by Terry Ward
Old world luxury awaits at this former 14th century monastery turned luxury hotel perched on a cliff overlooking the Ionian Sea in Taormina. You’re close enough walk to the town’s medieval center, lined with shops and restaurants, so the kids won’t complain their legs are tired. There’s a large onsite pool where they can cool off. And you can enjoy views of Mt. Etna from the sprawling terraces planted with fruit trees.
Our Editor Loves
- Central town location
- Rooms with sea views
- Suites with mini pools
- Family Room 5+
welcoming by night concierge was very unpleasant checkin :
Arrived at 10:00 pm , night concierge was not so pleased to see us (?)
Asked for identification and we showed it , then asked for the credit card that prepaid the reservation : We had another credit card with us having all same name but he refused to give us the room for security reason (?!) . We explained / showed our ID and credit card having same name but he continued to refuse .
I am CEO of a public company , travelling worldwide , never seen that before . Amazing. We asked to talk to the manager but could not see him .
We left hotel .
This is a 14th century monastery in the heart of Taormina, within walking distance of all the shopping and restaurants you would want.
Our room was elegant and spacious with a huge covered balcony overlooking the sea. As this place is literally carved into the side of a cliff, the views from the balcony are breathtaking.
There is also a full gym and it goes without saying that the staff is helpful and courteous, including booking travel, cars and the like.
Also, the grounds are exquisite complete with a pool overlooking the sea as well. If you are really adventurous you could walk down the cliffside to Isola Bella natural reserve and beach, or take the glassed in lift to take you down.