Villa Sant’Andrea, A Belmond Hotel

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Nestled just below the main city of Taormina in Messina Italy, is Villa Sant’Andrea, A Belmond Hotel; a dreamy establishment resting on Taormina Mare’s pebbled shore. Once a private home built for an aristocratic family in 1919, the extravagant villa preserves all the charm of a familial residence, just three minutes from the town center via cable car. Travelers flock to this Sicilian gem that greets guests with luxurious hospitality, allowing them to unwind, and tune their heartbeats to the slow, dreamy pace of the bubbling Sicilian waves.

We spoke with the lovely hotel staff at Villa Sant’Andrea, and they encapsulated the hotel’s lifestyle beautifully. “Belmond promotes the idea of ‘villeggiatura’ — an intrinsic Italian concept all about slow, sensuous summers, and Villa Sant’Andrea is no exception. The hotel enjoys a reputation as one of the most romantic hotels in Taormina and is built among gardens which gives it a feel of a private residence. With its own private beach and an infinity pool on the edge of the bay, it truly is a sun-soaked sanctuary. Guests of the hotel are those who also want to live by ‘villeggiatura’ and appreciate the experience of serene luxury.”

What do you consider the best room on the property?

While every room at Villa Sant’Andrea is stunning (and most offer ocean views and balconies), the Presidential Pool Suite is its own private paradise. With two bedrooms, a lavish separate living area, two bathrooms, stunning sea views, and a private terrace, the suite is just over 860 sq ft. Outside, guests can enjoy a blissful sanctuary furnished with a gazebo and seating area. It also boasts a heated private pool and

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