A small boutique hotel on the hillside just above Taormina, the views are just stunning...
This hotel’s sensitive design reveals its celebrity owner’s love of Sicily. Sicily has been enchanting artists, writers and musicians for centuries. Among them is Jim Kerr, the lead singer of Simple Minds, who fell in love with the island when he visited on tour and then created Hotel Villa Angela.
It’s set on a hillside above Taormina, with the heart of town a 15-minute walk down a pathway. The hotel has been designed to make the most of the vistas, which stretch out across the Ionic Riviera to Mount Etna. There’s a large pool on a terrace jutting out over the hillside, and the restaurant terrace comes with panoramic views, too.
The building itself is modern, however pays great respect to local craftsmanship – for example, it’s made from Taormina stone. This continues inside, with furniture made from chestnut, a tree common to Sicily, and ceramics made in Caltagirone, a Sicilian town famous for its pottery.
With just 27 bedrooms, this hotel feels really intimate. The bedrooms are furnished with wrought-iron beds and abstract antiques, along with modern touches with Wi-Fi and DVD players.
Please note: This hotel gets booked up very quickly!
Official local hotel rating: 4 star