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Originally opened in 1900, Villa Igiea is a grand Belle Époque residence overlooking the Gulf of Palermo that has been brilliantly revived by Rocco Forte Hotels. The new five-star property, unveiled in 2021, is a masterful blend of period elegance and contemporary comfort reflected in soothing rooms, dreamy terraced gardens and impeccably uniformed staff. Well placed for exploring the historic treasures of Palermo, it is also a luxurious sanctuary that invites lingering and romance with its spacious Irene Forte Spa and the panoramic Florio's Restaurant offering Sicilian delights such as linguini with Sciacca shrimps and lemon tiramisù. The hotel's name comes from Hygieia, the Greek goddess of health, and a stay here will be unquestionably beneficial - note that it is closed in January and February.



The hotel runs a complimentary shuttle to the heart of old Palermo, which is now pedestrianised and has a wealth of historic buildings to admire.

Overlooking the marina, the hotel is a short walk from the popular Spiaggia dell'Arenella beach.
By plane: direct flights to Palermo take 3 hours from London and 3 hours 30 minutes from Edinburgh. The hotel is a 30-minute drive. Parking costs €40 per day.

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Style & Character

Well-heeled leisure travellers on a short break to discover the cultural riches of Palermo, or who are on a wider tour of Sicily, will love this hotel. The 50 acres of listed gardens have a rich variety of trees and flowers and are a delightful spot to relax.

Service & Facilities

The staff are immaculately dressed in stylish uniforms - checked waistcoats and blue trousers at the front desk, white tunics with gold piping in the restaurant.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Fitness centre
  • Swimming pool
  • Spa
  • Wellness suite
  • Free shuttle
  • Free Wi-Fi


For a treat, go for a Deluxe Room with a sea view and private terrace, which feature a super-king-sized bed and Carrara marble bathroom. The plush fabrics, restful hues and super-comfy beds with top quality linen ensure a luxurious night's sleep.

Classic, Superior, Deluxe, Family, Junior Suite, Superior Suite, Sea View Suite, Family Suite, Tower Suite, Igiea Suite, George V Suite, Donna Franca Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, TV, free Wi-Fi

Food & Drink

Breakfast is included in the room rate and features a formidable buffet with Sicilian specialties such as sfincione (foccacia-like pizza) and iris parlemitana, a ricotta-stuffed pastry. We recommend the 'special pasta of the day' served under the trees at the Alicetta pool bar.

Florio: elegant, Belle Époque-style dining room. Local ingredients, Sicilian cuisine. Open daily for breakfast and dinner.
Alicetta Pool Bar: al fresco terrace dining. Mediterranean cuisine, light bites and pizzas. Open daily, 10:30am-6pm.

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