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11 Nov 2019
Roberto Toro, Executive Chef at Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo, Taormina, proudly represents his culinary team at the Teatro Municipale in Piacenza as Otto Geleng restaurant receives its first Michelin Star, less than two years since opening its doors.
19 Mar 2019
"To do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world, the most difficult and the most intellectual" (Oscar Wilde)
Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea first made its name as a playground for film stars in the 1950s. And it’s not hard to see why. It’s got that special something – a measure of glitz, a sprinkle of glamour and a cool beach vibe. Sister hotel to Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo set just up the hill, it offers a tranquil beachside escape on one of the most beautiful coastlines in Italy, picturesque Taormina Mare.
Once a private villa, it is set in lush, sub-tropical gardens on a stretch of pebble beach on Sicily’s sparkling Mazzarò bay, a coastline dotted with magical caves, mystical islands and crystal clear waters.
There are 68 elegant rooms and suites, decorated in a style best summed up as Sicilian luxe, the majority of which look out over the beach and pristine waters of the bay. Most of the rooms have flower-filled balconies, where guests can while away the hours watching the waves lap and the boats bob.
As well as the quiet beach, complete with sun-loungers for guests’ exclusive use, there is a heated swimming pool, plus a private stretch of beach boasting six luxury cabanas - a personal sanctuary by the sea.
Each cabana accommodates up to four people and all are stylishly furnished with plump sofas, well-stocked mini-bars, tented verandas and sun-loungers. Each has its own dedicated waiter, who is on hand to arrange anything from relaxing massages to a fresh fish lunch, prepared with passion by the hotel’s chef, Aniello Razzano.
Chef Aniello oversees the hotel’s Oliviero restaurant, which focuses on the Mediterranean’s finest seasonal produce, with a particular emphasis on Sicilian specialities. A highlight is fish plucked straight from the bay and grilled to perfection—especially when preceded by a cool aperitivo at the adjacent terrace bar.
There’s also a Fitness Centre, complete with hammam, and The Wellness Centre, with its array of treatments using products from Sothys and Les Senses de Marrakech, scented with orange flowers, amber, sandalwood and jasmine.
Or for those seeking something a little more demanding, Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea can arrange an array of activities, from watersports to wine tasting. Plus there are complimentary boat tours, stopping at Isola Bella, once home to a friend of Queen Victoria and now a nature reserve with its stunning Grotta Azzurra. The tour also offers the chance to snorkel among the kaleidoscope of fish, before sailing over to the north side of the bay to Capo Sant’Alessio, with its breathtaking views over Castelmola and its picturesque ruins. The hotel’s action-packed Kid’s Club offers plenty of other family-friendly activities,from sailing lessons to horse riding.
Located on one of Italy’s most beautiful private beaches, on Sicily’s Bay of Mazzarò, Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea is a former villa, built by an aristocratic family in 1830. Surrounded by parkland and subtropical gardens, this secluded retreat retains all the charm of a private residence. Guests can relax in exclusive cabanas on the sand and swim in the crystal-clear waters or the heated infinity pool overlooking the bay. Complimentary boat excursions and a shuttle to our sister hotel, Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo, are available.Download Factsheet