Grand Hotel Villa Igiea

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Northern Sicily  |  Palermo

116 bedrooms, sleeping 2-3

Waterfront luxury with sublime cuisine, close to the city of Palermo

Situated in a beautiful, historic garden overlooking the Marina and the Gulf of Palermo, this elegant hotel offers state-of-the-art facilities and renowned gastronomic dining. Redesigned in the late 19th century by Art Nouveau architect Ernesto Basile, this lovely hotel still retains many of the original frescoes, detailing and furniture. The bedrooms are decorated in keeping with the hotel’s past, combined with modern comforts. In the evening, enjoy a predinner cocktail in the stunning Bar des Arcades before enjoying the exquisitely presented cuisine of Cuvée du Jour. This gourmet restaurant offers a superb tasting menu designed by the executive chef, matched with wines from their prestigious collection. Restaurant Donna Franca Florio overlooks the sea, serving an excellent range of Mediterranean specialities.

Relax by the pool and make use of the great range of leisure activities and excursions that the hotel offers, from a romantic sunset cruise to a walking tour of historic Palermo or even a cooking class with their award-winning chef learning to prepare traditional Sicilian cuisine.

The shuttle bus to Palermo’s centre also gives plenty to do right on your doorstep, with an wonderful base to return to after immersing yourself in city life.

Official local hotel rating: 5 star


Facilities in hotel

Swimming pool, two restaurants: Cuvée du Jour and Donna Franca Florio exclusive dining, two bars: Des Arcades lounge bar and Poolside grill bar, fitness centre, beauty corner, lift, lit tennis courts (payable locally), Wi-Fi areas, limited parking, private yacht mooring, shuttle service into Palermo city centre, private concierge service to arrange and tailormake your stay.

Facilities in room

En-suite bath or shower room, hairdryer, LCD satellite television, telephone, minibar, safe, air-conditioning, Wi-Fi (payable locally).


  • Beach: Mondello 10km
  • Restaurants: On-site, Palermo 3km
  • Shops: Palermo 3km
  • Main town: Palermo 3km
  • Airport: Palermo 30km, Catania 209km

Rooms at Grand Hotel Villa Igiea

Junior Suite Sea View

Sleeps up to 2 


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Suite Exclusive sea view

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Classic Room

Sleeps up to 3 


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Superior Room

Sleeps up to 3 (2 adults)


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Deluxe Room

Sleeps up to 3 


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Premium Deluxe

Sleeps up to 3 


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About the Local Area


The capital of the island, Palermo is a vibrant city, combining modern commerce with ancient history. Rich in works of art, architecture and culture, the town offers some excellent museums, stunning Baroque buildings and the most prestigious opera house in Italy. But it’s not just its fabulous cathedrals and palaces that Palermo is famed for, it’s also known for its colourful street markets and street food.


With pale, soft sand and crystal clear shallow water, this beautiful crescent bay is the most famous beach resort on the island. Lying between two cliffs, Monte Gallo and Monte Pellegrino, it is 12km from Palermo’s city centre and can be reached by a 15-minute bus ride. It’s a great family beach with a bustling, lively atmosphere and is popular with windsurfers and for snorkelling. Sunloungers, parasols and pedal boats are available for hire.

Lungomare di Cefalù
Lungomare di Cefalù is a beautiful 8km stretch of golden sands by calm, shallow waters. It’s ideal for families with sunloungers and parasols for hire.


Cannoli & Friends, Piano degli Albanes near Palermo - May
A festival centred around the islands most celebrated dessert, cannoli, together with many other tempting sweet treats.

Festino di Santa Rosalia – July
A festival to celebrate Santa Rosalia, the patron saint of Palermo. The city becomes alive with fireworks and parties for this three day event.


Street Food
Palermo is known for its excellent street food, reputed to be among the best in the world. Stalls fill the markets serving up delicious and fresh delights. Join thousands of local Palermitans each day and sample some of the most popular dishes from Arancine (deep fried rice balls filled with ragu or cheese) to Panelle (chickpea fritters).

Mercato di Ballarò
Ballarò is the oldest city market in Palermo filled with local fruit, vegetables, meat and fish. The raucous vendors make a walk through the streets unforgettable with their calls and colourful accents attracting passers-by.

Teatro Massimo
Europe’s third largest Opera House and one of Italy’s most impressive.

Museo Archeologico Regionale
A fantastic museum displaying some of Sicily’s finest Greek and Roman artefacts.

Cathedral di Monreale
Just west of Palermo, the Cathedral di Monreale is possibly the finest example of Norman architecture in Sicily.