Step into the luxury of yesteryear at Villa Sant’Andrea Sicily.
Perched on the edge of the sea, with a magnificent view of a shimmering azure bay, is a divinely nostalgic hotel with impeccable manners. As you enter the hotel grounds, the narrow road reveals lush gardens and a warm welcome from unfailingly polite staff.
Villa Sant’Andrea began life as a family home at the turn of the last century, it was not until the 1950s that its owners turned into a hotel, and in the golden age of Hollywood the Villa Sant’Andrea was born. Brimming with understated glamor and having hosted some of Hollywood’s most gilded aristocracy (Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor and Francis Ford Coppola have all graced these halls), it’s not hard to see why the chic and elite would be attracted here.
Reviews of the hotel Villa Sant’Andrea
Rooms and facilities
Rooms are rich with the scent of Ortigia, and savvy hunters of hotel toiletries will be delighted to find a generous allowance of Acqua di Parma hotel miniatures in their bathrooms. Opulent yet understated, the hotel is a maze of marble floors and irregular hallways that yield lush, well-appointed rooms with stunning ocean views. Lavish gardens, woven with stone terraces and walkways wrap the hotel on the ground, while elegant private terraces and balconies open out onto the water.
Within the hotel grounds there is plenty to offer, with a private pool, spa and kids’ club plus a private section of beach on the beautiful bay of Mazzarò. I would recommend the hotel’s specialized outdoor massage which takes place under a gazebo on a secluded garden terrace above the beach. I felt all my worries melt away under the guidance of steady, expert hands as I listened to the sounds of the sea.
Food and drink
The hotel has its own restaurant, Oliviero, as well as a large terrace bar open late into the night serving delicious pizzas and cocktails baked in the stone oven. The Oliviero’s menu is deliciously Italian, offering a plethora of fresh seafood and freshly made pastas, as well as an impeccable wine list.
Breakfast on the terrace is not to be missed: it’s impossible to recreate the simple luxury of warm, dappled sunlight and salty morning air while enjoying a glass of freshly squeezed Sicilian orange juice .
What to do nearby
The hotel is located at the foot of the beautiful medieval town of Taormina: a delight of winding stone streets and charming storefronts. The old Greek theater in the city center is a highlight and is right next to Villa Sant’Andrea’s sister hotel, the Grand Hotel Timeo. Hotel guests can take a free shuttle between the two hotels, providing easy access to sights, restaurants, and nightlife.
Villa Sant’Andrea is also ideally located for venturing out to Sicily, and guests can even take advantage of a free coastal boat tour or take a spin on the hotel’s ultra-chic Dior Vespa scooter. Less than an hour away is Mount Etna and the famous Circumetnea railway – the Villa’s original owner was Cornishman Robert Trewhella, a civil engineer who came to build the railway and fell in love with the Sicily, which led him to build his family home here – which later expanded and became a hotel.
If you want to stay here you will need to visit in the spring, summer or fall as the hotel closes for the winter season. Villa Sant’Andrea is the kind of hotel that exudes impossible glamor and is reminiscent of every dazzling Hollywood movie ever made. You can check in anytime between April and October, but I can guarantee you’ll never want to leave.
Luxurious glamor and romance
Prices start at £334 per night for a standard room. More info here.
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