Every great travel adventure starts with a dream, at least mine do. My dream was of me sitting on a catamaran, catching a cool breeze and sipping champagne in something red and thigh baring along the coast of Italy. Technically I lived this dream before, I was just a broke college student at the time and my champagne was a bottle of water lol. I deserved a redo, so I began searching for a way to make my dream reality again when a photo stopped me dead in my tracks. It looked like the perfect place to live out my dolce vita fantasies in Italy. So where was this magical place in the photo?
The Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea in Sicily.
Located on one of Italy’s most beautiful private beaches, on Sicily’s Bay of Mazzarò, Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea is a former villa built by an aristocratic family in 1830, but today the secluded retreat is one of the most romantic hotels in the area.
The resort offers 68 elegant rooms and suites, most with balconies or spacious terraces that face the hotel’s private beach.
There’s also traditional Mediterranean and Sicilian restaurant, Oliviero, and three bars, all with stunning views of the resort’s private beach and sparkling bay waters.
Speaking of views, Sant’Andrea’s spa offers treatments like their signature Sweet Almond Warm Body Ritual on outdoor gazebo with a sea view. Can you think of anything more relaxing?
All this is in addition to a panoramic pool, private beach cabanas, a fitness center, shopping boutique, water activities like sailing, snorkeling and paddleboarding, access to Picciolo Golf Club, free shuttle service to Taormina centre and the hotel’s equally amazing sister property, Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo, a dedicated kids’ club and complimentary wifi. You can even work with concierge to arrange everything from photo tours and a night of Greek theatre to sailing the Aeolian Islands, helicopter and winery tours, and for all you Godfather aficionados, a tour that allows you to step into sites straight out of the iconic film.
If you’re looking to skip the hype of Italian destinations like Rome and the Amalfi Coast, then Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea should be on your dream list too. Here’s hoping I can make this dream a reality in the coming year!
Via Nazionale 137
98039 Taormina Mare, Sicily, Italy