Thursday, August 6, 2009

Hotel Villa Taormina

In a historic building originally built in the 1800s, this small luxurious hotel offers exclusive 4-star accommodation surrounded by a typical aromatic Sicilian garden, perfect for a relaxing break.

The hotel has just 8 rooms, offering sought-after and exclusive accommodation with attentive, personalised service. All of the luxurious rooms are decorated in a traditional manner with a truly Sicilian character. The spacious, air conditioned rooms are furnished with an opulence that recalls the building’s past as the home of a Sicilian nobleman. The antique furniture is an original mix of Baroque, Neo-classic and Imperial styles with a refined elegance.

The immaculate gardens feature citrus trees, bougainvillea, jasmine and Mediterranean plants, enclosed within an ancient original stone wall from the 10th century. The gardens and terrace offer stunning panoramic views of the slopes of Mount Etna and out over the village’s rooftops to the sea.

Rooms: 8

Casa Turchetti

Housed in a remarkable late 19th-century building in the heart of Taormina, near the stunning panoramic Piazza Belvedere, Casa Turchetti offers comfortable accommodation in a charming, typical setting.

Personalized in every detail, Casa Turchetti is distinguished by the refined ambiance it offers. The rooms, each with a character of its own, are fitted with fine fabrics and boast a welcoming atmosphere.

Part of the large, pleasant terrace of Casa Turchetti has been renovated to offer a delightful winter garden where typical Sicilian breakfast is served daily.

Rooms: 5

Villa Carmelas

Villa Carmela's spacious, well-equipped apartments lie just 5 minutes drive up the coast from Taormina, and only 250 metres from the beach. Enjoy beautiful sea views from your balcony.

Villa Carmela's secluded location is perfect for a restful stay in Sicily. There are just 4 spacious and modern apartments on site, all with independent entrance and located on the ground floor.

Relax in Villa Carmela's shady, colourful gardens, home to fragrant citrus groves, or take a stroll to the lovely beaches nearby.

Reaching Taormina town centre is easy from Villa Carmela - the funicular is located nearby and buses also pass frequently.

Rooms: 5

Andromaco Palace Hotel

This family-run hotel is located in a tranquil, panoramic part of the splendid town of Taormina, just 800 metres from the centre. The staff offer a friendly and traditional welcome.

All rooms are furnished in an elegant and classic way, offering comfort and functionality. Most also contain a balcony or terrace with sea view.

Rooms: 20

Hotel Jonic Mazzaro'

Overlooking the sparkling Ionian Sea, in the centre of Taormina bay, this charming hotel, decorated in a Liberty style, offers you historic surroundings in a picturesque location.

Situated right in the centre of the bay of Mazzarò, near Taormina, and only 30 metres from the funicular that connects Mazzarò with Taormina centre, the hotel is set in one of the most exclusive and comfortable locations on the island.

All the rooms have been carefully refurbished to maintain its original style, characterised by the arches on the front of the building and the spacious halls.

Rooms: 20

Residence Villa Il Glicine

Commanding stunning views over the bay of Naxos to mount Etna, this vibrant family-run hotel blends comfortable accommodation with a warm atmosphere.

Immersed in greenery, this recently renovated 19th century villa fuses traditional grandeur with a slice of modernity. Unwind in the cosy lounge, marvel at the majestic views or retire to the bright white airiness of your fully-equipped room.

Rooms: 6

Hotel Bel Soggiorno

Take a 10-minute walk to Taormina from Hotel Bel Soggiorno, an elegant 3-star structure offering sea views, a splendid view of Mount Etna, and a large scented garden.

Situated in a green area of Taormina, Hotel Bel Soggiorno is surrounded by a large garden filled with lemon, orange and mandarin trees.

Savour a rich breakfast on the hotel’s outdoor patio while admiring the amazing scenery.

At Hotel Bel Soggiorno you will enjoy private parking and comfortable rooms, which feature a balcony or terrace with panoramic views.

This hotel may only be bookable for long stays of 2 or more nights.

Rooms: 32

Albergo Vello d'Oro

The Vello d'Oro is a functional 3-star hotel in the heart of the historic town centre of Taormina.

The hotel benefits from views over the sea and the Mount Aetna, and is situated in the shopping area of the city.

Rooms: 53

Il Piccolo Giardino

Il Piccolo Giardino is set in a panoramic position in Taormina centre, with a beautiful mountain backdrop. The hotel's private Mediterranean gardens are home to a pool and wellness facilities.

Rooms at this fresh, modern hotel are simple, with a functional design, featuring LCD satellite television. Superior rooms have panoramic views and their own Jacuzzi.

Il Piccolo Giardino’s garden is a little paradise in Taormina’s historic centre. Cool down in the rooftop pool while you enjoy the views, or simply sunbathe on the terraces.

Great for relaxing, Il Piccolo Giardino features an outdoor spa, where you will find a Jacuzzi, a sauna, tanning beds and a Turkish bath. You can also book beauty treatments, massages and much more.

Don’t forget to explore Taormina itself. Mazzarò beach is a 5-minute cable car ride away and the bus station and cable way are located just 200 metres away.

Corso Umberto, Taormina’s main street, is great for eating, shopping and entertainment and is just a few steps away.

Rooms: 25

Villa Kristina

Villa Kristina is situated on the hilly district of Taormina, right by Corso Umberto, the famous pedestrian precinct of the historic centre.

Villa Kristina offers a relaxing outdoor swimming pool and sun terrace, and offers views of Mount Etna,

Enjoy a comfortable bed and breakfast run by a friendly and professional management.

Rooms: 27

Hotel Villa Schuler

Formerly a Sicilian villa, the property was converted into hotel back in 1905. Villa Schuler is surrounded by private extensive subtropical gardens, with views of Mount Etna and Naxos Bay.

This family owned hotel enjoys a central and quiet position and is conveniently located nearby all major attractions in the enchanting setting of Taormina.

Chose your favourite relaxing spot where you can spend some quality time, amongst the lobby, the cool winter garden, the sun terrace or the terrace pavilion adorned with palm trees. Relax in the company of other guests in the TV room, bar, breakfast room, small library and piano room.

Villa Schuler also offers courtesy mountain bikes on the premises and tennis courts nearby, while a free shuttle service connects the hotel to several beaches in the area.

During summer Hotel Villa Schuler may only be available for long stays of 2 or more nights.

Rooms: 27

Hotel Sirius

Hotel Sirius is a small establishment set in the green surroundings of Taormina. Enjoy charming views of the local bays, and of the distant Calabrian coast at the horizon.

The Sirius is a few steps away from the centre of Taormina and the main street Corso Umberto. This is a pedestrian area with a typical Mediterranean atmosphere, full of shops, bars and restaurants.

The hotel's panoramic restaurant serves excellent local and international cuisine.

The beautiful beaches of Mazzarò and Isola Bella can be reached in 15 minutes, either by foot or by cable car (the station is only 200 meters away from the hotel).

During summer the hotel may only be bookable for long stays of 3 or more nights.

Rooms: 41

President Hotel Splendid

Offering beautiful views over the Calabrian coastline, President Hotel Splendid is located in a peaceful area just a short walk from Taormina’s historic town centre.

Housed in what was once a monastery, the President Splendid’s unique building promises to make your stay special. Enjoy panoramic views of the Mediterranean sea from the hotel’s outdoor swimming pool. The pool is located on the 3rd-floor and is surrounded by pretty gardens. A pool bar is also situated here.

Take one of the lifts up to the large roof terraces to enjoy the views from here too. Many rooms also offer lovely sea views. Inside you can relax in the piano bar or request a revitalising shiatsu massage.

Rooms: 50

La Pensione Svizzera

La Pensione Svizzera is a classic, small and charming hotel. Owned by the Vinciguerra family since 1925, it is located on one of the most beautiful, panoramic roads of Taormina.

La Pensione Svizzera is within a short walking distance from the historic centre with its Greek amphitheatre, from the cable car and the bus terminal.

The establishment's atmosphere is familiar and peaceful. Buffet breakfast is served in the garden or in the garden pavilion.

La Pensione Svizzera offers parking or garage services upon request, front desk service 24 hours, bar, internet point and a shuttle service to the private beach (from May to October).

The team at the reception desk is extremely helpful. Let them arrange tennis and diving reservations, airport limousine transfers and individual excursions. The staff can also book bus excursions, reserve you a restaurant, and help you rent a car.

La Pensione Svizzera may only be bookable for long stays of 2 or more nights (7 or more nights in August).

Rooms: 22

Hotel Condor

Surrounded by nature, with a breathtaking view of the sea towards Calabria coast and the surrounding hills, the hotel enjoys a privileged position, away from the noise of the main streets.

This tranquil position does not sacrifice accessibility to the main attractions of the area; the hotel is just a short stroll away from the historical centre, the cableway to the beach and the taxi station. The Greek-Roman Theatre, the Public Gardens, the panoramic Main Square and the bus terminal (from which you can get connections to the Train Station and Catania Airport) are also nearby.

The young and dynamic staff are ready to answer all your requests and to assist you every time you need to book a day trip to the marvellous attractions of the region.

Rooms: 12

Hotel Isola Bella

The hotel is built in a picturesque position, facing the bay after which it is named, not far from the beach and cable-way station which leads to the city centre of Taormina.

The enchanting Isola Bella bay, with its little island at the centre, is linked to the beach by a tiny sandy path. Each of the rooms boasts a wonderful view of the bay from their own private terrace.

A swimming pool is located in a panoramic position allowing you to relax, enjoy the sun and the wonderful view.

Rooms: 43

Hotel Victoria

Situated in the heart of the historical centre of Taormina, on Corso Umberto, the hotel is only a few steps away from the most important highlights of Taormina.

The hotel’s central location allows you to easily access the old town-gate Porta Messina, the Greek Theatre, Congress Palace, Museum, Palazzo Corvaia, Palazzo Duca di Santo Stefano and the Roman Theatre.

Dating back to 1885, this family-run hotel is managed by the owners themselves and displays typical architecture for ancient Sicily, combined with modern comforts for a relaxing and memorable stay.

Rooms: 22

Hotel Villa Greta

Villa Greta is a welcoming family-run hotel close to the centre of Taormina with exceptional views of the Ionian sea and Mount Etna.

You can reach the nearby city centre with its many tourist attractions either on foot or by bus and the hotel also provides a shuttle service to nearby beaches.

The hotel’s lush Mediterranean garden is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the stunning scenery. You are also sure to love the rooms which are all individually decorated in a warm Sicilian style using vibrant colours.

You can take in the panoramic views from the rooftop restaurant while choosing from a wide selection of typical Sicilian dishes or international cuisine. The restaurant is renowned for its excellent cooking and wide range of vegetarian options.

Rooms: 18

BandB Villa Chiarenza

Built in a typical Sicilian Baroque style, this 18th-century villa has completely been restored, with the greatest care and attention being paid to the finest details.

The villa has a spacious garden (2000 square metres), embellished with a large Caltagirone vase collection with several cacti-plants, which the hostess takes care of. There are corners in the shade of pines, eucalypti and citrus-groves in which you can enjoy a relaxing moment and dedicate yourself to reading your favourite books.

Furnished with antiques, the villa, formerly the Domenicians' summer residence, is now an elegant and spacious place to spend a relaxing Mediterranean break.

Rooms: 5

El Jebel

El Jebel offers you luxurious suites just a few steps from Taormina's 13th-century Duomo. An excellent range of services is provided, including Catania Airport limousine transfers.

Home to just 9 suites, this luxury 5-star establishment provides a truly personalised service. All of El Jebel's rooms are spacious and come with Wi-Fi internet access, Pay-Per-View satellite TV and DVD players. Suites have their own lounges and views of the sea and Taormina.

Personal assistants, personal shoppers and babysitters can all be provided, as can laptops if you haven't brought your own computer. Tailor-made tours and a variety of sporting activities can be organised.

Once you've finished making the most of all the facilities your own room provides, you'll be ready to explore the rest of the hotel. Enjoy beautiful views over Mount Etna and the bay from the rooftop terrace, or try gourmet meals at the restaurant.

Despite being in the centre of Taormina, close to monuments, shops and bars, El Jebel also has its own private beach, along with a swimming pool.

Choose from American, English, Italian or continental breakfast from 07:00 until 10:30.

Rooms: 9

Hotel Baia Delle Sirene

Do you think hotels are all alike? Hotel Baia delle Sirene will surely make you change your mind. Enjoy its comfortable facilities and premium location in a typical Sicilian landscape.

The Baia Delle Sirene is just 60 km from Catania's Fontanarossa Airport and 600 metres from the Taormina motorway exit.

Baia Delle Sirene lies right in front of the seaside, and you can reach the beach through a private underpass.

A nearby cable car connects the establishment to the town centre with its Graeco-Roman amphitheatre, botanical gardens and numerous shops and restaurants. The Hotel Baia Delle Sirene and its fantastic surroundings will provide the set for a fairytale-like holiday.

Wake up in the lush environment of a 3000 m² natural park; experience a beautiful view from the hotel terrace, where you can sip a refreshing aperitif or cocktail.

A private solarium, for guests only, is located on the walkway to the hotel’s garden. You can also hire bicycles and scooters at the 24-hour front desk.

Check out the new add-on option when booking and guarantee your half-board service in advance.

Rooms: 24

Hotel Soleado

This hotel is located in a tranquil zone, just 500 metres from the historical centre and 600 metres from the cable-car.

Guests can awake to panoramic views from the hotel's breakfast room and bar with ample terrace. All guest-rooms also contain spacious balconies or terraces.

During the summer months, guests can cool off with a relaxing swim in the large pool.

Rooms: 33

Hotel Taodomus

Enjoy a beautiful view of the sea and Mount Etna while you enjoy breakfast on the terrace at Hotel Taodomus, in the heart of Taormina.

This cosy hotel has just 10 guest rooms and guarantees a friendly service and a relaxed atmosphere. Stepping out of the hotel you are on Corso Umberto I in the popular centre of Taormina.

Start your day at Taodomus with a rich breakfast complete with organic products. You can choose to enjoy breakfast in your room at no extra cost.

Rooms: 10

Hotel Lido Mediterranee

Situated on the beach in one Taormina's picturesque bays, the hotel offers a place of tranquility, with its own private beach and easy access to the hustle and bustle of the town centre.

A cable car, 900 metres away from the hotel, takes you to the centre of Taormina in 3 minutes, to explore the little shops and historic sights.

For those looking for a more relaxing day, the private beach, with sun-beds and sunshade, is connected to the hotel and offers a host of activities, including water-sports during the summer months.

Rooms: 72

Hotel Villa Ducale

Renovated in 2007, Villa Ducale is a small, luxurious boutique hotel housed in an aristocratic villa with outstanding views of the sea and Mount Etna.

The strategic location of Villa Ducale combines proximity to the town centre – which can be reached in 15 minutes on foot - and the tranquillity of a privileged panoramic spot. The hotel offers a free shuttle service to the centre of Taormina.

Distinguished by the superior quality of its services, Villa Ducale offers modern accommodation with comprehensive amenities. The hotel is thoroughly fitted with authentic antique furniture, including romantic wrought iron beds. The striking ambiance is complemented with superior Sicilian fabrics and all contemporary conveniences. Villa Ducale is also renowned in Taormina for its rich breakfast buffet with homemade Sicilian specialities, served on the panoramic terrace. Wine, beer and a vast selection of cold and hot dishes are available throughout the day, and the hotel features a popular cocktail happy hour every day at 18:30.

Rooms: 17