I stayed at San Domenico Palace, where season two of "The White Lotus" was filmed.
The hotel in Sicily has an infinity pool and piano bar that were featured in the series.
But there were also parts of the hotel not shown, including a spa and a luxury jewelry store.
In April, I spent one night at the luxury "White Lotus" hotel in Sicily where the hit series was filmed.
Back in April, I spent one night at San Domenico Palace, a Four Seasons Hotel, where season two of "The White Lotus" was filmed in Taormina, Sicily.
I stayed in a sea-view room with a terrace, which cost $2,248, or around €2,047, for one night and the price included breakfast.
While there, I learned that my favorite fictional hotel wasn't so fictional after all. Many aspects of the hotel including the infinity pool, piano bar, and the restaurants looked exactly the same in real life.
And while there were many recognizable aspects of the hotel from the show, there were also many spots that weren't shown on screen.
That being said, there were many parts of the hotel that weren't shown on screen, including the luxury spa and a high-end jewelry store where guests spend their millions. Here were some of my favorites.
The hotel has its own jewelry store, where guests spend an average of $8,700 per visit.
I was surprised to discover a jewelry store on the grounds of the hotel that wasn't shown in the series. The store had an extravagant selection of necklaces, earrings, and other items that guests often spend thousands — if not millions — of euros on.
One such item was a gold choker necklace made from more than 1,000 natural diamonds, which cost €1.5 million, or around $1.6 million, the store assistant told me during my visit.
The store assistant added that most guests who visit the store spend an average of €8,000, or around $8,600.
The hotel also has a spa.
While the spa at the "White Lotus" in Maui was a frequent location in the first season of the show, the spa in Taormina wasn't shown on screen in the second season.
I didn't use the spa, but the hotel staff allowed me to observe one of the treatment rooms during my visit.
Prices vary depending on what treatment you get; for example, an aromatherapy massage and hyaluronic facial lifting treatment costs €480, or around $520, and a stone treatment massage costs between €250 and €270, which is approximately between $270 and $295, according to the website.
Access to the gym was free, making it one of the only major perks included in my $2,248 stay.
The gym and the outdoor infinity pool were the only two major free facilities that I had access to during my stay.
I didn't end up using the gym, as I was at the hotel for less than 24 hours. But I thought it was a great facility, especially for guests who are staying at the hotel for longer periods.
The hotel's tower has a fascinating history that wasn't mentioned in the series.
In the series, Mia and Lucia are often seen walking down the corridors of the hotel with shopping bags in hand. The corridors lead to the outer part of the hotel, including a garden with leafy green plants.
Beyond the garden, there is a tower that's clearly visible in real life. The tower is the only part of the hotel that was damaged during World War II, a spokesperson told me during my visit.
There seemed to be flowers everywhere.
One thing I loved was that flowers seemed to be a central aspect of the hotel. There were flowers and plants everywhere, from my hotel room to the lounges and on the exterior walls, and I don't think they were shown enough throughout the season.
There were also many aspects of my hotel room that weren't shown on screen.
Instead of a mini fridge, there was a massive closet with water, a coffee machine, and a selection of tea.
When I opened the closet, I noticed there was space to hang clothes in addition to a small table and multiple drawers. Some were empty, while others had a selection of teas and coffee.
I wasn't expecting the beautiful view from my hotel room.
My hotel room had a terrace that had fantastic views of the sea and palm trees below. In fact, the natural scenery could be viewed from just about any window or balcony in the hotel, and I was in awe of how beautiful it was.
I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the behind-the-scenes aspects of the hotel that weren't shown on camera.
Overall, I had an amazing time at San Domenico Palace, and seeing all the hidden aspects of the hotel that weren't shown on screen made it even more of an adventure. My favorite was definitely the view from my balcony, as I believe the scenery in Taormina is something you have to witness in real life to fully appreciate.
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