Grand Hotel Timeo, A Belmond Hotel, Taormina

A grand Sicilian escape near a volcano

For nearly 150 years, Grand Hotel Timeo, A Belmond Hotel has reigned from its beautiful perch in Taormina, on Sicily’s eastern coast. As one of the original stops on the Grand Tour and the first hotel in the city, the Timeo infuses history with resplendent style. The result: a Slim Aarons dream for the 21st century.

Mount Etna, Europe’s largest and most active volcano, watches over the grand hotel, and its mythic energy seeps into the Timeo. Unapologetically opulent, the historic villa features plush décor like rich marbles, hardwood floors and beautiful furniture and paintings. An utterly sublime pool area is picture-perfect from every angle. Set in a lavishly manicured six-acre compound of verdant tiered gardens, Timeo has carved out a veritable Eden escape on the hill. This pristine location on the rugged cliffs of Taormina places Timeo alongside history — an ancient Greek amphitheater resides at the hotel’s doorstep.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • Timeo’s classic design and impeccable service cement the hotel’s iconic status, alongside the hotel’s star turn as the setting for the second season of HBO’s White Lotus.
  • Named for Grand Tour painter Otto Geleng, the excellent restaurant serves a masterpiece of innovative Sicilian cuisine with every dish.
  • The divine landscape of the property’s tiered gardens and inviting heated pool continues to inspire artists. It also hosts exhibitions, like 2022’s "Colouring The World" by Cameroonian artist Pascale Marthine Tayou.
  • Bar Timeo’s terrace turns back time as an aperitivo enclave and boasts a long history as a hub for world-renowned writers like D.H. Lawrence, Tennessee Williams and Truman Capote.
  • Even though the Sicily hotel puts you in the midst of the mountains, you can enjoy beach time in the luxe cabanas at the nearby sister property Villa Sant'Andrea, A Belmond Hotel. A complimentary shuttle runs between the two hotels.
  • The spa takes a holistic approach to wellness, with a focus on natural, organic and local products

The Rooms

  • The resplendent 70 rooms and suites immerse you in luminous luxury, with an Italian baroque aesthetic, silky wallpaper, marble baths, lush linens and coveted open space.
  • Room service breakfast provides a lovely lesson in Sicily culinary raffinatezza (“refinement”) with granita and brioche, fresh fruit and pastries served in beautiful regalia.
  • Get inspired in rooms that feature exceptional outlooks of the Bay of Naxos and Etna at the luxury hotel.
  • The two-bedroom suite wows with a huge private terrace offering a two-person jacuzzi and breathtaking panoramas of Etna.

24-hour room service
Babysitting services
House car
Meeting rooms
Outdoor pool
Pet friendly
Getting There
Via Teatro Greco 59, Sicily, 98039 Italy
CTA (50 min-1 hr 5 min)   PMO (3 hr 20 min-3 hr 50 min)  
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