San Domenico Palace Hotel, Taormina
A stay at San Domenico Palace Hotel is the very definition of divine. Subtropical garden terraces cascade down the slope at this Dominican monastery, which boasts an otherworldly vantage over Taormina’s Greek amphitheater, Mount Etna and the Ionian Sea. The décor is elegantly simple, so as not to compete with the scenery; many of the 102 rooms are in the converted monastery, and some have private terraces. Other celestial offerings include two medieval cloisters, an inviting outdoor pool and haute Sicilian cuisine in Michelin-star Principe Cerami restaurant.
Hotel TipAsk the concierge to arrange a helicopter excursion over Mount Etna, Europe’s tallest, most active volcano, whose four craters regularly puff out smoke rings.
Virtuoso Preferred Supplier Since 15 Apr 2017
NOTE: Due to complete refurbishment project, the hotel is closed. Hotel reopening in 2019-dates TBA.