Ultra-luxury hospitality company Rocco Forte Hotels is planning a May 2021 launch for its newest Italian asset, Villa Igiea: an art nouveau palazzo in Palermo, Sicily.
Overlooking the Gulf of Palermo, the former Grand Hotel Villa Igiea has a long storied history dating back to 1899. Most recently operating under Accor’s MGallery by Sofitel, it is now branded as Villa Igiea, a Rocco Forte Hotel. The 104-room and -suite property will be the group’s seventh Italian location and second in Sicily, joining Verdura Resort.
Initially slated to open in June 2020, the global pandemic has forced Villa Igiea’s launch date to be postponed until mid-next year. Rocco Forte Hotels is using the downtime to finalise a restoration project and reopen with around 55% more rooms than what was expected had it debuted in mid-2020.
Designed by Olga Polizzi – Rocco Forte’s sister – in collaboration with Paolo Moschino of Nicholas Haslam Studios, Villa Igiea’s rooms and suites blend period features with contemporary flair to exquisite effect. Locally crafted elements and classic antiques pay homage to the villa’s extraordinary setting, with classic parquet and exquisite Carrara marble.
Polizzi has carefully restored the historic landmark, preserving its unique heritage features while reimagining and updating neglected areas.
Bookings are currently available online for arrivals starting 3 May 2021, leading in at EUR520 per room per night based on a Superior Room, through to EU3,800 for the Presidential Suite.