I recommend you stay at the Mursia Hotel. It is less than two miles from the port at Pantelleria, right on the shore.
They have swimming pools, a tennis court, a bar and lounge, and a wonderful dining room where you can enjoy the views of the sea while tasting the local catch of the day. Each room has a terrace where you can watch the sun set over the island.
The Hotel Suvaki is a resort hotel catering to people on weekly packages. So if you're into self-catering, forget about this place.
I for one, have never been into resorts with entertainment, etc. Activities are fine, but when the "animatori" try to drag you to do the water aerobics every single afternoon... it starts to get a bit much. Also, Radio Suvaki blasts from the pool area from 9 a.m. so peace and quiet around the pool is out.
HOWEVER, I heard that this isn't as bad as some places in terms of the pushiness of staff. And the rest of what the place has to offer certainly overcomes the things that made it a bit uncomfortable for me.
It is a new resort which means everything works great. The landscape is fantastic. Rooms are extremely clean. The dining room is huge with so, so, so much food and free-flow of wine. The swimming pool is massive. There is a small shop for essentials, and day trips are organised. However, the general consensus was that these were expensive.
The sea was a bit of climb down. There is no sand around Pantelleria, which means that the "beach", despite being private, is essentially deck chairs on planks of wood over some volcanic rock. The water was lovely but getting out to a swimmable distance was tricky as you had to wade through rocks to get there. Marine life you can see from snorkelling isn't great due to a lack of coral.
Additionally, be prepared to walk up and down a bit. All the facilities - dining room, shops, reception, bar, swimming pool, gym area - are on different levels connected by stairs.
If you do come here, try to ask for a room that doesn't have a balcony or window that opens towards the swimming pool. The noise level just makes it difficult to get any quiet. We were lucky to have a room quite far away, so were not bothered at all.
Also little English is spoken here, so you might want to brush up on the Italian before hand.
Huge pool, friendly staff, well-organised.
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