Elegant villa on three levels with garden of exclusive use, which is part of a prestigious complex, located in Taormina Mare, located right opposite the ISOLA BELLA (now WWF Nature Reserve).
The complex has a large private car park (with allocated parking space for each apartment), a private pool with sea water (this last is operational from 1st May to mid-October) and once in the pool you have the magical feeling of being immersed in the beautiful cobalt blue waters. The rocky beach for the exclusive use, has access via an elevator built inside the rocky ridge and is also accessible through an impressive stone staircase. The beach is equipped with sunbeds and umbrellas reserved for guests and has, since the middle of June, walkways and ladders for direct access to the beautiful waters of the bay.
Structure of the house: The house is on three floors and consists of:
• A large living room with dining room and kitchen on the ground floor;
• Two bedrooms (one double and one twin) and two bathrooms with shower on the first floor, connected to the ground floor with spiral staircase;
• A third double bedroom with private bathroom with shower, on the second floor;
• Porch outside area with dining table and chairs;
• Enchanting garden (in part with turf and partly tiled) with elegant tropical plants and flowers, equipped with umbrellas and comfortable chairs, with great views of the bay of Isola Bella and the Calabrian Coast
• The house is finally completed by a suite on two floors having independent access from the ground floor. That suite consists of a living room with a minibar, a large bathroom with double sinks and shower, and a double bedroom.
• All the rooms of the house are equipped with Cooling with hot and cold air.
Excursion tips: From Taormina you can hike, even daily, in many places of Sicily including: ETNA, the largest active volcano in Europe, the Alcantara Gorges, whose most striking reach 25m in height and give life to a spectacular canyon, the beautiful Aeolian Islands, reached the port of Milazzo, the medieval village of CASTELMOLA, MESSINA, with ORTIGIA SYRACUSE, an island joined to the mainland by three bridges and filled with wonderful examples of Baroque architecture, the precious cities of the late Baroque of the Val di Noto (Modica, Catania, Palazzolo Acreide, Militello Val di Catania, Noto, Caltagirone, Ragusa and Scicli, all declared Unesco Heritage), Villa Romana del Casale in Piazza Armerina with its mosaics of inestimable value , Agrigento with its Valley of the temples where you can see these ancient monuments in their majesty and splendor.
Golf: For golf enthusiasts, 30km from Taormina, in the territory of Castiglione and just below the volcano, the PICCIOLO GOLF CLUB, an 18-hole course that creep through forests of oak, hazel and rows of vineyards.
*My review is too long will proceed in comments* :')
When we arrived I said “This is one of those holidays that convinces you, you don’t want to experiment anywhere else” (even though obviously, I do- ha ha).
Upon arrival we were punctually, greeted by Antonio, our host, who could have been described as nothing but an angel! Her English was excellent… she gave us a full, detailed tour of our villa and surroundings and even supplied us with bottled water to drink.
Our villa was perfect and contributed to making the holiday exceptionally unforgettable. I stayed with my mom and sister in law so the place can accommodate three; but could easily accommodate 6 even! It is clear Antonio goes out of her way to provide the most ideal holiday stay; the beds and sofas are extremely comfortable, the cleanliness was excellent and the villa is spacious. The character of our villa was also sweet, it features a quaint, little spiral staircase and to each bedroom a balcony. Venturing through the residence/complex was even more of a delight! The infinity pool provided a lot of fun. More so it was so tranquil and peaceful to have a swim and then be able to rest at the edge and watch the ocean, the cliffs surrounding (with their inhabited wildlife) and even a train that SILENTLY, runs underneath buildings!? Even better, was that you discover there are windows like at a sea life centre so you can strike a pose under water and a friend can capture a picture of you! Likewise, the cute little garden of this villa overlooks the most beautiful scene of a vast turquoise sea, where in the middle, sits a little island called Isola Bella (also known as pearl of the Ionian Sea). So… when I thought this place can’t have any more character… the dream state continued. Antonio showed us to a set of astonishing white and grey steps that lead down to a private section where we spent most of the holiday! There are convenient adjustable deck chairs, lovely showers and salt water is pumped from the ocean to the swimming pool! Lily, mom and myself could not be more delighted. You step off of the welcoming, warm, rocky surface and are greeted into the clearest water with lots of fishies! And next door is a cave that the locals call the mermaid cave due to old tales .
Moreover, not only were we lucky to find a perfect villa, it had the perfect location too with plenty of nice things to do.
From the moment I first communicated with Antonia, the host, I knew I had found the right place for our family holiday.
She is attentive, a details person, warm, generous and speaks great English (even though she will try to persuade you otherwise).
The villa is split into zones which made it perfect for the three adult couples in our family. Each couple had their own private zone and bathroom meaning no one had to share a bathroom or disturb anyone in the night or morning.
The one bedroom not in the main house is accessed by a separate door off the central corridor and has its own sitting room and bathroom downstairs and a loft sleeping area. The only small challenge with this setup is that drying anything is difficult so it's best to take towels outside or to the roof to make them very dry. But it's a small hassle to stay in such a welcoming home.
One double bedroom looked out to the sea and my parents enjoyed it very much - it has heavy shutters to block out the sun, too.
The kitchen is well equipped to cook meals which we did several times and enjoyed them immensely.
The back porch and garden are also spacious, and there is plenty of space for everyone.
The pool is not heated and loses the sun about 2pm but there is a beach only a short walk away, the famous Isola Bella.
Bring beach towels and a portable wifi for researching day trips and restaurants and you're all set for a memorable week.
Antonia lives next door and was the perfect balance of attentive host but also left us space and privacy to enjoy the trip with our family given we had not all been together for many months.
The location means a car is highly recommended although you can get by without if you rely on buses, cable car and taxis. But Antonia provides parking so it's definitely more convenient to have a car.
After bypassing more luxurious villas in favour of Antonia's Blue House, I can honestly say we made the right choice. She even gave us little thank you gifts when we departed, including a special token for my mother, whose 60th birthday we were there to celebrate. We will never forget our first trip to Sicily thanks to Antonia and her lovely holiday house.
A comfortable clean condominium with a magnificent sea cove view. Excellent location, great parking and is walking distance to shops and restaurants. Extraordinary community swimming pool with sea access.
Antonia the owner was polite, professional and very helpful. She made our stay very memorable. This part of Sicily is fantastic to visit and there are several day trips that can be based from here.
Six adults have just had a week at the Blue house. We enjoyed it but think future applicants should have a bit more information. It is a stunning location with a garden overlooking Isolabella and the bay. The owner, Antonia, who lives next door, could not be more helpful and caring. This property is in a terrace of 24 similar properties on the cliff top. It is entered from the car park, which is on top of the buildings by walking down 51 steps to a sort of open tunnel with the main residence on the sea side and opposite another sitting room with a bedroom above. This bedroom has no windows and the sitting room only has a small window onto the open tunnel. There is a lift at the far end of the car park down to the level of the residences but the passageway goes slightly uphill and has a number os small flights of steps. The swimming pool, which was not in use while we were there, looks lovely but is a communal pool for all 24 residences. There are steep narrow steps down the cliff face to the sea where there is a small stone platform or two but no beach that we could see. It is possible to walk to the main beach, that can be seen in the picture, but most of the way you have to walk along the road with the traffic and in places this is narrow. It is possible to drive down there but parking is almost impossible. Taormina itself is charming and well worth a visit or two. It is high up on the hillside and is possible to walk up there but we would not recommend it. Parking is very difficult except for a multi-storey car park at the Porto. To go shopping you certainly need the car. There is a bus that goes up to the town but as far as we could see only went about every two hours. One day we did park the car in Taormina and walked to the castle high above the town. That was a stiff walk but well worth it for the views and feeling of satisfaction. we had some good drives into the countryside and walked there. The house is well equipped except that it does not have wifi which we found frustrating because we are so used to using it for information and even the mobile phone signal was too slow to use for the internet. The house also does not have a microwave. We enjoyed having coffee, lunch and drinks in the cafes on the beaches.
We stayed at the villa in September and it truly exceeded our expectations. The villa itself has everything you would ever need and is very spacious for a family of 6 people. I would note that there are three bedrooms in one unit and there is a separate private loft across the hall. We weren’t aware of this but it actually worked to our benefit as one couple had their own private suite equipped with a full bathroom and small fridge. Items I would highlight would be the view from the backyard of Isola Bella (you’ll never tire of it!) and the private beach. The public beach at Isola Bella is walkable and nice (although it is a rock beach) but the private beach offers so much more – you can swim directly from the rocks, swim or kayak in the caves – and it is so picturesque. Finally, there is not enough to be said of Antonia, the owner of the property! She was at our disposal for anything we needed (she even offered to get groceries for us!) and was helpful in providing recommendations for restaurants in Taormina. It’s important to note that she does live directly next door but this didn’t bother us. Do not hesitate in booking this villa – you will not regret it!
If you want to visit Sicily, I highly recommend staying in Taormina. It is by far the most beautiful city in Eastern Sicily. We weren't disappointed. We had a lovely time at "Blue House". The view is spectacular. I relished sitting in the backyard each morning with my family looking out on the shimmering water. Antonia is a terrific hostess. She was available for any questions and was most accomodating. I look forward to returning to Sicily. Taormina is a gem and should not be missed.
Taormina is a town of 11 078 inhabitants in the province of Messina in Sicily. It is one of the most important international tourist centers of Sicily for its enchanting natural landscape, the beautiful sea and its historical monuments. Its territory covers a terrace of Monte Tauro, along the coast from Capo Sant'Andrea to Capo Taormina, between the Ionian Sea with its beautiful beaches and the mountains Peloritani, that surround it to the north and west.
Routes and places to visit in Taormina:
The city of Taormina is easily accessible by car, taxi, bus or cable car, whose station is a 10 minute walk.
Taormina, undisputed 'pearl of the Ionian', stands on a promontory called Monte Tauro to 205 m above sea level. From Taormina you can admire one of the most fascinating clippings on the east coast, the northern side of Mount Etna and the Bay of Naxos Schisò.
The GREEK THEATRE, dating from the third century. a. C., is the splendid setting of cultural events promoted by international prestige 'Taormina art'.
Other monuments are hosted by the Ionian town:
The ODEON, a small theater made of clay bricks and desired by the Emperor Octavian,
Naumachie, the oldest building, an imposing wall dating back to the first century. a. C., characterized by numerous niches that held statues of the deities of the time,
THE OLD ABBEY, a building of the '300 in the Gothic style, is emphasized by a fortress battlements overlooking the construction,
THE PALACE OF THE DUKE SANTO STEFANO, a fortress of plans by the magnificent mullioned windows,
THE PALACE CORVAJA, which stands in the square Abbey, is the most important medieval building in the city and brings together the styles Arabic, Gothic and Norman, a sign of three different cultures dominating the city,
THE CHURCH OF SAN Pancrazio (Patron of the city) and the beautiful church of the SANCTUARY OF OUR LADY OF THE ROCK.
Another gem is the VILLA CITY, originally the private garden of the English aristocrat Florence Trevelyan preserving rare plants grown from it and the original buildings like Chinese pagodas that reflect the character of the extravagant woman.
The elegant pedestrian street, Corso Umberto, which crosses the city from Porta a Porta Catania Messina, and alleys, offer a typical stroll through the boutiques of the most famous international brands, antique dealers, jewelers, Caltagirone ceramics shops and much more.
For lovers of taste, along Corso Umberto, you can buy several regional food and wine products such as cannoli with ricotta cheese and pistachio and almond wine. at the end of the course is Piazza IX Aprile overlooked by the Church of St. Augustine, the church of St. Joseph and the Porta di Mezzo with the picturesque Clock Tower; this square, which enjoys an amazing viewpoint, is filled with trendy outdoor cafes and hangouts.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
8 Oct 2016 - 23 Dec 2016
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
24 Dec 2016 - 8 Jan 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£534|
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