Best Hotels in Sicily, Italy

The island of Sicily is a land rich in historical events. So the hotels on this island also carry a reflection of this history and culture of the people. Let’s see what the island of Sicily has to offer us from its best hotels.

Grand Hotel Atlantis Bay

One of the most luxurious five-star hotels in Sicily Atlantis Bay is located on the east coast of the island in the vicinity of the city of Taormina. The snow-white building with spacious terraces is located on the shore of the charming bay of Baia del Sirene in the town of Marazzo, which is connected by a funicular to the center of Taormina. The hotel is surrounded by mountains, forests, gardens and serene waters of the warm sea.

The hotel has 86 luxurious rooms furnished in a traditional Mediterranean style, with natural marble baths. The hotel has a well-developed infrastructure, complemented by traditional Sicilian hospitality. Guests can enjoy sumptuous dishes from the chef in the restaurant with outdoor terrace, where various shows and live music are played. The bars on the hotel and on the beach offer cocktails and refreshing drinks. It features a private beach and a swimming pool with a comfortable terrace.

It offers a well-equipped SPA centre and a modern gym. For its guests, the hotel organises excursions to the ancient Greek amphitheater and to the churches and cathedrals of Taormina.

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Des Etrangers

Opposite the city of Syracuse in the city bay is the island of Ortigia, which was part of the fortifications of the ancient Greek city. Today, the island is connected to the city by three bridges, and in its center in a four-story restored building of original architecture is the Hotel Des Etrangers. The hotel is just three kilometres from the archaeological centre of Syracuse, about the same as the regional Archaeological Museum.

The hotel offers 86 rooms and ten suites, all rooms are furnished with elegant furniture in the Mediterranean style. There are three restaurants on site, one of them is located outdoors and specializes in seafood cuisine. The hotel’s three bars, one of which is located on the beach, offers a sumptuous selection of wines and excellent cocktails.

Des Etrangers offers a fitness centre and tennis courts, a magnificent golf course and indoor pool,horse riding and diving. Water activities are perfectly organized in the hotel: jet skiing and water skiing, walks on motor and sailing yachts. For the youngest guests, there is a children’s club and babysitting services.

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Eremo Della Giubiliana

In the center of the picturesque Noto Valley, eight kilometers south of Ragusa, among the hills is one of the most colorful and luxurious hotels in Sicily. Suffice it to say that the history of the estate, in which the hotel is located, has nine centuries of its history. There was a feudal estate, a fort, and a monastery of the Knights of Malta.

Nowadays, staying in this hotel, you can completely plunge into the atmosphere of a medieval castle: it is in this style that all the rooms of the hotel are made. The hotel’s restaurant is located in the former knight’s refectory, serving delicious local cuisine and luxurious European wines, many of which are exclusive.

The hotel owns a modern wellness centre, which is located next to the archaeological site. Many unique artifacts found on site can be seen in its own archaeological museum.

Guests can relax in the pool, set in the beautiful garden, or head to the beach belonging to the hotel, a few kilometres away.

A unique feature of the hotel is its own airfield,from which guests are invited to go on excursions to Sicily, Malta and Lampedusa.

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Excelsior Grand Hotel

Surrounded by green gardens and parks, this five-star hotel is located in the centre of Catania, just a fifteen-minute walk from the train station.

In the six-storey building, guests are waiting for 176 rooms of various categories, from the windows of which magnificent views of Mount Etna and the sea open.

The hotel’srestaurant, which is famous in Catania for its wine list, serves local and European cuisine, and the bars create a cozy and fashionable atmosphere.

The hotel is very conveniently located for both businessmen and vacationers: all the most significant sights of the city and business centers are located within walking distance. The building has a superbly equipped congress center, a modern fitness room, a spa, Turkish baths and saunas – everything you need for a full work and rest.

It is worth adding to this special offers for newlyweds and it becomes clear why this hotel is considered one of the best in the city.

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Grand Hotel Federico II

Hotel Federico II is one of the most classic hotels in Sicily, it is located in the old palazzo of the Granateli family, the building of which is part of the historic center of Palermo. In the middle of the twentieth century, the hotel was carefully restored: all the interiors of the palace were restored, antique furniture and paintings corresponding to the spirit of the time were selected to create the palazzo.

Today in this cozy palace guests are waiting for 68 rooms of different categories, each of which is distinguished by individuality. The outdoor terrace features a lush garden, which becomes part of the hotel’s restaurant in summer.

The menu, which offers guests a fine selection of Mediterranean, Sicilian and European dishes, in the two bars of the hotel – an excellent selection of wines. From the terrace of the restaurant offers a fascinating view of the old Palermo, the fashionable atmosphere is complemented by the sounds of the piano and a glass of Sicilian wine.

The hotel is located 30 kilometres from Palermo’s air harbour and just a few minutes’ walk from Via Ruggero Settimo,the city’s main promenade.

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Grand Hotel Mazzaro Sea Palace

The Gulf of Mazzaro is one of the most beautiful not only in Sicily, but throughout the Mediterranean Sea. On its shore there are several fashionable hotels, one of the best among which is considered to be Mazzaro Sea Palace,elegantly sheltered between two mountains. In order to provide guests with the opportunity to admire the turquoise surface of the bay, the hotel was built with stepped terraces.

The surroundings are really beautiful: the sea, rocks, tropical gardens – all this bliss corresponds to the interior of each of the 88 rooms of the hotel. Modern elegant furniture, decorated with fabrics of the room and corridors of the hotel, original stained glass, marble columns create an atmosphere conducive to complete relaxation.

The restaurant serves Sicilian, Mediterranean and European cuisine. In summer, the restaurant’s tables are especially popular, located on the outdoor terrace.

Even more delight among guests is the atmosphere of the bar, the roof of which is made in the form of an original stained glass. It offers vacationers gyms, swimming pools and a well-groomed private beach. The hotel is close to Taormina, which can be reached by funicular, and Catania Airport is just over half an hour’s drive away.

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Kempinski Hotel Giardino Di Costanza

In the vicinity of the city of a hundred churches of Matzara del Vallo, located in the west of Sicily, in a huge park of the Arabic style not so long ago was built the first hotel on the island chain Kempinski.

91 rooms of different categories are waiting for their guests here, the luxurious decoration of which is designed in the traditional Sicilian style with the addition of Arabic exoticism. The interiors are richly decorated with expensive fabrics, impeccably selected furniture made of dark wood and original reproductions.

In two restaurants of the hotel guests will meet with the culinary delights of Sicilian cuisine, and among the bars stands out a wine cellar, which contains more than half a thousand Sicilian and Italian wines.

The pride of the hotel is the SPA center in which the natural resources of the province of Trapani are widely used: healing salts, olive oils, seaweed and therapeutic mud.

For active guests, the hotel has tennis courts and a gym, a diving centre and outdoor pools. Unforgettable cycling in the park that surrounds the hotel, the surrounding gardens and olive groves. A regular shuttle service is available to its own private beach, a 15-minute drive away.

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Relais Santa Anastasia

Not far from the town of Castelbuono, a suburb of Palermo, in a former abbey,among the cozy hills covered with vineyards, the Relais Santa Anastasia hotel is located.

For those who want to relax from the bustle of the city and at the same time be close to tourist attractions and the seashore, this is the best place. The hotel offers magnificent views of the Tyrrhenian Sea and the two volcanic islands of Filicudi and Alicudi, as well as the surrounding area, which are part of the Madoni National Park.

The hotel has only 29 rooms of six price categories, equipped with modern appliances and luxurious furniture. The interiors of the hotel are decorated with expensive fabrics, but at the same time diligently designed in a rustic style.

The hotel’s restaurant is famous not only for its dishes from the chef, but also for its unique crystal dishes. Relais Santa Anastasia has an outdoor pool and jacuzzi, but the best outdoor activities are cycling through the hills of one of Sicily’s best wineries.

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San Domenico Palace

Not every respectable hotel is a historical monument, San Domenico Palace is from the category of attractions of Sicily.

Located in a Fifteenth-century Dominican monastery, it is one of Sicily’s most famous hotels outside Italy. In San Domenico Palace carefully cherish all the sights: the sacristy, the image of saints, the monastery garden, and at the same time the hotel rooms amaze with luxury and technical equipment.

The charm of Taormina, located nearby, and the charm of the hotel’s decoration attract world celebrities, members of royal families and heads of state to relax.

The luxurious cuisine of the four restaurants of the hotel and the extraordinary attention that is given here to each guest, made San Domenico Palace one of the most popular hotels in Italy and one of the symbols of the city of Taormina.

On the territory of the complex there is an outdoor swimming pool, a gym and one of the most famous spa centers on the east coast of Sicily. The hotel offers less than an hour’s access to Palermo or Catania Airport.

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Grand Hotel Timeo

Opened at the end of the XIX century, the Grand Hotel Timeo became one of the first in Taormina and over the years of its existence has become a real legend. His guests were many celebrities, including Those of The Maupassant and Elizabeth Taylor,André Gide and Richard Barton. Built in the style of a classic aristocratic villa in the heart of the resort town, the hotel is immersed in the greenery of cypress groves and tropical gardens.

The main feature of the Grand Hotel Timeo is its location, from the terraces of the hotel rooms offers a magical view of the ancient Greek amphitheater, cozy Taormina and Mount Etna.

The hotel has 87 rooms, the most luxurious of which has an area of more than 200 square meters, it was chosen by Kaiser Wilhelm II when he arrived in this seaside city.

The hotel’s restaurant is famous throughout Europe for its delicious dishes and traditional afternoon tea on the Literary Terrace, which so often gathered the world beau monde for private conversations.

Guests will also remember the hotel’s swimming pool, decorated in the style of ancient ruins. Sports enthusiasts will be amazed at the quality of the tennis courts, and for golf lovers, a transfer to one of the best courses on the island is organized.

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Alina Abramova

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