Best Small Luxury Hotels of the World in Sicily

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Each year, more than 1,000 independent boutique hotels apply to become a part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World portfolio. However, only 5 percent are invited to join the brand, meaning travelers can expect quality amenities, inviting atmospheres and impeccable accommodations when staying at an SLH-affiliated hotel. What's more, mystery inspectors visit the brand's 500-plus properties annually to ensure that guests are experiencing the highest standards of service and value. This brand markets itself as a champion of hidden treasures, so no two Small Luxury Hotels are alike. However, one consistent perk of the SLH brand is the free-to-join INVITED program. This three-tiered benefits system includes rewards like room upgrades and free breakfast. Most importantly, this brand gives customers options: Its portfolio includes everything from family-friendly historical inns to adults-only resorts with Michelin-starred restaurants. Keep in mind, most of the brand's hotels are located outside of the United States, with numerous outposts in Europe and Asia. You can explore several Small Luxury Hotels of the World properties on our Best Hotels rankings.

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    Hotel Villa Athena
    Agrigento
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1951 reviewsTripAdvisor (1951)
    Free WiFi

    Located near the southwestern coast of Sicily, the Hotel Villa Athena is the only five-star hotel within the archeological park occupied by the Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Recent guests raved about the property's stunning views and luxurious accommodations. Guest rooms, which were recently renovated, are outfitted with crisp white decor, flat-screen TVs, marble bathrooms and complimentary Wi-Fi access. Travelers suggest upgrading to a room or suite with views of the Temple of Concordia for additional space and added amenities, such as terraces and writing desks. When you're not taking in the view from your digs, you can lounge by the pool, indulge in a treatment at the spa or travel a few miles to the coast for beach service in San Leone. Visitors can also participate in a variety of cooking classes led by the villa's chef. If culinary arts aren't your thing, you can still enjoy the fare (and the temple views) at La Terrazza degli Dei, the on-site restaurant, before grabbing a nightcap at the Bar Federico II. And while recent guests will tell you that a stay here will cost you a pretty penny, all agreed the Hotel Villa Athena is worth the splurge.

    Agrigento
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1951 reviewsTripAdvisor (1951)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Hotel Villa Carlotta
    Taormina
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1721 reviewsTripAdvisor (1721)
    Free WiFi
    Hotel Villa Carlotta is a 4 star hotel located at Via Luigi Pirandello 81 in Sicily. It has a 5.0 overall guest rating based on 1721 reviews.
    Taormina
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1721 reviewsTripAdvisor (1721)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Therasia Resort Sea & Spa
    Vulcano
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1196 reviewsTripAdvisor (1196)
    Free WiFi

    Located on the northern tip of Vulcano, a small island near Sicily, Therasia Resort Sea & Spa appeals to honeymooners and vacationers in search of an idyllic setting. This cliffside resort, including its two infinity pools and upgraded accommodations, overlooks the Tyrrhenian Sea. Standard rooms use local materials in their designs and offer minibars with complimentary soft drinks, free internet access and balconies or terraces, but past travelers recommended reserving an ocean-facing room or suite for the best panoramas. Facilities like a spa, a fitness center, two bars and three Sicilian restaurants are available as well, but many cited issues with these perks. Previous guests said the waitstaff was slow and argumentative at the Michelin-starred Il Cappero, while some bemoaned the small, bug-filled gym and the bars' pricey drinks. A few reviewers also lamented the rooms' dated decor and spotty Wi-Fi service. However, visitors appreciated the complimentary beach shuttle and the spa's pool, sauna and Turkish bath.

    Vulcano
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1196 reviewsTripAdvisor (1196)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Hotel Villa Ducale
    Taormina, ME
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 2280 reviewsTripAdvisor (2280)
    Free WiFi
    Hotel Villa Ducale is a 4 star hotel located at Via Leonardo Da Vinci 60 in Sicily. It has a 5.0 overall guest rating based on 2280 reviews.
    Taormina, ME
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 2280 reviewsTripAdvisor (2280)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi