Visitors to Salina have been overjoyed to find this gem of a hotel, a faithful renovation of an old Aeolian hamlet just a few steps from the sea and with fabulous views over the island's two imposing peaks.
Tourism on the island is carefully monitored, and (perhaps more than can be said for any other hotel in our guide), the owners have ensured that Signum does not invade the landscape in any way - each room has a separate building so as to avoid the hotel look. Rooms are simple in style, clean, and many have private terraces or balconies with views onto long greens or blues that burst with life.
Reports praise the fabulous setting (Il Postino was filmed nearby), the lush vegetation surrounding the hotel and the views (especially from the infinity pool); expect also the subtle, luscious smells of citrus orchards and jasmine creepers that drift over from nearby. Chef Martina Caruso has recently been awarded her first Michelin star; perhaps the restaurant isn't cheap, but the fabulous setting on a terrace and the intense mediterranean flavours are worth a mention. More reports would be welcome. The recently opened hotel spa - Salus Per Aquam - looks set to be a real treat, including steam baths and jacuzzi, as well as a range of natural therapy, beauty and massage treatments.