Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea
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So we finally capitulated and made the 2-hour trip to Etnaland, which is in the middle of nowhere, to the left of Catania.
We arrived at the advertised opening time of 9.30, but were pipped at the post by a hundred or so eager teens and Tweens and their parents...... It's gonna be a loooonnnnnnggggg day, I thought.
Italians have a sophisticated attitude to swimming and water-related activities: access to change rooms, at no cost, which ...
... that gather in the evenings, here and in other towns we have visited. They sit and chat amongst themselves, raucously greeting newcomers with kisses and back-beating hugs and ogling women that pass by. They are wonderful to watch, but I'm curious...... Where are all the old women? At home, cooking? Looking after grandchildren? Run off with the pool boy? Swimming with the ...
... the end of siesta, or so we thought.....
Again, we parked at the foot of the town and set off on foot to look for pistachio delicacies and a toilet for Lia. Fifteen minutes later, it became apparent that this town didn't wake up until 4.30, and Lia's increasingly high-pitched enquiries as to the closest toilet made me start looking down narrow alleyways for a covered spot. Eventually, we found the only open bar, frequented only by old men, and dashed ...
At 8.00am we were driven by a chauffeur to the airport. We checked in with no wait at all and went to explore the airport which took about 10 minutes! Our plane left at 10.55am and was a smooth flight arriving in Catania at 11.50am. We then boarded a bus which took us to the terminal. We waited 30 minutes for the luggage to arrive on the conveyor. At last we proceded to the exit where we were met by another chauffeur who took us to the Una ...
... I was talking to a good friend of mine here who told me that she and a buddy were renting a car and driving through Sicily. She asked me if I wanted to come along. Even though I only had a couple days to spare, OF COURSE I SAID YES!! I flew to Catania where they picked me up and then we stayed in Taormina on an amazing beach named Nexos Beach. It was one of the first places that they Ancient Greeks occupied when they landed in Sicily. And I can see why! It is ...
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We stayed here for 3 nights. The setting is good with lovely old furniture and pictures from when it was a privately owned house and excellently situated for the cable car up to Taormina. The sun is not on the hotel first thing and disappears early in the evening. The restuarant food was excellent but overpriced as was everything else. This spoilt it a bit for us as you had the sense of being generally fleeced. The reception staff we found helpful and smiling so maybe they have taken heed of the previous reviews. However the restuarant staff were impersonal and quite cold at times. The place generally also needs a bit of maintainance.
This was a beautiful hotel in an excellent location - beach and sea at the front, cable car to Taormina opposite the entrance at the back. Our standard room was large, rustic and had a large private terrace with sea views - breakfast could be served on the terrace at an extra local charge. The hotel did so much that was right - including beds turned down with a sweet on your pillow nightly. Domestic staff adhered to a high standard of service and we were impressed when, on our arrival, the gardner insisted on taking our bags at the top of the drive. However, along with other reviewers, we found the front of house staff delivered a very impersonal service. There was an issue one night when the restaurant had been overbooked (staff error). Rather than being offered apology, drink while we were waiting etc., we were simply told we would have to go away. I felt that, had I not insisted on being given a new time to return, they would have preferred us to make alternative arrangements.
I would never go back to this hotel, we were so dissapointed. We paid 330 euros per night for room 309. The room was ok and we had a big terrace but it was far to expensive for what we got.
Too expensive for what you get
We were there two nights and had our wedding dinner there. The food was very good, but the staff is really disorganized and not very willing to help you. Some of them are really arrogant. If you pay 330 EUR per night for a room the service should really be perfect, but it was not...and in our room (305) you could hear the noise coming from the air-conditioner, so that we could not really sleep....they said someone would come and repair it, we asked 3 times for that, and nobody came...the location is really great but we would not go there again.
Having spent two weeks here I could not have wished for anything better. All the staff, from start to finish, were very friendly and also very helpful and certainly made our honeymoon that little bit extra special.
The chance to have breakfast and supper with the sound of the sea in the background certainly made for a romantic time.
Great place for a honeymoon and we will certianly be going back there to celebrate our year together ( in fifty more weeks )
Would recommend it to anybody....
Great place with style
We loved that place. You are directly at the beach, the breakfast place outside under trees is more than lovely.
Although the sun moves behind trees at approx. 5p.m. no problem - you just take the cable car up to Taormina for dinner or shopping. It is oposite the hotel entrance.
We had a quite big room with seaside view and a little terrace - great. And what we prefered most, was the hotel style. No bunker and not too big, an old house in very nice style
We stayed there for 4 days with our two kids (4 and 6 years old). we were more or less the youngest guests.
Great Hotel! Perfect Location!!
My family of 4 (children 8 &11) stayed at the Sant'Andrea the last week of April in 2005. We had a fabulous experience. The staff was extremely helpful, polite and spoke English. Our room was the Percy Threwella Suite with the additional adjoining room. It was absolutely beautiful, as was the view. Our own private veranda, good for both sunning or relaxing in shade, overlooking the sea and the gardens. We couldn't have asked for a better location. Right on our own beach and a 2 minute walk to the cable car taking us to Taormina central. We recommend this hotel highly!
Pity about the reception staff!
A beautiful hotel in a suberb setting! What promised to be a fantastic honeymoon for us was spoilt by the unhelpful staff, particularly on reception! I wouldn't recommend it.
Perfect and charming
Worth splashing out on, this hotel has character and an enviable position. We will definitely stay here again. An old colonial residence it is set in a terraced garden giving a needed touch of green on this rather dry island. Taormina is easily reached on the nearby cablecar and is stylish and charming in the evening. Perhaps we didn't find it's best restaraunts though, as those we found were lacking in culinary sparkle. The view from the square in Taormina is breathtaking.