Luxury hotel holiday Belmond Hotel Villa Sant Andrea Sicily

The five-star Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea is situated on the seafront at Taormina Mare, enjoying views out to sea and along the beach. The Sant'Andrea is a secluded private beach resort that retains the charm of a private residence. There are 71 rooms and suites, many with sea view. Oliviero is a fine restaurant with terrace dining under palms and with views of the sea. Daytimes can be spent on the beach, in the spa or taking part in a boat trip, paddle surfing, excursions to Etna or a visit to the Greek theatre in Taormina.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Catania
  • Private car transfers
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Belmond Hotel Villa Sant'Andrea, Taormina Mare

Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea is a luxury boutique hotel in a beautiful coastal location. Guests can enjoy complimentary boat rides in summer, indulgent spa facilities and delicious local cuisine for a taste of true Sicilian indulgence.

Facts in brief

Location The hotel is a 30-minute walk to the centre of Taormina

Annual opening 02 April to 27 October

Closest airport Catania Airport

Distance from airport The hotel is about 1-hour's drive from Catania Airport

Closest railway station Taormina Giardini

Distance from railway station The hotel is about 5-minutes' drive from Taormina Giardini

Hotel facilities and services

Pool Restaurant and Bar, Restaurant Oliviero, Private Beach, Gardens, Panoramic Outdoor Swimming Pool, Spa and Wellness Centre, Gym, Shuttle Service to Grand Hotel Timeo in Taormina, Boat Cruises along the coast, Diving Centre on private beach, Kids' Club, Babysitting, Parking (with supplement).

Complimentary

Freshly made lemonade upon arrival. Access to the private beach.

Chargeable watersports

Diving Centre on the private beach.

Out and about nearby

Taormina - Greek theatre and panoramas, Mount Etna, Giardini Naxos, Agrigento and Messina.

Sports nearby

Golf at 'Il Picciolo', Paddle Boarding and Diving.

Special offers for this holiday>

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Classic double room for 7 nights

From about

£1,490

Holiday Code IE139

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Belmond Hotel Villa Sant'Andrea, Taormina Mare

The Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea was originally built by an English family in a glorious location on the water's edge amidst sub-tropical gardens. The flavour of the family villa remains in the subtle and elegant decoration, the antique furniture and paintings and the style of the hotel, yet tasteful refurbishment has meant that the bedrooms of the Villa Sant'Andrea offer high standards of contemporary comfort. Oliviero's Restaurant has a good reputation locally and affords delightful views across the bay of Mazzaro. Service is in the garden terrace by the beach in the summer months. Clients have the use of the Villa Sant'Andrea's beach, a mixture of sand and shingle, equipped with sun loungers, umbrellas, towels, showers and changing facilities, all complimentary to hotel guests. The bedrooms are all of different sizes, aspects and decoration. Some face the sea, some the gardens, and some of the sea view rooms have balcony or terrace. The Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea is situated a couple of minutes' walk from the cable car to Taormina. A charming hotel in an excellent location the Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea is perfect for both relaxing and exploring Siciliy.

Room descriptions

Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea has 60 rooms and suites with air-conditioning, television, telephone and minibar.

Classic Double or Twin with bath or shower and wc. Most have a French balcony or terrace.
Superior Double or Twin with bath or shower and wc. Most have a French balcony or window with sea view.
Deluxe Double or Twin with bath or shower and wc. Most have a balcony or terrace with sea view.
Junior Suite Superior with bath, shower and wc, balcony or terrace with sea view
Junior Suite Deluxe with bath, shower and wc, balcony or terrace with sea view.
Other suites on request, including Garden Suite and Suite Executive
Private Cabanas (max. occupancy of 4) are now also available on request

Special offers for this holiday>

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Classic double room for 7 nights

From about

£1,490

Holiday Code IE139

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Belmond Hotel Villa Sant'Andrea, Taormina Mare

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea in Sicily, our clients usually fly to Catania airport. From the airport, we recommend a private car transfer which we would include in our holiday price, or we recommend that you use a hire-car for the duration of your holiday, especially if you want to tour the region. If you are staying at this hotel as part of a tailor-made touring holiday, we would include a hire-car for the itinerary.

Additional information

Children: All children are welcome at the hotel. Children 11 years and under stay free of charge on a B&B basis when sharing a room with 2 adults. Extra beds can be added in Junior Suites and Suites.

Other information: About one and a half hours' drive to Milazzo.

Special offers

Complimentary night offer 2020 Book a stay of 5 nights and pay the price of 4 nights for stays from 24 April to 28 May 2020 and 28 September to 15 October 2020. This can't be combined with any other special offer. To book this promotion, you will have to quote the "T5X4" promotional code. Restrictions apply.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Classic double room for 7 nights

From about

£1,490

Holiday Code IE139

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Belmond Hotel Villa Sant'Andrea, Taormina Mare

About Sicily

An Expressions tailor-made holiday in Sicily allows visitors to discover a unique and captivating island. The rich tapestry of Mediterranean history can be witnessed on the southerly island of Sicily, fascinating not only for its amazing blend of cultures including Greek, Arab, Byzantine and Norman and its architectural treasures which reflect these influences but also for its breath-taking scenery of coast, parched mountains and fertile groves of almonds, oranges, lemons and olives. The people are proud and independent, reserved but sincere and helpful. Traditions thrive to an extent that the atmosphere of Sicily is unrecognisable in the context of other parts of Italy further north. The towns and villages are contrasting with picture postcard scenes of mediaeval labyrinthine alleyways adorned by wrought-iron balconies and baskets of flowers or severe dilapidation punctuated by grand Baroque or austere Norman cathedrals and churches. Additionally, there are of course some of the most important sites of the ancient Greek world such as the temples at Agrigento, the theatre at Taormina and numerous relics at Siracusa, reputedly one of the most beautiful cities of the Greek world. High above the island looms Mount Etna, one of the largest volcanoes in the world and an awe-inspiring sight. Off the north coast of Sicily, the beautiful Aeolian Islands offer escape and remoteness, natural scenery and a startling light, a sleepy way of life and romantic isolation. A holiday in Sicily appeals for those who want typical rest and relaxation with cultural activities at hand, and for those who want to be more adventurous and experience more of this captivating island.

Highlights of Sicily

An ascent of Mount Etna, partly by car and then further on foot (guides available) through the luxuriant vegetation which includes oranges and lemons, bougainvillaea and poinsettias and then higher up the groves of walnuts, cherries, almonds, pistachios and vines. Palermo is known for its street markets, especially Vucciria and Ballaro, where traders and hawkers, pickpockets and shoppers converge amongst narrow streets and stalls of wares. See the traditional costumes and dialect of Piana degli Albanesi, where Albanians settled in the 15th Century. Revel in the splendid site of Taormina above the sea with views to Etna. Local crafts include cork, ceramics, honey, embroidery, raffia. Enjoy the calm and remoteness of the Aeolian Islands with their clear waters, beautiful scenery and peaceful way of life. Enjoy the gardens of the Villa Giulia in Palermo and the Public Gardens in Taormina.

Cultural highlights of Sicily

Palermo contains some of the greatest Arab-Norman buildings in existence - San Giovanni degli Eremiti, the Palazzo Reale with its striking Cappella Palatina and La Martorana. Monreale outside Palermo is the greatest work of Norman architecture in Sicily and contains beautiful 12th and 13th Century mosaics and cloisters. The Doric temples of the 5th Century BC in the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento. Cefalu has the `Portrait of a Man` by Antonello da Messina, dating from 1465 in its Museo Mandralisca.

Festivals in Sicily

Many Sicilian local festivals are linked to Saints’ Days. A few of the most well-known festivals generally include Carnival celebrations in Taormina and Acireale. Easter is celebrated especially in Trapani, Marsala and Piana degli Albanesi. Messina celebrates Ferragosto on the 15th August with a firework display over the Straits. The Sagra del Mandorlo in Fiore takes place in Agrigento in the first and second weeks of February to celebrate the almond blossom. Taormina Arte is a summer festival of music, cinema, ballet and theatre, held in the Greek theatre. The Palio dei Normanni takes place in Piazza Armeria in August.

Gastronomy in Sicily

The gastronomy of Sicily, like much of the culture of the island, has been heavily influenced by its history. Cuscus is a Sicilian version of couscous, and marzipan features heavily in sweets. Local produce includes citrus fruits, almonds, capers, olives, peppers and fish. Local specialities include Maccheroni con le sarde (pasta with sardines, fennel, raisins, pine nuts and saffron), Pesce spada (grilled sword fish), 'alla Siciliana' with capers, red peppers and herbs. Cassata is a popular dessert made with ricotta, candied fruit and pistachios and Cannoli are almond biscuits stuffed with ricotta. Sicily produces a variety of red and white wines including Corvo di Salaparuta and Etna, Marsala and Malvasia.

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