August 31 2011
"It's all the attention to detail that creates Zen like experience"
This is the best hotel we have stayed in and we have stayed in plenty of hotels to know what exceptional is. There is a high standard that is set at Villa Angela and a real positive atmosphere which makes just staying at the Villa a highlight. The gardens, decor, beautiful artworks and people working at Villa Angela all play their part in creating a magical place to escape to where you don't want to leave. The rooms are spacious and match the Sicilian decor theme. The balcony is almost as big as the room and overlooks Mount Etna , the sea, the hillside village of Castelmona and the surrounding area.
There is a regular shuttle service which takes you into town and another shuttle service which takes you to a choice of surrounding beaches. We loved Isola Bella Beach but you get the hotel shuttle into town then take the cable car down to Mazzoro and walk 150m. From this beach you can do a Grotto Excursion which costs ten euro and is well worth it.
The hotel offers dinner on Monday evenings and this was our best dinner of our 7 night stay. Once again, the atmosphere that the staff and surroundings of Villa Angela create made certain that everyone was happy and by the end of the dinner all guests were talking to one another and there was plenty of laughter from staff and guests.
Nothing is too much trouble and the staff go the extra mile to make sure you are happy and have your needs met. Charlie at reception is a delight and very helpful. Walter had to come and pick us up after we had missed our shuttle and had such a great attitude toward a situation whereby many people would not have made an extra trip let alone laughed about it!
There is so much attention to detail at this place that you can tell great work goes in behind the scenes. If anyone needs to know what the elements are that make a place special then you must visit Villa Angela.
Joelene, London UK, August 2011