The White Lotus season 2 filming location is every bit as glamorous as fans might’ve expected as the hit HBO show switches its setting to Italy.
From the moment The White Lotus season 2 trailer landed anyone who was utterly obsessed with the show’s satire and darkly comedic scenes will likely have been counting down the days until The White Lotus was back on our screens. Already viewers knew ahead of The White Lotus’ return to HBO and Sky Atlantic that the location and most of the characters would be dramatically different going forwards. After all, as an anthology show focused around the guests and staff at the fictional The White Lotus hotel it’s perhaps only to be expected that a new hotel branch would be the focus of season 2.
But what was the main The White Lotus season 2 filming location and can you visit this iconic hotel in real-life? We reveal what you need to know about the anthology series’ newest setting…
*Warning: spoilers ahead!*
The White Lotus season 2 filming location
After months of agonizing waiting for fans, The White Lotus season 2 has finally landed on HBO and it’s clear that the award-winning series has no intention of being anything else less than fabulous - especially when it comes to the location. In season 1 of the hit anthology series we were immersed in the world of the guests at the fictional (and oh so dramatic) White Lotus Hotel in Hawaii, but season 2 has opted to swap this paradise setting for another - Sicily!
The new season follows an entirely different group of vacationers as they settle in at this Italian branch of the hotel chain and the filming location couldn’t be more perfect as the backdrop for the satirical anthology series. The White Lotus season 2 filming location in question is the magnificent San Domenico Palace hotel.
Located in the heart of Taormina in Sicily, Italy, this Four Seasons Hotel has views to swoon over, with terraces that overlook both the Bay of Taormina and Mount Etna. And the San Domenico Palace hotel certainly has a list of esteemed former guests, including King Edward VIII, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren and Oscar Wilde.
“The producers of The White Lotus visited about 70 hotels before choosing ours,” Sonia Bonamassa, the San Domenico Palace hotel’s public relations coordinator, told the Observer, as per The Guardian (opens in new tab). “And, for them, it was love at first sight.”
Aside from the hotel which is understandably the primary The White Lotus season 2 filming location, it’s understood that the Sicilian towns of Palermo and Noto were also used for the series. Opening up to EW (opens in new tab) before the news of the hit show's renewal was announced last year, The White Lotus' creator, writer and director, Mike White, expressed his desire to change the location if the series were to continue.
"We would go somewhere different because there's no way we could be able to afford the Four Seasons in Maui, not in a pandemic," he said. "So yeah, it would have to be The White Lotus: Kyoto or something. Which would be fun too, because we could get into culture clash ideas and stuff like that. So I would definitely do it and I'm waiting to get the word from them."
How to stay at this The White Lotus season 2 filming location
In many ways it's the hotel itself that is the true star of the show as The White Lotus season 2 location, with its views, plenty of facilities and nearby beaches. For anyone who doesn’t simply want to relax and spend their days enjoying the picturesque surroundings there’s also an outdoor swimming pool, fitness center and a beauty corner.
As settings go, this is one The White Lotus season 2 filming location that has some serious history, with the Garden Wing and the Grand Hotel Wing. The Garden Wing was once a 15th-century content complete with cloister while the Grand Hotel Wing was a 19th Century addition. All of the rooms, ranging from the “Superior Room” double bedrooms to the Princess Cecile Suite have their own distinct decorations.
They are also equipped with air conditioning to keep you cool during any scorching summer trips, as well as TVs with satellite channels and Wi-Fi. And whilst every San Domenico Palace room is beautifully original, some also provide the additional privacy of a balcony, with most offering guests epic seascape views too.
For any foodies who might’ve been tempted to see what the hotel has to offer gastronomy-wise after watching The White Lotus season 2 premiere, the San Domenico Palace restaurants and bars serve traditional, delicious Sicilian cuisine.
There is also a breakfast buffet that includes local pastries and any guests wanting to secure a room there via Booking.com will find plenty of options - all with breakfast included and no prepayment required.
Prices start from £556 per night for a double room for two guests with breakfast included. To find out more and book visit Booking.com (opens in new tab)
Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with six years of experience working in digital publishing. Her specialist areas including literature, the British Royal Family and knowing all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and every streaming service out there. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, you can find Emma cooking and watching yet more crime dramas.
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