My husband, Mike, spent hours researching a vineyard to stay at in Sicily. He has assured me that it's not so easy to find a good agriturismo, since many are small, family-owned affairs with no SEO skills. But, fuelled by a love of good Sicilian reds, he persevered. And he found La Foresteria Planeta Estate.
Thank. You. Mike.
La Foresteria is an estate owned by the Sicilian La Planeta vinicultural company, which has vineyards throughout the island. It has 14 intimate rooms, and is located near the La Planeta vineyards and olive groves in Menfi (you can tour both during you stay).
La Foresteria is everything you want a vineyard/agriturismo to be, as though it has been ripped from the pages of Conde Nast Traveller.
I even caught myself marvelling at their hand towels. Their hand towels.
Infinity pool by rolling hills of vineyards and olive groves? Check.
Gourmet restaurant and cooking lessons on site? Check.
Impeccably designed rooms with walk in stone showers and private terraces? Check.
Mouth watering Sicilian wines? Attentive staff? Pet friendly? Turkish bath? Gym? Check, check, and check.
Dinner at La Foresteria was amazing. A meal for which I, rather uncharacteristically, have no words.
And the view from the breakfast terrace? Breathtaking.
We'll be coming back.
And Mike? You've just been nominated as the official accommodation searcher in our relationship.
(And happy birthday. I love you.)
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
- There are no vineyard or olive mill tours at the La Planeta Estates on Sundays.
- The estate is very dog friendly, and our pups stayed free of charge. There is a 5 km bike trail nearby (it's a converted disused rail track - cool!) that is great for walking dogs, and the staff like pets, too. But if your dogs don't do well with other animals or children, this might not be the place for you: There's a friendly stray that hangs outside the estate's front gates, and there were a lot of families with very young children staying at the estate while we were there.
- The estate is pretty family friendly. But we did speak with a lovely German/Finnish family during our stay who complained that the on site restaurant didn't have appropriate menu items for kids (but really, what do you expect at a gourmet restaurant?).
- For those travelling without children, the peacefulness of the estate was also often disturbed by gangs of rambunctious vacationing kids. So if you were looking for an agriturismo in Sicily for your honeymoon, and you're splurging more money than you might normally pay to stay here, you might want to keep that in mind ;)
- Dinner is served at a huge 30 person table, but it wasn't at all weird to eat shoulder to shoulder with strangers. On the contrary, it's actually quite lovely.
- Bikes are provided free of charge and there is free car parking on site.
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