Firstly Donnalucata is a very sleepy place in general. It is also not a beech resort. The Hotel has it's own Platform next to the sea, but the public beach doesn't seem to be used that much and it hasn't really been developed (part of its charm). We spent 4 nights at this hotel as we wanted a change from Catania for the second part of our holiday. This hotel is an excellent base to go exploring around the hilltop cities.
The hotel is really very pretty and the staff are excellent. There is a mixture of those who spoke English fluently and those who don't but all were exceptionally helpful and google translate filled in the gaps. The girl who checked us in (alas, I did not get her name) spoke fluent English and was able to give us a lowdown of the town and the surrounding areas.
The best recommendation was for Retro (pizzeria) and we both agreed that it was one of the best pizzas that we had ever had. We were also directed to Marina di Ragusa for a bit more life which we visited a couple of times.
Breakfast was very nice indeed and we enjoyed many a coffee looking out to sea. The only thing that we would have liked to have had access to was a bar after 8:30 at night, however it's obvious why they don't as it doesn't seem to be that sort of place. Because of this we just grabbed a bottle of wine from the local supermarket on the way back from dinner each night and went up to the top anyway as the door always seemed to be open.
We loved this Hotel and if we are ever in this part of Sicily again, we will return.
To save anyone else trawling through the various forums, this is where we parked during our excursion and can be found on a Tomtom (used on on my phone).
Modica: Viale Medgalie d'Oro. Free parking and just walk up to Modica (8 mins walk or so) free.
Ragusa: Discesa Mocarda. You park at the bottom of the stairs, 5 minute walk to the tourist information it's free also.
Marina Di Ragusa: Via Lesolo (I think). There are two free carparks which were empty during lunchtime on Saturday. We also got lucky by the Marina the first time we went.
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