San Domenico Palace Hotel: the Jewel of Taormina

Regions Sicily Published on 5 June 2017

With the sea below and Mount Etna on the horizon, Taormina, a panoramic viewpoint on the Mediterranean, is already in itself a unique destination. The star-studded sanctuary of this seaside town, the San Domenico Palace Hotel, a former monastery, has been skilfully transformed into a luxury hotel. Immerse yourself in one of the most beautiful places in Sicily!

San Domenico hotel pool

The San Domenico Palace Hotel swimming pool and its breathtaking view on Mount Etna.

History, art and character…
A magnet for famous writers, artists and composers who still come to enjoy the beauty of the panorama, the small town of Taormina is a destination that has attracted travellers and well-known figures since ancient times. Located in this unique setting, the San Domenico Palace Hotel, a member of the ‘Leading Hotels of the World’, continues this tradition by offering its guests a holiday resort brimming with history. Created within the walls of a former monastery dating from the 14th century, this 5-star hotel has retained the calm and peace of old monastic life while offering stunning views of Mount Etna and the bay of Taormina from its terraces, for both a unique and unforgettable experience!
Elegance and inspiration in each room
Junior Suite

The Junior Suite at San Domenico Palace Hotel.

The San Domenico Hotel offers 105 rooms and suites in the two wings of the building: the convent and the Grand Hotel, a Neoclassical building added in 1896. Different types of accommodation are available. From our elegant classic room overlooking the cloisters or the village to our Deluxe room or our superbly appointed suites with vast private terraces opening onto the magnificent bay of Taormina. You will love our Grand Hotel Suite with its Art Nouveau decor or our Mini Pool Suite with a private jacuzzi installed on the large private terrace extending from the room.
Mini pool Suite

Have a break and enjoy your private jacuzzi in the Mini pool Suite.

Traditional Sicilian gastronomy
The San Domenico Palace Hotel has three restaurants, notably the Principe Cerami which offers gastronomic cuisine and has been awarded two Michelin stars, as well as rave reviews in other well-known travel guides. This restaurant, which owes its name to the Sicilian aristocrat who made the monastery into a hotel, is headed by the talented Chef Massimo Mantarro. Focusing on high quality, delicate and refined Sicilian cuisine, he creates dishes both elegant and full of flavour, while revisiting traditional cuisine and delighting the most demanding of palates. Add to this the enchanting atmosphere and the delightful peaceful setting, which includes the Ionian Sea as a backdrop.
Principe Cerami restaurant

Enjoy a delicious and romantic dinner at the Principe Cerami restaurant.

Enjoy the Dolce Vita
The hotel has a superb freshwater swimming pool with a pool bar, and two other bars, including the iconic cloister lounge bar, which is filled every evening with romantic piano music. The hotel’s Decléor beauty institute offers a wealth of relaxing beauty treatments, notably manicures, pedicures and massages… And the sandy beach is only a five-minute walk from the hotel!
Say ‘I do’!
The sea, the Mediterranean sun, a building steeped in history, the calm atmosphere and spectacular views, what more could you ask for on your wedding day? The San Domenico Palace Hotel welcomes you and takes care of everything on your special day: planning, catering, entertainment, accommodation…Simply magic!
It happened here…
This year, the hotel has also been chosen to host the G7 Summit which took place on May 26-27 with several heads of state and government attending the summit. In July 2012, the San Domenico Palace Hotel was chosen and redecorated by Italian designers Dolce & Gabbana for the presentation of their first haute couture collection. Peter Brant, Stephanie Seymour, Scarlett Johansson, Bianca Brandolini d’Adda, Naomi Campbell and Laetitia Casta were among the guests!
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