Jade Moyano

Casa Talìa

  • Where:
  • Why:Looking for the windsurfer’s paradise. Found it!
  • When:July 2014
  • Who:Me & my man.
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Casa Talìa Tiki Beach!!! Right before all the hot kitesurfers showed up (shhhhh).

Tiki Beach!!! Right before all the hot kitesurfers showed up (shhhhh).

Casa Talìa The main office. Can I have one too? (Some of the furniture was designed and restored by the owners.)

The main office. Can I have one too? (Some of the furniture was designed and restored by the owners.)

Casa Talìa The most peaceful space. It used to be a well, also restored. The natural light is key.

The most peaceful space. It used to be a well, also restored. The natural light is key.

Casa Talìa The lovely Mediterraneo room. Each of the 10 rooms were inspired by a Mediterranean country, so they’re all really charming…check the tiles.

The lovely Mediterraneo room. Each of the 10 rooms were inspired by a Mediterranean country, so they’re all really charming…check the tiles.

Casa Talìa In love with those brick walls!

In love with those brick walls!

Casa Talìa Looks like a cave, but it’s the lobby. Each room in this guest-house used to be a family home. They bought about 12 homes and connected them, turning the inside of the rooms into Mediterranean hideaways while the outside remained simple and home-like.

Looks like a cave, but it’s the lobby. Each room in this guest-house used to be a family home. They bought about 12 homes and connected them, turning the inside of the rooms into Mediterranean hideaways while the outside remained simple and home-like.

Casa Talìa Heading down to the breakfast room. Only a few more stairs!

Heading down to the breakfast room. Only a few more stairs!

Casa Talìa Found my meditation spot in the top terrace! The temperatures there are surprisingly pleasant, perfect for a 20 minute sit.

Found my meditation spot in the top terrace! The temperatures there are surprisingly pleasant, perfect for a 20 minute sit.

Casa Talìa Sweet garden overlooking the city hills. There’s a fig tree in there.

Sweet garden overlooking the city hills. There’s a fig tree in there.

Casa Talìa The view! This is Modica.

The view! This is Modica.

Casa Talìa Amazing, friendly locals. Dove è la spiaggia?

Amazing, friendly locals. Dove è la spiaggia?

Casa Talìa Hard to find, but here we are!

Hard to find, but here we are!

Highs & Lows

  • Very helpful staff. They picked us up halfway to get us through the tiny Sicilian alleyways and gave us the best tips on getting around + restaurant recommendations.

  • The overall design of the rooms and gardens (extreme attention to rustic and artistic details - cushions and lounge chairs overlooking the hills). It’s a romantic place, Sicily is for lovers…

  • The slow-living life philosophy. Just sit back and relax.

  • Outdoor breakfast in the garden.

  • No cold beverages at mini bar, although we really didn’t need them.

  • Difficult to find (make sure you have fun getting lost! It’s quite a beautiful sight).

The Barometer

  • Design

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  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

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  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 42/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Guest house

  • Vibe

    Trendy zen yoga teacher meets Italian stud.

  • Location

    Perfect. Sicily got hit by an earthquake in 1693 and the only part of the city that remained was this. Everything else in Modica has been rebuilt in a Baroque style, but up in the hills at Talia, the rustic, traditional element has remained. It’s on top of a hill overlooking the city, just a few hundred steps from the center of town.

  • Rooms

    10

  • Music

    Birds singing, breeze.

  • Year Opened

    2010

  • Designed By

    Marco Giunta e Viviana Haddad (a couple, both architects who live on site).

  • Health & Wellness

    No pool (who needs a pool when you have pristine Mediterranean beaches?) no gym (don’t worry, you’ll get a workout climbing the stairs).

  • Restaurant

    None on site.

  • Bar

    No, but they’ll bring you champagne and wine upon request.

  • Minibar

    People don’t really refrigerate things in Sicily. Try to buy ice and you’ll discover the answer to this mystery. The minibar in our room was an antique wooden cabinet stocked with sodas and warm beers. Tasty.

  • Children

    Skip the children, this place is perfect for two.

  • Price

    A bit punchy, but the view and garden make up for it.

  • Website

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Windsurf and Kite Surf at Tiki Beach

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