As we are looking at 4 nights it seems appropriate to show you just Taormina and Etna, I would imagine you do not want to pack and unpack each time.
Here is what we have thus far.

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Hotel: Ashbee. Taormina


Named after Charles Robert Ashbee, fan of  John Ruskin and the works of William Morris.

Hard to say something is your favorite from such an amazing selection but Ashbee just does it all. Location, views, food & beverage and lovely well trained staff. The downside if there is one, we need you in the higher category rooms as its a very old structure we need to think J or Suites here to be really comfortable space wise.

Clients are low key and this sanctuary lends itself to 100% relaxation and views that very view afford. All our bookings over the years have been 100% satisfied and want to return. Occupancy is an issue.

St George restaurant by Heinz Beck is a delight, we have known him for 7 years from his Restaurant in Rome ( La Pergola. 3 stars) and he never fails to perform.

Website : Ashbee

TripAdvisor comments

Hotel: El Jebel. Taormina



Away from the fray yet down the steps 20 meters you have everything you need. This is a 5 star hotel but it does not have a gym or swimming pool but they do have a super little Spa. If you can forgive these shortcomings this is a clever stay as it attracts low key people.

Views are as expected for Taormina, and we only choose the third floor which is Moresque in style or the second floor which reflects a baroque style and has a classic feel in decor. Lovely Bar zone and a roof terrace which is the perfect place for us to hold a wine tasting with Etna overlooking us.

Over the years the staff with Annalisa on front desk always going the extra mile, be that room upgrades and just general delightfulness.  Being such a small hotel, you are stepping into a home away from home with just  exclusive and intimate suites and junior suites. Huge windows and high ceilings all lend themselves to relaxation. Prices are very good for the level of service and reflect the lack of some amenities clients may desire.

Website: El Jebel

Tripadvisor: El Jebel

Hotel: Metropole. Taormina



This hotel is located in the middle of Old Taormina. Having the main entrance on the Corso Umberto itself, which is the main pedestrian street, it has all the best shops and restaurants almost next door. The energy of the hotel is young, eager to please. The rooms have a marble staircase and a terrace looking out over the sea, decorated all in white and cream, the beds covered in linen, silk and soft wool. All the rooms include super showers with LED lights and waterfall shower-heads. The hotel offers shuttles to the public beaches and parking for clients (a total plus in Taormina).

The Metropole enjoys an incredible infinity pool with fabulous views, but it is not what you would say private. Tea or Aperitifs in the lobby at sunset is ravishing, done with impeccable service all with the Taorminese views. There is Jazz at night and because of that, we book the higher room levels to avoid noise pollution, that said this hotel is for a younger, trendier set.  You need to think about the Deluxe Suite or Junior Suite Intimate, for a super stay.

Hotel Metropol Taormina Tripadvisor comments

Website Hotel Metropol Taormina

Grand Hotel Timeo, Taormina


Quite simply the pinnacle of Belmond’s Italian hotel portfolio. This is the ex Orient Express Grande Dame cannot be touched for views and the outstanding grounds. Needless to say reassuringly expensive. Gardens and pools all very special. You can use the sister hotel Villa San Andrea should you want some beach and sea action. If there was a negative it would be that the guests tend to be a little snooty.

Website Grand Hotel Timeo

Grand Hotel Timeo Tripadvisor comments

Hotel: Villa Sant’Andrea, Taormina


Sister hotel to the Hotel Timeo. Lovely beachfront and excellent restaurants, if expensive. More of a beach holiday stay but if you want Belmonds level of service its worth a look. We love the fact you can interchange between the two hotels services which gives you the best of both Worlds.


Website Villa Sant’Andrea

Villa Sant’Andrea Tripadvisor comments

Hotel: Maison Blanche, Taormina

Having had the pleasure in staying in the best lodges in the world, it is easy to get jaded. Maison Blanche is right off the charts for even the most travelled amongst us. It is simply an incredible stay. Why? Is it the position perched precariously on a cliff in the beautiful village of Taormina or the James Bond like structure with all rooms experiencing once in a lifetime views or the owner, Francesco, who opens his home and delights in ensuring everything is just perfect for your stay? Naturally, it is a combination of everything.

The house is an architects dream, the interior is a feast of heirlooms from a distinguished industrialist family. With only four rooms, advance booking is essential. The property is not located in the centre of Taormina (15-minute walk). The path up or down is a real delight, but naturally stairs and inclines do predominate due to the elevation of Taormina. Breakfast like everywhere else here is served with a stunning view over Isola Bella and they will make whatever you want. We cannot recommend this extraordinary structure more highly.

Maison Blanche Website

TripAdvisor Comments

Grand Hotel San Pietro, Taormina


Grand Hotel San Pietro is a really superb hotel just off the centre Taormina and therefore, it is quiet and calm and has uninterrupted views of Isole Belle and beyond.

With 73 rooms and suites (that we would advise to book) this really is a small hotel, a home away from home. Built recently 2007 on the stunning grounds of an old villa this has become a favorite for us. Clientele are English and then a splattering from the World.

The executive rooms are the entry level that have no view, so we do not advise them, Full sea views and the balconies and room sizes starting from 26 Sq meters are excellent.  There is as a shuttle to the centre of Taormina (10 minute walk) and San Pietro also offer a shuttle to the beach just 5 minutes, where you can enjoy chairs and umbrellas free of charge at their beach club.

The view of the sea and Mt. Etna while enjoying breakfast under the olive trees is quite the way to start the day. Food and beverage is a really strong point, Gino the head maitre of the hotel has been with them since inception and we really think as far as authentic Sicilian foods and wines they do a incredible job. We know the management but this is a new collaboration for us.

Website Grand Hotel San Pietro

Grand Hotel San Pietro Tripadvisor comments


Hotel: Villa Neri Resort & Spa, Linguaglossa



Villa Neri Resort & Spa is set among the vineyards and olive groves of the beautiful Sicilian countryside with spectacular views of Mt. Etna and the surrounding hills. It is located in Linguaglossa, which is on the slopes of Mt. Etna and only a 25-minute drive to Taormina.

This structure attracts a wealthy, new rich set and there is always a lot of ‘car porn’ parked out front. Perfect for getting straight out in the vineyards. Rooms are clean lines and subtle, super massages and Spa treatments also up for grabs. Its amazing.

Website Villa Neri Resort & Spa

Villa Neri Resort & Spa Tripadvisor comments

Hotel: Monaci delle Terre Nere, Etna


Superb, extremely high end rural stay on the sloop overlooking the bay of Naxos and Taormina. Well placed for Etna touring and getting out to Taormina and Catania. Almost all the food produced for the onsite is made at this estate. Some very private small villa type lodging being our preference in which you find high design with rustic finishes that work.  Perfect for unwinding, views are a delight, wine list  excellent, and all round quality is all top noche.

Website Monaci delle Terre Nere

Tripadvisor Comments Monaci delle Terre Nere

Hotel Costs for Toby and Emma and Friends


Please Note: We can improve on these rates if we go non refundable, think 12 to 15% discount (Note not available on certain Categories)
Please also Note: Some of these are Dynamic Rates so can change (Very little.)


Prices per Night per Room/ Suite.   (Breakfast and 10 %VAT included)



Suite. Rate: Euro 1.100 


Suite Rate: Euro 570,00


Grand Hotel San Pietro

Regal Suite (NOTE) 2 Bedrooms, ideal and 88 Sq Meters, 6th floor, killer views and perfect privacy, 2 bedrooms, 1 living room, 3 balconies with sea view and full Etna view Rate: Euro 1.200

Junior Suite Rate: Euro 570



Deluxe room facing the sea with balcony or terrace,: Euro 980,00  

Deluxe Junior Suite facing the sea with balcony or terrace,  Euro 1800


VILLA SAN ANDREA (Non Refundable Rates)

Superior room facing the sea,  Euro 780

Junior Suite facing the sea,  Euro 1458 



Suite Deluxe & Design on 2 levels – Sea View  Euro 990


(Only two nights using in 24th out 26th September)

Deluxe Double Room Euro 380 






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