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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Taormina, Province of Messina, Sicily

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clarelouu...
cumbria
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5 reviews
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“Brilliant Week”
Reviewed 17 June 2012 for a stay in June 2012
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We recently got married in Taormina and stayed at The Lemon Tree with our friends. It was ideal as the apartments are well furnished with fantastic views of the town and Mt Etna. All the apartments had either a terrace or a balcony which were great for relaxing with our friends. The pool is great and comes with a volley ball net, there is also table tennis and darts available which kept evryone entertained.

Karen and Diego, the villa owners are also wedding coordinators. Unlike other firms they don't put any restrictions on what you can do. We got married in Madonna Della Rocca church and had our evening do at the Metropole Hotel. The day was fantastically well organised. They sorted out all the transport to get to and from the church, including taxis for family members not staying at the villa. They also organised flowers, the meal, the legal side, the service, drinks reception at the church amongst other things. It was brilliantly organised with little stress for myself and my husband.

We had a week's holiday at The Lemon Tree with our wedding half way through the week. Karen and Diego's hospitality and helpfulness is hard to explain so I'll give a few examples of what they did for us.

We arrive at about 18.30 on Saturday. There was a group of about 15 of us and we were tired after our flight so they organised pizzas and drinks for us.
The next morning they ordered in breakfast for everyone as most people hadn't thought to bring food even though it is self catering.
Later in the week our families came for lunch and they went to a local deli for some food so we could have a special lunch with them. My parents couldn't find the villa so Diego drove into town to meet them and they then followed him to the apartments.
They sorted out a day trip for my brother who wasn't even staying at the villa.
They also offer a taxi service at a fraction of the price of a regular taxi. So at any (and I mean any) time of the day or night they will drop of or collect you from wherever you want.

In summary the Villa is fantastic by itself and I would recommend it anyone. But with the addition of Karen and Diego as hosts it makes it an extra special experience. We have already talked about returning in 10 years time to celebrate.

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Liked best: Villa & Hosts
Travelling group: With Friends
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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marelle26
County Kerry, Ireland
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9 reviews
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“The Lemon Tree - complete and utter paradise!”
Reviewed 24 May 2012 for a stay in May 2012
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Based on the reviews of other TripAdvisor members I chose The Lemon Tree as the accommodation for me and 21 of my extended family. Despite being used to 5 Star luxury and never having stayed in an apartment complex I was not disappointed. One of the main reasons was the owners Karen and Diego who made sure that everyone had a pleasant stay. From the moment we arrived they welcomed us into their home and when Diego found out that one of the younger members of the group was a huge Chelsea fan he made a huge fuss of him, and allowed everyone up to their living quarters to watch the Chelsea V.S. Bayern Munich match. Karen quickly learnt everyone's names and often engaged in our conversation. She also had no problem when our relations from Catania hung out with us for a few days. One night they made a traditional Sicilian meal for us which consisted of a starter, main course and dessert for a reasonable price considering the variety of dishes. Due to my dairy intolerance they prepared the dishes with and without cheese. To accompany the food they had their own organic wine which could also be bought from them as well as drinks for those who did not drink alcohol. Other nights the Sicilian-born Diego helped with ordering pizza. Karen who is from Manchester is fully aware of what people want in an apartment which sets The Lemon Tree apart from the basic rooms which are a common feature of Italian hotels. The rooms are tastefully decorated; the photographs really do not do them justice. All apartments feature air conditioning, ceiling fans, safes, kettles and hairdryers while some even have toasters and microwaves. All of the apartments had a bidet except for ours (Etnea) which made up for it by having the only full bath in the complex. Some of the apartments had their own private balconies while others were at ground level and had spectacular views of Taormina and Castelmola. All the apartments have tables and chairs outside so you can relax in the sun. A ramp leads up to the medium-sized swimming pool which is surrounded by sun loungers and umbrellas and a roof over the table tennis table and the football table means that they can be played in all weather conditions. The Lemon Tree is situated on the slope of a mountain which means that it is considerably cooler (it was 20 C when we were there) than low lying places and it can get very windy so it is the ideal place to stay during the heat of summer. We were fortunate enough to arrive just one week after the road had been tarmaced as up to then the entire road up the mountain had been a dirt track while now it is only part of the way. Due to the location of The Lemon Tree (20 minutes by car from Taormina and Giardini Naxos) and the fact that only one person had hired a car meant that Karen and Diego drove us for a small fee rather than the 35euro we would have to pay a taxi. In the beginning some people were complaining about the remoteness of The Lemon Tree however it was a blessing as it meant that the family enjoyed the holiday together rather than splitting up and going exploring. The Lemon Tree made such an impression on us that rather than a once in a lifetime experience as we had previously thought we are already thinking about making a trip next year even though we have only just returned!

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Liked best: Karen and Diego who did their best to ensure that our stay was as successful as possible.
Liked least: Nothing.
Travelling group: Extended Family
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19pab66
Holden Beach, North Carolina
1 review
“Piece of Heaven”
Reviewed 14 May 2012 for a stay in April 2012

The Lemon Tree was the hightlight of our three week vacation. The owners, Karen & Diego were exceptional hosts who provided us with a top-notch vacation rental not to mention a mountain vista that is absolutely out of this world. They were available to answer any questions we had about the area and provide suggestions for sightseeing adventures. They even provided us with a little eruption from Mt. Etna the first night we were there.

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Liked best: The vista of the mediterranean and the hosts, Karen & Diego.
Liked least: The road that you have to drive on to go up to the rental.
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
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Aisling H
Cork, Ireland
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14 reviews
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“Amazing view, amazing hospitality”
Reviewed 10 May 2012 for a stay in October 2011

This was a last minute booking as we were already in Sicily but had a bad experience with the first accommodation. We were so lucky that there was a studio free. The studio had everything we needed, including balcony, coffee maker, satellite tv and dvd player. Karen and Diego were made for this business. We were so fortunate to find them. They made our holiday stress-free by organising day trips for us. Very good at recommending places to eat and visit. They even helped with our bookings. They offer a reliable taxi service, and the time of day/night never mattered. The pool was a welcome retreat, and the location of the apartments was unbelievable! The views were outstanding. It felt like we were in the "real" Sicily. To get to Taormina, you have to go down a steep hill and can catch a bus from there. We did the walk in about 20 minutes, and caught the bus up to Taormina. It was a fantastic location for exploring the greater Taormina area, and Giardini-Naxos is closeby.

I will hopefully be back someday! Just amazing people.

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Liked best: Karen and Diego's hospitality. Nothing was ever too much trouble.
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
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tmccallst...
Appleton, Wisconsin
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7 reviews
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“What a place, what a view”
Reviewed 29 April 2012 for a stay in April 2012

High up on a hill overlooking both Taormina and Mt Etna is this beautiful "retreat" run by two generous and attentive people: Karen and Diego. We had a wonderful week here. We had a medical problem during our stay and they both went with us to the hospital to translate! The accommodations were great and the drive up the hill is a fun challenge.

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Dina B
Tahoe City, California
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8 reviews
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“charm, comfort, breathaking view”
Reviewed 22 April 2012 for a stay in April 2012
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person found this review helpful

This trip pushed our comfort zones a little, we'd never been to Sicily, never driven in Italy and had our dog with us. The support and comfort we recieved while staying at the Lemon Tree, made the trip! Karen and Diego, the owners, were wonderful, answered all our questions about where to go and what to do--they even brought us artichokes when we mentioned that we were craving them!

The Lemon Tree is about a 10 minute drive to Taomina, on a crazy, steep, curvy road--driving up there in our little Fiat 500 was a blast! Once at the villas, the scent of lemon blossoms fill the air, birds flit in the olive trees outside the windows, and the only sound you hear are the bells on the sheep on the neighboring hill. Heaven. Planning a trip back right now.

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Liked best: The view and super nice owners.
Liked least: That we couldn't stay longer.
Travelling group: Family with Teenagers
Your age range 35-49
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Reviewed 24 February 2012 for a stay in August 2011

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