Savour the Style and Luxury of a Belmond Hotel in Sicily
Sicily holidays with Prestige mean one thing: utter peace and seclusion. Arrange a stay at one of Belmond’s luxury properties and retreat into pure bliss.
At Prestige Holidays we pride ourselves on offering our clients accommodation which matches their tastes and desire for style. Belmond Ltd’s portfolio of properties is synonymous with elegance and luxury. Let me introduce you to two of their most outstanding hotels – a stay at either has always made our clients’ Sicily holidays that extra bit special.
Retreat into Luxury at the Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea
In rest and leisure, seclusion and luxury are the bywords of the Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea in Sicily; holidays rarely come better than this. Wreathed in tranquil gardens and with its own private beach, idyllic is a word that regularly comes to my mind when I think of this gorgeous hotel in Taormina, looking out onto the Bay of Mazzaró. Each deluxe room and suite – with its own terrace or balcony – is furnished in a classic Italian style that’s in keeping with the beauty of the surroundings.
Indulge in your romantic side with a moonlit dinner on the beach – a special menu can easily be arranged. Restaurant Oliviero excels in offering a modern Italian gastronomic experience, while the fruits of the sea take centre stage on Sunday nights with an exquisite seafood barbeque. Should your appetite be whetted during the day, then a favourite pastime of mine while staying here – along with basking by the infinity pool – is to treat myself to the "afternoon sea". As you may have guessed, this playful tribute to the English high tea instead features light seafood appetisers and Champagne. Sicily holidays should always feature good food; a stay at the Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea assures this.
Exult in the Beauty of Etna
Boasting vistas that inspired such literary luminaries as D.H. Lawrence and Guy de Maupassant, the glamorous Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo has long maintained a reputation as one of Italy’s most exclusive properties: quite the accolade in the land of la dolce vita. Its elegant rooms – epitomised by the wonderful Presidential Suite – mean that you will never be bereft of comfort.
The Bay of Taormina and Mt. Etna will be your backdrop for a wonderful break in Sicily. Holidays worthy of the name should definitely include time for idle moments, but if you can pull yourself away from the views, the hotel’s perch on the cliffs of Mt. Tauro provides a great base from which to visit the ancient Greek theatre of Taormina, as well as the rest of this entrancing settlement.
As the sun sets over the bay, I recommend reserving yourself a table at the hotel’s Literary Terrace. Here you can relish both the glorious coastal views and the expansive menu of authentic regional cuisine – with a chilled Bellini for that extra touch of class. If you would prefer a more casual affair but with those views still ever-present, then the Pool Restaurant serves fantastic brick-oven pizzas and fresh seafood.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
John Dixon is an experienced world traveller and the Managing Director of Prestige Holidays. For over 30 years, he has been providing luxury Sicily holidays, as well as holidays to Bermuda, Croatia and many other destinations around the globe. John tries to visit each of the destinations regularly in order to ensure the quality of his properties, and stay up-to-date about the latest local news and events. He has a taste for the finer things in life and has an interest in arts, history and culture