The setting alone might would make this hotel something special, with views over the Bay of Naxos to Mount Etna, but the accommodation and service undoubtedly place it amongst Europe's best. We stayed there on a package with Citalia and upgraded to a superior room, mainly for the veiw (described as "side sea view" but in reality much better than that). Our room was in the annexe, a recently refurbished villa across the street from the hotel entrance. Often you feel hard done-by if you are put in an annexe but not in this case. the room was simply breathtaking, having a double-height sitting-room with a tall window leading to a small balcony with views over the bay to Etna. The huge bed was on a mezzanine level and there were two beautiful bathrooms, one on each floor. The room also boasted something rare in even the best hotels - efficient air-conditioning which was quiet. The villa annexe has its own permanently-staffed reception desk and a small lounge with free coffee and soft drinks and computers offering free internet.
The restaurant and bar terrace overlook the bay and one morning the always excellent breakfast was enlivened by a minor eruption of Etna. Service is simply faultless - efficient and professional but also very friendly. The hotel has a second restaurant near the pool open at lunchtimes and drinks and snacks are available by the pool, which is not huge but is beautifully maintained and attentively-staffed.
A shuttle bus connects the Timeo with their other hotel Sant'Andrea down on the beach, from where you can often take complimentary excursions on a sailing yacht (which you need to book as they are popular).
Others have commented adversely on the price of food and drinks and it is true that this is probably one of the most expensive spots in what is a fairly expensive resort but the great things is that you have a choice - you can live the high-life in the hotel or you can walk five minutes down the road to dozens of bars, cafes and restaurants, especially in the maze of streets between Via Teatro Greco and the public gardens, which are half the price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set high in the rocky hills on the East coast of the island, with Mount Etna as a backdrop, Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo has always been one of the favourite destinations of both Hollywood’s and Europe’s most prominent stars; from Sofia Loren to Audrey Hepburn, from Marcello Mastroianni to Liz Taylor. Adjacent to the Greek Theatre, the hotel was first built in 1873 and is surrounded by a six-acre park and magnificent gardens where the panoramic pool is located. Widely considered to be the most luxurious hotel in Taormina, it boasts 70 splendid rooms and suites, each decorated in a fresh Sicilian style that blends modern innovation with local artisan traditions. This historical hotel is well known for its “Literary Terrace” which has always been a preferred meeting spot for illustrious guests thanks to its breathtaking panorama. Dining facilities include the Restaurant with an enchanting view of Mount Etna combined with typical Sicilian and Mediterranean cuisine. The Pool Restaurant offers brick-oven pizza, a salad buffet and freshly caught fish, it is the perfect place for a light lunch or a snack. The wellness centre offers signature treatments made from local flowers and fruit essences. A fitness centre and a panoramic swimming-pool are also available Guests can benefit of the complimentary shuttle to the private beach at sister property Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea, in Taormina Mare, boasting new exclusive cabanas, as well as the daily mini-cruise by private boat to explore the beauties of the coast (available during summer). The Smile Club with an English-speaking supervisor is available at sister property Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea to entertain the younger guests with lots of fun and exciting activities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nh Hotels Taormina
- Grand Hotel Taormina
- Grand Hotel Timeo
- Timeo Hotel Sicily
- Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo Taormina, Sicily