Main Palace Hotel
What We Love
- A relaxing spa hotel stay on the stunning coast of Sicily, with breakfast or half boardSpending an afternoon lapping up the Sicilian sun on a lounger on the beach
- Donning a diving kit and exploring the depths of the Cyclops Sea
- Tucking into Mediterranean dishes and regional wines in the hotel restaurants
What To Know
- Superior Rooms have the best sea views
- The spa has a Turkish bath and Finnish sauna
- The hotel has its own private beach
- It's a 20-minute drive to the town of Taormina
Main Palace Hotel occupies a fine spot on Sicily’s scenic coast, overlooking Costa Jonica and within a 20-minute drive of the town of Taormina. Whether you’re here to fly and flop or to take in some cultural attractions, this modern hotel makes an excellent base. Other draws to this part of the world include ancient Roman amphitheatres, world-class diving and some stunning natural parks, such as Etna Park, home to its eponymous active volcano.
Once you’ve clapped eyes on the Ear of Dionysus, or explored the underwater world of the Cyclops Sea, you can return to Main Palace Hotel for some well-earned time on the beach or a relaxing massage. Tuck into Mediterranean dishes in the restaurant and wash it all down with some fantastic regional wines over an al fresco dinner, before retiring to your inviting and tastefully contemporary guest room. For lovely sea views from your accommodation, opt for a Superior room.
How to Get There
Stayed here for 10 days on holiday in Sicily from the UK.
Location - great if you have a car. Loads of free on street parking (never had an issue getting a space close to the hotel) and just off the main A18 motorway/autostrada. Right on the coast, and not in a particularly touristy area so always lots of beach space, etc.
Staff - we were fairly independent whilst there, only eating breakfast in the hotel and arranged all our own trips, but anytime we asked for help, staff very helpful and friendly.
Food - can only speak for breakfast which was ok. Cooked options not great, fairly processed sausage and often burnt scrambled egg (although I wonder if it was meant to be like that?) however the rest of breakfast was great - lots of fruit and cereal, cheese and cold meats, also a wide range of cakes (seems to be a local thing) which were great. Plenty of fruit juice, tea/coffee (although no decaff options evident, however we never asked). Breakfast room large and comfortable, never had a problem getting a table. Staff were mostly ok - a bit slow to replace things like the fresh fruit when it ran out.
Pool area - good. Not terribly large, but never had a problem getting a bed with a parasol if we wanted. Hotel have their own towels you can use. Pool refreshingly cool. Beach just across the street, we never used any sun-beds on the beach, just took a towel down and lay on the sand which was perfectly nice.
Room - had a seaview room with an indoor hottub. So the view, etc. was great. Good size of a room, cleaned daily and to a high standard. Good sized balcony which we enjoyed sitting on and watching the sea. The indoor hottub was interesting...it also functions as your shower. So make sure you're not sharing the room with anyone you're not happy to stand naked around in the shower! Not sure how great thsi set-up was, would always end up with some water on the floor as the screens aren't complete, etc. Also the tap to fill the hottub is so slow it took over an hour to fill it if we choose to use it, which we only did once! Separate WC.
So, all in all, a good hotel. Enjoyed our stay, would be happy to stay again. Not in particularly touristy area (which we consider a good thing) but readily accessible to the motorway for exploring the island.
The room and hotel was very clean. Staff was very friendly and tried hard to help us as we speak very little Italian. Parking in the garage is difficult. To use the beach with the chairs you pay per day. You can however easily walk across the street and it’s free. As an American I found our stay in Giardini-Naxos a little easier.
I was here for 3 nights with my gf. It was a very nice experience with a big room, friendly staff. Nice breakfast buffet. I got a very good massage from Esther. The beach is across the street from the hotel. Good restaurants near by (try Sapori del Mare).