A Mediterranean Hosted Experience with Carlo Cracco in Pantelleria
Those interested in inventive dining creations of art by one of the greatest culinary legends in the world are in for a treat on this 4-day travel experience. Your host during the trip is Carlo Cracco, a protagonist of Italian cuisine and is without doubt one of the best known haute cuisine chefs.
Enjoy Italy’s sunniest island, with daily aperitivo and gourmet cuisine surrounded by the bewitching landscapes of Pantelleria and the blue horizons of the Mediterranean. As for your stay, get back to serenity in your beautiful boutique hotel Sikelia, an exclusive timeless place, synonymous with luxury and tranquillity.
“My philosophy is to transform an ingredient into emotion, into a dream, into a flavour that explodes with the senses.”
— CARLO CRACCO —
Indulge in an island feast in Pantelleria on a 4-day trip with Michelin-Star celebrity Chef Carlo Cracco for a special dining experience like no other. Your host is truly a world class legendary chef who has dedicated his life to perfecting his craft by pushing the boundaries of Italian cuisine.
Enjoy this unforgettable travel experience together with your host, surrounded by picture perfect golden sunsets. In the balmy evenings, savour the island’s flavours through a menu designed personally by Chef Cracco and explore its vineyards and wine cellars through his wine pairings. At night, enjoy a curated selection of local entertainment alfresco, under the starry nights in the heart of the Mediterranean.
Indulge in a Summer Feast, Surrounded by Picture-Perfect Golden Sunsets in the Heart of the Mediterranean.
This 4-day travel experience takes you to the heart of the Mediterranean, in the company of your host Carlo Cracco. A unique opportunity to meet and interact with Italy’s best-known chef and indulge in his daily creations.
Join Chef Cracco on a masterclass in the vineyards of Coste Ghirlanda to see and hear for yourself how one chef can create something completely new by drawing on traditions that are centuries old. A perfect afternoon at the estate around the winery for lunch and to sample the local wines and passito, made from Zibibbo grapes, grown nowhere else in the world.
Your experience is an all inclusive stay at Sikelia, a 20-suite luxury hideaway boutique hotel, high on a hill on the island of Pantelleria. Here is a timeless place, synonymous with luxury and tranquillity. A place to discover the many contrasts of the island.
Pantelleria, known as the “Black pearl of the Mediterranean” is a unique and solitary island in the sea between Sicily and Tunisia. It is a land of contrasting colours with its black volcanic land, deep blue sea, green vines and white roofs of its ancient rural dwellings. The island’s exotic and remote atmosphere with its terraced slopes, rocky coves, twisted vines and hot springs have long made it popular with celebrities, such as Armani, Madonna and Sting.
CELEBRITY CHEF, AUTHOR & RESTAURATEUR
Carlo Cracco is a chef who has devoted his entire life to carving out a place in culinary history. His Michelin-star restaurant in Milan has been named one of the “Best 50 Restaurants” in the world.
Born in Vicenza, Cracco attended hotel management school before training under the legendary Gualtiero Marchesi who is considered to be the founder of modern Italian cuisine in Milan. It was in Marchesi’s kitchen that Cracco learned and witnessed the birth of modern Italian cuisine first-hand. This kitchen would become the first outside of France to win three Michelin-stars. Cracco went on to work with Alain Ducasse at the Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo and Alain Senderens at the Lucas Carton in Paris. Later on, Cracco brought back the knowledge and discipline he acquired back to Italy in 1991. Cracco then took over L’Enoteca Pinchiorri in Florence, which won two Michelin stars under his guidance. Soon after, Cracco opened Le Clivie in Piedmont, earning one Michelin-star.
With the allure of Milan as the magnet for Italian gastronomy too strong to resist, Cracco went on a partnership to open a restaurant called Peck-Cracco, which was awarded two Michelin stars. Soon the restaurant became known simply as ‘Cracco’, and it became his culinary home. After 17 years, the restaurant relocated to the most prestigious location in the city, in the prestigious Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, one of Europe’s oldest active shopping malls.
Cracco’s food made him famous, but his appearances on Italian TV have made him a star! Appearing on shows such as MasterChef and Hell’s Kitchen has sealed his place in the Italian national consciousness. In his latest popular cooking travelogue Dinner Club, Cracco travels with six Italian cinema and TV stars to eat, cook and rediscover specialities from six regions around Italy. Cracco has also written a series of cookbooks, including Cracco: Sapori in Movimento (Cracco: Flavours in Motion), and A Qualcuno Piace Cracco (Some Like Cracco), which delves into the archives of Italian regional cooking.
Private Jet to Pantelleria (Upon Request)
Upon request your experience can start with a private jet champagne flight to the island of Pantelleria is one of the Mediterranean’s least-known holiday spots. Hidden and solitary, in the sea between the coasts of Sicily and Africa, this is an ancient land whose people once worshipped Ishtar, the goddess of love. An island of contrasting colours, ancient rural dwellings and rocky coves. Upon Request.
Sunset Aperitivo with Carlo Cracco
Time for an early evening aperitivo on the beautiful roof of Sikelia, to marvel at the golden sunset, with your host Carlo Cracco. Expect flowing sparkling wine and cocktails served with local cheeses and fresh seafood.
Dinner by Chef Diego Battaglia
Dinner prepared by the expert hands of Sikelia's Executive Chef Diego Battaglia, who skilfully combines Sicilian traditional recipes with an Arab and African twist.
Coste Ghirlanda Vineyard
The wine estate is situated in a valley in the centre of the island, with rows of its Zibibbo vineyards protected by the characteristic dry stone terracing, looking out towards Sicily.
Vineyard Private Lunch
Enjoy the authentic flavours of the island’s delicious and evocative cuisine and discover the best combinations of Coste wines and local produce.
Masterclass with Chef Carlo Cracco
World-renowned chef Carlo Cracco shares his artistic and creative process for cooking through his reinvented recipes on an outdoors cooking Masterclass with at Coste Ghirlanda.
Dinners by Chef Carlo Cracco
Dinner and wine pairing are designed and presented by your Michelin-start host Chef Carlo Cracco in a magical setting at Sikelia.
Enjoy Sikelia Luxury Resort
Enjoy your time at Sikelia to relax at leisure and enjoy the resort. Perhaps book a massage or some time around the pool.
Gourmet Picnic at Specchio di Venere
Specchio di Venere is a heart-shaped lake in a volcanic crater, fed by rainwater and hot springs that contains a special volcanic mud that is therapeutic to the skin.
A cruise to discover the stunning landscape of Pantelleria with its coves and the hot springs studding the seabed just off the coast.
Special Seasonal Menu by Chef Carlo Cracco
Luxury Accommodation at Sikelia Luxury Retreat
Luxury Airport Transfers
Welcome Reception & Daily Aperitivo
Vineyard Experience at Coste Ghirlanda
A Masterclass with Chef Cracco
Gourmet Picnic at Specchio di Venere
Fine Selection of House Drinks
Specchio di Venere Lake Enjoy a gourmet picnic at “Venus Mirror” with its heart-shaped lake in a volcanic crater. The inland lake is fed by rainwater and hot springs, with rejuvenating volcanic mud that is both luxuriously self-indulgent and gratifyingly therapeutic
The Mediterranean Sea Pantelleria’s gorgeous secluded coves are perfect for snorkelling, diving and boat excursions. The indented coast shelters coves and swimming spots off the black rocks as well as marine grottos.
Coste Ghirlanda Vineyard Zibibbo grapes, grown nowhere else in the world, thrive low to the ground in small hollows that retain moisture and provide shade. Harvested by hand, the muscat grapes—whose meticulous cultivation is the only agricultural practice on the UNESCO World Heritage list—are used to make the island’s famous dessert wine, Passito di Pantelleria.
High on a hill on the island, Sikelia is perfectly in harmony with both its history and surroundings of lava-strewn landscape. Expect crisp, clean lines and a muted, monochrome palette, high vaulted ceilings and archways, as well as a gorgeous palm-lined pool. The stylishly decorated suites take inspiration from the island’s volcanic terrain, with eye-catching works by contemporary artist Gennaro Avallone.
INDOOR FACILITIES INCLUDE
Double/Twin/Single Room Options
Daily housekeeping service
OUTDOOR FACILITIES INCLUDE
Private trips for groups can also be arranged.
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Check-in at Sikelia
Reception at sunset with your host Carlo Cracco
Dinner by Chef Diego Battaglia in Sekelia
Open Bar with Carlo’s Favourite cocktail
Mixologist surprise guest
Entertainment: Jazz band
Morning free – relax at the hotel
Outdoors cooking Masterclass with Chef Carlo Cracco at Coste Ghirlanda
Lunch at the vineyard, visit to the winery for tasting & wine pairing
Dinner by Chef Carlo Cracco in Sekelia
Entertainment: Sicilian night with Sorelle Prestigiacomo
Gourmet picnic Lunch by Specchio di Venere lake & natural spa
Sunset Cruise in the Mediterranean
Dinner by Chef Carlo Cracco in Coste Ghirlanda
A night under the stars with entertainment: Orchestra di Catania
Check-out from Sikelia
Transfer to the airport
Kindly be aware that the itinerary may be subject to alterations without prior notice
Simple monastic architecture meets striking modernist interiors at Sikelia, a boutique retreat in a dramatic setting. Housed within porcelain-white dammusi, ancient stone buildings typical of this part of Italy, elegantly transformed into an atmospheric comfortable escape with effortless style.
Your stay is all-inclusive, covering all food & beverages, transport and experiences as per the itinerary.
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