Stay at the Villa Sant'Andrea
A lazy morning skimming stones on the gentle waters of Mazzarò bay, walking hand in hand on a nice pebble beach, high above are the inviting winding lanes and terracotta tiles of medieval Taormina and begging to be explored. But the town can wait, first to breakfast on the hotel terrace. There’s no rush. It’s time to practice the Italian art of lo struscio, slow living. Put away your worries and enjoy the moment.The Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea knows a thing or two about taking things slow, it’s been enchanting guests to Sicily’s east coast since the 1950s and whilst the fixtures and fittings may have been upgraded the same elegant old-world ambience and attention to high-quality service remain.
The hotel is set in a former private villa on one of Sicily's most picturesque bays. The beachfront location is enviable but those expecting soft sand may find things a little pebbly. The charming medieval town of Taormina is a short shuttle ride up the hill. Catania Airport is a 45-minute drive.
71 elegantly furnished guest rooms and suites spread over five buildings and multiple levels attached by a labyrinth of corridors. Most come with delightful views over the gentle waters and bobbing yachts of the bay outside.
Who is it for
Those wanting to experience the old-world charm of a historic property in a stunning beach setting managed by one of the world’s most consistent vendors of high-end luxury, the Belmond Group. Guests should note that the Sant’Andrea is a seasonal property, closing between the end of October through early April.
Amenities & Activities
Limited when compared with resorts such as the Verdura but still enough that few should be too disappointed. There’s the beach with private cabanas, a small heated pool, a diminutive spa and just one on-site restaurant – the Oliviero. Every 30 minutes complimentary shuttles run to the Sant' Andrea’s sister hotel in Taormina town, the stately Belmond Grand Timeo. Taormina has restaurants, bars and shops galore.