In 1873, the Grand Hotel Timeo - Taormina's first hotel - is built and a legend is born... Today, after an extensive expert restoration that has not only conserved its elegant style but has also introduced the latest technology, it has become one of the most resplendent properties of the Italian hotel industry and part of the prestigious Orient-Express Hotels group. Completely unique, its exceptional position takes advantage of the spectacular scenery of Taormina - the sunlit Bay of Naxos, the majestic volcanic Mount Etna and the Greco-Roman amphitheater. It is serenely immersed in a centuries-old park of cypresses and magnolias. At the end of the 19th century, it became the favorite destination of reigning monarchs, aristocrats, politicians, illustrious scholars and famous artists. The warm hospitality has its roots in the noble traditions of Sicily and you will be welcomed as an honored guest.
Hidden in a tranquil private park full of cypresses and magnolias just below the ancient Greek amphitheater, the Grand Hotel Timeo opened in 1873 and
has hosted everyone from King Umberto II to Liz Taylor and Richard Burton, and, more recently, the likes of Robert De Niro and Robert Redford. Old-world
elegance and Victorian antiques combine with contemporary conveniences to create a welcoming and comfortable environment. A splash of Baroque mixes with an old-world Mediterranean flavor in the lobby, with wooden floors, tile, brickwork, and vaulted ceilings. Wrought iron and wicker chairs surround
marble tables in the bar and on the adjoining palatial patio, the famous "Literary Terrace" (where drinks are also served). All of the guest rooms are spacious and luxuriously furnished, with crisp Italian linens and large marble bathrooms.
Framed by the most beautiful and evocative terrace in Taormina - seemingly suspended between the sea and the sky - the hotel's excellent restaurant Il Dito e la Luna offers all that is refined and genuine in Sicilian and Mediterranean cuisine. Its magic atmosphere and the breathtaking view, wrapped in an ancient silence where time seems to be standing still, make it an exclusive and romantic oasis of serenity. There’s also the Giardino di Bacco, under a pergola's cool shade next to the swimming pool, as idyllic a place as any to enjoy a plate of spaghetti with freshly-crushed tomatoes and locally caught tuna, or a simple (but simply delicious) pizza.
A shuttle-service is available to take you to the splendid private beach at the nearby Hotel Villa Sant'Andrea (which also now belongs to Orient-Express
Hotels), where you will have use of complimentary cabanas, beach umbrellas, showers and towels.
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