What we love
Taormina's first hotel, Grand Hotel Timeo has been setting standards for luxury since the neo-classical times. Favoured by the sophisticated and graced by the elegant. It's a timeless classic that never fails to impress.
Setting the scene
Grand Hotel Timeo is the oldest and first luxury hotel to arrive atop of the rocky hills of the east coast of Sicily. Sister hotel to the Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea, the property is perched right in front of the Greek Amphitheatre and boasts simply spectacular views over the Mediterranean Sea and Mount Etna. Nowhere on the Island will you feel more a part of authentic Sicily and her rugged romance.
Split over two buildings, the rooms & suites are either situated in the main building of Timeo or in the separate Villa Flora property. All rooms & suites benefit from a wide range of breath-taking views of the incredible Sicilian scenery. Italian flare and opulence ooze from every corner of the beautiful decorated rooms and suites. The deluxe and classic rooms are great sizes and we love the adjoining marble bathrooms. The larger suites enjoy the same amenities but offer separate sitting areas, private balconies or terraces as standard. For those looking for the height of luxury, book the Presidential Suite which is the epitome of refined Sicilian accommodation. With over 200 sqm of private terrace complete with Jacuzzi, summerhouse and al fresco dining area, this is the ultimate home away from home.
The restaurants and bars certainly make the most of the hotel's superior location. Enjoy Sicilian delicacy in the most supreme of settings. Sharing facilities with her sister hotel, Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea (with a complimentary driving service between the two - trip taking 15 minutes), there are amble dining options. A favoured place to start an evening is to enjoy a sun downer in The Literacy Terrace and Bar which affords the most spectacular spot from which to admire the sunset or simply lose yourself in the views that unfold out on Bay of Taormina and around to Mount Etna. For during the day, lunch can be taken in the Pool restaurant under the shade of the pergola enjoying light snacks and fresh catches of the day, and for dinners with a side order of spectacular views head to The Restaurant. With a back-drop of Mount Etna and Cape Taormina, the location is surpassed only by the sensational menu on offer; mouth-watering seasonal produce, local specialities and regional wines. La Dolce Vita at its best.
Sicily is a boiling pot for activities, sites and sounds, and the Grand Hotel Timeo is the ladle from which to stir up the senses. Located in the centre of Taormina, you have all the ingredients on your doorstep. From the ancient ruins of the Greek Amphitheatre to the cobbled streets adorned with chic boutiques and galleries, and for those looking to make a day of it out on the sea, charter a yacht and head to the exceptionally beautiful Aeolian Islands; visit the volcanoes of Stromboli, the lush foliage of Salina and picture-perfect Panarea. For those who do not wish to stray far or at all from the hotel there is more than enough to keep you occupied during your stay. Immerse yourself in the 5 acres of private hotel gardens, housing their Sicilian wellness centre and a full length swimming pool with uninterrupted panoramic views out over the Mediterranean Sea.
Grand Belmond Hotel welcomes families. Being located in the centre of Taormina this makes it ideal for those families with children; young or old - gone are the days of tears and tantrums. The cultural playground of Taormina is on your doorstep. and should you wish to have some parent time, the hotel offers a babysitting service as well as a kid's club to keep the little ones happy.
Catania International Airport Fontanarossa CTA is a 50-minute drive from the hotel. Or if coming from mainland Italy, there are trains that run regularly from Naples & Rome to Taormina-Giardini Naxos Railway Station which is a short 5 minute drive from the hotel.
- £1660pp in low season
- £2110pp in high season
- 7 nights bed and breakfast in a Classic Double Room, including flights and transfers