Carved into a rocky hillside in Taormina, Sicily, the San Domenico Palace Hotel commands a stunning perch on the coast. There are multiple terraces, four restaurants, fragrant gardens and a newly refurbished swimming pool area, all featuring vistas of the glittering Ionian Sea. The hotel, housed in a former 14th-century monastery, retains its classic façade and soaring ceilings, and many of the guestrooms come with private terraces. Among the most coveted rooms are the Garden suites that have private dipping pools and views of the neighboring ancient Greek Ampitheater and towering Mt. Etna in the distance. The region also inspires the food at the hotel restaurant where Chef Massimo Mantarro presents interpretations of traditional Sicilian cuisine with a lighter, more modern cooking method.