Built on the cliffs of Mounta Tauro, the Belmondo Gran Hotel Timeo is set in a prime location, overlooking the Bay of Taormina and Mount Etna, and the sweeping Bay of Giardini Naxos. The hotel is only 37 miles from Catania International airport but its beautiful setting and proximity to the sea – just 3km – make it seem a million miles from the stress of everyday life.
Accommodation at the Belmondo is situated in the Timeo building or in Villa Flora, just a 50m walk away. All the rooms are charmingly decorated, in classical style and neutral palette with accents of bright and rich colour. Many have terraces or balconies with stunning sea views. All have king-sized or twin beds, a writing desk, widescreen TV, iPod docking station and Wi-Fi and all have sumptuous marble bathrooms, some with baths as well as showers. Book a suite and unwind in the sea breeze as you soak up the sun or eat breakfast on your private terrace, with its views of Mount Etna and the ocean, or relax in your separate living area. This is glamour from a by-gone era.
The hotel has a panoramic swimming pool surrounded by white umbrellas and sunloungers, as well as beautiful terraced gardens, where you can relax with a newspaper or magazine on one of the hotel’s e-readers, and a chilled drink from the Poolside bar. There is a fitness centre and a spa offering an extensive menu of pampering treatments using Aromatherapy Associates products as well as a sauna, steam bath and hair salong. As well as all kinds of excursions and boat trips available via the hotel’s concierge. Guests have full use of the private beach at its sister property, Villa Sant’Andrea , accessed by complimentary shuttle service, where there is also the Smile Club - to keep the kids happy while you relax. The hotel has a full wedding planning service, and is truly a magical setting to tie the knot.
The Restaurant offers a delicious seasonal menu of local and regional specialities, and fine wines, served in the elegant dining room or, best of all, on the terrace with its stunning panoramic views over the bay and the twinkling lights below. Sip a cool Bellini in The Literary Terrace and Bar and enjoy snaks, salads, brick-oven pizza, and freshly caught fish, as well as chilled drinks under a shady pergola, from the poolside bar.
Via Teatro Greco 5998039 Taormina (Messina)