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Sofitel Marseille Vieux: The Mediterranean's Nautically-Chic Hotel With a Proven├žal Palette

Oct 17, 2014  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

An upside-down metallic stag out front represents a most unexpected introduction to the Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port, but its relevance in terms of perspective, becomes clearer upon entering the five-star property. Located beside the Palais du Pharo, a 19th century imperial residence with widespread gardens, and the city’s 2,600-year-old horseshoe harbor a five-minute walk away, the Sofitel certainly offers visual and historical perspectives in abundance.

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Grand Hotel Minareto Combines Just the Right Amount of Modern Design With Authentic Sicilian Character

May 12, 2014  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Situated along a narrow, secluded road just over three miles from Syracuse and Ortigia Island, the five-star Grand Hotel Minareto is a deluxe coastal resort in stunning Sicily. The property is a network of detached and semi-detached suites on circular roads, some villas with sea views, and all within a short walk of a large central swimming pool and the white-sand beach.

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The Rustic Eremo Della Giubiliana Feels Authentically Sicilian & Steeped in Italian History

May 8, 2014  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Centuries ago, earthquakes devastated properties around southern Sicily, but the Eremo della Giubiliana miraculously escaped any damage. Now a relaxing sense of seclusion and tranquility pervades the staircases and corridors of this delightful sandstone-walled palazzo. Add to that the friendliness of the property's staff and you have a wonderfully hidden retreat away from the stresses of modern life.

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Travel Back to The Edwardian Era at the Grand Hotel Villa Igiea in Sicily

May 5, 2014  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Seated together outside our door were the Queen of Denmark and the King of Sweden and further up the corridor was Queen Maria of Romania — each caught in the eye of the photographic lens, indicating the type of clientele who once frequented Grand Hotel Villa Igiea. Steeped in history, this grand dame of hotel properties on the outskirts of Palermo, Sicily has hosted high financiers and royalty alike during its century-long, illustrious career. And it’s not difficult to understand why.

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