The San Domenico Palace Hotel in Taormina, Sicily is a sight to behold. It's best described as "old world retro luxury". This photography heavy post showcases my 5 day stay there. (for all images see the gallery above).
I'm slowly getting through my Sicily posts. A big emphasis on "slowly"...The hardest part is always trying to decide which pictures to use. I was a little indecisive but today you're in for quite a photographic bonanza!
Sometimes I think organising holidays can be quite stressful. Quite ironic, no? Eating, touring and sunbathing are all part of good vacation, in my opinion. You also need to consider who you're going away with, budget limitations, itineraries etc...
The other big question is, "where will I stay?".
I'm not one to show off but I was glad when friends convinced me to "splash out" and stay somewhere a little luxurious in Taormina. The San Domenico Palace Hotel is 5 star luxury but in a very unique way. The hotel itself, used to be a Dominican monastery.
When you step inside you can clearly see elements from its religious past. Crucifixes, ornamental light fittings and church pews all add to the unique atmosphere. I like to think of it as "old-world-retro-luxury".
Table settings are laid out in a meticulous order. Old, wooden cabinets house trinkets from the local area. Curtains hang perfectly from every window. Whilst the decorations are spot on, the rooms do perhaps need a little "facelift" in my opinion. It's nothing major but some modern touches wouldn't go astray.
The hotel faces Taormina Bay on one side and Mount Etna on the other. Again, I cannot emphasise enough, how stunning it is to wake up and see the bright, blue waters of Sicily staring right back at you.
The size of the San Domenico Palace Hotel means there are a lot of grounds that need to be maintained. A team of gardeners work day in and out, cleaning and keeping the gardens spotless. You'll find palm trees, shrubs, vines and a myriad of flowers pruned to an inch of their botanical life.
With breakfast included it was very easy to saunter down to the breakfast buffet every morning. Here you could indulge in local delicacies such as granita in brioche, fresh ricotta and even an "American breakfast"!
I spent five beautiful days here and let me tell you, I won't be forgetting this place in a hurry.
And that's what holiday memories are for...
Enjoy the (many) pictures!
And in case you're curious. This is NOT a sponsored post.