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Eremo della Giubiliana, Sicily

The walls breathe history. And there is still a feeling, you’ll remark to yourself, of long ago times; of fortresses and convents, Arab invaders and passing Crusaders. And your instincts would be right. Eremo della Guibiliana is part of an estate that included a 12 century fortified Arab hermitage. It was a bastion against Turkish invasion, and its convent structure attracted Crusaders as long ago as the early 16th century.

Of course, if you make the Eremo della Guibiliana part of your luxury, tailor-made holiday to Italy you will find new levels of comfort and elegance. Nowadays it’s a five star hotel featuring the best of contemporary amenities. Not least of which is the fine-dining Don Eusebio Restaurant with its attendant Culinary School and admirable wine cellar.

Eremo della Guibiliana, at a glance

  • Ancient Sicilian estate transformed into an exquisite, five star hote
  • Choice of classic double, superior and deluxe rooms, suites and stone cottages
  • Many rooms are converted friars’ cells complete with modern comforts and en suites
  • Suites are highly individual - like the three storey Torre del Canonico Suite set in a 15th century tower, or the upper floor Grand Master’s Suite with two balconies and stunning views
  • Wonderful food served beneath the arches of the Crusaders’ old refectory

For leisure and pleasure

  • On-estate archaeological site with a necropolis dating back to the fifth century BC
  • Easy access to Ragusa-Guibiliana, Europe’s most southerly airfield
  • Flying tours of the island
  • Boat cruises along the incomparable coast
  • Excursions to explore the Eremo region
  • Cookery master classes
  • Wilderness and Baroque Tours to discover caves and forests, archaeological sites and railways
  • We have travelled with The Ultimate Travel Company six times, the most recent was to New Zealand last year. The trip was very well organised as usual, with excellent accommodation and a wide variety of experiences. Given our obvious satisfaction with Ultimate, we had booked to go to Australia with them this year but due to Covid this was unfortunately cancelled, Ultimate handled the situation very professionally and promptly refunded the whole of our deposit without any quibble. When travel becomes viable again we would definitely rebook with them.

    DN, August 2020