IHG Hotels & Resorts has announced the signing of its first Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants property in Italy, marking the brand’s debut in the country.

The new hotel, situated in the town of Taormina, Sicily, is a management agreement with Società Turistica Alberghiera Taorminese.

The Kimpton brand debut in Italy is part of IHG’s strategic investment in the luxury and lifestyle sector, with six openings and signings in 2023 alone.

Its recent launches include Six Senses in Rome, InterContinental Rome Ambasciatori Palace, and Hotel Indigo Florence. Additionally, two more Hotel Indigo properties in Turin and Trieste and the first Vignette Collection property, Hotel Alexandra in Rome, are set to open in the coming years.

The upcoming Kimpton in Sicily will feature 59 boutique bedrooms, destination dining, a breakfast room, and a bar terrace. Guests can also look forward to an outdoor Mediterranean garden, a 20m swimming pool, and a tennis court.

The hotel will be part of Kimpton’s global portfolio, which includes locations in Barcelona, Paris and London.

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IHG Hotels & Resorts Europe Development vice-president Willemijn Geels said: “This expansion underscores the demand, and trust, from our owners to embed IHG’s luxury and lifestyle portfolio in one of Europe’s most coveted leisure destinations.

“We look forward to delivering exceptional experiences to our guests and helping them create unforgettable memories once we open our doors in the second half of 2025.”

The new hotel will be IHG’s 30th property in Italy and expand the Kimpton presence in Europe, which currently includes eight hotels.

With a global portfolio of 78 hotels across 12 countries and 13,721 bedrooms, Kimpton is set to grow further, with 54 additional hotels joining the brand by 2025.

During this month, IHG signed an MOU with Rakuten Group‘s travel reservation service, Rakuten Travel, to offer an integrated booking experience.