Villa Sant'Andrea, A Belmond Hotel, Taormina Mare

An exclusive escape on Sicily’s scenic east coast

Once an opulent family villa, the 70-room Villa Sant’Andrea, A Belmond Hotel, Taormina Mare sits in the bay of Taormina Mare, on the scenic east coast of Sicily, and retains the feel of a private residence — with an exclusive beach, no less.

The Belmond team has gone to great lengths to make the character of the original villa, constructed in 1919, the heart and soul of the property. When you aren’t soaking up views of the Mediterranean or the lush landscaping, you’re running your fingers over plush fabrics, climbing marble staircases or pausing to contemplate the glorious pink geraniums, Baroque artwork and heirlooms scattered across the seasonal property.

And with its immersive experiences — picture boat and helicopter trips, island tours in an iconic Ape Calessino three-wheeler and meandering visits to the hilltop towns of Savoca and Forza d’Agro in a vintage Fiat 500 — Villa Sant’Andrea offers an ideal blend of culture, sightseeing and relaxation with mighty Mount Etna and charming Taormina village at your doorstep.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • Beckoning sun-seekers with cocktails and light bites, this cliffside retreat has its own pebbly private beach, where you can admire the turquoise Bay of Mazzarò while savoring Italian gelato, fresh seasonal fruits and cocktails.
  • Ready to unwind? From a heated infinity pool overlooking the bay to a well-equipped gym, there are plenty of ways to relax and recharge. The best choice, though, is the alfresco garden spa, which highlights Sicilian and Mediterranean treatments alongside refined Sothysproducts. Guests also enjoy access to the comprehensive spa facilities at nearby sister property, Grand Hotel Timeo, A Belmond Hotel, Taormina.
  • Complimentary shuttle transfers whisk you up the mountain to Taormina, a charming hilltop town known for its shopping, dining, gardens and cultural sites like the ancient Greek theater of Taormina, in about 10 minutes. Due to its popularity, Taormina can be crowded during summer months, so we’d recommend visiting early in the morning or later in the evening for a more serene experience.
  • The hotel’s namesake restaurant, Ristorante Sant’Andrea, has earned a favored reputation for its impeccable Sicilian cuisine, made from fresh, seasonal and local ingredients. Depending on the season, diners can look forward to just-caught frutti di mare and handmade pasta with shellfish and Verdello lemon. Ristorante Sant’Andrea’s terrace hosts the hotel’s indulgent breakfast. The spread includes a carefully curated buffet of seasonal fruits and divine pastries, nuts, cheese, smoked fish, charcuterie, a wide variety of fresh juices, prosecco and a selection of freshly cooked dishes, including a Sicilian frittata of the day.
  • From wine-tasting adventures on Mount Etna and candlelit dinners on the beach to sailing trips to sleepy Filicudi where you can mingle with local artists, Villa Sant’Andrea offers a range of experiences rooted in nature and culture.

The Rooms

  • A labyrinth of marble hallways leads to sea-view rooms with marble bathrooms and private terraces draped in radiant geraniums. Ranging from 212 to 860 square feet, each room includes thoughtful touches, like local almond milk and cookies as a welcome gift, as well as Technogym training kits on request.
  • As the most spacious room in the Sicily hotel, the two-bedroom pool suite boasts two sizable bedrooms, a separate living area and — the star feature — a large furnished solarium with a private heated pool. What’s more, you are surrounded by nature thanks to understated stone and wood décor alongside lush, terraced tropical gardens.
  • Whether staying in a double room or a suite, you will appreciate the hotel’s classically luxurious but subtle décor. From sumptuous furniture to fine artwork in each room, Belmond creates an environment that’s equally welcoming and sophisticated.
  • The luxury hotel spared no expense when it comes to the details. Rooms feature Sicilian ceramics, woven rattan bedheads and framed antiques. Those staying in suites will find delicate LabSolue scents perfuming the space with tangerine notes.

24-hour room service
Babysitting services
House car
Meeting rooms
Outdoor pool
Pet friendly
Getting There
Via Nazionale 137, Taormina Mare, 98039 Italy
CTA (45-55 min)   PMO (3 hr-3 hr 20 min)  
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