Four Seasons to manage Sicily’s iconic San Domenico Palace

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is set to manage the historic San Domenico Palace in Taormina, Italy.

The property is currently undergoing an extensive renovation and will be unveiled as San Domenico Palace, Taormina, A Four Seasons Hotel, the brand said.

San Domenico Palace is situated on the hilltop town of Taormina on the east coast of Sicily, overlooking the Bay of Taormina and the Ionian Sea. 

It will reopen with 111 guest rooms and suites; a new beach club and eatery, to complement two Michelin starred restaurant Principe Cerami; a state-of-the-art spa with seven treatment rooms, an indoor pool, and a Turkish Bath; and multiple terraces with clear views of the ocean and Mount Etna. 

The hotel is spread across an ancient Dominican monastery from the 15th century, as well as a Grand Hotel Wing, which was added in 1896.

Guest rooms and public spaces feature original architecture and facades from the historic building. 

Notable guests have included Oscar Wilde, Elizabeth Taylor and DH Lawrence.

Taormina is home to a number of historic attractions, including an ancient Greek Theatre and the Corvaja Palace from the medieval era. 

“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 chief executive of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.

“Following many years of successful partnership with [hotel development company] 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.”

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