Il San Corrado di Noto is the first boutique resort of its kind in Sicily’s UNESCO World Heritage site, Val di Noto
After a three year transformation programme, Il San Corrado di Noto will open in April 2022.
The ancient masseria, once owned by Prince Nicolaci, has been converted into an idyllic, all-suite retreat – 26 of them in fact plus eight pool villas – surrounded by ancient citrus and olive groves, with the levels of privacy and service demanded by the sort of discerning traveller who can afford them. So that was well planned then…
It’s the first resort of its ilk in this UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of Italy’s lesser-known regions, with its eight historic towns, all built in elaborate southern Baroque style. Il San Corrado Di Noto offers guests an elegant base from which to explore the area – history dating from 664 BC, gastronomy, culture and beaches – or, indeed, to disappear for a few days and forget about the rest of the world.
The transformation has been a sensitive one. While all the expected mod cons are present, the masseria’s 18th-century architecture has been preserved and heritage features intrinsic to the building’s history were prioritised during the restoration. Architect Corrado Papa has also drawn upon natural materials, such as Modica stone and Guatemalan marble, sculpted by local stonemasons and woodworkers to highlight the suites, public areas and original chapel (which dates back to 1836).
And, somehow, while maintaining such things, they’ve added two swimming pools (including a 100m heated pool – one of Sicily’s largest), a spa, fitness suite and tennis court, and two signature restaurants, Casa Pasta and Principe di Belludia.
Rates at Il San Corrado di Noto start from €590 per night on a B&B basis. The hotel is open from mid-April, closing in early November and is an hour’s drive from Catania airport. Direct flights to Catania from London, Bristol and Manchester.