Set in an impeccably restored art nouveau palazzo, Villa Igiea offers luxury and serenity in a fabulous location on the Bay of Palermo.
Villa Igiea is an impressive addition to Palermo’s hotel scene. It’s not just because of its ornate-but-airy turn-of-the-century architecture or the magical blend of old, new and local in its chic interior design. Nor is it solely down to the superb edge-of-Palermo seaside setting, with terraces and lush gardens that lead down to the private marina. It’s more the feeling that everything has been thought of and carried out to create a flawless - and very grown-up - playground.
Everything here is a highlight, from the outdoor pool overlooked by the ruins of an ancient temple to the thoroughly up-to-date spa. Overlaying it all is a real sense of place that brings in everything from the colours used in the interiors - the palm-tree green in the palatial main restaurant is particularly striking - to the mouthwatering dishes on the menu. We love the way that local ingredients and flavours predominate, even at breakfast, and it works brilliantly. It’s no surprise that Villa Igiea has already established itself as the place to see and be seen by everyone from visiting celebrities to well-heeled Sicilians.
The 100 rooms and suites epitomise modern luxury: think antique furniture, parquet floors, local ceramics and designer lighting. The palette reflects the colours of Sicily, from the blue of the sea and sky to the apricot hues of its sandstone buildings. The lead-in Superior Rooms are as stunning as the rest, with views of the gardens through floor-to-ceiling windows. For ocean vistas, book a Deluxe Room with Sea View. There are also Deluxe Rooms with Sea View and Terrace, which – as the name suggests – feature a private outdoor space from which to drink in the seascape. The Junior Suites are larger and the Sea View Suites have a separate living room and unbeatable Gulf of Palermo views.
Overlooking the Bay of Palermo, in a quiet corner in the north of the city at the foot of Mount Pellegrino. Between April and October, a shuttle service runs from the hotel to the centre of the city from 10am to 7pm.
Good to know
A city tax is payable at the hotel.
78 rooms and 22 suites
Restaurant, 2 bars, 24-hour in-room dining
Breakfast at Florio.
*Denotes local charge