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There are many first-rate properties in Sicily, some located in the major city centers, others in the midst of nature far from the crowds. Here are Forbes Travel Guide editors’ choices for the best places to stay in Sicily:
1. San Domenico Palace, Taormina. This historic hotel is divided into two historic buildings: one is a Dominican monastery dating back to the 15th century, the other was added at the end of the 19th century. Most of the 102 rooms have a sea view; for a treat request the Garden Room with a mini pool, Jacuzzi and terrace overlooking the bay.
2. Villa Sant’Andrea, Taormina. This 60-room boutique hotel with the charm of a private home, Villa Sant’ Andrea is located in a setting of incredible natural beauty, overlooking the Bay of Mazzaro. Rooms and the 22 suites are elegantly furnished with antique furniture and most have a balcony with sea view. The hotel features a private beach, free transfer services to Taormina (five minutes away) and free boat trips to Giardini Naxos.
3. The Verdura Golf & Spa Resort. Tucked away on the southern coast of Sicily near the seaside town of Sciacca, this new property is setting a new tone for modern luxury. Surrounded by olive groves, it features large rooms and many sports facilities, including a golf course, tennis courts, a swimming pool and gym, spa service and four pools for thalassotherapy, treatments derived from the sea water.
4. Kempinski Hotel Giardino di Costanza, Mazara del Vallo. One hour from the Palermo airport, on Sicily’s northwestern coast, this boutique hotel is set in a lush park with colorful vineyards and olive groves. The 91 rooms feature warm colors and picturesque views. The spa treatments feature Sicilian products, and you can enjoy all sorts of aquatic sports at the private beach 15 minutes away.
5. Metropole Taormina Maison D'Hotes. The Metropole is housed in an 18th-century building, but you won’t find Old Word décor at this contemporary spot. Stark-white rooms hold white leather sofas and tufted headboards, marble floors, and gray-curtained windows that look out at the water. To get closer to the ocean, lounge by the gorgeous infinity pool.