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The ultimate luxury hotel in the popular medieval town of Taormina with views across to the smoking summit of Mount Etna. Once a monastery, there's a wealth of original features. Palatial rooms - some with terraces and plunge pools - are matched by the public areas, which are also are incredibly grand. Expect exceptional service and exquisite tasting menus in the fine dining restaurant that celebrate local produce. This establishment has welcomed high society since it opened in 1896 - former guests include Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor, and season two of HBO's White Lotus was set here.

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The location is breathtaking, with panoramic views of smoking Mount Etna and the Ionian Sea. Behind is the network of tiny streets that makes up the twon of Taormina, where you'll find plenty of bars, restaurants and boutiques.

If you have a car, it's an hour's drive to Mount Etna.

By plane: direct flights to Catania take 3 hours from London. The hotel is an hour's drive. Paid on-site parking available. Book flights to Catania.

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Once a 14th-century convent and monastery, this place is full of original features - vaulted ceilings, fresco paintings and internal courtyards - as well as antique furniture and old-master paintings. The cliffside infinity pool is gorgeous and a great spot for lounging.


Service here is impeccable - pool attendants will bring you cold towels and fresh fruit, and the porters at the gate will park your car for you. Massages and facials are offered in private treatment rooms, and there's a gym, a small boutique and an infinity pool with views of Mount Etna.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Fitness centre
  • Spa
  • Family-friendly
  • On-site parking
  • Free Wi-Fi


Rooms are luxurious, and some have private terraces with plunge pools with views out over the Ionian sea. Pannelled walls, parquet floors and antique mirrors add elegance, while high ceilings and marble bathrooms are extremely opulent. It's hard to believe that many of these rooms were once monks' cells.

Room types: Superior, Deluxe, Premium, Junior Suite, Executive Suite, Etna Suite, Teatro Suite, Princess Cecelie Suite, San Domenico Suite, Royal Suite

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, bathrobes, hairdryer, coffee maker, TV, free Wi-Fi

Food & Drink

Whether you are dining on room service or a tasting menu, the food quality is exceptionally high. The twinkling lights on the terrace create the ultimate romantic dinner setting.

Principe Cerami: Michelin-starred restaurant, Sicilian cuisine. Open daily for dinner. Tasting menu from €115.
Anciovi: poolside restaurant, Mediterranean seafood and cocktails. Open seasonally for lunch and dinner.
Bar & Chiostro: lounge, international cuisine, coffee and cocktails. All-day dining, open daily.

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