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Kempinski Hotel Giardino di Costanza, Mazara del Vallo 

Via Salemi
Mazara del Vallo , Sicily
Italy 91026
Tel: 39 092 367 500 00
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When this luxury resort opened in 2005 it quickly became the place to book for a stay on the western part of the island—with easy day trips to places such as Erice, the salt pans of Trapani, and the ruins of Segesta, Selinunte and Agrigento. Most of the hotel is new build though there are some original sections that are around 150 years old, and it is obvious that the property has benefited from a great deal of investment. The 91 rooms are huge, the Daniele Steiner spa suitably soothing and worth a treatment or two, and the garden and pool area is well-landscaped. In many ways the resort doesn't have a great sense of place from inside its walls, and it doesn't feel particularly Sicilian in its décor, but it's definitely the most luxurious pad around. A plus is the private beach club accessible by hotel shuttle—it has a charming blue-tiled restaurant, chaise lounges set out on the sand, and a bar on the small dock—but be forewarned that though the hotel says it is a ten-minute drive from the property, it's really half an hour.

From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
This 25-acre resort smack-dab in Sicily's western countryside has grounds worthy of Las Vegas: three pools, gardens with gazebos and fountains, a full-service spa, and vast marble-columned public spaces. Each of the 91 rooms tops 500 square feet and has Aubusson carpets, antique prints of Sicily, and swanky bathrooms. The restaurant, Dubbesi, goes beyond what you might expect in the Sicilian hinterlands. —2006 Hot List

When to go: Sicily has festivals and attractions year-round, and a temperate climate—except in August, which can be torrid.

Which room to book: If you can't ante up for one of the two penthouse suites with 7,500-square-foot terraces and a private pool, get the Costanza junior suite or the frescoed No. 214 (doubles, $404–$488).

Amenities: 24-hour Room Service, Bar/lounge, Gym, Pool, Spa

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