Luxury hotel holiday The Ashbee Taormina, Sicily

The Ashbee in Taormina, as defined by the words over the entrance, Domus pacis, is a haven of peace and beauty with tremendous views and gardens but within a few minutes’ walk of the heart of Taormina. The hotel’s bedrooms exude understated luxury and there is a two-Michelin-starred restaurant.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flight from London to Catania return in economy
  • Private car transfers airport to hotel and back or use of hire-car
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Choice of upgrades available – rooms and flight

Luxury bespoke hotel holidays to the Ashbee, Taormina, Sicily

The Ashbee is a 5-star boutique, luxury hotel occupying a historic site with beautiful gardens and views in Taormina.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 5

Location A few minutes’ walk from the main street, the Corso Umberto, and the Greek theatre.

Annual opening 22 March to 3 November

Closest airport Catania

Distance from airport About an hour from Catania

Closest railway station Taormina-Giardini

Distance from railway station About 10 minutes by car

Hotel facilities and services

Restaurant (2 Michelin stars), roof terrace, bar, pool bar for light meals, swimming pool, gym, garden.

Out and about nearby

Taormina's Greek amphitheatre and public gardens, Mount Etna, Giardini Naxos and the Coast, Agrigento, Messina, Ragusa and Siracusa.

Sports nearby

Watersports, Tennis, Il Picciolo Golf Club (18 holes).

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What particularly impresses us each time we use your services is that ‘what we expect we get’ eg car hire, rooms selected, all with no hassle. Not sure how you do it!!
Mr W, July 2022

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

From about

£2,520 Low season 1 Oct-6 Nov

£2,950 High season 1 Apr-30 Sep

Holiday Code EXH989

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 hotel holidays to the Ashbee, Taormina, Sicily

Room descriptions

The Ashbee has rooms each with bath or shower and wc, with LED TV FHD with Sky TV, National & International Satellite Channels, Free Wi.Fi, Minibar, Robes/slippers, Climate controlled air conditioning, Bath Products, Hairdryer, Enlarger Mirror, Weighing scales, Down duvets & pillows, Complimentary digital newspaper app, Safe, Direct Dial Telephone, 24-hour Room Service

Classic room from 16 sqm, for 2 people, double or twin beds, shower and wc
Superior room from 22 sqm, for 2 people, some with patio, double or twin beds, bathtub or shower and wc
Deluxe room from 23 sqm, for 2 people, double or twin beds, balcony or terrace, bathtub and shower and wc
Suite from 32 sqm, for 4 to 6 people, some with balcony, bathtub and shower and wc
Suite with sea view from 32 sqm, for 4 to 6 people, some with balcony, bathtub and shower and wc
The Ashbee Suite 46 sqm, bedroom, bathtub and shower and wc, for 4 people maximum, double bed, terrace with sea view

Special offers for this holiday>

What particularly impresses us each time we use your services is that ‘what we expect we get’ eg car hire, rooms selected, all with no hassle. Not sure how you do it!!
Mr W, July 2022

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

From about

£2,520 Low season 1 Oct-6 Nov

£2,950 High season 1 Apr-30 Sep

Holiday Code EXH989

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 hotel holidays to the Ashbee, Taormina, Sicily

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to the Ashbee in Taormina, our clients fly to Catania and then have a pre-booked private car transfer or a hire-car for use during the holiday.

Special offers

Call to make your booking and save an extra £50 per adult Call us instead of emailing us when you are thinking of booking a holiday and save an extra £50 per adult (in addition to any special offers that might be available). We want to talk to you to discuss your requirements and a phone call is usually the best way for you to define what you want enabling us to respond more accurately. We want to talk to you and you save an extra £50 per adult.

Early Booking Offer 2024 Book by 1 March 2024 for stays from 22 March to 3 November 2024 and receive a reduction of 15% on all room categories. Restrictions apply.

Free Night Offers 2024 When staying in the Suite, Suite sea view or the Ashbee Suite, book 7 nights and receive the last 2 nights complimentary. When staying in the Suite, book 4 nights and get the last night complimentary. Offers valid all year.

What particularly impresses us each time we use your services is that ‘what we expect we get’ eg car hire, rooms selected, all with no hassle. Not sure how you do it!!
Mr W, July 2022

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

From about

£2,520 Low season 1 Oct-6 Nov

£2,950 High season 1 Apr-30 Sep

Holiday Code EXH989

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 hotel holidays to the Ashbee, Taormina, Sicily

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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