Sicily + Pantelleria

Hotels in Sicily + Pantelleria

For gravitas, it’s hard to beat the Grand Hotel et Des Palmes in the center of old town Palermo. Built in the 1850s, the hotel has seen sensational murders, suicides, dangerous liaisons, and diplomatic intrigue, especially in 1943, when it served as allied headquarters.

Originally built as the Hotel de la Paix (Hotel of Peace) for Italy’s National Exhibition of 1891, this Art Nouveau landmark is one of Palermo’s oldest hotels. Situated in the commercial center, the hotel is sandwiched between the Giardino Inglese (English Garden) and the Villa Trabia park.

The sun-filled island of Sicily has both historic cache and an emerging arts-and-culture scene, and a stay at Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa, in Ragusa province, makes for a serene home base.

A patrician villa that retains the charm of a private residence. Divers will love the sea life in the marine preserve nearby. 

Room to Book: Superior Sea View rooms, with French balcony and Deluxe Sea View rooms, with terrace or balcony

Previously a 15th-century monastery, the exclusive San Domenico Palace Hotel took on its current form in 1896, when the Prince of Cerami added a new Belle Époque wing.

Located just south of Ragusa, surrounded by the carob forests of the Hyblaean Plateau, Hotel Eremo della Giubiliana is housed in a 12th-century fort that also served as a medieval monastery. Surrounded by thick stone walls, the hotel has 25 guest rooms fashioned from former friars’ cells.

The tidy property with private balconies, overlooks nearby Levanzo Island.

An abbey stands on a hilltop overlooking the town of Castelbuono in northern Sicily. Eight centuries ago it was full of Benedictine monks, but today it's the Relais Santa Anastasia, hosting guests in 25 rooms and three suites behind its thick, stone walls.

19th-century residence inherited from Sicilian nobility—the first hotel to be built in Taormina—overlooking Mount Etna. The 70 Baroque rooms were refurbished by current owner Orient-Express in 2011.

A simple cottage built from golden tuff stone was recently converted into this waterfront enclave on Sicily’s rugged, picturesque Favignana Island, a summer destination for Italians in the know.

The recently opened hotel has 77 rooms housed in an 18th-century walled fortress that faces the sea.

Seen from the garden of Casa Talia, the village of Modica looks dreamlike, with labyrinthine passageways swirling down the steep sides of a ravine.

“The Beach” occupies the triangle of land between the coastal railroad tracks and the bathtub-size bay of Isola Bella, a taxi, bus, or cable-car ride from the town of Taormina, high on the cliff above.

Prince Ignazio V was a Renaissance man in the mid-1700's and modeled his palace to follow suit. Throughout the hundreds of rooms, a rococo spirit lavishly expresses itself in stucco walls, gilt framing, limestone sculpture, ebony walls, and frescoes by Sebastiano Lo Monaco.