This small inn is associated with the winery La Planeta, although the actual winery is at a different location. It’s near Menfi and sits up high on a hill overlooking terraced grape fields with the sea in the distance.
The inn was a modern looking low-slung building, not particularly attractive from the outside, but the interiors were modest luxury. We had booked lunch for 1pm and they’d set this up outside on the terrace looking down to the sea. We were the only ones there for lunch (25E) each. They said it was going to be a casual lunch, so I wasn’t sure what we’d be getting. They first brought out a big bowl of delicious vegetable lentil soup and I only ate half because I expected more of a second course. Wrong decision. The second course was a salad, which was also very tasty with oranges, followed by fresh fruit for dessert. We also bought a bottle of their Cerasuola di Vittoria and saved half for later.
Now, it was pool time but the meager sunshine had dissipated into threatening clouds. I had chosen this as a day to relax from our now three week trip, hopefully using their infinity pool which overlooked the vineyards. Unfortunately, the weather gods didn’t get the message as it rained in the afternoon...oh well, a nap works too. I’d booked their Hamman (Steam Room) and it felt great to sweat in private. I was also thrilled to find they had f hair conditioner, which I’d run out of and couldn’t find in stores...so, of course I took several bottles.
Our room was fine with a vine-covered terrace that overlooked the vineyards and sea....very comfortable and modern with a lovely bathroom.
The highlight of staying here is partaking in a group gourmet dinner complete with the appropriate wine. First we met in the upstairs lounge where we were served an aperitif...their light red wine, La Segreta. Then, they carved thin slices of the most delicious prosciutto that was made in the mountains. At 8:30pm, about twenty of us herded downstairs and were seated at a long communal table. Other than 6 of us, it seemed like the rest were all wine distributors from around the world who were there on business.
The first course was a delicious soup with baby octopuses....which I loathe. I tried a couple but mine seemed to be loaded with them. Next, we had some type of pasta, which was delicious, followed by a choice of either veal roast with the best sauce (but I found it was a little too rare for my taste) or a salt-crusted fish that was good but not excellent...followed by a basil sorbetto for dessert. You have a choice of how many wine pairings you want...we took the least cost option (15E for 3 glasses) so I got to try the Cometa (great white) the Merlot (OK) and the Syrah (again, OK) Then, we finished our dessert with buying an additional glass of their outstanding dessert wine “Passito di Noto”. I’ve never been a dessert wine fan before but now I’m a convert! This tasted like nectar from the Gods. The dinner itself lasted from 8:30-11:30, and the portions were not large...we won’t get fat here (which is a good thing).
A extended breakfast buffet included sweet pastries, yogurt, fruit, etc. We left our luggage at the desk while we toured so we wouldn’t have to worry about theft.
Today was sunny and warm as we drove to the beautifully sited Greek ruins, Selinunte, perched at the edge of the sea about 20 minutes away. .
I’d say walking around the site is the main attraction here, as there is only one temple that’s been restored. It was interesting to see the huge boulders that were used in construction. A little granite cart offered a most refreshing lemon granite to cool us off.
Afterwards, we drove through the town to the end of the beach, where a great seafood restaurant sits...La Pinede.
- Also Known As:
- La Foresteria Planeta Estate Menfi, Sicily, Italy
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The La Foresteria resort is the most authentic expression of the Planeta family hospitality, an ambassador for Sicily and Sicilian wines and olive oils throughout the world. At La Foresteria you can ﬁ nd a family atmosphere, typical of an elegant and aristocratic country house, surrounded by vineyards and aromatic herbs, with an open kitchen redolent of all the scents of the Mediterranean and traditional Sicilian cooking There are many services and activities designed to offer guests an unforgettable holiday: the restaurant, an amazing pool, a pleasant Turkish bath, a ﬁ tness area, a tasting room, cooking classes and bicycles that are ideal for discovering the olive groves and the vineyards nearby. Here relaxation is at your ﬁngertips. The resort has 14 spacious rooms, each named for the aromatic herbs that surround it. Each one strikes a perfect balance between comfort and atmosphere, with different colors and furnishings that reﬂ ect those of the traditional country villas – pastel walls, carpets of red and ocher and the yellow and blue ceramics from Caltagirone and Burgio. Every room also features a private terrace. ... more less
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