The celebrated San Domenico Palace in Taormina, Sicily will reopen as a Four Seasons Hotel once its extensive renovations are completed.
“San Domenico Palace is an extraordinary property in one of Italy’s most historic and charming destinations, and to extend our presence in the region with this iconic property is a privilege,” says John Davison, president and CEO, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. “Following many years of successful partnership with Gruppo Statuto through our hotel in Milan, it is an honour that they have chosen Four Seasons to manage this beautiful hotel, and we look forward to collaborating together on this new project and welcoming guests to a new Four Seasons experience at the San Domenico Palace.”
The property is located on the hilltop town of Taormina on the eastern shore of Sicily, overlooking the Bay of Taormina and the Ionian Sea. The hotel features multiple terraces with views of the surrounding waters, as well as Mount Etna (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), a beach club, lush gardens, and several restaurants and bars including the two-Michelin star restaurant, Principe Cerami.
One of the most famous hotels in the world, it is comprised of an ancient Dominican monastery from the 15th century, as well as a Grand Hotel Wing that was added in 1896. Guestrooms and public spaces feature original architecture and faces from the historic building. It has hosted such notable guests as Elizabeth Taylor, Oscar Wilde and D.H. Lawrence.
Following renovations, the hotel will reopen with 111 guestrooms and suites; a new beach club and restaurant, along with Principe Cerami; and enhanced facilities and public areas. It will also have a state-of-the-art spa with seven treatment rooms, an indoor pool, and a Turkish Bath.
“We are very excited to announce the next chapter of the San Domenico Palace as a Four Seasons hotel. We trust that through our important investment in the refurbishment of all hotel areas, maintaining the atmosphere of the historical Convento and the beautiful Palazzo, will perfectly match Four Seasons legendary service, creating the most successful guest experience,” says Giuseppe Statuto, owner of Gruppo Statuto.