The staff was amazingly attentive and efficient. The concierge, Stephen, was particularly noteworthy (and in how many languages is that man fluent!). The little things that are so important like getting back to you promptly to let you know that they're working on a request. I dropped by the front the desk to request a toothbrush to replace the one a family member had forgotten to pack...the brush arrived at our front door before I did (it literally took them seconds).
The setting was beautiful. We hadn't done as much research as we normally do so we were pleasantly surprised to find that we had full privileges (including complimentary van to and from) their sister property on the beach, which was also beautiful. Complimentary wifi and full 'American breakfast' were great, the latter was actually really high quality with stunning vistas of the waterfront down the hill in Taormina.
We used the gym and the pool and the real shocker -- the complimentary 2hr+ boat tour of Taormina. Seriously...wow! We and a few others boarded a small and not so luxurious boat just off the beach at their sister hotel. That boat took us to a larger and more luxe boat (that just couldn't get into the shallows by the beach) and the staff on the boat were wonderful too. Impressive tour and lovely swim in the very, very salty and warm waters.
Dinners were expertly prepared and served and the wine list was really good, with some exceptional Piedmont offerings (some even priced below US retail).
We ended up taking numerous meals at the hotel, though they were happy to recommend places in town, which we also loved.
We had a lovely tour of Mt Etna, which the hotel arranged. We also loved the hotel's grounds and, perhaps most importantly, the air conditioned rooms (essential in August)!
The rooms themselves were lovely, clean and ample bathroom space with full American-style showers and great views.
The location was also ideal.
You do not need a rental car if you stay here...
Enjoy and perhaps we will see you there as we'd love to return. Thanks
- 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