San Domenico Palace
**CLOSED FOR REFURBISHMENT. SET TO RE-OPEN IN 2019**
This is a charming historical hotel that enjoys unforgettable surroundings with views from the bay of Taormina to the snowcapped Mount Etna. Steeped in history this former 15th-century Dominican Monastery still retains its original structure and its ancient charm.
Each corner you turn you will find that the hotel is reminiscent of its origins. The accommodation is divided between two wings, the Ancient Convent wing and the Grand Hotel wing, from which guests will experience the utmost in pleasurable luxury. The rooms are tastefully decorated, some of which were former monks' cells. The suites are spacious with Sicilian décor; the sun filters through the large glass walls making the rooms feel light and spacious. Impressive gardens filled with bougainvillaea, jasmine bushes and orange blossoms lead on to a pool affording spectacular views, leaving you feeling totally replenished.
At the Oratorio dei Frati bar, soothing melodies of the pianist will accompany quiet cocktail moments. Cosy armchairs and a hearth fire surrounded by a fireplace from the monastery's old refectory will conclude unforgettable times. The elegant Antico Refettorio restaurant serves exquisite traditional and Sicilian cuisine, whilst the options for the summer months (April to October) can be Les Bougainvillées from where you can enjoy panoramic views of the Greek theatre or the Principe Cerami Gourmet Restaurant for creative Mediterranean cuisine overlooking the bay and Mount Etna's misty peak.
Akin to the hotel, Taormina is a historical place with plenty to discover, from streets lined with designer shops, to the churches and sites of architectural interest. Discover the volcano on a day trip to Mount Etna. The health corner and the gym corner will satisfy fitness enthusiasts and relax the weary.