Interval International, a prominent worldwide provider of vacation services and an operating business of Interval Leisure Group (Nasdaq: IILG), announced the affiliation of Hotel Les Sables Noirs in Italy. Named for the fine, black sand on its private beach on the Tyrrhenian Sea, the resort is located on the popular holiday island of Vulcano, part of the Aeolian Islands Archipelago, north of Sicily.
“Hotel Les Sables Noirs is considered one of the most prestigious resorts in the Aeolian Islands, making this an important affiliation for Interval,” said Darren Ettridge, Interval’s senior vice president resort sales and business development for Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia. “The property masterfully blends the island’s natural gifts—including sulphurous pools in the sea and volcanic mud baths—with style and upscale services.”
Hotel Les Sables Noirs faces Baia di Ponente, a bay known for its volcanic sand and crystalline water. Each of the studio, one-, and two-bedroom timeshare apartments have a private terrace or garden, a small lounge, and kitchen. Guests also have access to a private beach and dive center, as well as on-site canoe and boat rentals. Swimmers and sunbathers may order snacks, drinks, and light lunches throughout the day on the beach and beside the pool.
The resort provides a breakfast buffet and an à la carte menu in its American Bar. Diners enjoy sweeping sea views from the restaurant’s terrace, while sampling local specialities, including sweet and savory pies, handcrafted cheeses, fresh seasonal fruits, and Etna honey. The vista is also spectacular from the Roof Bar, where cocktails are served at sunset. Hotel Les Sables Noirs also offers evening entertainment and can arrange excursions to other beaches on Vulcano, guided tours of the volcano, and boat trips to surrounding islands.
“The spacious apartments, amenities, and spectacular coastal setting make Hotel Les Sables Noirs a perfect vacation spot for families and couples,” said Dr. Pietro Franza, managing director of Framon Hotels Group, developer of the project. “We look forward to having new owners join our loyal guests. We’re very proud to be affiliated with Interval’s quality worldwide exchange network.”
Hotel Les Sables Noir is 144 kilometres (90 miles) from Sicily’s Catania Fontanarossa International airport, where car hire is available. From Milazzo, Sicily’s closest harbor to Vulcano, the ferry takes 30 minutes.
New purchasers will be enrolled as individual members of Interval International and will also become either Interval Gold or Interval Platinum members, entitling them to a number of flexible exchange opportunities and upgraded benefits and services. Benefits may vary by country, and will include discounts on Getaway vacation rentals, ShortStay Exchange, a year-round concierge service via phone and email, Hertz Gold Plus Rewards membership, access to Interval Options, where weeks can be applied toward the purchase of a cruise, tour, guided holiday, and more. Interval Platinum members also receive priority Getaway viewing, Platinum Escapes, free Guest Certificates, and airport lounge membership.
About Interval International
Interval International operates membership programs for vacationers and provides value-added services to its developer clients worldwide. Based in Miami, Florida, the company has been a pioneer and innovator in serving the vacation ownership market since 1976. Today, Interval’s exchange network comprises more than 2,900 resorts in over 80 nations. Through offices in 16 countries, Interval offers high-quality products and benefits to resort clients and approximately 2 million families who are enrolled in various membership programs. Interval is an operating business of Interval Leisure Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: IILG), a leading global provider of non-traditional lodging, encompassing a portfolio of leisure businesses from exchange and vacation rental to vacation ownership.