Four Seasons Adds Two New Properties in Southern Italy

San Domenico Palace Taormina

Four Seasons has taken ownership of an historic hotel in Sicily and has broken ground on a seaside property in Puglia.

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Four Seasons hotels are known around the world for their attention to detail and luxurious, yet discreet, accommodations. The Canadian company will now add two more hotel choices in Italy—in Sicily and Puglia.

San Domenico Palace Taormina (Booking | Expedia | website) came under the Four Seasons umbrella in 2020 after the company stepped in to renovate and manage the historic hotel. Reservations are now open.

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The luxurious Sicilian hotel is located on the site of a former 14th-century monastery that overlooks the Ionian Sea. A hotel since 1896, the property has attracted famous clientele for more than a century, including Oscar Wilde, Tennessee Williams, Sophia Loren, and Audrey Hepburn.

Some say Taormina was the birthplace of the notorious novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover (1929), which tells the tale of an English noble woman’s affair with a humble gamekeeper. The author D.H. Lawrence and his wife were guests at San Domenico Palace in the early 1920s, and the story was apparently inspired by a sexual liaison between Lawrence’s wife and a local donkey driver.

Truly the most amazing quote I have ever read in a press release | Four Seasons Domenico Palace Taormina
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Four Seasons also announced that it is developing a new property in Puglia.

The as yet unnamed Four Seasons Resort in Puglia will be comprised of 150 villa-style rooms and suites with direct access to a beautiful stretch of beach along the Adriatic Sea.

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In addition to exquisite rooms and modern amenities, the Puglia property will feature six restaurants, a destination spa with a hammam, a yoga studio, and more.

The region of Puglia is ripe for quality investment. So I am excited that a company like Four Seasons will be bringing jobs and other opportunities to the area.

It is unclear when the new Four Seasons Resort in Puglia will be open for business. In the meantime, if you’re a Four Seasons fan, the brand has two other properties in Italy—Four Seasons Firenze and Four Seasons Milano.

All photos courtesy Four Seasons

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