Home of the film Il Postino, the verdant island of Salina is considered by many to be the most relaxed of the Aeolian islands. The Capofaro Locanda & Malvasia is named after the lighthouse that forms part of the estate among fields of vineyards which produce some of the finest wines in the region.

There are only 27 whitewashed rooms, 6 of them in the recently refurnished lighthouse, located in the seven typical Aeolian cottages that feel far more like Santorini than Italy; all with fabulous views of the sea, all beautifully yet simply decorated and some with terraces shaded with woven bamboo known as cannizi. The well-stocked bathrooms are covered in beige marble stone – apt given the nightly fireworks display from the nearby island of Stromboli.

Service is relaxed and friendly, and the resort has the feel of a private club. In the summer months beautiful bronzed Italians from neighboring islands descend on the lounge-type bar for cocktails and dinner in the chic open air restaurant which serves elegant Sicilian cuisine. Highlights included dishes based around capers and nepitilla, a mint-like herb that grows on the island. Wine-lovers are in safe hands; the owners are the Tasca D’Almerita family, who make some of the finest wines in Sicily, not to mention the outstanding Malvasia sweet wine which is made from the vines surrounding the resort.

It is easy to stroll through the grounds, from the large pool to the padel tennis court and solarium and golf carts can also be provided for guest arriving and departing. The helpful staff will arrange everything from boats, bicycles and scooters to explore the crystal waters and pebbly beaches of this enchanting island. We agree it is not the easiest part of Italy to reach, but it is well worth it and in the spring and autumn you will probably have it to yourself.