Taormina best hotels – Complete hotel guide for all types of traveller

There is no doubt that Taormina offers some of the best hotels in Sicily. Whether you are looking for a luxury, boutique, or beach hotel, or perhaps a place offering something a little unique… Taormina has them all.

This is our selection of the top ten places you can base yourself during your time in the charming destination that is Taormina. Whichever you choose, one of these will be an excellent base for a special stay in Sicily.

From the moment you set down your suitcase, Sicily is your oyster!

Our experienced team can help ensure you make the most out of your time in this magical place with carefully-selected tours and itineraries to suit all travelers.

Time to take your pick of our favorite hotels for an unforgettable getaway in Taormina!

Top 10 best Taormina hotels and suites

Belmond Taormina – Luxury hotel with view

Set in the heart of Taormina, next to the Ancient Greek Theatre, the Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo serves up views that have enchanted those in the know for over a century.

The first hotel to be built in the city gazes out across the coast towards Mount Etna and beyond. Here you can appreciate all the senses of Sicily while relaxing in what’s possibly the most luxurious hotel in town.

Enjoy moments of peace in immaculate gardens, delve into sensational cuisine and be inspired by the classical beauty that surrounds you.

A stay here would hardly be complete without time spent sipping cocktails on the Literary Terrace – just like generations of notable guests before you.

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One of the things that make this hotel special is its acclaimed Michelin-starred restaurant, meaning you really don’t have to travel far in order to taste some of the best dishes to be found in Taormina.

The hotel’s elevated hillside position means the view over the sea and Taormina is unbeatable.

The Literary terrace is one of the most beautiful in town and enjoys being graced by the sun into evening hours.

It’s the perfect place to unwind after a day devouring Taormina’s seas and sights and it’s also one of the top wedding venues in town and in Sicily.

Timeo hotel Taormina wedding location

San Domenico Palace – Luxury and antique residency

The San Domenico Palace Hotel, recently overtaken by the Four Seasons, sits in a truly magnificent setting that has attracted guests since ancient times.

A luxury 5-star hotel in an ancient Dominican monastery, it has views over Mount Etna and Taormina Bay on the east coast of Sicily.

Countless famous writers, artists and composers came here to savor this unique spot at the very tip of Italy.

The hotel features many enviable features, among them are; the immaculate garden designed by acclaimed Italian architect Marco Bay, two ancient cloisters, and a stunning infinity pool offering a chance to swim with one of the best views stretching across the East coast and towards the mighty Etna volcano.

After a dip, relax on a signature sun lounger as you are served a refreshing glass of something special from the hotel’s chic poolside restaurant Anciovi.

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The new Four Seasons hotel in Taormina has taken an ancient location and transported it into a modern luxury destination while retaining its sense of history and original features.

In fact, the hotel’s past is put at the front and center of its character. Some of the corridors give a museum-like feel, with ancient artifacts on display, and there are art experts on hand to give special tours to guests interested in learning more.

This is a truly special location where past and present meet in harmony.

Atlantis Bay Hotel – Taormina beach hotel

This picturesque hotel is located in a spectacular setting amongst the rock that faces the beautiful sea of Baia Delle Sirene or ‘Bay of the Mermaid’.

Offering a luxurious combination of an impeccable outdoor pool with a pristine beach club and gardens, situated on a platform above the sparkling waters of the bay.

It’s the ideal spot for those who like their privacy to spend long days relaxing in the sun, enjoying the delights of a Sicilian summer.

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Located on a private bay, this is a fabulous spot for those wishing to make the most of Taormina’s charming sea.

Its unique location built into the rock of the bay makes this a peaceful spot away from the crowds.

The hotel’s location right on the sea creates a sense of tranquility.

The sound of gentle waves will be the soundtrack for your stay, from when you sip your first espresso of the morning, to when you lay your head down at night.

From here, you can make the most of your seaside location with excursions such as a fabulous boat trip around Isola Bella, the pearl of the Mediterranean, and the bay of Mazzaro, exploring rock formations and caves while sipping local wine. A true taste of La Dolce Vita!

Outdoor area Atlantis bay hotel

Villa Sant’Andrea Hotel – Taormina beach hotel

Staying at the Villa Sant’Andrea is like having a taste of 50’s Italian glamour.

This classic hotel encapsulates the romantic mood of Taormina, and prides itself on creating the atmosphere of an ‘elegant home’ environment.

Enjoying one of the best beach locations in Taormina, this hotel offers a truly chic retreat for a luxury summer vacation and is also the ideal spot for a special occasion worth remembering.

Often chosen by couples enquiring about romantic wedding or honeymoon destinations in Taormina, Vila Sant’Andrea offers a dream-like setting.

The immaculate interior and exterior combined with the attentiveness of staff create a truly relaxing atmosphere.

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Some of the main charms of Villa Sant’Andrea can surely be experienced in the gardens.

Guests are able to feel at one with nature and to be enchanted by local pines and Mediterranean botanies.

Guests looking for ultimate relaxation are invited to indulge in a relaxing outdoor spa treatment using products infused with local ingredients and aromas. Pure bliss!

Villa Ducale – Boutique hotel

A great choice for those seeking something more intimate, this boutique hotel earns a worthy place on our list of best hotels in Taormina.

Villa Ducale is perched above the center of Taormina, thus benefitting from astounding hilltop views and an accompanying sense of tranquility.

Its position allows easy reach of the activity in Taormina (there is a regular shuttle bus) and also to the charms of the Medieval village of Castelmola, a place we recommend to every visitor!

This place is not short of character, with its modern interiors incorporating Sicilian elements; it offers a dependable alternative to those preferring to opt for somewhere independently owned.

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The intimate nature of Villa Ducale means that personal touches can be made: while the restaurant has gained itself a good reputation, they are happy to take special requests in advance, going above and beyond to cater to your needs.

Villa Carlotta – Boutique hotel

Villa Carlotta, another of our favorite hotels in Taormina, is the sister hotel of Villa Ducale and shares many of the same characteristics.

However, this luxury boutique hotel has its own personality; with rooms featuring an elegant mix of contemporary and classic interiors incorporating luxurious mosaic and marble details.

Built into the hillside high on one of Taormina’s winding roads, Villa Carlotta has memorable architectural features including large Arabic-style windows providing the perfect viewing glass over the Ionian Sea and towards Mt. Etna.

It features a small yet picturesque pool area providing the ideal setting where you can enjoy a rejuvenating swim

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Take the lift up to Villa Carlotta’s fabulous terrace where the panoramic view will leave you speechless.

We recommend taking the time in the morning to sit and devour the endless view while enjoying a typical Sicilian breakfast and sampling some specialties such as cannoli and cassata.

The Ashbee -Taormina Luxury hotel

Built in 1908, the Ashbee was commissioned by the Architect Charles Robert Ashbee, an important English designer and entrepreneur of the time.

This spacious and refined hotel offers an ideal base for those who will appreciate a marriage of Mediterranean magic with English grandeur.

On-site Michelin starred restaurant serves up the vision of award-winning chef Heinz Beck.

Spend an evening sampling a la Carte dishes that give an elegant twist on Sicilian cuisine.

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The location of The Ashbee, tucked away just off Taormina’s famous main Corso, means its quiet enough to ensure peace and quiet, while being within easy walking distance of the atmospheric Taormina centre so you can spend leisurely evenings going for a passagiata, shop, or aperitivo.

The immaculately maintained gardens are adorned with jasmine, creating a fragrant and calming feel. A small but considered detail that helps create lasting memories of a special time in Sicily.

St Andrea hotel beach Taormina

Metropole – Luxury hotel with a view

Exclusive suites within a setting of ‘informal luxury’, is what the Metropole offers.

This 18th century hotel is a great choice for those seeking something centrally located while also requiring the pool and relaxation facilities for the perfect wind-down.
Jazz lovers will be well entertained by the well-reputed Metropole Jazz night.

An unexpected yet welcome feature to a luxury Taormina hotel, the Jazz nights stem from the hotel owners love of the genre.

Sit back and relax as the jazz orchestra provides the pleasant entertainment to round off a day of exploration and relaxation.

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The Metropole has gained a reputation as a fabulous spot for a terrace aperitivo.

Serving up an extensive selection of delectable cocktails with an equally appetizing view across the sea, it’s a tranquil spot to watch the sky merge with the sea as it fades into its evening hues.

La Malandrina – Luxury suites

La Malandrina Apartments & Suites consist of six luxury holiday apartments and suites, each offering a comfortable and modern base just off the main Corso of Taormina.

Self-catering at its most comfortable; La Malandrina is the ideal choice for travellers looking for somewhere to make themselves at home in Taormina, even if for a short while!

It is an ideal base for those wanting to situate themselves close to the activity of Taormina’s main streets, but with the apartment so tastefully decorated and with all comforts in place, you may find it difficult to leave!

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With attentive hosts on hand to welcome you and answer any queries during your stay, they will go above and beyond to ensure that guests feel at home; a service that gives La Malandrine an edge and contributes to a memorable stay.

Also, quite possibly the most comfortable beds in town!

For more information or for further recommendations on hotels and experiences in Sicily, contact our team who will be delighted to help craft your perfect stay.