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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

Dream destination
kathym152

We stayed in this wonderful hotel for 4 days at the end of September. It was our first visit and will definitely not be our last. The staff were brilliant, so helpful, welcoming and totally professional. We had asked for a cheese plate to be left in our room as we were arriving too late for the restaurant. The selection of cheese and fruit was fabulous, beautifully presented and accompanied by a lovely Mt Etna wine.
Our room was very comfortable and beautifully designed and decorated . We loved the way the rooms are laid out in the grounds, like little private villas.
The gardens and pool area are stunning with a lovely poolside restaurant serving excellent lunches.
Breakfast in this hotel is a real treat to look forward to. The choices are a perfect range and the quality superb, they will also change or adjust for any allergy with no problem. Dinner in the courtyard was memorable, candles lit in the ancient walls beside a fish laden pond , happy service and superbly cooked food. The wine bar is a piece of Sicilian history, terrific wines and service at very reasonable prices. The spa is small but really good with very good treatments and a short walk from the pool. The ambiance of the hotel and the relaxed atmosphere created by the superb staff makes this a really special and magical place to stay. It has become our dream destination.

Rooms are just OK, breakfast is really poor like a 4 **** hotel!
anguelj

Our family, we stayed at this hotel for 2 nights last week. We wanted to be closer to Etna and Taormina. The only nice thing about this hotel is maybe the parking and the castle where is the reception. But all of the hotels in the area and outside the city have parking, so this is no advantage. Unfortunately, I couldn't say anything nice and some reason to prefer this place for the night. It's hard to believe that this hotel has 4 stars. Maybe he had many years ago.
After reading the reviews on Booking I expected much more from this hotel. This hotel should not have 4 stars. the room photos were obviously taken by a very good photographer when the hotel was still new. The reality is completely different. The furnishings were old and worn. The bathroom and toilet smelled bad.
And the breakfast! Wow! The breakfast was the worst of all the hotels we stayed. We really didn't get that kind of breakfast and such service at the other 3 and 4 star hotels. And besides, you'll have to wait for it to be cooked. All this cannot be described in words, you have to go through it to feel it. Many farms offer at times better service, quality food and hospitality. The hotel has a pretentious and expensive restaurant with satisfactory food quality. Nothing more.

Relaxing babymoon
samanthacameron15

Me and my husband recently stayed here. We had a wonderful time, everything was first class. The grounds and pool area are beautiful, the breakfast and fine dining evening restaurant were delicious, our room was very spacious and stunningly decorated, our couples massage was very relaxing. We had a small complaint on the first night and the customers service was the best I have ever received and is why I'm writing this review, they really care about their guests and want them to have the best stay possible.
We had a lovely relaxing stay for our babymoon. Thank you