I always thought that Paradise was found somewhere near Tibet. Today I found it nestled in the upper part of Taormina. Getting to the hotel was the only concern.. as the roads are narrow and winding like the amalfi coast but boy the hotel and the associated views are marvelous!! The staff is tremendous, led by the owner Andrea and support well by Riccardo and others. Exceptional views from the rooms, the terrace and the reception area are panoramic of the ocean and of Mount Etna (Sicily's live volcano). The rooms are magnificient and worth every penny that you are spending - dont hesitate ever at the price of staying here.
If I were a travel critic I would tell you the rooms are all five star, the service and the hospitality is without comparison, the panoramic views are spectacular and the beauty of the area and the sun drenched ocean beaches are amazing. Did I mention that our bathroom is nearly as big as our bedroom? Phones in the room (missed this in Rome), great plasma tv in rooms, wonderful air-conditioning in the rooms, laundry service, in room safe, great maps available at the front desk, no problems speaking English or Italian with the staff, great restaurants recommendations, rooms are very nicely furnished with large beds and excellent decor.... very romantic.
Each room has a private terrace with a spectacular view of the ocean and countryside. Access to the town is easy. A free mini shuttle bus takes you into town or to the beach until late at night (and runs on a frequent schedule). From town you can get to the beaches by funicular... really convenient and fun. Corso Umberto is a shoppers paradise and reataurants about everywhere. If you need parking reserve ahead of time... however once you arrive and park your car you really won't need it again before you leave!
Truthfully, you need not look for further paradise or Shangri-la! This is it. I am looking forward to coming back next year and stay longer.. this place is going to be in my mind for ever ...... ciao.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Taormina Hotel Villa Ducale is small luxury boutique hotel perched in an elevated position above the centre of Taormina km 1,3) commanding a unique outstanding view over the Mediterranean sea and Mount Etna.Our hotel,member of HIP hotels, is incredibly pretty, with flowers and colours adorning every angle, and a view to die for.Every bedroom is individually designed with the highest attention to detail, furnished with great taste in a mix of Sicilian traditional and Italian design contemporary style, each has its own private panoramic terrace or balcony.The hotel is able to offer a variety of personalised services, such as cooking lessons, wine tasting and tailor made meals, special romantic candle-lit dinners which can be arranged easily with the super friendly staff.Eleven Double rooms and six suites with full aminities and free wi-fi connection.Free shuttle to center and the beach. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ducale Hotel Taormina
- Hotel Villa Ducale Taormina, Sicily