San Domenico Palace, Taormina, A Four Seasons Hotel opens its doors. With only 111 guest rooms and suites, the hotel is an intimate seaside home. The most coveted room is the Royal Suite, with principal rooms all opening onto a large terrace and plunge pool with views of Mount Etna, the ancient Greek Theatre and the Ionian Sea. There are 19 rooms with private plunge pools.
Built on the site of a 14th-century Dominican convent, the San Domenico Palace was developed in 1896 with the addition of a new building in Italian Liberty style (today’s Grand Hotel Wing) adjacent to accommodations converted from former quarters in the Ancient Convent Wing.
San Domenico Palace opens annually from April through to the end of October, with spring and fall offering milder weather and fewer crowds. The hotel offers various dining experiences. At Principe Cerami, Executive Chef Massimo Mantarro created a menu inspired by the very land where he grew up on the slope of Mount Etna. His genius can be savored best in his #FSMasterdish, pasta e seppia. This clever combination of fresh ingredients marries sea and earth in marinated cuttlefish tagliatelle perched atop homemade spaghetti with cuttlefish ink afloat courgette blossom fondue. Rosso’s terrace provides panoramic views of Mount Etna and Taormina Bay as a setting to enjoy local specialties and international classics. The poolside Anciovi serves creative cocktails. In the garden setting of Bar & Chiostro, drinks are best paired with light food.
More than 18,300 square feet of indoor-outdoor event spaces can be tailored for gatherings from a dozen to several hundred guests.
In celebration of its rebirth as a Four Seasons experience, the Hotel created several exceptional offers, including the Sicilian Indulgence package, which features luxurious accommodations, daily breakfast and a six-course tasting menu for two by Chef Massimo Mantarro himself.