Notes on... Monaci del Terre Nere

If you get to Mount Etna, you've gone too far. Otherwise, say hi to to the Monaci del Terre Nere — a former monastery which now comprises 20 beauteous rooms scattered across 24 acres of vineyard, farmland and trail.

On the east coast of Sicily — the very probable love of our life — slow food and vin is built deep in the bones of this piece of the planet. Locanda Nerello is the hotel's award-ladened restaurant, at which you should absolutely reserve a table on the terrace at sundown, drink the vineyard grog (only available at the hotel) and order the gnocchi. We're not gnocchi people, but served with local almonds and honey, it did feelsy things and required us to adopt a defensive fork position throughout our pasta course. For aperitif and digestif, the bar manager is completely obsessed with negronis. Feed his obsession in this ridiculously good-looking lava cave. We're not clear what time the bartechnically closes.

And the views. Oh the views. With all of the Med on one side and Europe's tallest active volcano on the other, the rooms staggeringly hold their own. Expect stone walls and oak-beamed ceilings, individually styled with antique and modern furniture, floor to ceiling windows, and an incredible sense of space.

If you've got a book in you, we defy you not to write it here. 

Doubles from about £220 including breakfast.