Hotel Signum: Sea Spa on Salina

Even though Hotel Signum has the trappings of a stylish, luxury hotel, it retains a warm, family character. An island couple, Clara Rametta and Michele Caruso, founded it in 1988, and they still own and run it with their children, Luca and Martina Caruso. (Photo shows the famous volcano, Stromboli, in the distance.)

It is just off the main street in the tiny town of Malfa…

IMG_0264

There is no automobile access, just this quiet, narrow footpath that leads to the hotel.
IMG_0257

As soon as I checked in, I went to the sea spa, which has warm and cool pools, a natural steam room built as the Romans did on the island…
IMG_0208

And a massage and treatment area.
IMG_0214

The Fossa volcano I had climbed earlier in the day loomed above as the sun was setting.
IMG_0211

Rooms are arranged along paths and stairways, giving the impression of private cottages. Some have terraces overlooking the pool,
IMG_0205

While more expensive rooms have sea views.
IMG_0219

Dinner was served on an airy terrace with tables topped with island ceramic tiles. (You can visit local ceramic artisans.) This is Luca Caruso’s territory that he manages with a crisp but friendly style.
IMG_0220

His younger sister, Martina Caruso, in her mid-twenties has made a name for herself as the chef. She grew up helping her father, Michele, in the kitchen, then trained in Rome and London under top professionals like Jamie Oliver. In the winter, she goes off the island to work. Last year, she learned under legendary chef, Gennaro Esposito, in Vico Equense.

She proposed an exquisite, light, tasting menu beginning with delicately cooked fish..
IMG_0238

Tartar of shrimp…
IMG_0239

And a Cannolo of Baccalà
IMG_0242

Luca paired the dishes with Porta Del Vento Cattarato Terre Siciliane IGT 2013. The grapes come from old vines in the hills above Palermo, fermented in stainless steel and left five months on the lees: light with delicate aromas and flavors, crisp from the sandstone soil, and fresh from the windy, high altitude vineyards.
IMG_0236

And Tenuta Di Fessina A’Puddara Etna Bianco DOC (100% Carricante): from high altitude vineyards on the south slope of Etna, fermented in large, oak barrels, fuller bodied with characteristic minerality from the sea and the volcanic soil.
IMG_0241

At the end of dinner, Martina came out to greet her guests. This photo didn’t turn out well, but it does capture her lovely ebullient smile.
IMG_0244

My only regret was not being able to say several days to fall into the languid rhythms of this special place.

Signum
Via Scalo,15
Malfa, Salina (Me)
Tel. 090 9844222
Closed from Mid-November to April

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Tags: Boutique hotel, Hotel Signum, luxury hotel, Salina, Sea Spa, sea spa hotel, steam room, volcano
Previous Post Next Post

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

10 shares