Although nicknamed the “little toe” of Italy, this vibrant island off the southern coast is a destination all of its own. Some of the best parts of Italy are magnified here, with delectable cuisine, strikingly beautiful landscapes and a deep-rooted sense of history embued in every sight.
These are a selection of lodges that we feel combine well for this journey. However we do also have a range of options to consider in each region, and can tailor them to you preference.
The elegant and eco-friendly, Monaci delle Terre Nere hotel is a dusky pink, 19th-century villa, spectacularly situated on a 40-acre farm between the Mediterranean coast and Mount Etna. The decor – reclaimed wood furnishings, an antique palmento wine press and Phillipe Starck chairs set against black lava walls – echoes the dramatic surroundings; and local-knowledge gurus, Guido and Ada, make you feel right at home.
Built in 1830, the hotel was once a private villa, and has retained the charm of a residence; it exudes classic understated elegance. Fresh, contemporary décor gives way to breathtaking vistas in communal areas; the indoor bar and café has floor-to-ceiling windows, ensuring guests never miss out on the lovely sea views.
Carved into a rocky hillside in Taormina, Sicily, the San Domenico Palace Hotel commands a stunning perch on the coast. There are multiple terraces, four restaurants, fragrant gardens and a newly refurbished swimming pool area, all featuring vistas of the glittering Ionian Sea. The hotel, housed in a former 14th-century monastery, retains its classic façade and soaring ceilings, and many of the guestrooms come with private terraces, with some of the top suites with private dipping pools and views of the towering Mt. Etna in the distance. The region also inspires the food at the hotel restaurant where Chef Massimo Mantarro presents interpretations of traditional Sicilian cuisine with a lighter, more modern cooking method.
This Rocco Forte gem has a beachfront location in southern Sicily, close to the charming baroque town of Sciacca and close to the impressive UNESCO protected Greek temple complex of Agreigento. This new-build resort features Mediterranean modernism with contemporary, minimal chic interiors signature to the group's hotels.
Simple monastic architecture meets striking modernist interiors at Sikelia, a boutique retreat in a restored dammusi, ancient stone buildings typical of this part of Italy. Expect crisp, clean lines and a muted, monochrome palette, high vaulted ceilings and archways, as well as a gorgeous palm-lined pool. Spend days unwinding with spa therapies in the garden and nights being treated to creative cuisine in Themà.