What we love
We love the grandeur that this aristocratic, secluded hotel has managed to nurture throughout the years of her existence. A short private cable car ride up and over into Taormina, this is escapism on regal proportions.
Setting the scene
Clinging effortlessly to one of Italy's most stunning coastlines, on the east coast of Sicily, the property boasts its own exclusive beach with uninterrupted, sweeping views across the Mediterranean sea to the tip of the 'boot' of mainland Italy. Seemingly worlds away from civilization, tucked away in lush, private parkland - it's easy to forget you are just a 3 minute cable car journey from Taormina. Classically elegant and irresistibly romantic, Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea is a charming example of the renaissance revival of the nineteenth century.
Each of the 60 rooms & suites are adorned with timeless Italian antiques and styled with decadent marble bathrooms in keeping with the majestic feel of the property. Ranging from Classic and Deluxe rooms, many with private balcony or terrace on which to enjoy breakfast al fresco. To Grand Suites which are an Italian masterpiece enjoying large living areas and terraces. Every single one capturing the spirit of the island and the history of the villa.
The outdoor terrace of the hotel's restaurant, Oliviero is irresistible. Whether you dine al fresco, inside or sheltered, the Italian regional dishes will never have tasted so good. Seafood, salads, pastas & the firm favourite Italian pizza are all yours to enjoy at the water's edge. For an unforgettable experience pre or post dinner, head to The Bar to watch the sunset and the moon dance on the Bay of Mazzaro whilst sipping on cocktails or carefully selected Italian wines, often with live music. Dining experiences are a huge part of your stay and anything is possible in this your private oasis. From a romantic dinner for 2 on the beach under the stars to a BBQ on the beach with friends feasting on your catch of the day, the chefs are passionate and want you to share in their enthusiasm for their island.
Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea offers the perfect blend of activity for the mind, body & soul. Rejuvenate and revitalise in the hotel's spa nestled in the tranquillity of the exotic private gardens. With the sweet scent of the sea breeze flirting with the Sicilian orange trees, the stage is set for some serious relaxation. For those who prefer a more action packed pace of life, take to the sea for some paddle surfing or boat trip to Blue Grotto or simply try your hand at fishing. Or follow in the footsteps of the legendary film by taking part in the Godfather tour, revisiting the haunts of this cult classic - for the authentic Sicilian feel, do so in your very own Fiat 500.
Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea welcomes children to stay. Whilst its beachfront location and secluded nature are better suited for families with older children and teenagers, there is a Smile Club that provides a supervised playroom as well as sand castle competitions & pizza making for younger children. However, there are plenty of water sports that would be highly suitable for older children including diving, snorkelling and boat trips to name just a few.
Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea is just a 50 minutes drive from Catania International Airport (CTA).
- £1530pp in low season
- £2280pp in high season
- 7 nights bed and breakfast in a Classic Double Room, including flights and transfers