When our friends at Kapuhala in Sicily invited us to stay for a couple of nights at their new boutique heritage farm stay, we leapt at the opportunity. Jonathan and I had been busy exploring the major towns and cities along Sicily’s east coast – Catania, Siracusa and Taormina, so the thought of a few days relaxing and recharging our batteries in the Noto wine region sounded fabulous, and it was.
Great To Know
The Kapuhala Sicily is 100% self-sustainable and eco-conscious. All electricity is provided by solar panels, photovoltaic panels and a wind turbine. The water for the shower comes from an underground source. In theory, the water is clean enough to drink, but most people prefer to drink bottled water. But no, you won’t be finding any plastic bottles around here!
The resort offers excellent farm-to-table dining – more on that later, and also the chance to enjoy delicious wines from the region!
Everything at the resort is grown from scratch. When you wander around the property, you’ll discover 81 different aromatic herbs and spices, and it’s fun guessing which way the wind is blowing simply from the wafting aromas.
The Rooms At Kapuhala
We stayed in one of the ‘Casa Aromi’. The room is split level with a mezzanine area with a very comfortable futon bed and wonderfully soft sheets.
The bathroom comes with organic toiletries. Couldn’t create a good lather from them but my hair and skin felt refreshingly clean and smooth afterwards.
If we wanted to bring friends, the sofa in the lounge turns into a bed and can accommodate two. However, I was more excited to learn that we could have brought our dog for just an extra €20 a night, which included organic pet food, a welcome plate and a cushion. Our dog Angel would love it here!
There’s a small kitchenette if you feel like cooking and you are welcome to help yourself to the vegetables and herbs from your very own herb garden and perhaps knock up a quick basil pesto! Their basil looked terrific, the ones we grow at home on our balcony never looked this good.
We knew this part of Sicily was famous for its cherry tomatoes; however, I soon discovered that it wasn’t cherry tomatoes that were growing outside our room but rather spicy round chillis!!
For now, there are only eight rooms on the property – four private villas, two regular apartments, a suite and a superior room. All accommodation apart from the room comes with a kitchenette.
Farm-to-Table Dining At Kapuhala
What can I say? The food is all organic farm-to-table, and it’s absolutely delicious.
Breakfast is brought to your room-a vast array of fruit, bread, muffins, jams and cakes. So much so, that there was no way we could possibly fit in lunch and happily grazed throughout the day.
For dinner, we sat outside under the stars. Each evening, there’s a set menu with three courses followed by dessert. The dishes are based on Italian classics made with fresh, seasonal ingredients and the flavour is just yum! The food is predominantly vegan with the occasional addition of sheep cheese from local sheep that are allowed to graze on their land.
Vegans and vegetarians will love the food, but so too, will devout meat lovers. Don’t worry meat lovers; this is fantastic vegan food without dare I say it, the vegan attitude. You won’t even miss the taste of meat.
Scarpetta – a word literally meaning little shoe. Fare La Scarpetta meaning make the little shoe is an Italian expression that refers to the small piece of bread used to mop up the pasta sauce. I always used to do this discreetly growing up, as my mum would tell me off if she caught me, but here in Sicily and especially at Kapuhala, it’s totally encouraged.
Wine Tasting At Kapuhala
Kapuhala produces its own wine, so obviously, we needed to sample them all 🙂
At the moment, they produce three red wines made from the Nero d’Avola grape. It was hard to choose which was our favourite, as they were all amazingly good, organic and low in sulphates- always a bonus!
No white wines yet, but they have starting planting and hope to have some in the future.
What Is There To Do At Kapuhala
- Relaxing. We spent a lot of time chilling on our terrace, listening to the birds, the buzzing of insects, inhaling the aromatic wafts of the herbs and enjoying the absence of the sounds of the city.
- Yoga – takes place twice a day in the mornings and evenings. Just let the staff know that you’re interested in joining a class. The classes are held outside on grass, but it’s sheltered. I’m always a tad nervous joining yoga classes – terrified that I might find myself surrounded by the ‘beautiful people’ doing perfect sun salutations. Fortunately, it wasn’t like that at all. Instead, it was a relaxing, blissful, and an excellent stretch to end the day.
- Reading – Books in English and Italian are available in the rooms or bring your own!
- Playing board games.
- Swimming – there’s a small infinity pool. Yes, it does look a bit sandy, but those are minerals which are great and healing for the skin!
- Sip cocktails and enjoy the view at the Vivi Vinu Bar.
- And probably, the best of all, indulge in delicious farm-to-table food and of course, sampling the wine.
- There are plans for a spa in the hopefully not too distant future.
The Team At Kapuhala
It’s a small team and everybody chips in. Every member of staff from Jimmy, Crystal, Stefano and Christina, were lovely and went out of the way to accommodate us.
How To Get To Kapuhala
Having a car is highly recommended. The Kapuhala resort is surrounded by 60 acres of organic farmland that includes two vineyards and olive groves. It is literally in the middle of nowhere, and that’s part of its charm. With a car, you can easily explore the surrounding countryside or visit the pretty seaside village of Marzamemi or the stunning Baroque town of Noto.
However, if like us, you just want to relax and enjoy the views, read a book, sleep, drink wine and enjoy good food and don’t have a car- the nearest station is at Rosolini. Trains depart fairly regularly from Siracusa, except on Sundays. The team at Kapuhala can help with arranging transportation from the station.
How To Book Your Stay At Kapuhala Agrotourism Resort In Sicily
Would We Recommend Kapuhala
Yes! It’s the perfect place to rest and recharge, enjoy fabulously delicious and healthy organic local farm-to-table food and wine and experience agrotourism in Sicily.
Disclaimer: Even though we were guests of Kapuhala Sicily, all opinions are entirely and genuinely our own. We would never recommend anything that we hadn’t enjoyed and experienced firsthand.