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About Pantelleria

Pantelleria is a tiny island in the Strait of Sicily. The thing most people want to say about it first is that it’s geographically closer to Africa than Italy, but it’s really equidistant between Tunisia and Sicily, and this is probably a good way to start imagining it: like a wilder, more rugged, volcanic Mediterranean landscape, with its own stony architecture and an incredibly long history of human occupation. Many of the best places to stay on Pantelleria have been converted from the traditional stone dammusi dwellings, which are very square, with roofs which start flat and then dome up. Pantelleria has its share of contemporary hotels too, and new-built dammusi-style resorts.

Pantelleria is beautiful and unique. Its low-lying plant-life allows for spectacular views of the turquoise waters and its bright aquamarine lakes. Many of the best places to stay on Pantelleria have incredible views of the ocean, and the promise of relaxation amidst this uniquely serene backdrop is one of the island's main appeals. It’s also extremely popular with hikers and walkers, and anyone looking for somewhere really unusual to explore, without leaving Europe.

As well as the unique landscape, Pantelleria’s location, between trade routes and continents, has made it historically important far beyond its size. It has castles, mosques and churches, and ruins left by the Greeks, Phoenicians and Romans — imperial portraits of several Roman Emperors have been discovered at the ancient acropolis and are now displayed at the Pantelleria Castle museum. Today Pantelleria’s markets are a colourful mix of Italian, Sicilian and North African wares, and the same can be said for the island’s cuisine. This is also a fantastic place for divers, and some of the hotels have good access to dive schools and diving gear.

Just don't forget that this is a small place with limited accommodation options. So if you want to guarantee a room in one of the best places to stay in Pantelleria during the peak summer months, you'll need to get organised and book well ahead.

The Best Places to Stay in Pantelleria

For a relaxed getaway

  • Tenuta Borgia is a collection of traditional dammusi houses, made of stone bricks, and surrounded by palms like pineapples, olive groves and low pine trees. Each house has its own private terrace wrapped with bougainvillea, and inside there are beautiful kitchens and living spaces. Two of the houses have private pools. The decor is traditionally minimal, with whitewashed walls, colourfully patterned tiles, and wrought iron or wood furniture. Perfect for the hot temperatures. Perfect for groups or families.
  • Club Levante has been converted from a number of dammusi houses, and is now a simple, but charming collection of 13 rooms and suites, with outstanding sea views and lush natural gardens. The whitewashed interiors are kept cool with stone exteriors and tiled floors, and most rooms open out onto a shaded terrace. There are more secluded terraces around the infinity pool and bar, while the indoor/outdoor restaurant has a friendly buzz. Perfect for promoting laid-back island life.

For a Special Occasion

  • Sikelia is a chic contemporary hotel, based on the traditional architectural shapes of the island, so think smooth white walls with rounded edges, vaults and domes. The hotel has 20 rooms and suites, all impeccably designed to make the most of the location, and to impress with their brushed concrete, plush linens, mirrored surfaces and air of cool comfort and style. The restaurant is a fine dining blend of Italian and Arabian cuisine, and the wine cellar is full of locally produced options.

For Families

  • Pantelleria Dream is an collection of square, stone dammusi, peacefully arranged over four hectares of hillside overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, and surrounded by succulents, vineyards, and wonderfully fragrant citrus groves and rosemary. The dammusi villas come in different shapes and sizes (ideal for families of four), but whatever you choose it will be light and spacious, with minimalist details, and a private terrace overlooking the ocean. There are two pools, both beautiful, and a fantastic restaurant. Relaxed and idyllic.

For a Private apartment or private villa

  • If you're travelling as a family or a group of friends it may be a better option to book a villa or apartment. For a wide range of properties for all tastes and budgets we recommend you visit our online partner Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Pantelleria has its own airport, Pantelleria Airport, which is about ten minutes from the centre of town by taxi, and is connected to Italian hubs like Rome and Milan, but also to Sicily’s Catania Airport. Alternatively you can fly into Palermo Airport on Sicily’s northern side, and catch the bus across to Trapani, and then the ferry to Pantelleria. It’s not a quick journey, but it is scenic!
  • Having your own transport on Pantelleria is essential if you want to do much outside your resort, so we recommend you visit our online partner, Rentalcars.
  • Pantelleria’s Mediterranean location means the weather is mild and sunny for most of the year — very, very hot come the summer, and wetter come winter. Families and lovers of island holidays tend to make Pantelleria popular during the summer, even though the island’s low vegetation and black rocks send temperatures through the roof. August is hottest and most expensive, with June a better choice as far as crowds and heat go. Walkers tend to visit in spring or autumn — March through May, and October. If you want to be part of the grape harvest, or just watch it take place, then plan to visit in September.

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Best Hotels in Pantelleria

  • Pantelleria Dream Kamma, Pantelleria 46 rooms from £137

    Back to Nature
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Romantic Break
    Sights nearby  -  Middle Bronze Age village.
    Air conditioningRestaurantSwimming PoolViews
    Recommended by  -  I Escape

    An unusual hotel made up of sprawling stone villas on a natural island between Sicily and Tunisia. Fabulously spacious stone cottages with terraces set on the hillside overlooking the ocean. Infinity pool, delicious food, and exploring the natural reserve of the island - Robinson Crusoe style. See More

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  • Club Levante Pantelleria 13 rooms from £226

    Views  -  Views overlooking the Elephant Arch (an amazing rock formation which you can swim under) and over the Med
    Great walks  -  The island is ideal for walking - explore the surrounding hills or meander around a salt water lake
    Hideaway  -  If an island escape wasn't enough solitude the secluded setting of the property should do it
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor infinity pool
    Air conditioningRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenPet friendlyViewsParking
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    A beautiful traditional stone property with outstanding sea views. The simple design of the rooms highlights the property's natural character: exposed stone walls, arched doorways, secluded terraces. A bar, infinity pool and massages on request complete the picture of idyllic laid back island life. See More

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  • Sikelia Pantelleria (TP) 20 rooms from £409

    Hideaway  -  A sophisticated hideaway on a quiet and beautiful island.
    Great walks  -  Find miles of hiking trails starting straight from the property.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Air conditioningTennisRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenDisabled accessParkingNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels

    A chic luxury hotel hidden behind bright white-washed walls in the quiet hills of Pantelleria. The golden doors set the tone for this deluxe and beautifully designed space. Suites are spacious and contemporary. A fine dining restaurant mixes Italian cuisine with Arab influences to great effect. See More

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  • Tenuta Borgia Pantelleria from £414

    Back to Nature  -  A lovely mediterranean hideaway on a wild island coast, ideal for those seeking tranquility in beautiful surroundings
    Sights nearby  -  Admire 4,000 year-old stone tombs on the west coast, and find out about the island's archaeological heritage in the local museum
    Great walks  -  Climb the island's highest peak, then head to the natural hot sauna in a grotto on the nearby mountainside to unwind
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Swimming PoolGardenPet friendlyDisabled accessViewsParking
    Recommended by  -  I Escape

    An idyllic island hideaway of traditional Arab 'dammusi' houses. Surrounded by fragrant pines, palms and olive groves, each has a terrace or pergola area, a kitchen, and two have pools. Interiors are stark but very tasteful, an elegant simplicity ideal for the heat. Great for groups and couples. See More

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