Romance, self-discovery, contact with nature, a holiday in one of the exclusive lighthouses turned into guest houses describe by Il Sole 24 Ore is certainly a unique experience.
Capo Spartivento (Chia, Cagliari) – Capo Spartivento lighthouse, located in the extreme south of Sardinia, was commissioned in 1854 by Vittorio Emanuele di Savoia, and it has been transformed – thanks to an 8-year long eco-friendly renovation – into a five-star hotel by entrepreneurs Alessio Raggio and Massimo Balia. Raggio explains that they wanted to offer a unique window on the sea leaving guests maximum freedom: “There is no reception, there is a chef available to eat when you want. There is a library where to read and even a six-seat movie theater in a converted nineteenth-century cistern.”
Punta Fenaio (Island of Giglio, Grosseto) – On the northernmost tip of Island of Giglio in the Tuscan archipelago seats the lighthouse of Punta Fenaio, which Mario Pellegrini turned into an exclusive resort with four rooms and two suites. From here he offers his guests a 360-degree experience of the island, either staying at the lighthouse, visiting the olive groves or renting the resort’s nine-meter boat to go diving or visiting the Giannutri island. The view from Punta Fenaio, in the days of maximum visibility, goes Montecristo to Corsica.
Punta Libeccio (Marettimo Island, Trapani), and Capo Grosso (Levanzo Island, Trapani) – Two boutique hotels, located on two of the Aegadian Islands, that aim to meet the needs of customers looking for unique experiences offering them to savor the beauty of the sea in absolute comfort, served by personal butlers and pampered by culinary proposals of gourmet chefs.. Both Punta Libeccio Lighthouse – on the South-West coast of Marettimo Island – and Capo Grosso Lighthouse – on the Northernmost point of Levanzo Island – have been given in concession to the Milanese entrepreneur Lorenzo Malafarina, who is working on their transformation into mini-hotels with eight and six rooms respectively. Malafarina explains: “We want to give a new life to these historic buildings, without revolutionizing them: we are talking about conservative works that will keep the identity of the places intact.”
Ilona Catani Scarlett