|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
It's difficult to ask for a more delightful setting. The house is located in the beautiful bay of Mazzarò, next to 5 star Hotel Sant'Andrea. You can park your car on the roof of the building and then go down the stairs to the first floor to access a luxury apartment on the seaside. The apartment has been renovated totally by an architect. Furnitures and fittings have been chosen with great care. There are 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The living room with open kitchen comes out onto the terrace with view over the bay. Stairs bring you to the ground floor of the building from where you have direct access to a platform, right on the rocks from where you can plunge in the sea. If you prefer the beach, you can head to beach club Lido La Pigna or to the bay of Isola Bella. Both distance about 200 meters. From Mazzarò a cable car brings you directly to the center of Taormina. Don't miss the evening stroll on the Corso, the park and the Greek Theatre.
We have been with Homeaway since 2006, proposing houses that are able to unfold Sicily's colours and charm at best.
Houses with quality furnishing in unique locations, with incredible views or with a pool, always accurately selected in order to satisfy our main wish: to see you falling in love with Sicily just like we did.
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Dinners in villas and other extra services can also be arranged. Finally, our prices are final rates! There are no hidden additional costs. We are flexible with your arrivals and departures and if you need a late check-in this is usually possible.
Giulia Lattanzio / Lenneke Burghouts purchased this apartment in 2014
Everything about this apartment is 'true' Italy by the sea! We had stayed in another apartment in the same building which wasn't nearly as nice a few years ago, so were prepared for the building to look rather uncared for on the exterior as per a previous review, but being from Australia, we accept that this is Italy and you couldn't get closer to the sea if you tried. I do admit, that after reading a review made in Sept, I was anxious as to what we would find. I do think that that review was VERY unfair. We were met punctually at an arranged time which was brought forward to suit us. Although the building is old and no lift (3 floors), the apartment itself was beautifully furnished and decorated, very clean, had everything you needed in the kitchen, had odour refreshers everywhere, plenty of clean linen and towels, beautiful tiles both in the living areas and bathrooms, new containers of bath gel and hand wash everywhere. Nothing smelt musty and damp as per the previous review and it was immaculately clean. There is air conditioning in the living area and both bedrooms. A back courtyard and a washing machine. The owners explained everything to us and how they worked. The power did trip out a couple of times but they had shown us how to easily fix that. The previous review mentioned scabies - NEVER! There was the odd mosquito around but that was easily fixed with a 1.50Euro pack of coils. There is a car park on the roof for the car. You can walk down into the basement area and dive into the water from there (sunbeds provided) or take a short walk to the beach (5-10min). You can even swim from the apartment to the beach. I admit the basement area is very basic and has owners kayaks etc stored in there, but that's the basement for all owners and you wouldn't do anything to it as when there is a big swell on, water would come in there. Due to time of year, we were often the only ones in the building of 6 apartments but that didn't matter. My only complaint was that sometimes it was hard to dry clothes completely due to being so close to the sea air, however easily solved as we would put the clothes drying rack up on the roof area and they would dry in no time. We are a reasonably fussy but fit 69 year old couple and could not find fault. We wanted an apartment by the sea, and that's what we got - and as far as we were concerned a good one!
It's just like the pictures inside.
Apartment well presented but too many stairs and the beds felt damp . In a good position if you are young and fit. Would have been a tight squeeze with two couples .
of advantages - sea views , access to a private beach . Of the minuses - a dirty apartment , old furniture , lack of disinfection , inconvenient layout, from the window in the bedroom view of the wall . expensive for such apartments. at first I did not want to write a negative review , but maybe it will affect the owners and the following guests do not become infected with scabies after their stay as me and my husband . we left early because of this .
We had a v pleasant stay in this v stylish apartment. The location is v convenient for isola bella and Taormina and direct access to the sea is perfect for early morning & evening dips. The views from the balcony are stunning. A little odd that the rest of the building appears empty but that made it v quiet and peaceful for our family.
I loved staying in this lovely apartment. The views are more beautiful than the pictures even show. The best is sitting on the balcony watching all the boats. Every night we rode up the Gondola to have dinner and shop. It was lots of fun! The apartment was great for our needs. Because the unit is built into the mountainside, be prepared to walk stairs (four flights down to the apartment). We did have a few issues with the breakers flipping for no real reason. It was truly no big deal, but the breaker box was on the roof where you park. The manager that let us into the apartment was extremely nice. She gave us her cell number and said to call her at anytime if we have any issues. Important advice--if you rent a car, get the smallest you can! The roads are narrow in this part of the country!
Casa Seadream is ideally placed as a base to explore Sicily and the beautiful surroundings of Mazzarò and Taormina, which are lovely.
Alessandra and her family met us on the first day. They were punctual and friendly. There was some confusion as the instructions mentioned to go to the green gate, but there were at least 3 green gates around the apartment, so not sure which one to go to!
Sadly the outside of the apartment building is looking rather shabby and parts of it are falling apart. One’s first impression of Casa Seadream is a descent down a neglected and seedy stairwell to reach the ground floor apartment. This is initially a bit off-putting, and rather difficult with two heavy suitcases (there is no lift).
Once inside the apartment, the sea-facing rooms were light and airy and clean. Unfortunately, the rear bedrooms, because they do not have much natural light, are rather dank and gloomy.
The balcony had a delightful view across the bay and we enjoyed sitting there watching the world go by. Sadly, you had to ignore the railings, which were very rusty and in some cases, coming away from the framework.
I have some sympathy with Kate M’s review in February, but we chose to ignore the railings and the dark bedrooms and the general shoddiness of the exterior of the apartment building and concentrate on the positives, such as the great view, the light and airy lounge/kitchen (which was very clean on arrival) and the ideal locality.
A couple of points which I think should be addressed, and which would be easy to put right, are as follows:
Lack of cutlery - there were 6 forks, but only 3 knives. The apartment can accommodate 4 people, so if it were full, one person would have to share a knife!
There were no wine glasses. Not the end of the world, but it’s preferable to drinking wine from a tumbler.
There were only 2 mugs, for potentially 4 people.
The kitchen equipment was fairly lacking - only 1 tea towel for example, and no wooden spoons for cooking.
Overall, we enjoyed our trip to Sicily and Casa Seadream is ideally located, although there are a few issues, as outlined above.
You can't think of a better location. Right on the seafront of Mazzarò, the beautiful bay that is connected to Taormina center through a cable car. The house is located on the first floor of a building right next to 5 star Hotel Sant'Andrea. You have the same view and position as this famous hotel, but you got more living space, 2 bedrooms and you pay much less!
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
SECURITY DEPOSIT: 450 EURO