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Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo has an interesting history and from its setting in the rugged cliffs of Sicily’s Taormina there are breathtaking vistas and a unique charm that enchants over and over.
Don Francesco La Floresta’s decision to convert his house into a hotel in 1873 made perfect sense. Ever since a Prussian artist returned to the mainland with watercolours depicting views from his guesthouse, he received visitor after visitor. People from all over Europe wanted to see the panoramas for themselves and still do today, from the guesthouse’s reincarnation into Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo.
You may be right in the heart of Taormina but you’ll feel like you’ve stumbled upon your very own hideaway. The magic grows from the moment that you lay eyes on the delightful entrance, swathed in bougainvillea. Through the doors, everything inspires – from the warmth of the doorman (a part-time aria singer) to the mixologist’s fine aperitivos. Soak up the sun by the pool or stroll through acres of lush garden graced with tropical palms and wild flowers. There’s even a kitchen garden and The Restaurant uses only the freshest local ingredients for its Sicilian dishes, whether that be Mozia salt or Bronte pistachios.
There’s no better place to take in the dramatic sunset than the hotel’s Literary Terrace. The panoramas need to be seen to be believed: Truman Capote enjoyed them so much that he stayed for two years; D. H. Lawrence wrote Lady Chatterley’s Lover here. Writer’s block? It’s here that you’ll want to sit and craft your messages home.
Each time you gaze out across medieval Taormina, it’s like seeing the world anew. With clusters of terracotta roofs giving way to shimmering blue sea and dramatic Mount Etna looming on the horizon, views here are a transcendent experience. You’ll struggle to take your eyes away.
You can find more of this little island’s treasures at the Wellness Centre. Try the Signature Sicilian Sensations treatment that features a lava ash exfoliation, a pumice stone footbath and handmade soap using local extra virgin olive oil. If one of the world’s most magnificent views hasn’t already sent you into total bliss, this surely will.
How to get here
50 minutes by road from Catania-Fontanarossa Airport
71 rooms & suites