- Set on its own exclusive beach, beside one of the most beautiful coastlines in all of Italy, Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea overlooks the aquamarine sea.
- Enchanting guests since the 50s, a stay in our beach residence is like reuniting with long lost friends.
- We preserve the personality of an elegant home. Be greeted with freshly-made lemonade on arrival, and find hand-picked local fruit at breakfast.
- Located in the beautiful bay of Mazarro, the hotel sits on its own private beach. Balconies are bejewelled with bright geraniums, and terraced gardens lead down to our picturesque pebbled beach. Sink into a world of calm, as soothing as the sound of the ocean.
- Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea’s ‘Restaurant Oliviero’ is famous for its fresh seafood specialities, not to be missed.
- Enjoy an after dinner drink in the hotel’s ‘Al Fresco’ bar and enjoy the live music and clear starry skies.
- A complimentary Boat-Cruise touring the coast line is available daily from mid-May to mid-September.
- Free shuttle bus to Taormina and Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo throughout the day at a schedule.
EXCLUSIVE LUXE VOYAGER VIP BENEFITS & BEST PRICE
We negotiate rates & benefits for our clients directly with the hotels’ senior management. Our rates match or in many cases are lower than the best online rate for the property. Our clients also enjoy a suite of extra VIP privileges and recognition while staying at a partner hotel.
- Complimentary room upgrade on arrival.
- Daily complimentary buffet breakfast for two.
- Up to $100 dining or spa credit per stay, and or in-house dining / spa discounts.
- Welcome amenities (wine/chocolates/fruit) and card from the GM.
- Complimentary private airport transfers.
- Complimentary roll-away bed if required.
- Early check-in and late check-out.
- Complimentary Wi-Fi.
- Enhanced recognition through VIP status at all touch points in the guest experience.
A complete or partial suite of VIP benefits will be offered, subject to the property T&C, including availability, category of room & length of stay.
Set off in a vintage Fiat 500 to discover not just the world of Francis Ford Coppola’s Godfather trilogy, but a traditional way of life unspoilt by time. Visit two beautiful hilltop villages, Forza D’Agrò and Savoca, as you drive around the winding roads of the Valle D’Agrò area. In the petite, iconic car it will feel as if you are travelling back in time as you pay homage to famous movie locations, including the Church of Santissima Trinità in Forza D’Agrò, and the Church of Santa Lucia and famous Bar Vitelli in Savoca.
Sicily’s mineral-rich volcanic soil and warm climate is ideal for boutique wine production. Join a group of experts and visit the best local wineries. Take a stroll through the vineyards to learn about the production techniques before a special tasting.
Wines are available to purchase as a delicious memento of your day.
Snorkelling/Diving : Explore the crystal-clear waters off Sicily’s beautiful coastline. Discover a teeming underwater world in the Blue Grotto and surrounding bay, or swim in the marine park of Isola Bella, surrounded by a rich variety of flora and fauna. Learn about the area’s history by glimpsing archaeological remains from the Greek/Roman period or, for the more experienced, dive down to an ancient shipwreck.
Kayaking : Embark on a relaxing kayak tour through the serene waters, led by an expert guide.
Paddle surfing : In this popular sport, you stand upright on a board while propelling yourself along with the paddle. Ride the waves or glide down the coast and view Taormina from a completely different perspective. A great fitness workout, the sport is easy to master for anyone aged 10 years and up.
A favourite pastime among locals, stand on a surfboard and propel yourself through shimmering waters. A surprisingly relaxing activity, paddle surfing is also a fantastic full-body workout.
Combine with yoga or meditation for a truly blissful experience.
Head out to find hidden coves and bays aboard a traditional boat. Your captain will steer you towards the Blue Grotto, Isola Bella, the Gulf of Giardini Naxos, the Fortune Cave and the Siren’s Bay. Feeling adventurous? Pack your swimsuit and dive in.
For centuries, Sicilian fishermen decorated their boats in eye-catching colours, creating vibrant, bobbing fleets that were used for fishing right up until the 1960s. Motifs such as the beautiful, tempting siren and the eye, meant to bring good luck, were commonly used in the designs. Take an enchanting voyage in one of these comfortable, gaily painted vessels, setting off from Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea to explore the many natural attractions of the area.
While away a morning or afternoon soaking up the sun as you cruise around Sicily’s stunning east coast and the Ionian Sea. Our complimentary tours, exclusive to hotel guests, operate during the summer and depart from our beach.
Sicily’s rugged cliffs and sublime architecture are sure to appeal to budding photographers. Join our guide for a unique tour around Taormina.
You’ll be led into some of the city’s lesser-known corners to master camera tips and tricks. Then, put theory into practice and snap holiday photos to be proud of.
Italy has long been known for its style, and Sicily is no exception. Explore rarely seen boutiques and workshops on one of our unique shopping tours.
Meet the owners of antique bottegas and discover the intricate craftsmanship behind coffa bags, coppola hats and Caltagirone ceramics.
Create a feast that’s easy on the eyes. A fusion of cookery class, food styling and photography workshop, this hands-on experience starts with a market tour.
Return with your produce to transform it into delicious regional recipes. Then, master plating and photography techniques for a meal that looks as tantalising as it tastes.
Taking a hike to view the molten lava on Mount Etna is a breathtaking experience. Travel along the Alcantara canyon, admiring thundering waterfalls.
Pass through villages perched bravely on Etna’s lower slopes. Or climb higher with our guides to observe ancient craters and awe-inspiring lava caverns.
No stay in Taormina is complete without catching a show at the ancient Greek Theatre.
A wonderfully-preserved amphitheatre from the third century, it’s a sublime spot to watch world-class musicians with Mount Etna as a dramatic backdrop. Just ask our concierge for the programme.
Live la dolce vita in a classic Ape Calessino. See the sights that stole the hearts of Sicily’s most glamorous visitors, including Casa Cuseni and Castelmola.
Sample typical local specialities, such as granita and almond wine, before a drink at ‘Wunderbar’, Tennesee Williams’ favourite watering hole.
See magnificent Etna, in all her smoking glory, from the air. A helicopter flight takes you over the top of the active craters and lunar landscapes as well as the famous horseshoe-shaped Valle del Bove, extending along the eastern flank of the volcano. Enhance the experience by flying on to Taormina to enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the ancient Greek Theatre, the dramatic coastline including Isola Bella, and hilltop Castelmola, and on the return glide over the dramatic Alcantara Gorge.
Leave your worries on the ground as you soar above the island and find stunning vistas from a unique vantage point. Marvel at the deep gorges and azure bays, majestic volcanic peaks and valleys peppered with Greek ruins.
To really appreciate Sicily in its entirety, this is a must.
Etna may be the biggest, but she is not the only volcano in Sicily. This thrilling helicopter ride takes you over some of the other fiery highlights of the island. Begin by gliding over the top of Etna (spotting the Greek theatres of Taormina and Tindari on the way) before visiting the crater on Vulcano island, the faraglioni and pumice quarries of Lipari, and Stromboli with its dazzling molten lava flow, the Sciara del Fuoco. If booked in advance, you can alight on the island of Panarea for lunch and afterwards relax in its thermal swimming pool.
Perched above the turquoise sea, surrounded by mountains and with majestic Etna as a backdrop, Taormina is the pearl of Sicily. Enjoy a private walking tour of the town, strolling down narrow backstreets, past flower-filled balconies to soak up the ambience, before viewing the magnificent Greek Theatre, adjacent to Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo. Built in the 3rd century to stage drama and musical productions, the amphitheatre was renovated and expanded by the Romans to be used for games and gladiatorial battles. It is so well preserved that it’s still used today as a breathtaking setting for concerts, ballets, opera performances and awards ceremonies.
Embark on a culinary excursion to learn why Sicilians are passionate about cooking. You’ll begin in the lunar-like landscapes of Mount Etna, where a sommelier is poised to pour you a glass of Etna sparkling wine and serve it with some of the delicacies grown on the volcano’s slopes – strawberries, almonds, pistachios. Next, you’ll head to a small town near the Alcantara Gorge, where a group of local women have formed Le Mamme del Borgo project. To keep the secrets of traditional Sicilian cooking alive, they open their doors to guests for cooking classes. Join one of the mammas in her kitchen and master the art of dishes such as pasta alla Norma, pistachio arancini and decadent cannoli.
Exploring the constantly evolving lava landscapes of Europe’s most impressive volcano is an unmissable highlight of a visit to Sicily. On this tour you head to a mountain station, and walk up to the two inactive Silvestri craters (an altitude of nearly 2000m), which date from the 1892 eruption. Discover some of the most recent lava flows, skirt around the rims of craters, dodge steam vents and be wowed by the lunar-like scenery. Admire the black, reds and greens of the mountains and, when the clouds clear, gain spectacular views across the island. You will trek up to an altitude of nearly 3000m, so take warm clothing and wear sturdy walking shoes/boots.
Combine a fascinating trek on Mount Etna with a tasting of some exceptional volcanic wines. You’ll embark on a guided walk through Etna’s lunar-like landscapes and enjoy time at leisure to admire the unparalleled beauty of Sicily from a different perspective. Afterwards, your driver will whizz you off to a boutique winery on the volcano’s lower slopes. Enjoy a delectable lunch and a fantastic tasting of Etna wines led by an expert vinologist.
Visit Catania’s vibrant, historic “pescheria” to discover some of the secrets behind Sicily’s famed cuisine. Observe ice-packed stalls overflowing with the freshest seafood, and sample perfectly prepared raw shrimps or sea
urchins direct from the market tables. You can then proceed to the Società Storica Catanese, an amazing venue in the heart of the city, which houses – among other cultural treasures – a 19th-century kitchen. Here, you’re invited to watch a cookery
demonstration and savour a delicious lunch to immerse yourself in the art of authentic Sicilian cuisine.
Sicily has long been an inspiration to film directors who have chosen Evocative towns, such as taormina, ragusa and noto, as the settings for Films ranging from nuovo cinema paradiso to the godfather. Embark on a movie-themed driving tour to explore some of the venues And backdrops featured on the big screen. Head to the gorgeous baroque town of syracuse, on the island of
Ortigia, and continue to the white streets of noto; both were settings for Oscar-winner giuseppe tornatore’s masterpiece malena. Relax over a Sunset cocktail in marzamemi, the romantic fishing village where gabriele Salvatores shot his 1993 drama, sud. Or follow in the footsteps of inspector montalbano, the famous sicilian Sleuth created by writer andrea camilleri. On this tour, you move between The picturesque fishing villages of punta secca and scicli, and ragusa, a Unesco world heritage site and the town that saw marcello mastroianni Acting up in the classic comedy divorzio all’italiana. Make sure to combine a tour with a visit to modica’s famous artisan Chocolate factory, bonajuto. Sample opulent aztec-style confectionery Blended with local ingredients such as pistachios, citrus fruits and chilli.
A short drive from Taormina is one of Mother Nature’s wonders, the Alcantara Gorge. Carved over millennia by the Alcantara River, following in Etna’s lava flows, this is a wonderland of huge canyons, tranquil pools, rushing rapids and dramatic waterfalls. Admire the gorge’s towering lavablack walls, surrounded by luxuriant vegetation, including orchids and poppies, poplar and birch trees. A series of paths and trails makes this excellent trekking country and the river is never far away should you need a cooling dip.
Venture to Piazza Armerina, 721m above sea level, deep in the Sicilian countryside, to discover the famous Villa Romana del Casale. Built in the 4th century as a Roman hunting lodge, the Villa houses an incredible collection of vivid mosaics depicting subjects ranging from mythological scenes to daily activities; a famous tableau illustrates women exercising in
bikini-style garments. Then explore the nearby baroque town of Caltagirone, known as the city of ceramics. Pottery has been a way of life here for hundreds of years as a result of an endless supply of good-quality local clay. The most popular style is majolica, a tin-glazed pottery in dazzling hues. Hand-painted tiles in vibrant blues and yellows can be seen all over the town, in houses and churches, parks and squares, and no visitor should miss the 142-step stone staircase, Scalinata di Santa Maria del Monte, which links the upper and lower towns – each step is inlaid with beautiful ceramic tiles. Caltagirone is also home to the island’s Museum of Ceramics, where around 2,500 exhibits chart the industry’s development from the beginning.
Enjoy a scenic drive (approx 2 hours 40 mins) to the Sicilian capital, entering by the medieval district, which is rich in baroque and Arabian-Norman architecture. Your guide will escort you to Piazza Pretoria with its beautiful Renaissance fountain, just metres from the Quattro Canti, the very centre of the city. You will see the magnificent Cathedral, with its blend of styles encompassing Renaissance, Gothic and Baroque, and the striking San Cataldo Church. Continue on foot to the Church of San Giovanni degli Eremiti, one of the best-known Norman monuments built by King Roger II, and the Royal Palace of Palermo, formerly the seat of the Kings of Sicily. Just outside Palermo is the historic hilltown of Monreale, reached along a scenic road with panoramic views of the beautiful Conca D’Oro valley. Alight to visit the splendid Norman Duomo, renowned for its gleaming gold mosaics, and the ornate Benedictine monastery dating from the 12th century.
A relaxed journey by road, through enchanting landscapes, brings you to Agrigento on the south coast. The major attraction here is the astounding Valley of the Temples, an archaeological park boasting eight Greek structures dedicated to deities including Hera, Concordia, Heracles and Zeus, which stand proudly on rocky crests. Walk through and around each temple and visit the excellent archaeological museum, before enjoying a traditional Sicilian lunch.
Enjoy an enthralling helicopter flight to the Valle dei Templi, one of the most majestic archaeological sites in the world. Gain sweeping views of the seven great Doric temples. If you wish to alight to visit Agrigento or the temples, the helicopter will touch down and a guide will meet you for a private tour. Gain a closer look at the stunning columned ruins, including the extraordinarily well-preserved Temple of Concordia and the Byzantine tombs set among ancient olive trees. Your guide will then escort you back to the helicopter.
Romantic Sunset Cruise : Be mesmerised by the sun setting over the water and Sicily’s iconic volcano on this blissful evening cruise. Step aboard to be served a sparkling cocktail and delicious local appetisers. Cruise the amazing Bay of Giardini, prosecco in hand, as the sky blazes red and deep orange over the bluest of seas.
Cyclops Riviera Cruise : Set sail on a legendary voyage around lush, lava-strewn landscapes shaped by Europe’s largest volcano and depicted in famous mythical adventures. Glide past the fishing village of Acitrezza, where eight volcanic stacks, or faraglioni, were allegedly formed by the cyclops Polyphemus hurling large boulders at Ulysses’ ships. Journey through the Timpa di Acireale nature reserve and view the black lava-stone castle of Aci Castello, just one of the many ‘acis’ in the area named after a mortal shepherd boy with whom a sea goddess fell in love. Admire picturesque villages, verdant vegetation and one of the most beautiful protected marine areas in the world.
Aeolian Islands By Boat : Sail to Lipari, the largest of the UNESCO-protected, ruggedly volcanic Aeolian Islands. Dominating Lipari Town, an impressive castle and ancient fortified walls overlook the picturesque harbour. Explore Greek ruins, the cathedral and archaeological museum, or discover white pebble beaches lapped by turquoise waters and breathtakingly beautiful coves only accessible by boat. The nearby island of Vulcano was believed by the Romans to be the home of the fire god Vulcan’s workshop. Here, you can climb the still smoking craters, explore the therapeutic mud baths and hot springs or swim off the volcanic beaches.
Island Of Dreams : Set sail to wild and wonderful Filicudi, the most unspoilt island in the Aeolian archipelago. Enjoy private visits to some of the extraordinary people who have made their home here. You’ll begin at the restored Aeolian house of Nicola Rinaudo, a former antiques dealer, who cultivates tasty produce in his glorious gardens. He’ll welcome you with an indulgent breakfast of coffee and homemade cake. Your second stop is with artist Marina Klemente, who has transformed a mountain cave into a magical dwelling, twinkling with lights. Admire her artworks, crafted from local
found objects such as driftwood, pebbles and coloured glass. Your final visit is with Giuseppe Parella and his wife Zin Mar, from Thailand, who love to cook Sicilian-Asian cuisine. Relax at a shady table, set with colourful ceramic dishes, and feast on dishes such as spaghetti and caponata, soya noodles and the freshest fried fish.
Set on its own exclusive beach, beside one of the most beautiful coastlines in all of Italy, Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea overlooks the aquamarine sea. Built by an aristocratic family in 1830 among lush, subtropical gardens, this secluded retreat retains all the charm of a private residence. It enjoys a reputation as one of the most romantic hotels in Taormina. Settle into a sun-dappled seat and relax. Then, when action calls, a cable car whisks you in just three minutes to the town centre, with its many cultural attractions and sophisticated shopping scene.
The décor of the 65 rooms reflects the nautical character and marine location of the hotel, with ample use of Sicilian materials and fabrics, creating a light and serene atmosphere. Guests can relax on the beach provided with 6 private luxury cabanas, at the infinty pool with panoramic views of the sea, or at the wellness centre.
Located on the scenic Bay of Mazzarò, every stay at this private beach resort offers guaranteed serenity. Recline in your own personal haven complete with king size bed, plush fabrics and fine artwork. Revitalise in the indulgent en suite marble bathrooms. Balconies and terraces boast mesmerising views of the ocean or sub-tropical gardens. Order room service, stay inside, and revel in the luxury.
Our Deluxe Double Rooms boast breathtaking sea views. Step out onto your private terrace or balcony, perfect for breakfast in the morning light or an alfresco dinner beneath the stars.
Befitting one of the most idyllic Sicily resorts, our Junior Suites are a personal haven of comfort. Stretch out on plush beds, unwind in the sitting area, or pamper yourself in the generous marble bathroom. Unwind in the sitting area, or catch the spectacular sunset from your balcony. Some suites can connect, giving you an entire floor to stretch out in.
Look out and savour inspiring views of the Bay of Mazzarò from your personal balcony.
Sink into our Exclusive Suites and experience some of the most luxurious accommodation Italy has to offer. A spacious living area is a delightful haven, while the expansive terrace boasts panoramic views of the bay. An opulent bathroom has a separate shower, bathtub and double vanity basin.
Go all-out on indulgence with the most opulent suite at Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea. The simple, elegant décor is rich with natural elements, including wood, stone and flowers. Several design touches, such as the woven rattan bedhead and framed antiques celebrate Sicily’s traditional craftsmanship. An original artwork from Italian artist Mimmo Rotella serves as a captivating centrepiece.
Of all the Taormina restaurants, many critics believe Oliviero has the edge. Resting on its own exclusive shoreline, the venue serves up the very best from land and sea beside a bay shimmering with stars. For something more informal, the Bar’s sea-facing location satisfies every sense. Lunch on freshly grilled fish and delicate homemade pasta, or enjoy a Sicilian Mojito here at sunset.
One of the most revered Taormina restaurants, Oliviero champions fresh produce and seasonal cooking––with a menu guaranteed to impress. With Sicily’s striking cliffs as a backdrop, indulge in delicate homemade risotto, or go light with colourful salads and just-caught frutti di mare. For the sweet-toothed, a decadent dessert menu will steal your gaze from the dazzling sea below.
Pull up a seat for a crisp glass of wine by the bay, or order a Napoli-style pizza and some fresh seafood from our enticing menu. Whatever your mood, the bar’s informal ambience attracts guests and non-residents alike for scenic sundowners. Our late-night indoor bar lets you end the evening in style.
Nestling in Taormina’s cliffs beside our inviting infinity pool, the Pool Bar sports unrivalled views of Sicily’s dramatic coastline and a light menu of Italian refreshments.
Barbecue By The Sea / Candlelit Dinner On The Beach
Every Sunday, during summer, Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea hosts a delicious barbecue overlooking the bay. Let our Chef Agostino D’Angelo grill the catch of the day or a juicy cut of meat before you, choose vegetables and salads from the buffet, then settle down to dine in the cool sea breeze.
As evening falls, the private beach at Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea takes on a magic of its own. With the sea gently lapping in the distance and a sky full of twinkling stars, it provides the perfect setting for a romantic dinner. Enjoy a specially prepared menu for two, served by your exclusive waiter, in a uniquely intimate atmosphere.
Dinner With Floating Concert
Discover the enchanting light and dazzling waters of Mazzarò Bay aboard a colourful Sicilian boat. On a private sunset cruise, guided by local fishermen, you will witness intense vermilion reflections on the deep-blue water as you explore the bay’s hidden coves. Visit the beautiful Grotta Azzurra, or Blue Grotto, a natural cave that plays host to a fascinating underwater world of sea urchins, shrimp, corals, occasional sponges and moray eels. Return to the bay, where a private floating concert awaits. From their own boat, musicians and singers serenade you with opera classics, such as local composer Vincenzo Bellini’s masterpiece, Norma, setting the scene for a romantic dinner either on board or in one of the luxurious cabanas on Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea’s private beach.
Two dream-like settings in Taormina await our guests. Perched high on the rocky east coast, next to the ancient Greek Theatre, Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo enjoys stunning views over the glittering sea and majestic Mount Etna. Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea, set on its own private beach in Taormina Mare, is a lush hideaway on a serene turquoise bay. You’re welcome to enjoy the facilities at both, hopping on the private shuttle that takes just 15 minutes. When you can tear yourself away, Sicily’s enticing attractions range from baroque towns, idyllic islands and artisan shops to the marvels of Etna herself. Just talk to the Concierge and a host of activities can be arranged.
Relax in your own personal sanctuary beside the azure sea. Our six exclusive cabanas offer blissful seclusion on Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea’s beach. Perfect for up to four people, each stylish cabana is furnished with a comfortable sofa, table, tented veranda and two sun loungers. Guests have access to soft drinks from the minibar, a bottle of sparkling wine, chilled fresh fruit, Evian water spray and complimentary WiFi. A dedicated waiter is on hand to cater to every whim, such as a relaxing massage overlooking the bay and lunch prepared by our Chef Agostino D’Angelo using local ingredients. Rent the cabanas daily or reserve them for your entire stay.
Revitalise body and spirit in our lush ocean-facing garden. A host of superb spa experiences and private in-room treatments capture the healing ambience of the island. Let our therapists guide you through a sensory journey, enlivened by fragrant orange flowers, amber, sandalwood and jasmine––the purest scents of Sicily.
Treat yourself to a heavenly spa therapy in our tranquil gardens. Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea’s Wellness Centre perfectly captures the rejuvenating essence of Sicily. Our treatments draw on fragrant local ingredients, such as orange flowers, amber, sandalwood and jasmine. Enjoy soothing, open-air massages and a selection of nourishing rituals for women, men, couples and even children.
Yoga On The Beach
Start your day in super-relaxed style with a yoga class on Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea’s private beach. Rise with the sun, when the sea is calm, the bay still asleep and the boats still docked, to stretch, recharge and meditate. Guided by an expert teacher, you will end the session feeling serene and re-energised.