Stunning scenery and jet-set style makes car-free Panarea the jewel of
Sicilys magnificent seven islands.
With breathtaking views and a boho-chic vibe, Hotel
Raya is the place to stay. Wake early and watch the sunrise from
your white-washed terrace and then hop back into bed til noon. From
$440, Via San Pietro, Sicily, 00 39 090 983103, www.hotelraya.it
Snooze on the beach, swim in the sea (watch out
for urchins and jellyfish) and stroll the narrow oleander-lined streets.
A short sail across the archipelago makes volcanic Stromboli
(backdrop for Roberto Rossellinis classic/D&Gs summer retreat) a perfect
day tripper too. www.isolelipari.it/stromboli.htm
Hotel Raya owner Myriam Beltrami spends half
the year in Indonesia bringing back everything from Balinese baubles to
vintage silk sarongs. We couldnt resist snapping up a blue and white
batik bedspread like the ones in every hotel room. Via San Pietro. 00 39
090 983103, Sicily, www.hotelraya.it/en-boutique-panarea.html
If its simple trattoria food youre after, Da
Adelinas seafood delights are sure to please. Head back to Raya for
coffee, limoncello and dancing by moonlight. Via Comunale del Porto 28,
Sicily, 00 39 090 983246.