My third time at the San Domenico, which suggests I like it. Having stayed previously at the Timeo, I have no hesitation in recommending the understated elegance of the former palace.
Yes, the corridors are long, but this only seems to add to the general air of tranquility. far from "...no sea views.." as one reviewer commented, the San Domenico enjoys breathtakingly beautiful views of Etna and the Bay below. Dine on the terrace, breakfast in the shade, or swim in the pool, and you will enjoy the views of this beautiful resort. (Incidentally,our room overlooked the Bay directly, so am not sure how you could miss a sea view !)
For me, however, what makes this my favourite hotel anywhere in Europe, are the staff and the levels of service. Whether you are seeking a romantic get away, or want to be pampered, the staff here seem to intuitively know, and deliver accordingly.
Yes, it lacks the bells, whistles and bling of the more gaudy resorts masquerading as 5 star, but, if it is a timeless quality you are looking for and a truly memorable stay, this is the place. The restaurant is fully deserving of it's two Michelin stars, and it's setting is amongst the most beautiful of any I have had the pleasure of visiting anywhere in the world..........and, yes, it does have the most beautiful of sea views.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This place is temporarily closed for renovation. Opening date to be announced soon. A LUXURY 5-STAR HOTEL ON THE EAST COAST OF SICILY The San Domenico Palace Hotel sits in a truly magnificent setting that has attracted people from ancient times. A luxury 5-star hotel in an ancient Dominican monastery, it has views over Mount Etna and Taormina Bay on the east coast of Sicily not far from Messina. Countless famous writers, artists and composers, came here to savour this unique spot at the very tip of Italy. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Palazzo San Domenico Taormina
- Palazzo San Domenico Hotel Taormina
- San Domenico Palace Hotel Taormina, Sicily