A lavish British heritage villa with sublime sea views close to Taormina’s town centre.
Sicilian architecture meets English Arts and Crafts style in this historic villa, built in 1908 by the British architect Robert Charles Ashbee. Small but perfectly formed, this member of the Leading Hotels of the World group has been lovingly restored with meticulous attention to detail. The décor features delicate antiques complemented by bold statement wallpapers and opulent textures. There are some stunning views from here as citrus groves cascade down towards the clear blue waters that stretch out towards the Italian mainland, which is visible on a clear day.
In keeping with the hotel’s British history, the generous breakfast spread includes an elegant take on a cooked breakfast with eggs, crispy bacon and little pots of baked beans. During the day the poolside snack bar serves fabulous cocktails and snacks, while dinner is served in the St George Restaurant by Heinz Beck. Depending on the season, you can choose a table inside or sit out on the terrace among gentle breezes and fragrant lavender. It’s also the perfect spot for a sunset mojito made with fresh mint picked from the hotel’s own gardens.
As you would expect from a hotel of this calibre, the rooms and suites are a beautiful fusion of original features and modern furnishings with quality linens. Classic Rooms feature a colour scheme that blends chocolate and cream with a hit of magenta. Superior Rooms have a little more space with some featuring an outside terrace. For guaranteed outdoor space, opt for a Deluxe Room or upgrade to one of the spacious and individually designed Suites. These are available with a sea view for a supplement.
A few minutes’ walk from the centre of Taormina, close to San Pancrazio Church and the ancient ruins of the Greek theatre
Good to know
A tourist tax is payable at the hotel. There’s a private beach nearby which can be visited for a supplement.
24 rooms and suites
• Choose a favourite from the extensive cocktail menu at the poolside bar* • Dine on the terrace at sunset to enjoy a romantic dinner for two* • Explore Taormina’s historic heart, just moments from the hotel.
Breakfast in the restaurant.
*Denotes local charge