Let’s state the obvious: The White Lotus is an absolute smash hit. Thanks to the success of the first season, guests have been flocking to Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, at least a little more than usual. Season two was just as entertaining and inspiring, because it will be a while before any of us can get a room at the spectacular San Domenico Palace, a Four Seasons Hotel. And if you’re up to date on the rumors, then you know now might be the time to book a stay at Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto.
But let’s not give up on that dream trip to Sicily just yet. While rooms at the Four Seasons or some of the other beautiful resorts and hotels in and around Taormina are in high-demand, The Thinking Traveller has a pretty great alternative: luxury villas. Specifically, there are four properties that are ideal for any kind of getaway, from a romantic escape to the dream family vacation. Just try to keep all the drama to the actors, okay?
Rocca delle Tre Contrade
Let’s start big and bold with an aristocratic estate that screams the destination wedding of your dreams. With a dozen bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as the option to be fully serviced, this villa basically becomes a resort, taking luxury to new heights—and I’m not talking about the views offered by this elevated setting. But the scenery is phenomenal here, as guests will undoubtedly fall in love with the breathtaking looks at the Ionian Sea and Mount Etna.
From the infinity pool to the wine room, the amenities in this villa are astounding. There’s even a gym for getting in a morning workout, but most guests will probably want to break a sweat exploring the magnificent grounds.
Don Arcangelo all’Olmo
Want something that feels even more secluded? This 12-bedroom villa is equally majestic and also capable of being fully serviced, but guests will especially love how this property seems to be built into its gorgeous, lush surroundings. Friends and family can argue over who gets which room, but the bulk of the vacation time will be spent celebrating in the common spaces, especially outdoors.
Arguably the best aspect, at least for anyone visiting Italy for the incredible food, is having a chef on-site to prepare meals each day, if requested. There isn’t much better than authentic cuisine with views of the sea.
Sleeping up to 14 guests in seven bedrooms, this villa has been upgraded to blend its historic elements with modern luxuries. Guests will probably want to call dibs on the ground floor rooms since they all open onto a shaded terrace with all the furnishings required for a lazy day of simply enjoying life. However, that would cut into pool time, so plan accordingly.
Between the stylish design and décor and, again, the stunning views, this villa is almost guaranteed to cause multiple people in your party to attempt to stay forever.
Owned by the same family for decades, this three-bedroom villa is as authentic as it is luxurious. Smaller groups or families who want to explore as much as relax will appreciate the setting, as it is located right in the heart of Taormina. Everything is within walking distance, from the landmarks to the city’s best restaurants, and some of the region’s oldest cities and nearby heritage sites make for memorable day trips.
But little will top waking up each morning and staring out into the city, as it will be all the inspiration everyone needs to start a new adventure.