June 17, 2021

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Rocco Forte Opens Its Newest Hotel in Sicily

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Rocco Forte Motels has unveiled its 14th assets, Villa Igiea, a historic Art Nouveau palazzo overlooking the Gulf of Palermo. Bookings are open up as of Thursday, June 3.

Initially created to be a non-public villa, the Florio household commissioned Italian Artwork Nouveau architect Ernesto Basile to restore the property and turn it into a luxury hotel. In its historical past, Villa Igiea has viewed artists, Hollywood elite and royalty go via its doors.

Built in 1900 at the height of the Belle Époque, the hotel is reminiscent of a castle overlooking the sea. Director of style for Rocco Forte Hotels, Olga Polizzi, in collaboration with Paolo Moschino and Philip Vergeylen of Nicholas Haslam Ltd., oversaw the restoration to maintain its historical functions, even though trying to keep with Rocco Forte’s signature design and style design. The Basile place, the frescoed bar and the grand mirrored ballroom have been, while the 100 rooms and suites have been built more substantial (reducing the full place depend) and now also provide interconnecting rooms for family members.

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Chef Fulvio Pierangelini, creative director of foodstuff for Rocco Forte, will develop menus with simple, community delicacies, regular of an Italian seaside villa. Attendees can dine in the major cafe, a mirrored salon exactly where the Florios utilised to entertain royals, on the terrace or at the pool for a far more comfortable location. Overlooking the yard, the frescoed, vaulted bar, will provide a variety of Sicilian aperitivi and basic cocktails.

Established by the sea among the gardens is the spa. Services include things like 4 therapy rooms, a double therapy suite with a personal rest terrace, a elegance salon, offering hair and nail products and services, a rest area with an outside peace terrace, and a Technogym-equipped fitness center, with a health studio.

A accurate city vacation resort, Villa Igiea is conveniently available by land or sea and only a 10-minute travel to the middle of Palermo, wherever visitors can admire the city’s Baroque Church buildings, the Norman Royal Palace or simply just wander through the street marketplaces. 12 months-round web sites these as Monreale, Erice and Cefalu are only minutes away by auto, though in the summer time, a boat is offered to consider company to the Mondello beach front.

Villa Igiea will be Rocco Forte’s seventh home in Italy and next in Sicily, complementing Verdura Vacation resort (a 90-minute generate from Palermo).

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