Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo
What can one say? In a hitlist of Great Views of the World, the panorama from the bar and restaurant terrace of the Timeo – over the clustered rooftops of Medieval Taormina, past the coves and headlands of eastern Sicily’s volcanic coastline and across to the puffing peak of Mount Etna – would surely place high in the Top Ten. And the Greek Theater is right next door.
From the front desk to the chambermaids, everything runs with old-fashioned Grand Hotel courtesy and precision. A free shuttle bus links the Timeo with beachside sister hotel the Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea, whose beach, sun loungers and other facilities Timeo guests can use free of charge.
Double Classics and Double Superiors are located in Villa Flora, an annexe within the hotel grounds. Though they’re done out with the same warm classic elegance as those in the main building, it’s worth opting for the latter as these original rooms have a special atmosphere.
Sicily has a mild climate that makes it an attractive destination for much of the year: spring and autumn are sheer delight and though high summer temperatures really do soar, sea breezes in coastal areas take the edge off the heat.
Sicily is one of the world’s most captivating places: with ever-present scent of lemon trees, purity of dawn light on terracotta walls, colorful decrepitude of Palermo’s markets, drama of Stromboli erupting against a darkening sky, sense that history lurks always just around the next corner, reflective marble glow of late-night Ortygia and Marsala streets, the lonely majesty of Segesta, exotic flavors of Sicilian food and island’s endless cultural complexities.