La Moresca

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HISTORY MEETS MODERN at La Moresca – a gorgeous and ultra-luxe 15-bedroom boutique hotel, close to the waterfront and the UNESCO protected heritage town of Ragusa in Sicily.

This minimalist maison de charme oozes white-walled Italian style. Bedrooms are punctuated by splashes of scarlet and olive green, and images of Sicilian life from photographer Giuseppe Leone and artist Giovanni Lissandrello.

Housed in an Art Nouveau palazzo built in 1926, La Moresca was abandoned for 15 years before Milanese architect and owner Carlomaria Grassi skilfully restored the building. Keen to combine old and new, he saved the original granolithic flagstones, and added a steel walkway that links the bedrooms to the café area.

Inside the individually designed bedrooms you’ll find antique beds and trunks matched with contemporary pieces by Castiglioni, Artemide and Eames. Retro lamps and tub chairs complete the look.

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Packed with architectural flourishes, La Moresca surrounds a chic courtyard garden, set off by a 150-year-old lemon tree and fragrant rosemary bushes. Guests can enjoy private rooftop sunbathing up on the top of the hotel’s tower, where you’ll find bottles of sparkling water and decadent day beds waiting for you to sink into.

Enjoy breakfast in the glass-walled café area or out in the courtyard where staff grind fine coffee and squeeze fresh orange juice alongside an Italian spread of flaky pastries and silky cappuccinos. Inside, floor to ceiling windows overlook the courtyard and flood the dining room with bright light.

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La Moresca was reviewed by Room for Romance

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