Hotel Villa Angela
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My R&R breaks from work are meant to be exactly that – rest and relaxation. But I rarely take this literally as life is short, opportunities are shorter, and I want to make the most of seeing the world from the platform of Ghana while the company pays. But being my 3rd international break in a row, I knew when planning this …
Well, last full day in Sicily, so off to visit the town we have based ourselves at. We are down near the coast, but the old town itself is 200 metres high up a very winding, steep road. It is an old Sicilian town with narrow streets and plenty of shopping, both low and high end. Reason for the high end is that other than airports, it is on of the few places you can buy expensive items without having to pay the VAT if you are a non EC person. Usually you ...
... Opera is the number one form of live entertainment in Sicily and third overall in Italy. What was meant to be an hour trip turned into 2 very enjoyable hours of hurling around the streets of Palermo. After a quick lunch, back in the car for the 4 hour drive back to Taormina. Last full day tomorrow before we all part company on Saturday. Will stay local tomorrow and apart from seeing the town and taking the cable car there, might go for a boat trip around the area. Until ...
... seems to shut between 1.30 and 3.30pm each weekday for siesta! It is a good time to drive as the roads are not so busy! We then to another town further along the coast ( the road and exit was built between two mountains with the roads some 200 metres above the ground...amazing to see, and a good example of the road infrastructure the Italians have spent on the autostrades. Have never seen some many tunnels and bridges to keep the roads straight as possible). ...
Early start to make the Ferrovia Circumennea train that goes around Mt Etna. We managed to find the train station thanks to Sue. After seeing us 4 passengers on the platform, we noticed that they pumped extra diesel into the train! At 9 we set off on a 114km journey which took just over 3 hours. The landscape contrasted from market gardens, vines, orchards to waste land of volcanic black basalt. It ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Villa Angela Taormina
This Hotel is lovely. The rooms are clean and of a good size. The balcony is what really make it special though. They were so big.
We have just returned from our honeymoon break in Sicily where we stayed for nine nights after staying in Rome for three nights for our honeymoon.
We decided to call the hotel at short notice to see if it was possible to arrange a transfer from the airport which they had no problem arranging. It is about a 45 minute drive and cost us 80 euros.
The staff at the hotel are so friendly and make you feel very welcome. Our bedroom was amazing with a four poster bed that makes it all the more romantic. We were given a bottle of prosecco as soon as we got into our room.
The bathroom is nice although it would be better if there was a shower instead of the hand held shower head attached to the bath. We were pleased to see that the bath had jets but when we switched them on they pumped out dirty brown water and mucky bits from the tube. This however was the only not so good point about this hotel.
The view of Etna, the sea and the whole of the town from our large balcony was spectacular. We had comfortable loungers and a patio set too. One evening we choose to have dinner on our balcony. The staff brought up a table and chairs from the restaurant and we had a very romantic evening.
The pool area and other public areas in the hotel are immaculate and the lifeguard is very attentive, adjusting the loungers and constantly.
A word of warning to those planning on going in the sea - We hired a kayak and were about three hundred metres out when a shark appeared very close to us. No idea what type of shark it was but didn't go in the sea again.
Would really recommend this hotel for complete relaxation.
"Spend your money somewhere else............"
We returned from our extended vacation in Sicily and when we arrived in Taormina we wished we had spent the extra money to stay somewhere else.
The staff was very friendly but extremely unprofessional for my entire stay ; we felt like they were doing us a favor by doing things for us or just replying our questions.
The breakfast was poor compared to all the other places and the rooms a lot smaller than described. We had a de-luxe room which we paid 250 euros that was a robbery ! Very expensive for the service offered .
It was good to leave and stay as planned to the best hotel in town at walk distance from the Villa angla !!!!
Excellent for couples
Have just returned from a 9 night stay at Villa Angela.It is owned by Jim Kerr of Simple Minds, who we met on our last day and who was very friendly. It has the feel of a private villa and has the most magnificent views of Etna and the bay from every room. The location is out of town up a very windy and hair-raising road, but they operate a shuttle bus in to town which takes you pretty much when you want to go.
We went with our two teenage children for a special occasion and while our elder child appreciated the peace and quiet, our younger teenager needed a bit more life. Having said that, I would recommend Villa Angela for couples of any age who want a quiet relaxing hotel with every comfort. Not really a family hotel.
The staff were very efficient and we were treated very specially on our wedding anniversary. The pool is lovely and the views are the best we've ever had. The balcony on the cheaper of our two rooms was rather small, but the mid and upper priced rooms had large balconies. This hotel represents good value in Taormina, which is not a cheap place.
What can i say? L'angela di villa era perfetto
I'm writing this on the plane ride home. That way it's all fresh in my mind. I'm stuck in the back of the plane in the middle seat no less. I have a stranger to the left of me and my boyfriend to the right.- he's been doing Su Doku since the beginning of the flight. What I'm a saying? He's been doing those stupid puzzles since the beginning of our trip. I'm sure I'm not the only girl that has to put of with that. The point of that ramble is to help you see that we are just an average couple coming back from what has been a wonderful holiday. And this next chat is a review written by the better half of this average couple. We also stayed at Villa Ducale, and the other half has written a review for that one.
Folks let me break it down for you:
1:I've been had, 2:Could do better, 3:So-so, 4:Pretty impressive, 5:Excellent
Overall: Excellent (24/30)
· Value for money - compared to other hotels in Taormina, room rate was pretty good for a seven night stay.
Hotel: Excellent (5)
· The Villa is situated at the top of a mountain in Taormina and it overlooks the sea.
· The outside (it's yellow) is very well kept.
· Counting the pool area it has 5 floors.
· The number of rooms is small enough to make it feel personal.
Pool: Excellent (5)
· You definitely what a pool because the beach is well, let's say, less then sub par (i.e. rocky, very busy, dirty & a hassle to get to)
· The pool area is clean and has a bunch of "chaises longues" that are very comfortable
· There is a lifeguard on duty. He also acts as the towel boy and waiter.
· They have four speakers in each of the corners of the pool area. They mostly play American soft rock. You can, however, ask them to unplug the one closest to you if Stevie Wonders I just call to say I love you is interfering with the enjoyment of your holiday read.
Room: Pretty Impressive (4)
· The room is a perfect mixture of old Sicilian style with modern touches - i.e. it gives off a traditional feel even thought it's all newly furnished.
· The bathroom is also very modern completed with a bidet.
· I appreciated the fact that the put a scale (electronic) in there - helps to know if you can fit it that extra cannoli at dinner time.
· The one thing I did not like so much was the fact that there was no shower. Let me explain: there is a normal size tub (with jets) at the head of the tub they have installed a "shower spray" that you have to hold in your hand to rise yourself off with. I wasn't very happy at first when I saw that but got used to it by the end of the week.
· Girls, no need to pack your hair dryer as they have supplied one.
· The television is of good size and has two English language stations.
· Oh yeah! Being in the modern age they have realized that some people, after lying in the blistering sun all day might wanna watch something other then CNN or BBC so they have provided a DVD player in the room.
· One last thing, although the bed looked impressive (four poster!) it was getting uncomfortable by the end of the week (especially if you are a princess)
· And one FINAL thing, ALL of the rooms have an ocean view.
Food: Edible (3)
· The morning buffet (included) is loaded with starchy, floury and sugary food i.e croissants, tartes and brioches - very yummy
· They do offer a "diabetic" option which means it's sugar free.
· The fruit is good but you have to get up early to get the good stuff.
· There is yogurt but it's also a case of first come first served otherwise you get the plain ones.
· They also bring out traditional Italian food - grilled eggplant, different cheeses and a bunch of other dishes that I did not recognize but looked good.
· The regular lunch and dinner menu is limited. What they do offer is good but the portions are small. The best value is the lasagne.
· I would suggest to only eat at the hotel if it's a case of "We are too lazy to walk to town" because the restaurants that are about a 30min walk are very good and worth making the trip down for. In fact the hotel recommended restaurant "La Botte" is very good indeed.
Friendliness: Nothing to write home about but nice enough (3 except for Grace whom I give a 5)
· The reception staff is ok. I mean they don't go out of their way to be nice to you but you also don't feel that they are talking about you in Italian.
· They know their stuff and if you ask for something they will try to help.
· I can say the same about the wait staff especially Grace - she is really nice and very sweet.
· They all have some knowledge of English meaning communication is pretty good in the main.
Extra services: More then we could have asked for (4)
· The hotel offers a shuttle to and from the centre on a regular basis. You can also reserve it if the set times don't work out for you.
· They have a list of DVDs you can borrow. The movies are recent enough and there is enough choice that you can find something to keep you busy when your skin is so burnt that just the thought of going in the sun makes your skin hurt.
· The hotel also offers internet access via a laptop at reception, its fast enough to pick up emails and check on your favourite football team.
· If you want a UK paper, there is a small shop in the centre of Taormina (next to the archway at the cable car end of town) which has a range of day old international papers.
If you have any questions feel free to email me.
Fantastic hotel in a beautiful place
My husband and I have just returned from a wonderful week's stay at the Villa Anglea, Taormina. The hotel was everything we'd hoped for and more for our honeymoon - the staff were both friendly and professional, the accommodation was furnished to a very high standard, the pool was beautiful, the views of Mount Etna jaw dropping and the atmosphere warm and relaxing. After a hectic few months planning our wedding the Villa Angela provided the perfect haven where we could relax and chill out in beautiful surroundings.
So, if you are reading this and are undecided about where to go for your next holiday I can't recommend the Villa Angela in Taormina highly enough. It is a lovely hotel, where nothing is too much trouble, in a beautiful town with lots of excellent shops and restaurants and plenty of Sicillian charm, history and warmth.
We hope to return again soon.
Beautiful hotel with stunning setting. Gorgeous rooms with excellent large sun terraces overlooking Mount Etna. Friendly, helpful staff, who cannot do enough for you. Only slight disappointment was quality of food provided for room service and in restaurant, very obviously pre-pared, not what you expect in Italy. Would definitely recommend!
I found this hotel just what i needed for a few days relaxation. It has fabulaous views of Mount Etna and the coast. Each room has a large terrace to relax and have a sundowner on! The staff were very friendly and helpful, one only thing was that the chambermaid always forgot tp leave towels and shower gels etc!!!
However I would still recommend this hotel to anyone and would go back there again! The pool was great with piped music to chill out to.
Magic Villa Angela
Just spent a magic week at the Villa Angela in Taormina, returned on the 17th October 2004.
Set in the cliffs above Taormina, this hotel enjoys truly spectacular views. Staying in the Villa Angela is akin to staying as a very special guest in a friend's private villa. The culture of the hotel is all about satisfying the individual requirements of each guest so that the guest can savor the atmosphere, tranquility and beauty of the surroundings. The staff are incredibly friendly and welcoming, you immediatly sense that they are proud of the facilities offered by the hotel and that nothing will be too much trouble to ensure that you enjoy your stay.
A typical day might begin with breakfast, served by the effervescent Sabrina and Martina on the terrace, with each table carefully arranged so as to maximise the panoramic view of Mt. Etna. Over a frothy cappuccino the day could be planned, be it a walk via steps (takes about 10 minutes)to the charming Taormina or one of the various excursions. In truth many days were spent relaxing by the beautiful pool, sipping a cool drink and soaking in the atmosphere of this remarkable hotel.
The free shuttle service from the hotel to Taormina proved particularly useful when dining out in the many lovely restaurants at night.
Elegant hotel in Taormina
This is a particularly elegant four-star hotel in Taormina, Sicily, Italy. Very high up in this stunning resort, which rises vertically from the sea. We visited in September 2004 and it seemed like very good value at 170 euros per night for two, especially when compared to some of the other hotels we stayed at in Sicily. Newish beautifully decorated rooms that have big terraces with comfortable loungers, helpful staff, van shuttle service to the center of town for dining/shopping, lovely swimming pool. A very popular hotel. We booked it directly and you can find info on webiste: hotelvillaangela