Positioned amid the captivating charm of Taormina’s historical centre, and towering over the Ionian Sea, the striking San Domenico Palace stands. Swathed in lush gardens and presenting an endless ocean horizon from every room and suite, the original monastery from the 1400s beckons with a rich atmosphere of Italian authenticity. A feast for the senses and a genuine experience of place.
“There are scarce resorts worldwide where I’ve been rendered breathless upon entry. Yet, stepping into the stunning, ancient cloister, I was effortlessly enamoured. The place resonates with history, taste, cosiness, beautiful surroundings, and everything that harmonises this unique locale. Successfully, the most exquisite resort has been crafted, with a tremendously cosy town attached. San Domenico Palace is a destination everyone ought to visit.”
Flight time: 3h 5m 1h by car from the airport
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Best period: April to October
Time difference: None
Under the aegis of Four Seasons, the historical and modern are seamlessly intertwined. The resort welcomed guests anew in the summer of 2021 – and here, everything is at your fingertips. Relaxed luxury and an atmospheric decor honouring the place’s original history set the tone. An enticing pool area featuring a beautiful infinity pool, enveloped by rounded fabric umbrellas and soft sun loungers, an exclusive beach club with a shuttle, spa and fitness centre, two exquisite restaurants, a spectacular bar, and ample scope for excursions and activities – all positioned ideally for leisurely ambles through Taormina’s meandering streets, where local restaurants entice with the alluring Sicilian cuisine and incredible local wines.
The historical edifices and the novel part of San Domenico Palace are intertwined in a garden of vows, replete with aromatic and colourful blooms from the myriad flowers, lavender, orange, and lemon trees. All 111 rooms and suites are ocean-facing, and whether ensconced in the medieval monastery buildings with vaulted ceilings and broad corridors – the rooms were the original monk cells – or in the newly constructed segment of the hotel, with an option of your own plunge pool on the terrace. Every glance rewards with views of the gardens and the Strait of Messina towards Calabria that are nothing short of breathtaking.
Abundant opportunities await for a respite from the sun lounger. Don your hiking boots for a four-wheel-drive adventure to Mount Etna, or relish authentic Italian baroque in the historic city of Noto, a few hours’ drive south. A brief stroll will lead you to one of Taormina’s renowned attractions – the ancient Greek amphitheatre, a mere 10 minutes from the hotel. Venture into the winding streets’ quaint shops for local ceramics or crisp Italian linen. Everything is right outside the hotel’s threshold.
San Domenico Palace elevates gastronomy to an art form. Whether relishing a relaxed lunch or dinner on the terrace by the infinity pool, or indulging in fine dining at the hotel’s exquisite signature restaurant Principe Cerami, ensconced in soft, light chairs and sofas. Here, award-winning, Etna-born chef Massimo Mantarro orchestrates a culinary odyssey through classic Sicilian cuisine with local produce and traditions. Anciovi’s chilled terrace is the place to savour the Mediterranean Sea’s fresh fish and shellfish, Sicilian sushi, and expertly crafted signature cocktails, as the sun sets over Taormina Bay. The vista is simply unparalleled.
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