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THE HIGHLIGHTS
This stunning bayside hotel, restored by Rocco Forte Hotels, is the most luxurious place to stay in Palermo with delightful terraced gardens, superb Sicilian cuisine and 100 rooms elegantly designed by Olga Polizzi. Relax in the spa where you'll find a beauty salon, sun terrace and relaxation lounge, plus four treatment rooms.

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THE LOCATION

You're a 30-minute drive from Palermo Airport on Sicily's northwest coast. It's a picturesque spot, overlooking a wide bay encircled by mountains with a marina and shipyards in the foreground. The marina with its bars and restaurants is walkable; the historic Old Town is a 15-minute drive. Parking is available for a fee.

Mondello, with its sandy beach, is a 15-minute drive.

By plane: direct flights to Palermo take 3 hours from London and 3 hours 30 minutes from Edinburgh. The hotel is a 30-minute drive. Parking costs €40 per day. Book flights to Palermo.

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CHARACTER & STYLE

This is an impressive, castellated, sand-coloured establishment looking out over the Gulf of Palermo. Original features from the 1900s have survived, including a stunning mirrored ballroom with Art Nouveau woodwork and attractive murals. A curved pool surrounded by green and white-striped loungers is framed by beautiful mature gardens.

THE FACILITIES

Over a hundred commited staff run this grand hotel with flair. You'll find luxury boutiques such as Bulgari by the entrance, and there's a library with original writing desks. Should you feel the need to work off some of all that pasta, there's fitness centre and 1920s tennis court with sea views.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Fitness centre
  • Swimming pool
  • Spa
  • Wellness suite
  • Free shuttle
  • Free Wi-Fi

Rooms

Bedrooms and Suites have high ceilings, wooden floors and big terraces. Elegant modern interiors by Olga Polizzi use warm blues and browns, setting off abstract artworks and designer lights. Bathrooms have marble basins and patterned floor tiles.

Room types: Classic, Superior, Deluxe, Family, Junior Suite, Suites

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with Irene Forte Skincare, bathrobes and slippers, TV, free Wi-Fi

Food & Drink

Enjoy Sicilian cuisine cooked to perfection. Sit al fresco on the terrace of Florio's Restaurant for breakfast and dinner. There's also a Belle Époque dining room with chandeliers and potted palms. The vaulted Igiea Terrazza Bar retains its original bar from the 1900s and serves inventive cocktails; the Breakfast Martini made with local marmalade.

Florio: elegant, Belle Époque-style dining room. Local ingredients, Sicilian cuisine. Open daily for breakfast and dinner.

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