July 24th, 2008
Stunning scenery and jet-set style makes car-free Panarea the jewel of Sicily’s magnificent seven islands.
With breathtaking views and a boho-chic vibe, Hotel Raya is the place to stay. Wake early and watch the sunrise from your white-washed terrace and then hop back into bed ‘til noon. From $440, Via San Pietro, Sicily, 00 39 090 983103, www.hotelraya.it
Snooze on the beach, swim in the sea (watch out for urchins and jellyfish) and stroll the narrow oleander-lined streets. A short sail across the archipelago makes volcanic Stromboli (backdrop for Roberto Rossellini’s classic/D&G’s summer retreat) a perfect day tripper too. www.isolelipari.it/stromboli.htm
Hotel Raya owner Myriam Beltrami spends half the year in Indonesia bringing back everything from Balinese baubles to vintage silk sarongs. We couldn’t resist snapping up a blue and white batik bedspread like the ones in every hotel room. Via San Pietro. 00 39 090 983103, Sicily, www.hotelraya.it/en-boutique-panarea.html
If it’s simple trattoria food you’re after, Da Adelina’s seafood delights are sure to please. Head back to Raya for coffee, limoncello and dancing by moonlight. Via Comunale del Porto 28, Sicily, 00 39 090 983246.