About Villa Sant’Andrea, A Belmond Hotel, Taormina Mare
It is fitting that Villa Sant’Andrea, A Belmond Hotel, Taormina Mare began life in the 1920s as a hidden hideaway. Perched on an idyllic stretch of coast in Sicily, this former villa oozes glamour and old-world charm.
A stay at Villa Sant’Andrea feels like reconnecting with long lost friends. It preserves the personality of an elegant private residence: you’ll be greeted with cool homemade lemonade when you arrive, and alfresco breakfasts offer a bounty of hand-picked local fruit. It’s these little details that will help you sink into a world of calm, as soothing as the sound of the ocean. Balconies are bejewelled with bright geraniums, and lush terraced gardens lead down to the picturesque pebbled beach.
Set apart from the private beach, Villa Sant’Andrea also has an exclusive stretch housing six luxury cabanas. With sun-loungers and shaded sofas, they make lovely little hideaways. Should you prefer your water a little warmer, the heated infinity pool is irresistible. Enjoy the sweeping sea views as the sun sinks below the horizon.
Come evening, make the most of the surroundings by dining on the terrace. Or ask to arrange a private dinner on the beach—musicians will sail across the bay just to serenade you.
Restaurant Oliviero serves regional dishes that allow local ingredients to shine. Chef D’Angelo grills freshly caught seafood—swordfish and sardines are always a favourite. The sommelier knows the perfect wines to pair them with. Don’t leave, of course, without trying Sicilian pastries. The cannoli—a local delicacy made with sheep’s milk ricotta—are little mouthfuls of heaven.
After dinner, head to Villa Sant’Andrea’s open-air bar, where DJs set a vibrant scene. With the sea lapping at the shore, there’s no dance floor quite like it. Cocktail in hand, dance the night away as the stars twinkle overhead.