The Best Hotels in Taormina, Sicily, for Every Traveller

Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo boasts what might just be the best location in Taormina
Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo boasts what might just be the best location in Taormina | Courtesy of Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo / Expedia.com
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21 May 2021

A picturesque Sicilian coastal town in the shadow of Mount Etna, Taormina is loved for its archaeological sites, Greek, Roman and Arab-influenced architecture and atmospheric family-run trattorias lining polished marble streets. Artists and writers of the 18th and 19th centuries journeyed here to seek inspiration and, with so much going on, it is easy to see why. Check out our guide to the best hotels in Taormina, all bookable with Culture Trip.

Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea

Luxury, Boutique Hotel, Hotel, Chain Hotel, Spa Hotel
Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea
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The Belmond brand is not just a stamp of high luxury, but also fascinating backstories: it actively buys up and restores iconic palaces, mansions and grand designs in the most glamorous locations and modernises them while keeping a sense of old-school glamour. This villa is no exception, sitting right on the waterfront in Taormina, with manicured gardens spilling down to the sea. Lavish suites feel relaxed with their wicker lampshades and colourful tiling; while Ristorante Olivero has a delicious view of both waves and city walls.

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Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo

Chain Hotel, Luxury
4.8/5 (139 Reviews)
Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo
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Set further inland, on the slopes of the hill town, Timeo has staggering views of Mount Etna’s dome as well as the rippling Mediterranean. Lounge on the broad terrace with a glass of local wine to take it all in, or explore the Greco-Roman amphitheatre just behind the hotel. An alfresco massage in the earthy spa comes with the scents of Sicily’s fruits and herbs. Try the Sicilian Sensations for wafts of olive oil, sweet almond and prickly pear.

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San Domenico Palace Hotel

Chain Hotel
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Four Seasons Junior Suite
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A convent turned palace turned luxury hotel, this newly-minted Four Seasons is really an ageing icon that’s played host to Elizabeth Taylor, Oscar Wilde and Sophia Loren over the years. Channel that hedonistic spirit with a cocktail at the glamourpuss pool, which juts out over forested slopes leading down to the sea. Later, book in for a Sicilian-speciality-packed dinner at island maestro Massimo Mantarro’s restaurant. Creamy, neutral-toned rooms stick to classic white and glossy dark woods, many with dazzling sea views.

Hotel Villa Ducale

Luxury, Boutique Hotel, Hotel
Hotel Villa Ducale
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This charming, family-run boutique hotel sits on a vertiginous spot from which Taormina and its surrounding coastline unfurl like a map. Famous for its view-blessed rooftop terrace and lovingly crafted breakfast trays of fresh fruit and warm pastries, it’s a real home from home, with a private, sheltered pool deck to cool off on. Rooms are bright and zesty with an arty, bohemian lilt: book one with a chic stone terrace and you’ll have bagged one of the best views in Taormina.

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Hotel Taodomus

Boutique Hotel
Hotel Taodomus
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Right in the winding, peach-pink centre of town, this charming, traditional townhouse has balconies that are great for watching the stream of travellers and locals below. A glorious local breakfast of fruit tarts, fresh pastries and juices are also served on a terrace with an A-list view. Rooms are simple with white linen and cool, tiled floors, but there’s character in the painted wooden headboards and mirror frames. Taormina’s cathedral, churches and rustic trattorias are minutes away on foot.

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The Ashbee Hotel

Luxury
The Ashbee Hotel
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The centrepiece of this luxurious pad is its Michelin-starred restaurant, St George, helmed by world-renowned chef Heinz Beck and spread across a lofty terrace lit by candles and trimmed by palms. Book in for a seven-course tasting menu, or just kick back by the hotel’s infinity pool, which stretches towards the panoramic sea views. Rooms are pared-back but undeniably luxurious: think glossy jacquard wallpaper and monogram-stitched satin cushions. Book the Spa Suite for your own private steam room and whirlpool.

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NH Collection Taormina

Chain Hotel
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This affordable city hotel from the reliable Spanish NH brand is less than a kilometre from all of Taormina’s key sights. A large building with a towering, glassy lobby, what it lacks in local charm it more than makes up for it with switched-on, 24-hour service and unpretentious, modern rooms. A buffet breakfast is served in a bright, light, contemporary dining room, while the colourful tiled bar is a great spot for a nightly cocktail. Most stay here in order to head out exploring and dining, rather than to stay and lounge, but there’s a compact outdoor pool should you want to linger.

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  • Hotel Metropole

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    Hotel Metropole
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    The Metropole’s delightfully old-fashioned jazz club is a real treasure on this island, with singers and trios coming from all over the continent to riff on its stage. Also within its recognisable coffee-and-cream facade are impossibly luxurious suites, some with spiral feature staircases, al fresco hot tubs or eagle’s-nest balconies with sea vistas. Particularly spectacular is the sapphire-tiled infinity pool, with tumbling green slopes on either side and Taormina’s beaches in view.

    Villa Carlotta

    Boutique Hotel
    Villa Carlotta
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    The interiors at Villa Carlotta have a modern aesthetic that combines maximalism, botanical prints, pot plants and unusual ceramics. The overall effect is earthy and colourful with a hint of North African style. Many suites have private patios or gardens with candy-coloured geraniums and citrus trees framing the sea view. But most guests flock to the courtyard pool with its picturesque red rooftops and exotic feeling palms. A balcony restaurant serving dainty seafood creations completes your luxury-villa checklist.

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    Hotel Villa Belvedere

    Boutique Hotel
    Hotel Villa Belvedere
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    One of the oldest hotels in town, the Belvedere has a spectacular garden with a kaleidoscope of summer flowers. Sitting out on the breakfast terrace here, with a complimentary glass of fizz, you’ll find the only thing that obscures your view of the ocean is a cloud of pink bougainvillea. A vivid pool is wrapped around a shade-giving tree. But drag yourself away to climb the slopes of Etna, learn pizza-making tips from the pros or feel the breeze in your hair on a boat trip. All these experiences and more can be organised through the hotel.

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    VOI Grand Hotel Mazzarò Sea Palace

    Boutique Hotel
    VOI Grand Hotel Mazzarò Sea Palace
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    One of the city’s few beachfront hotels, VOI Grand is trimmed by pristine white, cushioned loungers and parasols lined up on the sand. The jet-set crowd that checks in here is rewarded with spectacular views of the bay, framed by rocky outcrops, from polished marble balconies or the squishy turquoise sofas at Bar Tancredi, often soundtracked by live music. Rooms are calm and minimal, dressed in smart shades of white, grey and navy. That said, being able to run from lobby to sea in mere seconds is the real luxury here.

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    These recommendations were updated on May 21, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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