Villa Igiea, a Rocco Forte Hotel

Are you ready to step into a historic Art Nouveau palazzo that overlooks the Gulf of Palermo?

Prestigious family-run hotel group Rocco Forte is opening its doors to the Villa Igiea, once a private villa that was known as the most famous retreat in Sicily.

The palazzo was designed by the renowned architect Ernesto Basile at the start of the last century, and now the hospitality, warmth and glamour that made it a haven for royalty, artists, Hollywood stars and the political elite is ready to welcome home a whole new generation of visitors.

The original features from 1900 have been retained, allowing guests to feel as though they’re stepping back in time: into the Belle Époque, and into a majestic castle that overlooks the sea. Framed by the Gulf of Palermo and the Tyrrhenian Sea and set amongst lush Mediterranean gardens, this private oasis is truly a haven for those looking for serenity and escapism. 

Facilities

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Accommodation

There are 47 rooms and 19 suites at the Villa Igiea, all of which are designed to reflect a Sicilian style that is both contemporary and classic. Decor in every room and suite includes Carrara marble bathrooms with handmade Sicilian floor tiles, offering the perfect opportunity to unwind.

Standard in-room amenities include:

  • Smart TV with interactive entertainment
  • Mini bar
  • Safe
  • Complimentary Wifi
  • Powerpoint with international adaptor and USB charger
  • Irene Forte Skincare products
  • Rocco Forte Hotels bathrobes and slippers

Activities and Entertainment

Your location at the Villa Igiea is an enviable one, bringing to life old Sicilian elegance comfortably alongside the ease of modern island living. With terraced gardens meandering down to the Gulf of Palermo and the striking blue sea a stone’s throw away, there’s no better place to sit back and watch the sunset with a local aperitif.

There’s plenty to fill your days at the Villa Igiea, as well as your evenings. Why not enjoy the stunning Mediterranean surrounds during a game of tennis, before cooling off in the swimming pool? Guests who have pure relaxation in mind can get pampered in the spa, and there is also a gym on-site.

Head to the centre of Palermo, where you can take in 9th-century cathedrals, 12th-century royal palaces, and Byzantine mosaics alongside bustling street markets. Boat trips, culinary adventures, and cultural or sightseeing excursions can all be organised by the hotel. 

Want something extra special when you return to your waterside palace? The Villa Igiea as its own private harbour. Luxury doesn’t come better than this.

Restaurants

Menus have been designed to reflect the simplicity and laid-back ambience of a Sicilian seaside villa, with traditional recipes, classic pasta dishes, and ingredients sourced from local farms. Wine is sourced from Sicily and further afield to compliment the menus.

Location

Villa Igiea is easily accessible by land or sea and only a ten-minute drive to the centre of Palermo. The nearest airport is Palermo (PMO), which is a 30-minute drive.

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