Families and culture lovers who want to be centre-stage amidst history and nature.
Grand Hotel Timeo is high on cliff-side Taormina, on the East Coast of Sicily.
All 70 rooms and suites at Grand Hotel Timeo are decorated with flair, evoking the opulence of Italian Baroque. Most have beautiful terraces or balconies, whilst the Presidential Suite has an expansive terrace with a summerhouse, as well as a lounge, dining room, and small hydro-massage pool. For extra space and privacy, guests can stay in the Villa Flora annex just 50 metres from the Timeo Building: the suites here have large separate living areas making them ideal for families.
Boasting one of the most magical backdrops – a timeless panorama in which Mount Etna and the bay of Taormina are the stars of the show – the Restaurant matches its location with spectacular Sicilian and Mediterranean cuisine. The menu focuses on mouth-watering seasonal produce and local specialties, including Pachino cherry tomatoes, Bronte pistachios, capers from Salina, red garlic from Nubia, and fine regional wines such as Nero d’Avola and Moscato di Pantelleria. During the day you can sit in the shade of a cool pergola, and enjoy lunch at the Pool Snack Bar which serves a wide range of light snacks, brick-oven pizzas, a salad buffet and a selection of freshly caught fish.
Just a short walk from Grand Hotel Timeo, the sublime beauty of Taormina beckons you to explore. Top of your list will be the wonderfully preserved Greek Theatre which now plays host to concerts, ballets, and the world-renowned Film Festival which takes place in June. After this, you can lose yourself in the winding streets, watching traditional puppet shows, and picking up antiques, ceramics, and totally unique jewellery made from shells, coral and lava. Back at the hotel, the Wellness Centre is the perfect place to relax and ease your aching feet, with aromatherapy baths, massages, and a sauna.
It’s no wonder that literary figures gushed about Taormina’s indescribable beauty, but for DH Lawrence it was more than just the landscape that inspired him; it is said that Lady Chatterley’s lover was based on an Englishwoman who was living in Taormina at the time.