June 21 2010
"A very special place"
Once again a wonderful holiday at Villa Angela!! On recommendation, we decided to book our first trip in August 2009 to celebrate my husband’s 50th Birthday with friends. We had such a wonderful time we decided to return in April this year to celebrate my 50th with friends again.
The location of the hotel is amazing, up high on the hill above Taormina, with every room having a view that takes your breath away, any time of the day or night. Both times we have booked the Leonardo da Vinci Suite – definitely recommended for a special occasion - very opulent with two balconies looking directly at Mount Etna!
The staff cannot be faulted – the level of customer service is second to none – Katharine and her team went out of their way to make our holidays so special. They arranged both birthday parties and each time the meal was superb. With regards to the food in the hotel, you would be hard pushed to have a better lunch in Taormina!
We found it interesting visiting at different seasons. The weather in August was hot and sunny, so super for that relaxing, sunbathing round the pool holiday. April was cooler, but to see the trees hanging with oranges and lemons and all the flowers in full bloom was so beautiful. The spring weather was also much better for walking and sightseeing (needed after all the lovely food in Villa Angela and the restaurants in Taormina!)
Taormina is a beautiful town, with lots of bars, restaurants and shops but not at all touristy. The shops are not cheap, very exclusive - the shoes and handbags are to die for!
Katharine arranged a trip for the eight of us to visit the Gambino vineyards on the slopes of Mount Etna – we highly recommend this as the wine was excellent and it was accompanied by a beautiful spread of anti pasto served during our talk through the wines of their vineyard. Incidentally we ordered a few cases between us and it arrived at my office the next week as promised.
All in all we cannot recommend Hotel Villa Angela enough, all our friends who celebrated with us said they would be returning - we will certainly return, it has a very special place in our hearts – thank you Villa Angela!!!
KarenMac, Aberdeen 05/2010