There is only one hotel in the idyllic fishing village of Borgo San Gregorio, but what a hotel! Hotel La Tartaruga is famous all over the island, and also much further afield.
The hotel is just opposite the beach and if you cannot summon up enough energy to walk the 40 meters to the blue sea, then there is an enormous swimming pool with the purest, crystal clear sea water pumped in directly from source. Around the pool you can enjoy the warm Sicilian sunshine. In the summer, a pizzeria is on the covered terrace next to the pool and dances are held here. Please remark that a local swimming school for children have access to the swimming pool. The guests of the hotel though still access to the large swimmingpool during the courses.
The bedrooms on the hotel are spacious and they all have TV, telephone, air conditioning, en suite bathroom and balcony or terrace.
- Bedrooms with pool views are on the first, second and third floor and all have balcony with side sea views.
- Bedrooms with sea views and balcony are on the second and third floor.
- Bedrooms with sea views and terrace are on the first floor. Each bedroom terrace is enormous and furnished with sun loungers.
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The hotel restaurant is one of the most famous on the north coast of Sicily, and rightly so. When the owner, Sarino, is not in the kitchen himself one or more of his disciples are working there. His philosophy is simply to use the freshest of fish, which he buys himself every morning from the local fishermen, and meat and vegetables produced by his own family. The dishes here maintain a fine balance between the traditional and heavy on one side and the innovative and sophisticated on the other.
The prices are reasonable, and even the most discerning guest is not likely to be disappointed. You must try the large mixed antipasto, but otherwise you would do well to ask the helpful staff, or Sarino himself (he spends most of the evening just walking around making sure his guests are comfortable) for their recommendations. The wine list is very comprehensive. It features the best Sicilian wines and a fine selection of the rest of Italy's top wines, with something to suit every taste and purse.