We visited Alcantara Resort in August 2012 for a week.
It is a lovely location away from the crowds of Taormina - yet within an easy drive. Similarly Mount Etna and Catania are also both easily accessible. Less well known, but stunning and well worth the visit - are the Alcantara gorges - within a 15 minute drive.
The accommodation are all little villas with either roof or ground level terraces, so great for families where the kids have separate but linked rooms. They were spotlessly clean and in great condition.
The staff were all superbly friendly and made the 4 of us (2 adults and 2 children aged 7 and 9) feel really welcome.
We would have no hesitation in recommending Alcantara Resort - it is really superb.