Nestled in the hills between Castelbuono and Cefalu in the north of Sicily, Relais Santa Anastasia has been created into a hotel from an old 12th century monastery with traditional Sicilian guest rooms, a lovely pool, excellent restaurant, organic winery and breathtaking views over olive groves and vineyards to the sea.
"La Scibina was the best place we have stayed in Italy. It is stunning and so peaceful. There are only 7 apartments but 2 immaculate swimming pools, which even included inflatable toys (which were pumped up every morning) for the kids. As well of plenty of sun loungers there are several other areas of shade for people to sit and relax in. If you want it, there is an amazing homemade breakfast (with their own produce) on offer, with coffees and ice creams available throughout the day. Every detail has been thought through from beach towels and buckets and spades to take out, to tea towels, washing up liquid and sugar. There is a small but well maintained play area, a garden with fruits you can pick and a discreet carport within the complex for everyone to park under to save you getting into a boiling car (which really came in handy in the 42 degree heat!). La Scibina's complex is accessed with a key card, so it is secure and car free for kids to roam around. The apartments are clean, beautiful and spacious. There are large private patios as well as balconies, with tables, chairs and sun loungers. The windows have blackout blinds which was ideal for kids naps and siestas. The small staff team are friendly and always accessible but not in your face. La Scibina is someones vision, which they have executed perfectly. We can't recommend it enough."