The Hotel Orsa Maggiore is a charming family-run boutique hotel. The swimming pool sits pride of place, surrounded by a smart sun deck with loungers. Indulge, with an Aperol spritz aperitif from the poolside bar before choosing a table for dinner. Seafood is a speciality – think swordfish carpaccio and grilled mahi-mahi. If you fancy a trip to the beach, the picturesque black sands of Sabbie Nere are 5 minutes’ walk away. It is a great base for exploring the rest of the Aeolian Islands, with good transport links for day trips to the other islands. The bedrooms provide a fresh and tranquil retreat after days spent exploring the volcanic archipelago.