Sicily, with its charming beaches and sparkling cities, promises an exciting holiday. Palermo, Catania and Etna, the Valley of the Temples and small islands are simply breathtaking. And this is where you can stay in one of the best hotels in Sicily. Palaces or small cozy establishments, in the city center or in the vineyards. Let yourself be surprised by the comfort and atmosphere of your home.
Sicily, with its turquoise bays, small villages with an unusual character and striking volcanic landscapes, is a place that reigns in summer almost all year round. Coves with turquoise waters, small fishing villages with their special features and striking volcanic landscapes are just a few of what awaits you during your vacation. And, of course, the opportunity to discover ten wonderful hotels, in which the rest will seem like a fairy tale, especially if you fly to cheap flights to Europe.
Villa Sant’Andrea, A Belmond Hotel, Taormina Mare — a unique holiday in Sicily
The Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea hotel complex, set above magnificent Mediterranean gardens, overlooking the Gulf of Mazzarò, is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful hotels in Sicily. A stone’s throw from Savoca, the village where The Godfather was filmed, all guests of this place are offered: sunbathing on a private beach, boat trips along the local bays, relaxing massage at the spa, and dining on the terrace by the water.
The cozy Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea, quietly housed in a villa built in 1830 by an aristocratic family, is now a partner hotel of the Grand Hotel Timemo. It looks more like a resort that looks like a private residence. Timeless elegance in rooms and public areas, sea views, a heated infinity pool, a private beach with sun loungers and parasols, or the option to take a free cruise (mid-May to mid-September) are just a few of the many exclusive services on offer.
Dimora delle Balze — luxury complex in Sicily
Away from the hustle and bustle of the coast, the Dimora delle Balze is nestled in the Syracuse countryside. The rooms between the walls of the 19th century building have been tastefully restored. The hotel consists of 14 rooms, a restaurant with an Italian terroir, a beautiful stone pool. This is the perfect place for a relaxing break.
This beautiful estate from the 1800s undoubtedly demands nothing more from you. The gardens and pool fully complement the splendor of this place. If you suddenly want to leave the residence of the hotel, then there is the Vendicari nature reserve and the beaches, which are less than 10 minutes away by car.
Hotel Capofaro Locanda & Malvasia is located in Salina, the greenest of the Aeolian Islands of Sicily, and is a small wild paradise at the foot of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Consisting of small white houses, simple and uncluttered rooms, the pool is set in the midst of vineyards, at the foot of the volcanoes, and the restaurant straddles between land and sea under the direction of Chef Pierre Ludovico De Vivo. Among all the hotels in Sicily, this one offers you a good location and all major attractions within walking distance.
The Asumundo di Gisira complex, completely renovated by the famous architecture studio, has become the new hot spot of Sicily. An old Italian palazzo from the 18th century houses a number of works of art: paintings by Sergio Fiorentino, sculptures by Domenico Pellegrino, ceramics by Alessandro Ludici and furniture from the 1930s and 1960s.
Here you will be in the heart of Catania, in the old town. As a result, there are many establishments within walking distance. For example, the cathedral and the amphitheater are less than 400 meters from the hotel. After a day full of sightseeing, return to your luxury hotel. Calm and good taste reign supreme thanks to the austere décor adorned with works of art.
Driving through Sicily, you cannot miss the Monaci Delle Terre Nere hotel complex, which is perfectly located on the east coast of the island. This historic 18th century villa, located near Zeffer Etna, was recently completely modernized. Combining eight rooms and five suites, the décor represents the splendor of Italian classics and designer furniture.
Here you will recuperate in the midst of the vineyards that have been growing here since the 19th century! This hotel is away from the hustle and bustle of the city and tourist attractions. It offers refined rooms. You can enjoy gourmet cuisine in the restaurant with a panoramic terrace, contemplating Mount Etna while tasting the chef’s creations.
To paraphrase Maupassant, if anyone had only one hotel to choose from in Taormina — and probably the whole of Sicily, they would definitely be advised to stay at the Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo, an exceptional hotel that cannot be what can only evoke one feeling, even among the most seasoned travelers.
No doubt visited by Jean Cocteau, Jean Marais, Tennessee Williams or Truman Capote, this historic hotel epitomizes the luxury hotel industry at its most glamorous in the heart of one of the most spectacular destinations on the island. Breathtaking views, a timeless atmosphere, huge terraces, royal service, and a large landscaped garden make this place in Taormina truly fabulous.
Villa Ducale is a luxurious four-star hotel housed in an aristocratic villa in the heights of Taormina, offering an affordable, charming and cozy alternative to the most prestigious hotels in Sicilian Saint-Tropez. The pool, jacuzzi and breathtaking views of the sea, Mount Etna and the Strait of Messina, not to mention the excellent value for money, make it one of the best options for those who are not afraid to get away from the tourist center.
This is alongside the majestic Grand Hotel Belmond Timeo, another historic luxury establishment in Taormina. The Palazzo San Domenico, part of the prestigious group of leading hotels in the world, carved into the cliff on the hillside, not only offers breathtaking views of the coast, but is, above all, a quiet haven for lovers of large hotels.
This former 14th century convent, converted into a luxury hotel, offers stylish time travel combined with true luxury. With numerous terraces, four restaurants (including the magnificent Principe Cerami, two Michelin stars), its fragrant gardens dotted with roses and jasmine flowers and its newly renovated swimming pool, ideal for a stay with a high level of romance.
If the Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo or the San Domenico Palace did not surprise you, then we suggest you consider an alternative — the Ashbee Hotel. An exclusive ambiance is guaranteed in this tranquil Sicilian villa from the early 20th century, which has now become a luxury hotel. The interior design was designed by renowned architect Charles Robert Ashby. The decor is modern (edgy style, bright colors), but the memory of the place (old furniture, precious fabrics) is not overlooked. Throw in lush private gardens, a swimming pool or even a panoramic bar and you can see why Ashbee is preferred by the most discerning travelers.
This secret oasis of peace, located in a former royal residence in the old town of Palermo, is a few hundred meters from its cathedral, its Opera House, or very close to Piazza Mercato di Ballaro. The 18 suites in this charming location feature elegant décor that blends harmoniously with light wood furnishings and exposed beams. Parquet floors, artwork on the walls and balconies or terraces add to the homely feel of this palazzo.