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What We Love

  • A suite in a Sicilian castle, including breakfast, a bottle of wine and a perk for longer staysThe welcoming hotel team, making you feel at home from the moment you arrive
  • The private beach, only a few steps from the hotel
  • The suite you'll stay in, and the daily breakfast and welcome bottle of wine you'll receive
  • The incredible dining, like the buffalo mozzarella and basil-infused olive oil

What To Know

  • Staying in a 300-year-old castle in Sicily
  • Spend days horseback riding, scuba diving or playing tennis
  • There are plenty of places to relax between the charming gardens, huge pool and the private beach
property Lobby home cabinetry living room Suite mansion recreation room

Overview

B&B at a Baroque castle between Mount Etna and the Ionian, with a suite, a bottle of wine and more

The Lowdown

Stately structures and archways rise to meet you on the cobblestone pathways to Castello di San Marco, a grand 300-year old castle on the coast of Catania, in Sicily. Set between the beautiful blue of the Ionian Sea and the skyward reach of Mount Etna, and with horse riding, scuba diving, and sightseeing on offer, this hotel is an exquisite escape, and one where you won’t know what to explore first.
Spend your days lazing on the hotel’s private beach, taking a dip in the large turquoise blue outdoor swimming pool, playing tennis on the floodlit court, visiting Aquae Leonis Spa for a treatment or enjoying authentic Sicilian food with modern influences in the hotel’s traditional dining hall. Or simply admire the stunning design: the softly illuminated interiors, stonework and fine décor reflect baroque Sicilian style, and in such a dignified setting, you’ll feel just like royalty.

Suites

Located in the park surrounding the castle, rooms are well-furnished and decorated in unique Sicilian style. The spacious, bright Junior suite has a large living room, separate bedroom and a bathroom with a shower. Your suite also has its own shaded terrace.

Dining

The traditional dining hall Mastri Flavetta serves delicious, healthy Sicilian food. Head Chef Isidoro Messina was raised in a fishing village before traveling the world, and his food reflects this fusion of influences. Eat outdoors during the summer in Gazebo dell’Acquicella. Il Palmento was an original wine press in 1892; today, it’s a converted wine lounge and bar, offering guests a selection of spirits, Italian grappa, dessert wines and local tipples from Sicily and larger Italy.

Spa

From massages and mud baths to manicures, a range of holistic health and beauty treatments are on hand in the soothing, harmonious setting of Aquae Leonis Spa. Treatments are created around your personal targets, whether that’s toning, stress relief, or even improved posture.

Location

Nestled on a private beach (so about as close to the sea as you can get), and with three other beaches in the area, Castello di San Marco is just a few miles away from the romantic town of Taormina and five-minute drive from Calatabiano. It’s ideal for visiting Mount Etna. You can also go horse riding, scuba diving, and exploring the magnificent Greek ruins nearby.

How to Get There

Castello Di San Marco
Contrada San Marco 40
Calatabiano, 95011 Italy

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 848 Reviews
Amazing place
Reviewed 1 day ago

The real dolce vita in Sicily.
The rooms are spacious and confortable. Swimming pool and private beach are perfect.
Breakfast is fantastic, with local honey.
The restaurant offers amazing courses.
The staff is always trying to help you, smiling and taking care of you.
Five stars service.

Stunning Hotel
Reviewed 2 days ago

What a beautiful hotel. Our suites were lovely & just as pictured on the website so we were not disappointed. Well presented, clean & refreshed every day. The grounds, gardens & pool areas were stunning! The restaurant was great, fantastic meals & lovely bar. The staff were all very friendly & helpful. Absolutely loved our stay & would definitely go back again.

quality and recreation by the sea
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful hotel in a spacious park with Great pool and only about 50m to the beach with private club (15 € per umbrella with two chairs). The road between the hotel and the beach is only the driveway with parking for the beach visitors. The hotel advertises itself with its traditional infrastructure (restaurant, bars, event areas and rooms). But we had one of the few modern renovated suites, which we liked much better.

Alone in Paradise
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was our first trip to Sicily and I have to say for sure that the visit wasn’t last. I think the main reason is this hotel. Boutique style, not too many rooms, large beatiful garden, privacy and very personal attitude are exactly the things I need.
Staff is amazing. Taking care perfectly but not bothering You at all.
Pool is quite warm althought it is not the hottest month now. Beach is magnificient, large and quiet.
Breakfast is really impresive because it is just partly buffet style. The main things they will bring according to your needs. This means high quality and no hygienic issues.
Room (grand suite cavaleri costarelli) is huge, comfortable, with Etna view terrace and maybe the biggest shower ever seen! Loved it.
The property belongs over 70years to family, which is running the hotel now. Job well done :)
It was castle of Sicilian prince before and the wine bar with huge wine press from 18th century is maybe the nicest place here.
I love stories and this place got a lot to tell.
And try local sparkling wine from Etna! Great taste.

Here for Tour Dinner
Reviewed 1 month ago

Interesting place to have our final Tour dinner. Started in the Old Wine Press Room and then moved to Dinning area.

Steps to Appetizer press room up and down. Steps down to the dining room for all 40 of us Food was great and service was excellent. Would return there again.

Nice Grounds and seemed well maintained