Minareto: a project in progress
When in 2000 Giuseppe La Spina purchased the property, one of the oldest accommodation facilities in south-eastern Sicily, it was a clear vision that drove the company: the desire to protect the territory, the Sicilian way of life and the history of the place. From this clear and far-sighted vision comes a project to redevelop the structure in full harmony with the natural environment and local traditions.
An entirely Sicilian project in constant evolution, a reflection of a sensitive and dynamic entrepreneurship, attentive to the latest trends and ready to focus on change, which finds its natural successors in Giuseppe’s sons, Antonio and Cristian. With an absolutely contemporary vision and a constancy and dedication from other times, the young La Spina brothers started the process of transformation, always prioritising social responsibility.
In 2014, sensing that the market trend was shifting towards a demand for exclusive and personalised experiences, Antonio and Cristian began the acquisition and restyling of villas with a unique and refined concept to give the guests a private dimension and enrich the hotel offer. This successful choice has allowed Minareto to stand out on the national and international scene for the uniqueness and diversity of the hotel’s proposal, as well as for its extraordinary location in one of the most enchanting settings in south-eastern Sicily.
Keeping up with the current trend of modernisation that reconciles past and present, wellbeing and sustainability, Antonio and Cristian La Spina have taken on a new challenge in recent years, which has seen the resort’s rooms play a leading role. Their restyling reveals the vibrant soul of Sicily: a generous land of abundant olive groves and fragrant lemon trees, of refined majolica tiles that tell stories of age-old traditions and blend with the colours of the sea.
The outdoors is widened in favour of a private dimension, enriched by Mediterranean plants and characterised by the use of materials that evoke the local area thanks to the use of volcanic stone from Etna and white stone from Siracusa. The view of over Ortigia Island is entirely redesigned: glass walls eliminate all barriers, creating an intimate contact between sea and sky.
With the aim of enhancing the key role of nature in the guests’ travel experience, 30.000 square metres of authentic Sicilian countryside were acquired in 2020. A garden to be discovered walking among rows of olive trees and Indian figs to enjoy a completely natural well-being, savouring the rhythm of the seasons and regaining a balance with the earth.
Even today, the Minareto project is still a work in progress, firmly rooted in the territory and its history, capable of accepting the suggestions of a present that rediscovers the value of well-being as the perfect harmony with nature and its own time.