Capofaro Locanda & Malvasia, Salina, Sicily, Italy
Abound in evergreen that meets an infinite blue upon a cliff top, the chalk white stoned estate that rises from its luxuriant surroundings is Capofaro Locanda & Malvasia. With exquisite views bathing under the warm, ruddy sunshine, free yourself to the mellow and mind-easing atmosphere on the Revitalise at Aeolian Island Retreat in Salina, Sicily.
Labelled as “the green island” amongst its seven sisters in the Aeolian Islands archipelago, Salina’s fertile land and rising green peaks create a sensational setting for finding a moment to slow down, be still and leave responsibilities idle. Each day, wake, breathe and grow familiar with the surroundings through dynamic postures in morning Vinyasa Flow Yoga with our expert Edina Filip.
Open the ears to the natural hubbub of nature and establish sensitivity towards your body and mind, restoring a loving relationship with Earth and yourself. Be present in daily outdoor excursions clambering up the extinct volcano, trailing across the flourishing countryside planted with fragrant chestnut trees and olive groves before exploring Aeolian’s pastime, uphill with the native flora and fauna. These excursions plus a foraging workshop and a voyage of the Salina Island are all included as part of this exclusive programme designed by Balance Holidays. Other activities include a Chocolate of Modica workshop and a tour of the estate’s ancient vineyard followed with wine tasting of the home-cultivated Malvasia wine among several others. Concluding the evenings will be a session of Yin Yoga.
The resplendent beauty of nature is also extended into the cuisine. Inspired by the concept of “zero-kilometre” cooking, the estate’s vegetable gardens will provide 70% of the ingredients to prepare meals from a nourishing menu, specially designed by Balance Holidays. The wheat used to make the bread and pasta is grown in the Tasca family home, Regaleali, as are the olives for the extra virgin olive oil. Each day, the chef will present a sapient mix of textures, flavours and colours, influencing guests with the idea that meals can be a source of pleasure as well as sustenance. On a separate evening, enjoy a traditional Sicilian dinner witnessing an ethereal sunset.
Let the yearning inner voice and any suppressed thoughts and emotions run free with the chipper wildlife in Salina, Sicily. Learn to become more loving, compassionate and kind by identifying and focusing on the beauty within us and around us on the Revitalise at Aeolian Island Retreat.
*To learn more about how a typical day on a retreat looks like, please see sample here and for more information about food and cuisine, please see here.
From a young age, moving and experimenting with her body has always been an exciting idea to Edina Filip. She engaged in the likes of running to classical dance and artistic gymnastics. However, it was when Edina took her first yoga class in 2004 that she felt immediate amazement at the personal benefits experienced and being able to connect different aspects of life through conscious attention. Her curiosity prompted her to carry out her own research and studies and finally, in 2009 she attended her first 200hr TTC in Woodbourne, New York. In 2010, she opened her own Yoga center, "Yogalife" which eventually in 2013 became “JothYoga” after she was joined by other prominent yoga teachers and formed an association. Edina continues to extend her studies into different tools to achieve life-balance and connect the mind, body, and heart. She is a nature-lover and will integrate this element into postures, breath-work, mindfulness and introspection to help individuals activate a deeper connection with their selves.
Located in the main estate with independent access, measuring 15 to 20sqm, enjoy privacy without feeling isolated in the Standard Room at Capofaro Locanda & Malvasia. With a private terrace offering generous glimpses of the gardens and sea, do not let four walls and a door restrict you from the aromatic plantations and the light hums of the wind and wildlife. Each room is dressed in powder-white stone floors and walls while furniture are kept neutral but still add depth and texture. Beds are spacious, guaranteeing a restful sleep while toiletries are provided in reusable glass bottles, a prompting effort towards sustainability. Amenities include a shower, bathroom, a kettle and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Measuring 18 to 26sqm with independent access, the Superior room looks out towards the historic Anfiteatro Vineyard and sea through the private terrace. The surrounding colours, scents and sounds will feed into the rooms, adding natural vibrancy and character to each stay. Keep cool under the shade and admire the sweeping views accompanied with a newly developed set of thoughts and perspectives. Settle into a comfortable sleep in a generously sized bed, under crisp white linen. Toiletries are included and will be provided in reusable glass bottles, a nod towards sustainability. Amenities include a shower, bathroom, a kettle and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Let this be an opportunity to enjoy the company of one another and to foster new friendships and relationships on a retreat with us at Sicily. During spots of free time or after mealtime, explore the communal spaces together, which are open to guests throughout their stay. Shared spaces include clubhouse, pool, restaurant area, gardens and tennis court.
Passion for good food is unmistakable in the kitchens of Capofaro Locanda & Malvasia. The chef is ambitious and unafraid of exploring creative capacities with ingredients, of which 70% are sourced from the estate gardens. Bringing together traditional gastronomic lessons from Sicilian and Neapolitan homes, wheat used for pasta, bread and all other yeast products is produced in the Tasca family home, Regaleali, using stoneground flour made with the ancient grain Senatore Cappelli. The extra virgin olive oil is also made with olives harvested in the Regaleali and Capofaro estates.
Unlike its sister islands in archipelago, Salina encompasses the green lands and blue sea into a truly divine combination, ideal for escaping the crowds and city clamour. Grapevines stretch on the lush, verdant hills, wild woodland blooms and attractive bougainvillea paint the land with colour. Clamber up to the cliff tops to capture a full, unobstructed view or amble through the somnolent villages to blend in with the local community. These surroundings will demand full attention, infecting even the most docile of individuals to go out and explore!
Situated North of Sicily as one of seven Aeolian Islands, Salina is the second largest island in the archipelago. This once-active volcanic island is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site with the twin volcanoes, Monte de Porri and Monte Fossa delle Felci now giving shape and texture to the terrain but more importantly, a reason to visit this delightful destination.
Although Salina is an islet and positioned away from the Italian continent, convenient modes of transport are available to bring you directly to the estate.
The nearest airport is Catania. From here, you will need to organise a car to catch a hydrofoil from Milazzo Marina to Santa Marina Salina. Alternatively, the estate will be happy to organise a pickup car for you through their preferred local company. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting “Transfer” in the subject line. This service is not included as part of the programme and will entail a separate fee, payable at check out. The estate shuttle will then pick you up upon arrival at Santa Marina Salina to bring you directly to the estate.
If local traffic conditions permit, total travel time from the airport to the estate will be approximately 3 hours. (1 hour 30 minutes from the airport to Milazzo Marina, 1 hour 30 minutes on the ferry from Milazzo Marina to Santa Marina Salina and a 5 minutes drive from the port to the estate via the estate shuttle service.)
Ferries leave once every hour with the full schedule available on the Liberty Lines website. The cost of the ferry ticket is not included as part of the programme but can be purchased on the Liberty Lines website.
On the day of departure, the estate will be happy to book the shuttle service, ferry ticket and car to take you directly to the airport. The total amount payable will be settled at check out.
Private helicopter transfers by Air Panarea are also available, bringing you directly from Catania airport to the island of Salina. Salina is also reachable through hydrofoils and ferry services from Reggio Calabria, Palermo and Naples.
If you require further clarification on how to reach the destination, please feel free to contact us!
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An arrival and welcome ceremony will take place at 6.30pm therefore we suggest booking tickets with an arrival time that allows sufficient time for travel from the airport to the estate. As a general rule, guests will be allowed to check-in from 3pm on the day of arrival. On the day of departure, this programme has activities scheduled until 12pm. However, you are welcome to depart earlier to suit your personal agenda. Please contact us if you have any queries regarding check-in and check out.
Guests will be provided access to the estate’s swimming pool, gardens and tennis court for the full duration of their stay. Additionally, outdoor activities and daily yoga sessions are included in this programme therefore, we recommend bringing some comfortable workout clothes, a bathing suit and a small backpack to carry your personal belongings. We also suggest bringing sunscreen and insect repellent.
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