the herbs and vegetables which are used as ingredients for the generous meals are to be found growing in the grounds surrounding the Eremo. The menu changes daily. A bountiful selection of fresh local produce also features in the full buffet breakfast. In the Eremo della Giubiliana's cellar, which was the crypt of the original convent, there is an impressive collection of Sicilian wines, and visitors will find a bottle in their room on arrival. The bedrooms, converted from monks' cells, are simple but very comfortable and have beautifully elaborate wrought iron beds, fresh white walls and tiled floors. Guests also have access to a swimming pool in the private garden of the Nifosì family. The Eremo della Giubiliana hotel also offers a selection of excursions in its own light aircraft, by mountain bike, Land Rover or on foot and suggested itineraries are available. Eremo della Giubiliana in Ragusa provides a wonderfully homely base, ideal for short stays as part of a tour of southern Sicily. 

Room descriptions

Eremo della Giubiliana has 19 rooms and suites, plus 5 cottages. Each has bath and wc, satellite television, air conditioning, mini-bar, safe, hairdryer and telephone.

Classic Double or Twin
Superior Room
Deluxe Room
Suite Classic (Suite Grande)
Suite Superior (Suite Frate Nero, Suite Torre Canonico)
Suite Deluxe (Suite della Guardia)

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The Giubiliana was magnificent and so friendly. We really enjoyed all their food. We would certainly stay there again and recommend to others.
Mr W, September 2017

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Classic double or twin room for 7 nights

From about

£1,120

Holiday Code IE243

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Eremo della Giubiliana, near Ragusa

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Eremo della Giubiliana in Sicily, our clients usually fly to Catania airport. From the airport, we recommend a private car transfer which we would include in our holiday price, or we recommend that you use a hire-car for the duration of your holiday, especially if you want to tour the region. If you are staying at this hotel as part of a tailor-made touring holiday, we would include a hire-car for the itinerary.

Additional information

Minimum stays: A minimum stay of 2 nights applies on 11 April and from 30 to 31 December.

Children: A baby cot is available free of charge. Children aged 2 and under stay free of charge when sharing with parents. Additional beds can be added to selected rooms and suites for a fee..

Special offers

15% early booking offer Book a stay before 30 April 2020 and receive a 15% reduction off our bed and breakfast rates. Valid all year except from 11 - 12 April and 29 to 31 December 2020. This offer is not combinable with any other offers.

Free night offer 2020 Book a stay of 5 nights and pay the price of 4 nights. Valid for stays all year round except August 2020. This offer is not combinable with any other offers.

Long stay offer 2020 Book a stay of 3 nights or more and receive a 15% reduction off our bed and breakfast rates. Valid for stays all year round except August 2020. This offer is not combinable with any other offers.

The Giubiliana was magnificent and so friendly. We really enjoyed all their food. We would certainly stay there again and recommend to others.
Mr W, September 2017

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Classic double or twin room for 7 nights

From about

£1,120

Holiday Code IE243

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Eremo della Giubiliana, near Ragusa

About Sicily

An Expressions tailor-made holiday in Sicily allows visitors to discover a unique and captivating island. The rich tapestry of Mediterranean history can be witnessed on the southerly island of Sicily, fascinating not only for its amazing blend of cultures including Greek, Arab, Byzantine and Norman and its architectural treasures which reflect these influences but also for its breath-taking scenery of coast, parched mountains and fertile groves of almonds, oranges, lemons and olives. The people are proud and independent, reserved but sincere and helpful. Traditions thrive to an extent that the atmosphere of Sicily is unrecognisable in the context of other parts of Italy further north. The towns and villages are contrasting with picture postcard scenes of mediaeval labyrinthine alleyways adorned by wrought-iron balconies and baskets of flowers or severe dilapidation punctuated by grand Baroque or austere Norman cathedrals and churches. Additionally, there are of course some of the most important sites of the ancient Greek world such as the temples at Agrigento, the theatre at Taormina and numerous relics at Siracusa, reputedly one of the most beautiful cities of the Greek world. High above the island looms Mount Etna, one of the largest volcanoes in the world and an awe-inspiring sight. Off the north coast of Sicily, the beautiful Aeolian Islands offer escape and remoteness, natural scenery and a startling light, a sleepy way of life and romantic isolation. A holiday in Sicily appeals for those who want typical rest and relaxation with cultural activities at hand, and for those who want to be more adventurous and experience more of this captivating island.

Highlights of Sicily

An ascent of Mount Etna, partly by car and then further on foot (guides available) through the luxuriant vegetation which includes oranges and lemons, bougainvillaea and poinsettias and then higher up the groves of walnuts, cherries, almonds, pistachios and vines. Palermo is known for its street markets, especially Vucciria and Ballaro, where traders and hawkers, pickpockets and shoppers converge amongst narrow streets and stalls of wares. See the traditional costumes and dialect of Piana degli Albanesi, where Albanians settled in the 15th Century. Revel in the splendid site of Taormina above the sea with views to Etna. Local crafts include cork, ceramics, honey, embroidery, raffia. Enjoy the calm and remoteness of the Aeolian Islands with their clear waters, beautiful scenery and peaceful way of life. Enjoy the gardens of the Villa Giulia in Palermo and the Public Gardens in Taormina.

Cultural highlights of Sicily

Palermo contains some of the greatest Arab-Norman buildings in existence - San Giovanni degli Eremiti, the Palazzo Reale with its striking Cappella Palatina and La Martorana. Monreale outside Palermo is the greatest work of Norman architecture in Sicily and contains beautiful 12th and 13th Century mosaics and cloisters. The Doric temples of the 5th Century BC in the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento. Cefalu has the `Portrait of a Man` by Antonello da Messina, dating from 1465 in its Museo Mandralisca.

Festivals in Sicily

Many Sicilian local festivals are linked to Saints’ Days. A few of the most well-known festivals generally include Carnival celebrations in Taormina and Acireale. Easter is celebrated especially in Trapani, Marsala and Piana degli Albanesi. Messina celebrates Ferragosto on the 15th August with a firework display over the Straits. The Sagra del Mandorlo in Fiore takes place in Agrigento in the first and second weeks of February to celebrate the almond blossom. Taormina Arte is a summer festival of music, cinema, ballet and theatre, held in the Greek theatre. The Palio dei Normanni takes place in Piazza Armeria in August.

Gastronomy in Sicily

The gastronomy of Sicily, like much of the culture of the island, has been heavily influenced by its history. Cuscus is a Sicilian version of couscous, and marzipan features heavily in sweets. Local produce includes citrus fruits, almonds, capers, olives, peppers and fish. Local specialities include Maccheroni con le sarde (pasta with sardines, fennel, raisins, pine nuts and saffron), Pesce spada (grilled sword fish), 'alla Siciliana' with capers, red peppers and herbs. Cassata is a popular dessert made with ricotta, candied fruit and pistachios and Cannoli are almond biscuits stuffed with ricotta. Sicily produces a variety of red and white wines including Corvo di Salaparuta and Etna, Marsala and Malvasia.

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