Framed by the dramatic landscapes of Sicily’s east coast, be awed by endless views across Taormina Bay and the Ionian Sea, set to the backdrop of Mount Etna. Boasting a storied history, this legendary property was first opened as a hotel in 1896 on the site of a former convent and has played host to everyone from royalty and nobility to a colourful cast of artists, writers, and iconic Hollywood stars.
A short stroll from the charming town of Taormina, you are perfectly placed to explore the local restaurants, boutique shops, and intimate piazzas of this medieval town. During the summer months, head to the ancient Greek Theatre which hosts an array of open-air concerts. Venture further afield to explore the magical beauty of eastern Sicily, from the UNESCO-listed Baroque town of Modica to the enchanting islands dotted along the Ionian coast.
San Domenico Palace effortlessly blends contemporary art and chic interiors with timeless architectural relics from its convent past, complete with impeccable Four Seasons service. An intimate retreat, each of the hotel’s 111 rooms welcomes you with an atmosphere of sophisticated elegance.
So diverse are the property’s dining options that you may never want to leave. Embark on a culinary journey through the flavours of Sicily at Principe Cerami restaurant; dine alfresco on the terrace of the more causal Rosso restaurant with exceptional views across Taormina Bay; or savour the freshest Mediterranean seafood at Anciovi poolside lounge.
Uncover the authentic character and intriguing history of Sicily, with countless experiences to choose from – whether trekking up Mount Etna, or enjoying a private wine tasting at a leading vineyard, where fertile volcanic soil produces exceptional wines. For the ultimate Ionian adventure, set sail in a luxury yacht as you cruise to the famed Isola Bella – an alluring island known as the ‘pearl of the Ionian’ – for a rejuvenating swim followed by a gourmet picnic lunch.
Return to the serenity of Four Seasons San Domenico Palace to cool off with a dip in the clifftop infinity pool or bask under the Sicilian sun with special access to one of the area’s most exclusive beach clubs. For utter relaxation, indulge in a signature treatment inspired by the ancient monastic wisdom and local healing traditions of Sicily at the hotel’s Botanica Spa. As evening draws in, unwind with an aperitivo in the Grand Cloister courtyard, surrounded by the heady scent of exotic flowers and hibiscus trees in the property’s lush Italian gardens.