Zahir Country House

Contrada Eloro Pizzuta Bucachemi, Noto, Italy
9 Rooms
Contemporary Classic & Quiet
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MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View

Not far from the city of Noto, near the southern tip of the island of Sicily, is an unusual place with an Arabic name: “zahir” means something like “visible” or “manifest,” plus an implication of something like “unforgettable.” And Zahir Country House is all of these things. From the outside it’s a classic Sicilian farmhouse, and a lovely example of the form, beautifully preserved. And on the inside, where some hoteliers take things in a more tranquil direction, Zahir Country House is colorful, bold, even a bit dramatic — unforgettable indeed.

The rooms, at very least, are decorated with romantic 18th-century furnishings and eye-catching contemporary art; some are unusually dark or colorful, while all of them are as comfortable as can be, and open either onto a little balcony or directly onto the gardens.

Zahir’s sensibility is for sale, in fact — there’s a small shop selling artworks and housewares, as well as fragrances, jewelry, and wines. Spa and beauty treatments can be arranged, as can yoga lessons and personal training sessions, and the hotel’s sailboat is available for excursions. The most memorable experience to be had here, though, may be the culinary one: chef Bonetta Dell’Oglio prepares breakfast, lunch, aperitifs, and an optional light dinner, and shares her knowledge via in-house cooking classes.

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Zahir Country House
Contrada Eloro Pizzuta Bucachemi, Noto, Italy

Amenities & Services

  • Free wi-fi
  • Free parking
  • Off street parking
  • Bar
  • Room service
  • Restaurant
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Spa treatments (on request)
  • Jacuzzi
  • 100% non-smoking hotel
  • Doctor on call
  • Adjoining rooms
  • Air conditioning
  • Babysitting (on request)
  • Garden
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • Library
  • Lounge
  • Luggage storage
  • No pets allowed
  • Bikes available
  • Golf nearby
  • Wine tours nearby
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Shuttle service

Need to Know

  • Guests aged 6 and above should be booked as adults. Rooms can not accommodate cribs or extra beds.
Check in: 14:00
Check out: 10:30

Credit cards accepted

Sustainability Measures and Certifications

We ask every hotel in our selection how they are working to make a positive impact on the planet and in their community. This hotel has confirmed the following measures are in place.
Guest Rooms and Public Spaces
  • Uses renewable energy
  • Uses energy-efficient heating and cooling
  • Uses energy-efficient lighting
  • Cleans with eco-friendly products
  • Stocks eco-friendly shampoo and soap
  • No single-use plastic straws
  • No single-use plastic toiletries
  • No single-use plastics
  • Farms organic or hydroponic produce on property
  • Sources produce from local farms
  • Creates seasonal menus from locally sourced produce
  • Offers vegan menu options
  • Reduces food waste
  • Sources wine from organic and biodynamic vineyards
Community and Environment
  • Purchases from locally owned businesses
  • Hires locally with fair wages, benefits, and advancement
  • Actively supports the needs of the local community
  • Trains staff in sustainability best practices
  • Trains staff in local cultural heritage
  • Provides volunteer opportunities for guests and staff
  • Restores and protects natural ecosystems and wildlife

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