Several guests at the White Lotus in Taormina, Sicily, are found to have died at a nearby beach. A week earlier, a group of guests arrives at the White Lotus, greeted by its short-tempered manager Valentina. Among them is Tanya, who is now married to Greg, though their relationship has begun to strain. Greg is angered to learn that Tanya brought along her young assistant Portia to a romantic getaway; to appease him while still retaining Portia’s services, Tanya orders Portia to stay in her room to remain out of sight. An upset Portia later meets and bonds with Albie Di Grasso, a recent Stanford graduate who is exploring his ancestral roots in Sicily alongside his father Dominic – a Hollywood producer whose marriage is failing due to his numerous infidelities – and womanizing grandfather Bert. Meanwhile, married couple Ethan and Harper Spiller join Ethan’s brash college roommate Cameron Sullivan and his wife Daphne on a trip to Sicily. Harper is quickly put off by Cameron and Daphne, believing their constant displays of affection to be insincere. Cameron exposes himself to Harper while changing into his swimming trunks. Ethan brushes off Harper’s concerns and says Cameron probably didn’t realize she could see him. Lucia, a local sex worker, sneaks into the resort with her friend Mia, and goes to meet her latest client,
The hotel beach that features at the beginning and end of season two is not actually in Taormina but in Cefalù, on the other side of the island bordering the Tyrrhenian Sea. The architecture in this part of the island’s north coast dates back to medieval times, and visitors here come to see the Norman cathedral as well as to stay at the popular beach resort. Most of the scenes filmed here for The White Lotus took place along the seafront by the Sea Palace Hotel, on Lungomare Giuseppe Giardina.