Why we choose Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo
A stone’s throw from this sumptuous hideaway lies a wealth of ancient history
- The hotel wows with its rich history of literary and cultural icons
- Ensconced within terraced gardens in the heart of old Taormina
- We love to awake to the heady scent of orange blossom on the breeze
Nestled snugly on the citrus clad hillside, the hotel looks out over the sparkling waters of the Ionian sea, casting its shadow over the beautifully preserved Greco-Roman theatre with the majestic Mount Etna as its ever-changing backdrop. The Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo was the first hotel in the pretty town of Taormina, and has become a landmark in its own right.
Take advantage of complimentary extras such as the morning boat cruise along the coast and access to the beach at sister property Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea.
What you need to know about the hotel
Screened by delightful gardens the hotel offers a peaceful haven after a day of adventure and discovery
- Built in 1873, the hotel has become a landmark in its own right
- The hotel’s Literary Terrace pays homage to the many writers—DH Lawrence, Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote among them—who loved Taormina
- Perfect for romantic escapes, the hotel welcomes honeymooners with champagne and flowers, and candles at bedtime
A perfect combination of elegance, warmth and relaxation is on offer at the Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo. Immaculate attention to detail and generous Sicilian hospitality create a welcoming retreat in a delightful setting. Draped in the refreshing cool of sweetly scented gardens, the hotel’s location is a treasure.
Opulent Baroque interiors feature in all rooms and suites, along with a private balcony or terrace giving beautiful views over the bay or the jumbled rooftops of Taormina. Villa Flora is a private villa within the hotel grounds, where a little extra privacy and the option of adjoining rooms makes for perfect family accommodation.
The hotel closes over winter, so don’t plan a visit between mid-November & mid-March. Our tip is to head to Sicily in late Spring. The fresh mornings and blossom-filled gardens are a delight.
Where is it and what's nearby
In the heart of the pretty hillside town of Taormina, Sicily
- Taormina sits halfway up a steep cliff, but the hotel provides a shuttle to help you get around
- Thanks to its volcanic nature the land here is extraordinarily fertile; coupled with the riches from the sea, the region is a gastronomic haven
- Guests can enjoy the private beach and facilities of its sister hotel on the beach—a unique opportunity you’ll cherish on hot summer days
Taormina is a small town on the eastern side of Sicily. Cradled within a citrus grove hillside and overlooking the crystal clear waters of Taormina Bay below, the town hosts an immaculately preserved greco-roman amphitheatre and Mount Etna stands majestically in the distance.
Further afield, Sicily has plenty to offer the adventurous visitor with the Baroque architecture of Catania, scuba diving perfection at Trapani, the breathtaking mosaics of Cattedrale Di Monreale in Palermo province and of course the national parks of inland Sicily.
The Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo is a masterclass in elegant relaxation. Plan a tour around the hotspots of Italy to end here and round off your holiday in style.
How to enjoy Sicily
Sicily is a rich legacy of grand palaces, ornate churches and hillsides fragranced by lemon groves and colored by bougainvillea
- Agrigento, Selinunte, Segesta are three Greek temples that have a good claim to rival anything you will see in Greece
- For stunning Roman Mosaics, largely regarded to be the largest collection in the world, take a trip to see the Villa Romana del Casale
- The coastal roads will reward you with stunning views of rocky cliffs and the turquoise sea before delivering you to a marvelous beach such as Giardini
Sicily’s capital, Palermo, has a vibrant and quaint mix of a rich cultural heritage, evidence in action of the island’s historically important position on the world’s trade routes. Greek and Roman ruins nestle comfortably beside Byzantine churches, Arabian minarets and Norman archways. The old town is a warren of alleyways that suddenly reveal a baroque church, majestic piazza or tiny, old-fashioned grocery store.
For one of the island’s best views, head to the eastern town of Taormina. It has a magical atmosphere enhanced by its clifftop location overlooking two wide sandy bays, an ancient amphitheater and Mount Etna. Often capped in snow, Mount Etna is one of Europe’s only active volcanoes. For an added culture fix, head to Syracuse, home to ancient mathematician and engineer, Archimedes.
When to visit Sicily
Sicily’s warm climate makes it possible to enjoy spring blooms in February and still swim in the sea through to November, though July and August usually hit the 100s every day. Between July and September, Palermo hosts an art and music festival called Kals’Art.
Need to know
Taormina clings to a cliff, so journeying up or down means a vertical incline. Bring good shoes or use the cable car.
A word from the hotel
Mount Etna is one of the most fascinating sites in Sicily and we offer many possibilities to explore Europe’s most impressive volcano. Take a 4x4 off the beaten track or try a helicopter ride with breathtaking views – this is a real once in a lifetime experience.
Steven Ceschia, Head Concierge
A word from the hotel
Spring is a wonderful time to visit for painters and photographers. There’s a special quality to the light which you just don’t get at other times of the year.
Anna Bink, Guest Relations Manager
A word from the hotel
Choose the Presidential Suite for the ultimate wow factor. Bob Dylan once spent the whole night on the terrace watching the lava fountains of Mount Etna.
Luca Finardi, General Manager
People watch while you indulge in the best granita in Sicily, at the Bam Bar on Via di Giovanni. Our top recommendation is the strawberries and cream, for full, ripe fruit flavour.
A word from the hotel
A place overflowing with the freshest catch is definitely the colorful Pescheria – the historical Fish market of Catania. Try one of the raw shrimps or fresh sea urchins directly from the market tables.
Luca Orini, Executive Chef
When you book with us
Because of our special relationship with Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo, we include these exclusive benefits when you book through Select Hotels & Resorts:
- Complimentary Full American breakfast for two daily
- Complimentary early check-in and late check-out upon availability
- Complimentary upgrade upon availability at time of check-in
- 50 EUR Food & Beverage credit per room per stay, bottle of prosecco and fruit in room upon arrival
- Wi-Fi is included in Resort fee
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