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Sicily | Grand Hotel Timeo

Lauren and General Manager, Luca Finardi.

Lauren and General Manager, Luca Finardi.

Grand Hotel Timeo
by: Lauren Machowsky |

WHY: Summer Getaway
WHEN: August 2013
WHO: Me and my husband, Evan

Tutto benissimo!

- Details, Details -

TYPE: An elegant hillside Sicilian retreat overlooking the sea. An Orient-Express Hotel. 

POOL/GYM: A pool overlooking the Ionian Sea/A well-equipped gym.

SPA: Nestled in five acres of garden, the intimate wellness center provides the perfect location for a relaxing massage.  The spa incorporates local flower and fruit essences like Neroli Oil.

RESTAURANT: Dine on the terrace with views of Cape Taormina and Mt. Etna at the hotel's elegant dining room offering traditional Sicilian cuisine and wines, or relax at the very casual poolside restaurant and bar.  

BAR: Enjoy panoramic views while sipping on a bellini or any other delicious cocktail that the hotel offers. During the day, indulge in granitas poolside

VIBE:  Effortless glamour and a high voltage drama thanks to the stunning backdrop of Taormina, one of the most visually stunning cities in Italy. 

ROOMS: 70 rooms with charming Sicilian touches and no detail left behind, everything from the fine linens to thoughtful local bath amenities.  Of course, one of the most important feature is the view, which is to die for, overlooking the ancient Teatro Greco and Mt. Etna, the only active volcano in Europe. 

WIFI: Complimentary and incredibly solid throughout the property.

KIDS: Child friendly

LOCATION: Located in the hills of Taormina, a quick 10 minute drive from the hotel's beachfront sister property Villa Sant'Andrea

WHEN TO GO: The hotel is open seasonally between April and October

SmartFlyer Exclusive Amenities:

Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability 
American breakfast daily for up to two in-room guests, in restaurant or via room service 
$100 Resort or Hotel Credit to be utilized during stay


- A few things -

From the moment you arrive, you are immediately thrust into true luxury. Set in the hills of Taormina, Grand Hotel Timeo is located in town in front of the Greek Theatre and steps away from artisanal shops and authentic Sicilian restaurants. The attention to detail is second to none and service is personalized to make you feel right at home; whether you are being greeted by the hotel staff or tucked in at night by the hotel's turndown service.

As if the hotel isn’t impressive enough, the views of the garden, the sea, as well as Mount Etna are breathtaking. Sipping on champagne and eating arrancini out on the terrace is certainly the icing on the cake. During the day, you can take a free shuttle to the hotel's sister property Villa Sant'Andrea for access to the most magnificent beach and restaurant. Now, just imagine yourself sipping on a strawberry granita looking out to the sea with everything at your fingertips -  A Sicilian paradise!