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Perched on a cliff top overlooking the sea on the edge of the characterful Medieval town of Taormina on Sicily's east coast, San Domenico Palace is one of Sicily's finest hotels, boasting panoramic views of Mount Etna and the Greek amphitheatre. Converted from a 14th century monastery and convent, the palatial building became a hotel in 1896 and has hosted high society ever since, including film stars Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and Sophia Loren, and the writer Oscar Wilde. Now a Four Seasons, it has exquisite service, fine dining, top-notch spa treatments and is also the setting of season two of the HBO series White Lotus.

THE DETAILS

Location

Just a few steps from the front door and you are at the heart of the vibrant town.

Explore the charming shops of the Old Town and the Greek amphitheatre. If you have a car, it's an hour's drive to Mount Etna.
By plane: direct flights to Catania take 3 hours from London. The hotel is an hour's drive. Paid on-site parking available. skyscanner.com

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Style & Character

Wealthy, well-heeled couples and friends will love it here. We appreciated the trademark Four Seasons design flourishes, such as enormous floristry displays in the public rooms.

Service & Facilities

Drive right up to the front door; the valet can park your car for you so you don't have to negotiate the cobbles.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Fitness centre
  • Spa
  • Family-friendly
  • On-site parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

Rooms

Room 144 is a Junior Suite with its own plunge pool on a sea-view terrace. We received a warm welcome by way of a chocolate sculpture of an architectural feature of the hotel.

Superior, Deluxe, Premium, Junior Suite, Executive Suite, Etna Suite, Teatro Suite, Princess Cecelie Suite, San Domenico Suite, Royal Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, bathrobes, hairdryer, coffee maker, TV, free Wi-Fi

Food & Drink

Whether you are dining on room service or a tasting menu, the food quality is exceptionally high. The twinkling lights on the terrace create the ultimate romantic dinner setting.

Principe Cerami: Michelin-starred restaurant, Sicilian cuisine. Open daily for dinner. Tasting menu from €115.
Anciovi: poolside restaurant, Mediterranean seafood and cocktails. Open seasonally for lunch and dinner.
Bar & Chiostro: lounge, international cuisine, coffee and cocktails. All-day dining, open daily.

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