Luxury hotel holiday Villa Meligunis Lipari, Aeolian Islands

On the historic island of Lipari, the four-star Hotel Villa Meligunis stands in the characterful fishermen's quarter, on the banks of the Marina Corta. A haven away from the bustle of Italian cities, this island is a twisting network of small lanes, squares, and period buildings. Its location makes it perfect for anyone looking to explore the Castello, or who would like to take a short idyllic break. We would highly recommend staying at the Hotel Villa Meligunis as part of a luxury tour of the Aeolian Islands and Sicily.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Catania
  • Private return car transfer to Milazzo port
  • Ferry crossing Milazzo to Lipari return
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Villa Meligunis, Lipari

Villa Meligunis is a charming 4-star boutique hotel in a glorious seafront location. With enviable views of both the historic castello and the Mediterranean sea, delicious local cuisine and comfortable accommodation afford guests a relaxing and restorative experience.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 4

Location The hotel is on the island of Lipari

Annual opening 30 March to 4 November

Closest airport Catania Airport

Distance from airport The hotel is over 4-hours' drive and ferry ride from Catania Airport

Hotel facilities and services

Swimming Pool (open from May to October), Bar Service at the Pool, Private Garden, Bar, Lounge and TV Room, Reading Room with PC, Laundry Service, Lift, Safety Deposit Boxes, Panoramic Restaurant (open during summer months), Bike Rental, Room Service, Babysitting, Massage (on request), Free Shuttle to and from the beach of Canneto 10 minutes away (June to September).

Complimentary

Free Shuttle Service from 18 June to 18 September from the hotel to the beach, free wi-fi throughout the hotel, bathroom towels for the pool and use of the reading room's PC and internet.

Sports nearby

200 metres away is the beach of Portinente, Fishing, Boat trips, Tennis, Scuba Diving, Water-skiing, Paragliding and Windsurfing.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Classic double room for 5 nights

From about

£1,050

Holiday Code IE298

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 Villa Meligunis, Lipari

The Villa Meligunis is a glorious, small hotel of just 43 rooms, enjoying a central location in the ancient centre of the town of Lipari, a short step from the sea in what was the old fisherman's quarter, criss-crossed with alleys and lanes. Its location offers a perfect base for exploring the town of Lipari and getting out and about. There is a beach about 200 metres away but the Villa Meligunis also offers a free shuttle to a beach equipped with chairs and umbrellas in the summer season, although a local charge is payable for these. The Hotel Villa Meligunis occupies a restored 18th Century villa which is furnished in a style in keeping with its history and location. There is a charming courtyard and garden abounding in spiky cactus and purple-pink bougainvillaea. The Villa Meligunis has a restaurant on a panoramic terrace which affords beautiful views of the town and the sea. The bedrooms are tastefully furnished combining contemporary comfort and a regional flavour; some of them have their own balcony or terrace. Highly recommended in its own right and as a two centre with Panarea or Stromboli.

Room descriptions

Villa Meligunis has 43 rooms with shower and wc, air-conditioning, minibar, satellite television, telephone, radio and safety deposit box.

Classic Double Room
Classic Triple Room
Classic Quadruple Room
Superior Double Room
Superior Triple Room
Deluxe Double Room
Deluxe Triple Room
Junior Suite

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Classic double room for 5 nights

From about

£1,050

Holiday Code IE298

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 Villa Meligunis, Lipari

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Hotel Villa Meligunis on Lipari, our clients usually fly to Catania airport. From the airport, we recommend a private car transfer which we would include in our holiday price from Catania to Milazzo (about 2 hours’ drive). From Milazzo you take a hydrofoil to Lipari, and then you are collected by the hotel from the port.

Additional information

Children: Children are welcome at the hotel. Classic and Superior Quadruple Rooms accommodate 2 adults and 2 children under 13 years. Infants 3 years old or younger stay free when sharing bedding with their parents. Cots can be provided for a small supplement. A babysitting service and pram rental is also available at the hotel.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Classic double room for 5 nights

From about

£1,050

Holiday Code IE298

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 Villa Meligunis, Lipari

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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