Vacation in the luxurious and ancient ‘Dammusi’ of Pantelleria: Zubebi Resort

You enjoy most holidays in places which are rich in history and signs which testimony the splendour of preceding eras and past civilisations.  The Zubebi Resort is in an area of 2.5 hectares among the hills which overlook Pantelleria, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves; the ideal place for those who love relaxation and evocative atmospheres.

In the luxurious ‘dammusi’ of the resort, awaits a special holiday experience for those who love the magic of the surroundings of “A Thousand and One Nights” which the architecture of the island evokes more than any other place.  In fact, Pantelleria could narrate a very ancient story, being a crossroads island of many populations that have known it and enriched it with new styles and new traditions as the Sesioti, Phoenicians, Byzantines, Romans, Arabs and Normans who followed the Suebi, Angevins, Aragonese and the Bourbons.

Pantelleria got the characteristic “dammusi” residences from the Arabs; they are typical residences with arches, domes, and very thick walls which insulate the insides from exterior temperatures, creating cool surroundings in summer and warm in winter.

These ancient dammusi have been converted into restaurants and consist of an atrium crowned by arches, two main salons, two smaller salons and a large open-air patio shaded by palm trees, a wellbeing centre, bedrooms whose furnishings reflect the enchanting atmosphere of the south, with typical Mediterranean design, and then a half-moon shaped swimming pool outside surrounded by the hills and luminous glimpses of Pantelleria.

The name of the hotel comes from “Sbib”, a term which the ancient Arabs used to describe the variety of grape which is now known as zibibbo.  In fact, the wine obtained from these grapes is one of the typical products of the area, together with the gastronomic specialities of Pantelleria cuisine such as the delicate ‘Ravioli amari’ stuffed with ricotta cheese and mint leaves and the fragrant ‘Pesto pantesco’, based on raw tomato, olive oil, garlic, basil and chili-pepper; Sciakisciuka – a hot vegetable caponata and Cuccurummà with flavoursome local courgettes; the traditional Easter cake, Cannateddro; Mustazzola – a simple pastry dough filled with semolina from durum wheat, honey or cooked wine, cinnamon, orange peel and other spices.

Holidays spent at the Zubebi Resort offer unforgettable flavors and fragrances to delight the senses and relax the spirit, with refinement and elegance.

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