Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa5.0 out of 5.0
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The resort is located in the Ragusa region, 10 minutes drive from the southern beach of Sicily and 75 minutes from Catania Airport. Rooms are nice and clean, the resort itself and the two 18-holes golf courses have a good layout. The two old trees guarding the main entrance are just wonderful. The concierge, the receptionists, room service and the staff around the nice and pleasant swimming pool were pretty professional, helpful and polite, though some of the senior reception staff once (male) a little bit unprofessionally has blamed the otherwise nice and helpful receptionist lady in front of the guests. The waiters have sometimes forgotten about an order, or have made us waiting for 20-25 minutes for a drink or the bill, that was a bit annoying.Golf courses are well designed, provide a good golfing experience, though despite the twice a day watering have suffered a bit the July heat, especially the Bermuda grass fairways. Greens were in good condition, but a little bit too slow. Links course is maybe more fun to play than Parkland, though the latter one is very close behind. The kitchen is good, well above average, but considering the high Italian cuisine standards nothing exceptional. The culinary experience seekers have to look around outside the resort, and have also good chances to find something in Sicily. The "own" beach is nice, but unfortunately not easy to approach. Even with car (shuttle is the other option) you have to walk 800 meters from the parking to the sunbeds and umbrellas, and the last 100 meters across a not so small dune, while shower is on the other side of the dune. The beach experience of the resort, due to the awkward accessibility is definitely not 5 star. In any season a pleasant place to spend holiday, especially for golfers but not only. Best time to go is probably mid September or early June. I would go back to Donnafugata.
We have just returnd from a weeks family holiday at the Donnafugata hotel. Even though this is a golfing hotel we couldn't recommend it enough for familes. The thing that makes it all the more special are the staff. They want to make sure that you are completely happy and they are very sincere with it. From the moment we stepped out of the bedroom and met by a huge warm greeting by Gaetana (house keeping) to the pool attendants. Also a big thank you to all the ladies on the front desk. The pool was amazing and the pool bar was excellent. In the evening you have 3 restaurants to choose from all serving excellent food. We would also recommend taking the shuttle bus to the beach. Even though it is a bit of a trek when you get dropped off (follow the directions given) when you do make it it is one of the nicest clean beaches i have seen. The Hotel are the only ones that have their own bit of the beach where there are sunbeds and staff at hand from the hotel. The sea is clear blue. The hotel is situated in the middle of no where so getting around can be difficult and expensive if using taxis. It is worth hiring a car and taking a trip to the marina which is also breath taking. It was very busy the two days we went but well worth the visit and there are lots of restaurants to choose from. The Hotel does have a kids club however we did not choose this. It really is a brilliant place to go. We would like to say big thank you to everyone at the hotel, you made us feel special and very welcoming. Thank you ! The Kooner family.
We stayed at the Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa with our 21 year old daughter and boyfriend the last week of July 2017. The resort is wonderful, furnished with taste and settled into the hills of Ragusa. The rooms are spacious and clean, the beds are huge and very comfortable, the two 18-hole golf courses are very well maintained and breakfast offers a good choice of food. The resort has a private beach in a natural reserve, 8 minutes drive away. There is a shuttle leaving from the hotel every 30 minutes. Take into consideration that the car cannot enter the natural reserve and therefore you have to walk 800 meters to get to the beach. This beach offers free lounge chairs and umbrellas, but other than that it does not have any bar, restaurant etc. We are great beach lovers, but only went there once, because we did not like that beach so much. We drove around and found much nicer beaches with water in turquoise colors. So the beach is definitely not the highlight of the resort. If you just want to relax at the beautiful pool area, play some golf, go to the gym and have treatments at the spa, this is the place to be. If you also want to explore a little bit this area of Sicily, you definitely need to rent a car. The resort is far from everything and without a car you cannot go anywhere. We had dinner in so many different restaurants in all the nice towns like Ragusa, Modica, Noto and Scicli. Everywhere we ate wonderful food (and we are real foodies and very critical). We only had dinner once at the resort which took last place in our ranking of restaurants during this vacation. The prices are also much higher, so we went to have dinner outside the resort every evening. The lunch buffet at Donnafugata on the other hand has a good choice of dishes and is recommended if you do not want to drive around during the day. The whole staff at the resort is extremely nice, helpful, professional and friendly. I would like to point out in particular Domenico, which manages the bar, has an entertaining and positive attitude and has a repertoire of cocktails and drinks that can compete with any famous cocktail bar in the world. It is a lot of fun to be around him. Another outstanding staff member is Bartolomeo who has everything under control in the breakfast room and also at lunch and dinner. It seems as if he is always around without taking any break. You see him around midnight and then again early in the morning in the breakfast place. He is extremely professional and very helpful. Then we loved the girl at the pool, she always had a big smile on her face and managed to get us the nicest lounge chairs under the palm trees. And last, but not least, the cleaning ladies of our building - they also stood out because of their nice and positive attitude, flexibility and the warm smile that they gave us every time we met them. On the downside, the bathrooms need a big update. Between the shower and the toilet was a glass wall. When we showered, the water flew under this glass wall and the whole toilet area was wet. Also there is some mold in the grouts and corners and the hand shower holder was almost coming off the wall when I tried to take it out. The golf course is beautiful, but very hard to walk. If you want to take a cart, it's extremely expensive. Overall it was a wonderful vacation and we will definitely be back.
Domenico Micali is the most creative BarKeeper I have ever met. In 10 minutes he 'invented' in his Night Bar a birthday party for my wife and it was a great success, including drinks and dance. And after the party, what a pleasure learning from Domenico the story of the many world-famous drinks, the Moscow Mull and the Bloody Mary, and the differences between Tennesee Whiskey and Kentucky Bourbon! In short, a very smart guy in the very right place. Warmly recommended.
This is first and foremost a golf hotel. Two good courses are the centre of the resort. Reception is efficient and quick. Our room was OK, fairly basic with not much of a view but nothing specific to complain about but not really 5 star. Multiple restaurants with the top of the range dining being very good, surf and grill not so good suffering an invasion of flying ants while eating. Wines expensive but good. Breakfast very average with unripe fruit, hot food that was unappetising and not hot! The pool was excellent and well serviced by staff. Both golf courses are quite long and challenging in parts but the real bonus was the fact that they are very quiet especially after the morning rush. The biggest issue for our group was the fact that evening trips out to restaurants etc was hindered by the virtual complete absence of local taxis. Individual hire of a people carrier and driver was necessary costing 85 - 110€ each time.
I have been going to the Donnafugata Golf resort for many many years now . I can never get enough of this place . I just love being there , it's like a second home to me . Everything at this resort if 10/10 , the rooms , the food , the golf , the views , the set up , the staff etc etc , I give all top marks . I highly recommend this place .
We spent a number of days at Donnafugata last month with a group of friends. It was a most enjoyable and relaxing visit. The hotel amenities including the spa and swimming pool are superb. The rooms are spacious and airy with plenty of storage space. The food was excellent with great variety and we were looked after extremely well by all the hotel staff.
After having visited the East and more popular side of Sicily we decided that we wanted a change and needed a place of quiet serenity, so we chose Donnafugata based on photos and reviews from Tripadvisor. It wasn't nearly enough! This is an oasis which appears rather suddenly on the approach driving in. Immediately you know that it is going to be amazing. The land area is vast and there is a golf cart service to drive guests around in comfort. The buildings are planned out to resemble a little village with lush greenery everywhere. The establishment is surrounded by the golf course providing further visual interest with its ponds and slopes and manicured greenery. The class is most definitely five star - the design and the decor are very stylish in a contemporary way but the touches are baroque in a pleasing up to the moment fashion. A lot must be said for the staff, every member of which is very polite, courteous and friendly. I must stress that l loved the fact that they are ALL from the surrounding area and therefore know how to reply to questions asked by guests and are very happy to share. The hotel has the best reception staff ever. This is a point l wish to find in my travels but never do as employees are always alien to the place they work at. Kudos to Donnafugata. The rooms are very well appointed, tastefully decorated with every possible need catered for, and the bathrooms are large and very well planned offering Italian Designer soap and hair and body products. Five restaurants and several bars have guests spoilt for choice without the need to leave the resort for a good meal. The pool area is superb with lots of attention to guests. The adjoined lap pool is perfect for those wanting to workout. More workouts in the well equipped gym and lots of opportunity for pampering at the spa. The majority of guests seem to be golfers who are all smiles all day long, which must be a good sign! There is a pro shop and all the amenities for the sport but most importantly the course looks amazing. We arrived by car and drove around visiting the nearby places of interest which were never far away. Traffic is not as mad as we had heard it might be. The only down side is that there are flies aplenty which seem oblivious to my efforts with citronella oils! The resort is peaceful and quiet; offers great Sicilian food; perfectly trained friendly staff; all amenities necessary and more; excellent value. I cannot be more pleased with my choice and will be back in a hurry.
I spent the inside of a week here with a group of 27 and can't commend the team at Donnafugata more highly. Every aspect of our stay (whether conference space, eating and drinking or just enjoying the wonderful amenities) was taken care of brilliantly - and an especial thank you to Max and to the Executive Chef Giovanni who went out of their way to make every dinner distinctive and perfect. The food is really good. The rooms are as you'd expect and the daily chambermaid service was great. All in all, I couldn't have been happier with the whole experience.
Just came back from a week in heaven. Donnafugata offered us the perfect balance in hotel accomodation, Sicilian style food en wines, two amazing 18 holes golf courses and most of all... fantastic hospitability. Just an example: we arrived from Catania airport at 02.00 hours in the night. They knew we were coming, they kept the hotel bar open just for us, so they could welcome us with Prosecco. What a way to start your holidays. Thanks al lot, everyone at Donnafugata!!! We'll be back! Ben Prins, The Netherlands
- Free buffet breakfast
- Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
- Free parking
- Onsite dining
Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa places you within a 15-minute drive of Archeological Park of Kamarina and Castle of Donnafugata. This 202-room, 5-star hotel has a golf course, a full-service spa, and 5 restaurants. It's in a regional park and also within a 15-minute drive of Scoglitti Marina.
Free buffet breakfast is included with your stay and awaits you each morning from 7 AM to 11 AM. There are ample dining options with 5 onsite restaurants, including Il Carrubbo, which specializes in Mediterranean cuisine and serves dinner, and Il Ficodindia with its pool views. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service, or get a quick energy boost at the 4 coffee shops/cafés.
All 202 soundproofed rooms provide furnished balconies or patios, minibars, and coffee makers. 32-inch LCD TVs come with satellite channels and pay movies, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Beds are dressed in premium bedding and pillow menus, and bathrooms offer rainfall showers, hair dryers, and designer toiletries. Other amenities include safes, phones, and desks.
Guests of Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa have access to a golf course, a full-service spa, and an indoor pool. There's free parking and an area shuttle for a fee. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this luxury hotel include an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and a spa tub.
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88% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 1411 reviews