Fantastic in low season. Only a handful round the pool which is crystal clear sea water. Great location close to the tiny port, shops and restaurants. Panarea is a stunning combination of natural and man made beauty and this hotel has made the most of its wonderful location. I would recommend it to anyone in low season when we experienced it.
Hiking is great but once you leave the road it quickly becomes tough going and you need walking boots and be reasonably fit. Easiest walk is to the prehistoric village. Only tough bit is picking way across rocky beach. Stunning scenery and properties en route.
Good fish restaurants along port front. Never a dud meal. Prices similar to England for food but everything else is more expensive. Tourist tat mainly made in Asia and you can get it cheaper elsewhere if you want it. Highlights included seeing dolphins from prehistoric village, climbing to top of the island (about 400m), Hotel Raya for cocktail hour and al fresco dining at the various restaurants.