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A Retreat in Sicilian Paradise: Relax and refresh at the 5* Adler Spa Resort

Tucked between the Mediterranean’s crystal-clear waters and Sicily’s lush greenery, Adler Spa Resort is a hideaway where luxury and peace infuse every minute. My recent stay here surpassed conventional hospitality, offering a sensorial trip that left a lasting impression. And you can also experience this outstanding indulgence.

Hotel Adler's Storied Legacy

Overlooking the beautiful 5-star Resort (photo credit: Shebs Alom)

Hotel Adler has a long history, dating back over 200 years. The resort provided me with a complimentary book authored by Hanspeter Demetz, which includes historical information and anecdotes that enhance authenticity. This resort opened to visitors for the first time in 2022 as a sustainable, avant-garde, flawlessly blended sense of Italian Dolce Vita with the island’s breathtaking beauty. From the moment I stepped onto the premises, an aura of serenity and sophistication encircled me, along with endless skies caressing the shores of the stunning pristine sea and softly lush landscapes.

Upon arrival, the warm greetings from the staff, including the charismatic Luca, immediately welcomed me. Luca’s insightful history lesson about the resort set the stage for an exceptional stay. The resort exudes timeless beauty because it combines contemporary architecture and ancient Sicilian inspirations.

Architectural Marvels & Heartfelt Hospitality

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Stunning look of the reception on the right and the suites on the left (photo credit: Alex Filz)

Luca explained that the hotel owner designed the resort’s architectural elegance. He told me, “What you see here, with all the designs that blend beautifully with the natural grandeur, was creatively done by one of the owners. They wanted the same feel as all the resorts across Italy, and they made sure this one was state of the art, offering rooms decorated with private terraces that overlook the vast stretch of the sea.” With access to a quiet private beach, each minute will seem like a glorious experience with nature.

When I met the warmhearted resort director, Sami Aglietti, on my first night of dinner, he emphasised the magnificent atmosphere each tourist should enjoy. “Whether you swim in our exceptional pools, have our unique Sicilian spa treatment, or eat our delicious food, our objective is to provide our visitors with one-of-a-kind experiences and true Italian hospitality in a lovely and elegant setting, creating extraordinary and everlasting memories.” 

A Home Away from Home

Junior Suite
Magnificent Junior Suite at Shebs’ comfort (photo credit: Shebs Alom)

Let’s talk about my accommodation at the resort, as it was nothing short of astonishing. When Luca first took me inside the Junior Suite, I was instantly embraced by the broad and beautifully decorated hotel room, which gave panoramic views of the surrounding area, offering a stunning backdrop to my escape. Natural materials like wood and Terracruda embellish the room, infusing it with warmth and charm. The ambience is wrapped in a palette of soothing shades, inviting you to unwind and relax, reminiscent of the peaceful Sicilian seas and sun-kissed shores. 

The best time is during sunset, my favourite time of the day. Gentle sunlight filters through the thin curtains, casting a warm glow upon the room, and a sense of peace washes over you. Every detail within the bedroom is meticulously curated, offering a sanctuary for the mind and spirit.

Thalasso pool
You can watch the beautiful sunset whilst in the pristine Thalasso pool (photo credit: Alex Filz)

Along with the immaculate sea, there are three splendid separate pools in which to swim and relax. Visiting the Thalasso pool at sunset is a popular activity, and seeing that sun setting is breathtaking. In and around the pool area, complimentary fruits and herbal teas are also provided for you to sample throughout the day. If that wasn’t enough, and you fancied a haircut, which I desperately needed during my time there, during your session, you would get a consultation first, leading to the hairdresser giving you precisely what you asked for, along with a head massage. Plus, to top it all off, there is a state-of-the-art gym for you to work out in, with yoga classes on offer for every guest. An activity board at the reception will give you the week’s schedule. 

Train at the state-of-the-art gymnasium (photo credit: Shebs Alom)

The Award-Winning Spa Experience

Choose a range of holistic therapy on offer at the spa (photo credit: Alex Filz)

The resort’s heart lies in its award-winning spa, offering holistic therapies that rejuvenate the soul, body, and mind. My classic 50-minute massage, expertly administered with fragrant oils, transported me to a state of pure bliss.

However, the pièce de résistance of my spa journey was undoubtedly the Aufguss experience in the sauna. Aufguss, a traditional German sauna ritual lasting roughly fifteen minutes, was a transcendent experience that utterly revitalised me. As the skilled sauna master infused the air with aromatic essences and performed intricate rituals with towels, I was mesmerised to a state of remarkable ecstasy. The sensation of heat enveloping my body and the refreshing scents induced a profound sense of relaxation and euphoria. It was as though I was liberated from the burdens of everyday life. I went in for four sessions over five days, and it will be the first thing I do when I return to the resort.

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Experiencing the Aufguss in the sauna was an absolute highlight (photo credit: Alex Filz)

Savouring Sicilian Cuisine & Employee Well-Being

Gourmet food
Gourmet food on offer (photo credit: Alex Filz)

The dining experience at the resort surpassed all expectations. Breakfast and dinner are part of the half-board deal, and each meal is a masterpiece celebrating Sicilian cuisine’s rich flavours. What really stood out for me was the fresh seafood delicacies. Lukas Rubatscher, the resort’s Vice Director, shared with me, “Every day, we feature the Fish of the Day sourced from Sciacca, a renowned fishing port just twenty minutes away. With a population of around 40,000, it’s a hub of seafood delight.”

Rubatscher also emphasised the resort’s commitment to employee well-being, highlighting their unique approach to staff scheduling. “Our team members work for 11 months with a month-long collective break and two additional weeks of holiday each year, along with two consecutive days off during the week,” he shared. “We believe this ensures a healthy work-life balance, allowing everyone to enjoy their roles and avoid burnout.” 

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All the staff work extremely hard, giving exceptional hospitality (photo credit: Alex Filz)

Beyond the spa, Adler Spa Resort offers many activities and amenities to cater to every whim and fancy, which you can book with them through the QR code on your key card. Cooking workshops are available to teach you Sicilian cooking techniques that will tantalise your taste buds, as are invigorating outdoor excursions along the stunning Sicilian landscape.

Cooking lesson
Cooking lesson where you can make fresh pasta is one of the options you have that you can book with the resort, which is a pleasant experience (photo credit: Shebs Alom)

Genuine Hospitality & Leaving with Lasting Memories

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Sun setting over one of the stunning pools (photo credit: Alex Filz)

Among the lavish amenities and world-class service, I witnessed firsthand the staff’s attention to detail and genuine hospitality. Each interaction oozed warmth and sincerity, leaving me feeling cherished as a guest rather than a mere visitor.

As I reluctantly bid farewell, I left with a heart filled with gratitude and memories. My time at this stunning sanctuary had been nothing short of transformative, leaving me rejuvenated in both body and spirit. Every aspect of your stay is meticulously curated from the moment you arrive until the moment you depart. For those seeking an unparalleled escape into luxury and serene surroundings, Adler Spa Resort in Sicily is truly a slice of paradise on earth.

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Shebs Alom

Shebs Alom

Shebs is a Broadcaster, writer and Podcaster. He is a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers. He’s hosted a breakfast called Rise & Shine on the only dedicated travel radio station in Africa, Gallivant Radio. Shebs also hosts a travel podcast, Take a Wander With Shebs, which can be seen on his YouTube channel and heard on all major podcasting platforms. Shebs is also the Editor & Commercial Officer for Voyagers Voice. He also runs Shebs The Wanderer Ltd.