Taking the classic clifftop hotel to new heights, this beautiful retreat is carved into the rock face.
With sheer cliffs plunging to deep blue coves and a sprawl of pastel-hued buildings clinging to hillsides, Taormina is a postcard-pretty spot on the eastern coast of Sicily. UNAHOTELS Hotel Capotaormina sits on a peninsula just underneath the town and features an extraordinary design – the main building is perched atop the headland; the seawater pool and outdoor terraces are carved into the rock face; and there’s a secluded private beach tucked into the foot of the cliff (with a lift to whisk you down).
Bordered on all sides by the Ionian Sea, this charming bolthole looks out over Naxos Bay – all set against a dramatic backdrop of the smouldering Mount Etna. And the best place to take in this unique location: the 14-person Jacuzzi at the tip of the promontory, which faces the hilltop town of Taormina – the forested speck of Isola Bella to one side, and Naxos and the volcano on the other. There’s also a wellness centre with a sauna and gym, plus a treatment menu of massages and beauty therapies.
A trio of restaurants shines a spotlight on the flavours of Sicily and further afield, from al fresco breakfasts overlooking Mount Etna at Alcantara Restaurant, to regional dishes facing the gulf at Naxos Restaurant and catch of the day from La Scogliera Restaurant’s sea-view terrace. There are also three bars, including a poolside option and a terrace spot – perfect for catching a fiery sunset. Rooms are warm and welcoming, with wooden and wicker headboards, classic Sicilian paintings and a furnished balcony – with garden views from Classic Rooms and sea views from the Superior Rooms.
Just beneath the hilltop town of Taormina, 850 metres from Isola Bella
Good to know
Minimum stays apply.
• Marvel at the ancient Greek theatre in Taormina • Stroll to the tiny island of Isola Bella, AKA The Pearl of the Ionian Sea • Head to Mount Etna to view this brooding volcano up close*.
3 restaurants, 3 bars
Breakfast at Alcantara Restaurant.
Meal upgrade options (per person per night)
Half Board from £59 • Breakfast at Alcantara Restaurant • 4-course dinner at Naxos Restaurant.
*Denotes local charge