Relais Santa Anastasia

Sicily, Castelbuono

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  • Medieval abbey set in the tranquil Sicilian countryside
  • Two elegant restaurants serving traditional dishes

Once a medieval abbey, Relais Santa Anastasia is a unique property full of historic character and charm. The stone hotel was once inhabited by the Normans after being founded in 1100 and is located in the heart of the Madonie Natural Park, perched on the hillside, surrounded by vineyards and boasting fantastic views towards the sea and Aeolian islands in the distance. Its prime location on the island allows guests to drive to the medieval town of Castelbuono in roughly 15 minutes and Sicily’s capital city, Palermo, in an hour.

This hotel creates a truly peaceful atmosphere, its outdoor pool providing the perfect spot to relax in the sun during the warm summer days and the neighbouring natural park and gardens are full of gentle walking trails for those who wish to stay active. The hotel's two restaurants are on hand to serve traditional meals, which can be paired with a bottle of wine produced at the hotel's own winery. Guests can also choose to enjoy a wine tasting experience and take a tour of the winery (payable locally).

The comfortable guest rooms here are named after different grape varieties originating in the region. They are decorated in a Madonita style with rich colours and elegant furnishings. For complete relaxation the Grandes Suites have their own private Jacuzzi and views of the countryside and gardens.

The hotel has 28 rooms (official rating 5 star). Child prices apply to ages 2-11. Minimum stay 3 nights between 09 - 17 August.



Bars & Restaurants

La Corte dell'Abate and Passioni e Tentazioni Restaurants & Lounge

The menu at La Corte dell’Abate is full of dishes of traditional origin made from ingredients grown in the local area. A four course tasting menu is also available, serving guests Sicilian flavours in an elegant environment. A smaller restaurant, Passioni e Tentazioni, serves diners local dishes in a more intimate setting.

Pool Bar

The outdoor bar serves refreshing drinks throughout the day as well as light lunches.

Garden & Pools

Garden & Vineyards

The gardens, vineyards and olive trees that surround the hotel create an ideal place to walk, stroll along the dedicated paths or follow the trails by bike. There are many stops along the way to take a break and enjoy the breath-taking views.

Swimming Pool

Guests can use the outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi during the summer (May-August). Also available are sun loungers, parasols and free pool towels.

Spa & Wellness

Fitness Centre

The small fitness centre is equipped with modern gym equipment and weights for guests to use free of charge.

Activities & Entertainment

Billiard Room

Guests can use the billiard table and game rooms free of charge.

Wifi & Parking


Stay connected with the wifi free of charge.

About the location

You’ll find the miniature medieval town of Castelbuono squirreled away in the mountains of the Parco delle Madonie. Its cobbled streets and frescoed churches wind up a hillside to a grand 14th-century castle, once the home of one of Sicily’s most powerful noble families and now the location of the Civic Museum.

Charming restaurants and cafes dot the town, turning out traditional Sicilian dishes and fruity granita (sorbet). Keep an eye out for ice-cream and cakes laced with manna – a naturally sweet tree sap found only in the area around Castelbuono.

The town is the perfect jumping-off point for exploring the Madonie Mountains, with walking trails leading up into the forest-cloaked hills and winding mountain roads leading to historic villages. It’s in easy reach of the coast, too, with Cefalu’s golden sandy beaches just 45 minutes’ drive away. 

Transfer time

The hotel is 1 hour 30 minutes from Palermo airport. We recommend hiring a car in your destination. Simply call us once you’ve completed your booking and we will talk you through the options

Double Room Classic

Max 3 adults

Staying true to Sicilian heritage, the Double Rooms are traditional and spacious with small detailed alcoves and a window that affords a view to either the medieval courtyard or the beautiful garden.

17 - 26m²

Double Room Deluxe

Max 3 adults

The Double Deluxe Rooms offer a unique space with each part of the room intricately detailed in traditional furnishings. Full of character and charm, they are great for guests seeking something truly Sicilian. The large window within casts views out to Castelbuono's vast landscape or depending on the positioning of the room, the garden, palm grove or pool.

30 - 42m²

Junior Suite Pool View

Max 3 adults

Old wood, fabrics and elegant furnishings these Junior Suites come with a Pool view, they are are spacious and divided into a bedroom and a living room.

40 - 50m²


Max 4 adults

Charming and elegant, the two Suites that feature at the hotel are decorated in a classical style but both differ in appearance. One is spread across a single floor and the other is split on two levels allowing a more secluded spot for guests to rest at night. The finishing touch for the Suites is the amazing view across the countryside.

Free Night Offer

1 Free night for stays of 4 nights completed between 29 March - 30 May 2024 and 29 September - 02 November 2024.

1 Free night for stays of 7 nights or more completed between 19 July - 31 August 2024.

1 Free night for stays of 5 nights or more completed between 31 May - 18 July 2024 and 01 September - 28 September 2024.

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Overrated but nice venue and location

748siz, Brummen, The Netherlands

Tripadvisor review Apr 15 2024
Relais Santa Anastasia is beautiful located and the views from the terraces are fabulous. Also the buildings are really nice. Really good restaurant. The hotel has it all. Such a shame that the...
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A Surprising Treat Near Castelbuono

Jane W, Perth, Australia

Tripadvisor review Oct 30 2023
What a wonderful place hidden away in the hills near Castelbuono. Whilst the rooms are a little old-fashioned, that is part of the charm. The staff are professional and very welcoming, and the views...
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