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“25th Anniversary” 5 of 5 stars
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Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo
Ranked #4 of 88 Hotels in Taormina
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“25th Anniversary”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

My husband and I spent 5 nights at the Timeo to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. From the moment we stepped on this property we were treated like royalty!! The staff greeted us by name every time they saw us, it is little touches like this that make the difference! The staff was knew it was a special occasion and made sure to make it even more special, we always had a wonderful seat for breakfast and dinner, Prosecco and fruit in our room, and the pool manager treated us to champagne by the pool and always stopped by to ask we needed anything. I wish I could remember his name because he was so friendly and kind!!
Our mini suite was GORGEOUS with a view that was spectacular. We could see the bay and Mount Etna. Housekeeping kept our room spotless and they were so kind and made sure to come and go when we were not in our room. If we were there they asked if they could come in, but if we were getting ready to leave they would wait and come back later.
Front desk staff couldn't have been nicer, giving us great recommendations to go to places to eat or sight see. What ever we needed they made sure we had it.
Restaurant staff was fabulous!!! We had a dinner there after our vow renewal and they made it the most romantic dinner!! Whatever we wanted we had and the food was wonderful.
The day after our vow renewal they made us cappuccinos with hearts in them.
If we wanted breakfast in our room it was delivered and wonderful. There is a great deal of variety and we loved every bite!!!
A very special thank you to Mariangela, the banquet coordinator. She was in contact with me before our arrival to arrange our vow renewal. It was just my husband and I but we wanted it to be special and romantic. Mariangela was amazing and it was a ceremony we will never forget. She attended to every little detail from the flowers, candles, location, to the cake and Prosecco after the ceremony. It was everything we dreamed it would be. The same day we had our ceremony there was a big wedding with 160 guests, but Mariangela made sure we had her undivided attention as well. My husband, a military man, got choked up by the beauty of the ceremony!!
We also visited the sister property, Villa St. Andrea, and it is gorgeous as well. The beach is like something out of a dream, and the staff is just as attentive.
Do not miss the Villa's boat ride, it is fantastic.
If you are looking for a gorgeous setting and undivided attention the Grand Hotel Timeo is your place!!
I know I am forgetting something, but there is just not enough words to describe how wonderful this hotel is. It was a dream vacation and we will definitely be back!!!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

We spent four nights at the Timeo as a family of four. It is quite simply a wonderful hotel that makes the most of its beautiful location overlooking Taormina and right next door to the Greek theatre. We had two interconnecting rooms in the main building with lovely views over the bay. The service could not have been better, and the concierge Stephen is fantastic. He is the man to see for concert tickets ! Staying the hotel meant we even met the band afterwards when they came to the terrace. We went down to the Sant' Andrea for a day, which is lovely, but were very glad we had chosen to stay at the Timeo. The spa was also excellent. We will definitely be back !

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

We spent a couple of nights recently and had an amazing time there.
Had drinks at the bar and Luigi Rosso, the bar manager was extremely friendly and welcoming. We had a great night and Luigi looked after us very well! Had dinner on the terrace and the food and service were great. Finished the night with the pianist charly. Everything was perfect! Great views from the terrace and facilities in the hotel!
Visited other hotels and this is the best in town!

  • Stayed August 2013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Service/Food: Service is great, rooms are impeccable. The maids and waiters will go out of their way to make your stay relaxing, or adventurous. The pool is small but very nice. The hotel has partnered with Villa San Andrea and there is a shuttle every 30min that takes you up and down the hill to enjoy their private beach.
Location: It's right in the middle of town. Walking distance to great restaurants, churches, and cafes.
Rooms: The villa is as nice as the main building, the view of Mount Etna on the right and the coastline on the left are picture perfect. The rooms on the top floor of the villa have a sweet balcony to take sun, or just watch the sunset

The Hotel Timeo is family friendly. If you are going to Taormina, this is the best place to stay.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

We just came back from Taormina where we stayed at the Grand Hotel Timeo for 6 nights. We had a wonderful experience. Our room (536 - but actually 3rd floor) was located at the Villa Flora which is right across from the main hotel. The view from the room was amazing; sea view and mount etna at the same time (not sure whether lower floors have the same view as there is a another building facing the villa). Also, the view is actually from the balcony that is a few steps above the room, and not the room itself. The room itself was impeccable and beautiful. The location of the hotel is perfect as it is right on the pedestrian area, at the base of the Teatro Greco and a minute away from Corso Umberto (the main pedestrian street). Whenever we wanted to spend the day at the beach we took the shuttle down to the sister hotel Sant'Andrea (amazing food btw!).
Grand Hotel Timeo itself is a beautiful hotel with gorgeous landscaping and gardens. It has a lovely terrace with a breathtaking view, perfect for drinks!
The staff are all very helpful and friendly, and the concierge recommended many good restaurants for us along the corso umberto(our favorites being Maffei's and Viccolo Stretto)
While i do agree that it is an expensive hotel, i do reccommend it as it is a very beautiful hotel with great service and helpful staff, and our experience was honestly great. I would love to return one day.

Room Tip: Our room at the top floor of villa flora (3rd floor) had a beautiful view from the balcony (sea + et...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

We just returned from the Grand Hotel Timeo and it was in a word, perfect. It is simply beautiful; overlooking Taormina and Mt. Etna in the distance. The hotel itself is a beautiful, rambling building, charmingly furnished. The rooms are perfect, but possibly a bit on the small side - gorgeous bathrooms with Penhaligon toiletries. The service is a class unto itself, it's the sort of place where the staff obviously aims to remember your name and your favorite drink - if you just smile at a waiter, they approach you to say hello and ask if they can get you anything.

There were a fair few kids there (including ours) but they never really met any of them because kids (ours, anyway!) are loathe to make introductions and there isn't any games room or ping pong tables etc - this would be ideal to allow the kids a bit of socialization. I should say I was surprised by how well behaved all the kids were there, no screaming or horseplay.

It is expensive, but it's easy to see that their operating costs are higher than a lesser hotel because of the high staff to guest ratio (and general staff excellence) and the building is impeccably maintained.

My only complaint was that our room was rather loud late into the night (not exactly loud but I could hear the restaurant and it's distracting) - so I would avoid rooms directly below the restaurant/terrace i.e. 206 & surrounding.

We tipped quite a lot while we were there, and I don't think we were alone - probably 50 EUR per day. The staff is beyond professional and we never felt obliged, but the service is so perfect and they work so hard that you probably will just want to.

The staff was also so incredibly kind & generous with our kids, it endeared us to them immeasurably. They bought some spinning tops as souvenirs, and we later found some of the younger waiters helping them to get them working in the blazing heat.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

I stayed here in August and it is one of the best hotels I have stayed at. It has an amazing property with all the best services. The staff is very helpful in giving advice for your stay and helping with your itinerary. The breakfast is also very good. The hotel also has transfers to its private beach, which is a large advantage.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo
Address: Via Teatro Greco 59, 98039, Taormina, Sicily, Italy
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Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Messina > Taormina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Taormina
#4 Luxury Hotel in Taormina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo 5*
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set high in the rocky hills on the East coast of the island, with Mount Etna as a backdrop, Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo has always been one of the favourite destinations of both Hollywood’s and Europe’s most prominent stars; from Sofia Loren to Audrey Hepburn, from Marcello Mastroianni to Liz Taylor. Adjacent to the Greek Theatre, the hotel was first built in 1873 and is surrounded by a six-acre park and magnificent gardens where the panoramic pool is located. Widely considered to be the most luxurious hotel in Taormina, it boasts 70 splendid rooms and suites, each decorated in a fresh Sicilian style that blends modern innovation with local artisan traditions. This historical hotel is well known for its “Literary Terrace” which has always been a preferred meeting spot for illustrious guests thanks to its breathtaking panorama. Dining facilities include the Restaurant with an enchanting view of Mount Etna combined with typical Sicilian and Mediterranean cuisine. The Pool Restaurant offers brick-oven pizza, a salad buffet and freshly caught fish, it is the perfect place for a light lunch or a snack. The wellness centre offers signature treatments made from local flowers and fruit essences. A fitness centre and a panoramic swimming-pool are also available Guests can benefit of the complimentary shuttle to the private beach at sister property Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea, in Taormina Mare, boasting new exclusive cabanas, as well as the daily mini-cruise by private boat to explore the beauties of the coast (available during summer). The Smile Club with an English-speaking supervisor is available at sister property Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea to entertain the younger guests with lots of fun and exciting activities. ... more   less 
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