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Location: Linguaglossa (Mt Etna)
Sleeps: 26
Bedrooms: 13
Features: Volcanic area, wine area
Surroundings: Mt Etna, Catania, Taormina, Syracuse


Shalai - a Sicilian word meaning fully gratified andprofusely satisfied, is commonly used by locals to define a state beyond total wellness.  To experience Shalai for yourself, visit its eponymous concept hotel, ideally located in the historical centre of the small town of Linguaglossa at the foot of Mt Etna.

Leonardo and Luciano Pennisi, two local young cousins with high initiative and passion for the Sicilian culture, turned this local concept into reality and brought “shalai” to life.  An historical palazzetto, once the Town Hall, dating back to the end of the 18th century, has been converted into a small hotel of 13 rooms where vintage fresco ceilings perfectly complement modern minimalist floors and details in a faultless fusion of traditional and modern décor.  Look for the lounge bar counter coated by some of the old decorated palace floor tiles – an ingenious work reusing valuable local materials.  Designer lighting performs a key role around the hotel as a contemporary language to exalt spaces and settings.  White and soft colours, natural textiles like cotton, linen and canvas, velvet, wrought iron and pottery give the hotel a sense of sobriety, lighten the atmosphere and create a chic modern setting. A small courtyard is the only external area belonging to Shalai, serving as an entrance to the mini wellness centre, a welcome relief after a day on the volcano.

The Property

Of the thirteen rooms, two are superiors with fresco ceilings, two are singles with French-size beds, and one is a family room for up to five persons. All rooms provide modern comforts: internet connection, satellite TV, air conditioning, room bar, safe and telephone. A courtesy set by Comfort Zone comes in each room directly from the wellness centre. Here you can enjoy a Turkish bath, sauna and a Jacuzzi in addition to two aesthetic rooms and a relaxing area with aromatic centrifuges to rest your mind and body.
On the ground floor you can choose from a wide variety of soft drinks or simply enjoy a relaxing moment with a glass of wine and delicacies at the cosy lounge bar, which accompanies the intimate and familiar restaurant where retro details define the atmosphere.  Here, the young local chef enhances the essence of the Sicilian tradition with the modern touch of a creative cuisine.  The wine list is quite interesting, and you may wish to participate in a professional winery presentation.  The living room on the ground floor is a good alternative, where you can sip a glass of Etna d.o.c. wine and relax.

The Area

If you are a wine lover, Shalai is right in the centre of the Etna d.o.c. wine route and a perfect starting point to visit all of the quality wineries settled in this area of the volcano, from Linguaglossa to the nearby Castiglione di Sicilia. The area is great for hiking or mountain biking. The pebble beaches of Fiumefreddo are just 20 minutes away (beware of the freezing water!) as are those of Giardini Naxos. Don’t forget to slip down to Taormina and visit the Greek Theatre.


Garden no Daily clearing yes Air conditioning yes
Heating yes Breakfast included yes Mini bar yes
Restaurant yes Satellite TV no Pool no
Hydromassage pool no In-room safe yes In-room internet access/Wifi no
Spa/Wellness centre yes Laundry service yes Walk to shops/restaurants yes
Parking yes Kids accteped yes Dogs accepted no


Cooking classes are available for curious food lovers wanting a hands-on experience as well as wine tastings and presentations.

Periods & Prices

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The hotel is open all year round.


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