With spectacular views in all directions, San Domenico Palace is uniquely situated between the majesty of Mount Etna above, the deep blue waters of the Ionian Sea below, and the stunning south-eastern coast of the Sicily as far as the eye can see.
With just 111 rooms and suites, the atmosphere is intimate, as if we were returning every year to the seaside house of a precious friend. The most coveted coin is the Royal Suite, whose main rooms all open onto a large terrace and plunge pool with views of Mount Etna, the ancient Greek theater and the Ionian Sea. The terraces are lined with glass for endless views, and in all there are 19 rooms with private plunge pools.
Built on the site of a 14th-century Dominican convent, the Hotel San Domenico first saw the light in 1896 with the addition of a new Italian-style Liberty-style building (now the Grand Hotel wing) adjacent to converted accommodation in the former quarters of the convent wing antique. It quickly became a highlight of the Grand Tour, favored by royalty and nobility and increasingly, a colorful cast artists, writers and Hollywood stars. Set amid lush gardens reinvented by famous Italian landscape architect Marco Bay with stunning sea views, the hotel blends contemporary art with antiques and architectural remains.