Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo, Italy

  • 15 Dec - 21 Dec, 2018
  • Mag The Weekly
  • High Life

A Sicilian hideaway

Set in the heart of Taormina, Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo serves up views that have enchanted for more than a century.

The first hotel to be built in the city gazes out across the coast towards Mount Etna and beyond. Here you can breathe in the full spectacle of Sicily. Bask in manicured gardens, savour sensational cuisine and fuel your imagination with cocktails on the Literary Terrace — just like generations of celebrated guests before you.

Rooms with a view

Teetering on the Sicilian clifftops, the accommodation comprises spacious suites and bedrooms split between the main building and the adjacent Villa Flora. Most sport a hypnotic view over the clustered terracotta rooftops of the medieval town, and beyond to the headlands brushing the Ionian Sea. 

Cocktails and cuisine

Savour superb regional cooking, classic Italian cocktails and sensational views at one of the most celebrated Taormina bars. Favoured by some of history’s finest literary greats, D.H. Lawrence, Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams all drew creative inspiration from ambient Literary Terrace. Take a seat here at sunset to discover why.

Backdropped by Mount Etna and Naxos Bay, Timeo restaurant’s striking location is complemented by a superb menu of locally sourced Sicilian favourites. Featuring mouth-watering cuisine alongside an expert menu of drinks, an atmospheric terrace beckons for an unforgettable alfresco feast.

Acquaforte Thalasso Spa, Sardinia

Acquaforte is within a resort that’s nestled in scenic Sardinia. It’s one of the best luxury spas in Italy and has over 20 different treatment rooms. Acquaforte Thalasso Spa is most famous for its thalassotherapy pools set in a tropical garden area. As guests relax in the saline dense pools, massaging jets work their muscles. The thalassotherapy pools here are some of the most popular in the world, and it’s not uncommon to see athletes seeking natural relief in the pools’ waters.

Acquaforte Thalasso Spa also has a zero gravity yoga area for its patrons that are seeking weightless exercises. It’s apart of their Selam Anti-gravity Water Training System, which accommodates guests of different strengths and fitness levels. Every detail of Acquaforte Thalasso Spa is designed to promote health as wellness, which is why the spa has a potent detox menu of foods created by Alfons Schuhbeck, an acclaimed Michelin star chef. The food program, which is called Spice for Life, aims to help guests re-balance from the inside out and heavily features exotic herbs and anti-inflammatory spices such as basil, juniper, turmeric, and ginger.