Sicily + Pantelleria

Hotels in Sicily + Pantelleria

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.

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

“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.

In the hills of Sicily, 2_ miles from the sea, is the secluded 19th-century farmhouse Mandranova.

Set among ancient vineyards, olive groves, and Greek amphitheaters, this Kempinski-run hotel is contrastly very modern in amenities.

A rustic farmhouse with eight antiques-filled rooms, set in an orange grove on the fertile Catania Plain, facing Mount Etna. Everything from the olive-oil soaps to the pasta (prepared by a Tunisian chef and served poolside) is produced on or around this 300-year-old estate.

Just five minutes from the Castello dei Conti (Castle of the Counts), the Palazzo Failla hotel is housed in an 18th-century mansion in Modica Alta (Upper Modica). Inside, the hotel retains historic design elements such as frescoed vaults and original Maiolica ceramics.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.