We stayed at Villa Angela for a week at the end of August 2012 and would highly recommend it to anyone thinking of going to Sicily. The views (which hit you as soon as you arrive and then dazzle you for your whole stay) are breathtaking - from reception, from the pool, from the balcony of your room, from where you have breakfast - Mount Etna, the brilliant blue sea all along the coast, the town of Castelmola perched on a rock above you, you don't really know which way to look or point your camera.
The staff are so welcoming, friendly and informed (special mention has to go to Katharine here) - we felt at home straight away. Everywhere is very clean and there is a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, you almost feel at times like you are the only ones staying there (the hotel was full when we were there but never felt crowded). Someone has spent a lot of time and effort getting everything just right. We spent a couple of days by the pool (which is itself very clean and a welcome relief from the heat) and there was never a problem getting sunbeds or clean pool towels (they are always available, even if you don't get back to the pool late). Breakfast is included and is very tasty with plenty of healthy options as well as pastries and cakes for those who want them. We enjoyed walking down to the town and back in the evenings (lots of steps but good excercise which definitely helped with our appetites) and we walked up to Castelmola one evening (quite a steep walk but it doesn't take very long). Taormina itself is beautiful and there is a lot to see, we will have to go back at least one more time to fit in everything that we wanted to do and see (and taste). On the subject taste I particularly loved the gelato, the cannoli, the granita and (strangely as I'm not a big fan of them back home) the courgettes - which for some reason in Sicily taste like nowhere else, they are so sweet and delicious.
Will try and work out how to upload some of my photos here, some of which were taken at the hotel, to give you a feel of the place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Super-friendly boutique hotel with only 27 rooms and an intimate, informal atmosphere ensuring that every guest feels instantly at home. Set in a tranquil location above Taormina with spectacular views that stretch from the crystal clear waters of the Ionian Sea all the way to the top of the volcano, magnificent Mount Etna, and up to the picturesque, medieval hilltop village of Castelmola, Villa Angela is a wonderful example of welcoming Sicilian hospitality. Enjoy delicious buffet breakfasts and authentic Sicilian lunches on our panoramic poolside restaurant terrace. With swimming pool and free car park, Villa Angela offers an unforgettable vacation in romantic rooms (all with free wi-fi, air conditioning/heating, furnished balconies and breathtaking views) amidst the warmth and hospitality of a splendid Sicilian residence. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Villa Angela Taormina, Sicily