The Baglio Oneto of the Princes of San Lorenzo is born from an ancient noble residence from the 1700s, a fabulous 5 Star Resort located in Marsala on a hill and only 8 Km from Marsala city and a sandy beach. Its dominating position allows a spectacular view of the sea, the Egadi Islands and the Natural Reserve of the Stagnone, up to Mount Erice on one side and the extreme western tip of Sicily on the other.
The Hotel is managed by the descendants of the Oneto family, the Resort is a true luxury Boutique Hotel, receives its guests with kindness and attention to detail so that they can enjoy a unique welcome, what the owners identify as the Noble art of hospitality. A perfect destination for those looking for a first-class eno-gastronomic experience thanks to the cuisine of the La Calandra restaurant and the historic aging cellar for tasting the wine and extra virgin olive oil produced.
The term baglio derives from Arabic and means Fortified House. Baglio Oneto is protected by high walls and was founded in the 1700's to produce wine, oil and fresh produce. Even today, under the careful management of the family 8 types of wine, including the famous Marsala DOC meditation wine and extra virgin olive oil are produced. The aromatic herbs produced inside the baglio give the dishes the ancient flavors of the Sicilian tradition.
Today the Resort consists of 49 rooms, a restaurant, a bar and a panoramic swimming pool with a view of the sea and the islands. Specialized staff will accompany guests to their reserved room. The Superior Room category overlooking the Marsala countryside, Deluxe with sea and islands view, Junior Suite vineyard or sea view with private lounge and the Historical Tower. All finely furnished in the traditional and typical Sicilian materials (wood, wrought iron, and ceramics), are equipped with all comforts and the most innovative home automation (Samsung Smart TV, Dorelan Memory Foam Mattresses,..). Free: wi-fi, parking, bikes, e-car recharge.
Distance to city centre 11km
Distance to beach 7km
Distance to airport 7km
Address: 0039 0923 746222, Contrada Baronazzo Amafi, 8, Marsala, Italy
Marsala, Sicily, Italy
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This is a lovely hotel on top of a hill overlooking the countryside down to the sea and the islands offshore. It is based around an old manor house with new rooms attached that look sympathetic and it's bigger than it looks at first. There's a massive extension to one side that's clearly for weddings and other sorts of large functions but it doesn't really impact on the intimate feel of the rest of the hotel.
Our deluxe room was newly decorated in a nice bright blue, with a nice balcony overlooking the sea but was quite sparsely furnished. The bathroom was freshly decorated but cramped and very dated. However the shower was incredibly powerful, which was great, and both the towels and bed linen were excellent and replaced daily.
Meals are served in the central ancient Courtyard which is absolutely lovely and quite romantic at night and the bar overlooks the sea and is perfect for sunset cocktails. Breakfast was very good - they are still offering a buffet and there was plenty of choice and they had gone to some effort to avoid any cross-contamination. Service was great and coffee was plentiful and easily replenished. The main dinner menu was rather too fussy for our tastes but they also offered a typical menu which was much better value and was excellent. Sadly, there were no specials offered daily so it didn't change and was very repetitive by our third evening. As others have said, Marsala is a half-hour drive away so not really suitable for dinner and many of the restaurants were shut due to Covid.
We were a little disappointed by their Covid preventative measures, although they make a great play of it, we noticed that the tables weren't sanitised before people sat down, the menus were handed around and not disposable and there was very little hand sanitiser in evidence. That said, it was better than most other places we visited in Sicily!
I have hardly a negative word to say. Baglio Onetto sets its standards high and keeps meeting them.
Restaurant - exquisite, fresh and a constant delight. Only one downside is that the menu is not changed (it's good, but i'd expect some variety over the course of 7 days). Three menus to choose from, limited in choice and quite a bit of cross-over but all freshly made and a joy to consume with their fabulous wines. Price in the range (E)100-150 per meal for two including wines, several courses and dessert which i thought was fair.
Breakfast service - also at the restaurant but deserves a separate mention as it is buffet style. Plenty of fresh pastries, fruit to start the day.
Service team - excellent! very friendly, helpful and attentive in a perfectly relaxed and discrete way. Well presented too in a smart uniform. i can't fault them, definitely one of many cherries on this delicious cake.
Wine tour - probably the only letdown. The wines were great, but the tour rather lacking in information and knowledge (both breadth and depth). something for the Onetto team to pick up
Wine - a joy. limited range of choice but excellent to drink
Room - ground floor means the view of the sunset is obscured, but it really is not too hard to walk 20' to the pool for an improvement - if you really want a good sunset head to the salt factory (complete with flamingos if you are lucky)
Ambience and facilities - basically you have free access to room, pool, enormous outdoor terrace for dining (and plenty of indoor space too). The immediate locale (fields and smallholdings) are a dump and nothing to speak of, but if you overlook that generally it is a fabulous gem of a place. Nearby coast and the famous Trapani salt factory plus the islands are perfect for days out; Mammacaura is an excellent bar to go to (& is very popular). And if you have a car, you are spoilt for choice if historic sites and buildings are your thing. Erice a particular nicety but Segesta seriously impressive.
Wedding venue - your big hairy (and not remotely scary) neighbour adjacent to the hotel. if you try hard you can hear the wedding party (last night we reckoned on some 400 people) but frankly we hardly noticed and i guess that's all due to a combination of general respect, solid buildings and good layout. The wedding venue is fabulously situated, 50m from the pool, sharing the same gorgeous views but it just did not intrude.
COVID - very safe indeed. Strict rules on routine temperature tests, providing identity details, wearing masks indoors & in crowded spaces. This featured at the hotel as much as anywhere we went. i felt very, very safe indeed (moreso than at home!)
We stayed in this property in May 2019.
The property is astonishing, we enjoyed the relaxed and delicious breakfast in the courtyard, as well as a wine glass by the pool overlooking the landscape.
The rooms are good, they accommodated a small bed for my son; however they were unable to accommodate a crib for my baby.
All in, we had a great time, and loved our stay there!