Whether playing in the sand on the gorgeous beaches, exploring medieval towns filled with historic buildings or sampling local cuisine, Sicily, Italy has plenty of activities for travelers of all ages. However, there are some hotels in Sicily more geared toward the traveling family — large rooms; sports facilities; kiddie pools, etc. After visiting the region’s most popular hotels, we evaluated each to see how they stacked up — all with children in mind. So if you’re heading to Sicily and want to bring the kids along, you’ve come to the right place. Check out the best kid-friendly hotels in Sicily and start planning your family getaway!
For families and vacationers who want easy access to dining and activities, Baia Samuele is a solid choice. This all-inclusive property gets crowded and is particularly popular with Italian families. Even when the lobby or breakfast buffet is packed, there is always a respite to be found somewhere. The property has beautiful patios, an Olympic-sized pool, getting a spa, and a huge fitness area, as well as a private beach. There's also a kids club and sport activities for guests of all ages, including archery, basketball, volleyball, and tennis. Medical facilities and a pediatrician are also available, should the need arise.
Part of a luxury chain with properties across Europe, the Verdura Resort is a large, self-contained resort on the southwest coast of Sicily. The all-suite property is completely self-contained and offers private access to a lovely, calm beach, two 18-hole golf courses, four restaurants and bars, a full-service spa, and huge indoor and outdoor pools.
Situated directly on on a pebbly sand beach, there are beautiful views everywhere you turn at this property. The sprawling resort (complete with lovely gardens) does feel isolated, however, as there is nothing within walking distance. There is plenty to do for both families and couples, though, including highlights like two pools and on-site tennis and volleyball courts. Rooms are clean but somewhat dated.
This 273-room mid-range resort appeals to families with its long list of on-site activities; between the beach, three swimming pools, various sports fields and courts, live music, wellness center, numerous bars and restaurants, and kids' club, there are multiple options. However, the property has a dated feel, particularly in the rooms which feature bland, tired decor. The hotel is about a 30-minute drive from the nearest town so some guests feel isolated, and others complain of being nickel-and-dimed with fees for both Wi-Fi and use of the in-room safes and coffeemakers.
This elegant waterfront hotel provides a relaxing getaway, with its highlight being sweeping ocean vistas. Highlights here include the tranquil outdoor pool, surrounded by luxe loungers, an array of dining options (including a free breakfast buffet), and children's amenities such as a playground. The rooms are simple, yet comfortable and offer stunning views from their private balconies. Both families and couples are attached to this resort for its small beach and peaceful atmosphere.
This mid-range resort in Tre Fontane, Sicily, is geared toward (mostly Italian) families and couples looking to enjoythe pool and beach. The long, sandy red- and white-sand beach is under a 10-minute walk away, and there are two pools (one for the kiddies) on the premises. The expansive property has pretty North African design and plenty ofspots to relax. Rooms are a bit basic, with tile floors and unexceptional bedding, but they're big and clean; most have balconies.
Club Lipari is one of the four mid-range hotels in a complex situated a few miles from the medieval port town of Sciacca. This mid-range property, which dates from the 1960s, faces the nearby sea, which can be reached by a 15-minute walk down a hill or by the shuttle service run by the hotel. Visitors have occasionally complained of systemic problems, including aging air-conditioning units and lapses in cleanliness. Like its neighboring hotels, this one has become enormously popular with vacationing French families.
The 220-room Caesar Palace is not exactly regal but offers guests a resort-like option outside of the center of Giardini Naxos. A few minutes’ drive from the town center, the hotel is nestled in the suburban hillside, with little entertainment beyond the property. Still, the Caesar Palace runs a shuttle to the beach and there are nearby buses to the rest of Giardini Naxos and Taormina, so there's no reason to feel too isolated. The hotel has a big pool with two infinity edges as well as a separate (and large) children's pool. Geared towards families, there may be a lot of children running about during the high seasons, but the palace's entertainment and mini-club teams attempt to keep kids entertained throughout the day.
Part of a complex of four hotels, this sprawling property near the beach is a favorite with French families. It is set about eight miles from the small town of Sciacca, and offers a good number of on-site amenities, including indoor and outdoor pools, and several children’s play areas.
With numerous on-site activities -- including tennis courts, a large pool, and a small beach -- this 188-room vacation village feels like spending the week at camp, making it a solid choice for families with kids and groups of friends. The bungalow-style rooms have all the essentials -- some even include kitchens -- but feature basic decor and lack ocean views. Located off a quiet, residential street, the resort is just a 12-minute drive from the nearby town of Cefalu. With freebies such as breakfast and Wi-Fi and consistently low rates, it offers a good value. The Sporting Club is closed from late September to early April.
This large, mid-range '60s-era hotel is part of a complex of four different hotels clustered together near the sea and a 10-minute drive from Sciacca. Guests can use the facilities at different properties, but some guests complain that the huge size of the complex and the number of guests circulating around it can make their experience impersonal and a little overwhelming. The 230 rooms are slightly spartan, and could use better soundproofing, but are bright and pleasant, and generally receive high marks for cleanliness. The resort is family-friendly with many entertainment options, and guests report that they enjoy the seaside location, and the possibility to explore the surrounding area's beaches.
The Florio Park Hotel, a 210-room property on the northwest coast of Sicily, is a solid mid-level option that would appeal to a range of travelers. An included breakfast buffet and a restaurant offer good but not particularly memorable European fare. Rooms are clean and decently sized, though basic. There are tons of features, including tennis courts and a spa, but the private beach is likely the most appealing feature.