Are you looking for a five star experience in Sicily? We have found the poshest places to sleep on this sun soaked Italian island, from rambling island retreats to elegant city palaces. Use our guide to the most luxurious hotels in Sicily for a vacation to remember.
Capofaro Locanda & Malvasia, Malfa
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This estate on the island of Salina is for the wine lover looking for a destination to really escape to. The highlight of the resort, which is owned by the prestigious wine producers Tasca d’Almerita is the six hectare Anfiteatro vineyard which grows the exclusive Malvasia grape which produces the island’s famous white wine. Guests can go deep and work in the vineyard, or choose a more leisurely pursuit and attend tastings with the estate’s sommelier. The property enjoys whitewashed buildings and a deep blue pool with views over the vines out to the sea. Each room has a private terrace with views towards Stromboli.
This grand hotel is right next door to Taormina’s ancient greek amphitheater. Step inside the sumptuous lobby furnished with antique furniture and oriental carpets out onto the vast terrace with a view of Mount Etna and the sea. The hotel is located high above the beach below but guests have exclusive access to a private beach at a sister resort. Rooms are decorated in an understated Italian style and many have balconies. Indulge in a spa treatment at the onsite wellness center and don’t miss a cocktail at the terrace bar.
There is little reason to ever leave the grounds of this exceptional resort on the southwest past of Sicily. Splash out for one of the Verdura Resort’s new villas of which there are three, each with private pools and sleek furniture with modern lines and muted colors. Two golf carts, which are perfect for exploring the property, also come with each villa. For thefootball mad kid, they can spend their holiday with professional coaches from Italy’s Juventus team. There is also a water sport club and six clay tennis courts. If lounging is more your style, relax at the private beach or with an indulgent spa treatment.
Live like royalty at the Palazzo Brunaccini which was originally owned by the princess Lucrezia Brunaccini. This boutique hotel located in the heart of the city of Palermo is full of original art and art nouveau style. The expansive suites have beamed ceilings and a mix of warm hardwood and bright Sicilian ceramic floors. Start your day with a Sicilian style breakfast spread, before you head out to explore the nearby Ballarò market and the Baroque and Arab-Normal architecture.
Part of luxury is really about accessibility. The island of Pantelleria is off the coast of Sicily and requires a plane flight or ferry trip to get there. One you step inside the enormous doors of Sikelia, you are transported to another dimension. 20 dammusi, which are white stone houses traditional to the island are the epitome of relaxed Italian luxury kitted out with with fine linens and high design fixtures. There is a gorgeous pool and spa services as well as fine dining at the Themà Restaurant.