SAN DOMENICO PALACE TAORMINA, A FOUR SEASONS HOTEL
It’s not hard to understand why this Ionian gem has seduced the great and the good for hundreds of years, D.H. Lawrence, Oscar Wilde, Sophia Loren, Greta Garbo and Audrey Hepburn among them. Vast ceilings, idyllic cloisters and terrace after terrace overlooking Mount Etna and glimmering Mediterranean waves: these are the tropes of Sicilian charisma that run right through this 14th-century monastery and convent.
The recent acquisition of the palace by Four Seasons has only added to its charms. Rooms have been lavished with attention, a range of suites with terraces and plunge pools complementing the wealth of classic accommodations offering views of the cloisters, town or dazzling waters. The infinity pool provides a delightful place to unwind on summer afternoons, as does the sumptuous spa. Four restaurants propose Sicilian fare at its finest, with haute cuisine that puts a dynamic contemporary spin on traditional dishes, and al fresco dining spaces that capitalise on the hotel’s magnificent views. The town of Taormina below is steeped in ancient wonders – Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Saracen – that can be leisurely explored on foot. Arriving on the island is easy. The matter of dragging yourself away? Less so.
Couples and romantics
THINGS TO DO AT THE HOTEL:
Take a refreshing lap of the outdoor infinity pool
Stroll through the cloisters and gardens, fragranced by jasmine and hibiscus
Peruse the palace’s range of restored frescoes, historic artefacts and paintings
Retire to the spa for basalt hot stone massage or botanical treatment
Feast on fine Sicilian cuisine cooled by gentle breezes on the sea terrace
Spend a relaxing afternoon at the beach club
THINGS TO DO NEARBY
Discover the ancient Greek theatre in Taormina
Marvel at Piazza Armerina’s extraordinarily preserved Roman mosaics
Hike to the crater of Mount Etna or fly over by helicopter
Take an evening luxury stargazing tour with dinner and fine wines
Take a coastal drive stopping at charming local villages for the freshest seafood
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