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Villa Paradiso

Sicily, Taormina

  • A family-run hotel with beautiful views of Mount Etna and the Bay of Naxos

  • Complimentary shuttle service to the private beach club with swimming pool (June-September)

  • A favourite of ours for over 30-years

If, like us, you like to feel at home away from home on your holiday, then Villa Paradiso in Taormina is the right choice. This family-run hotel has all the comforts of a stylish comfortable home and is an ideal retreat for those who like to mix heritage with a modern touch. The hotel was one of the first on the island and has been a pioneering reference for stylish visitors ever since. Truman Capote, Greta Garbo and Orson Wells have all enjoyed stays here, so guests will find themselves in good company!

Villa Paradiso dates back to 1892 when it was a private residence for the Martorana family. It was transformed into a hotel in 1912 by Salvatore Martorana (the current owner’s grandfather), who wanted to keep the hotel’s famous sense of tradition and architectural features intact.  The recent renovation means that Villa Paradiso carries its name even better now - we love this little slice of paradise! 

The hotel is perched above Taormina, Sicily’s charming historic centre. The hotel’s rooftop bar - where breakfast is served - enjoys splendid views of the little town, with the sparkling waves of the Bay of Naxos and Mount Etna in the background. Taormina’s treasures, including the beautiful Giardino Pubblico, grand Greek-Roman Theatre and the impressive Palazzo Corvaja, are just a 10-minute walk from the hotel. 

Summer guests (June-September) at Villa Paradiso are welcome to complimentary use of the hotel’s private beach club located in Letojanni (8 km from Taormina). Simply grab your sunglasses, jump in the shuttle bus and enjoy the beach club’s beautiful gardens, seawater swimming pool and sunbeds. 

The boutique hotel has 37 rooms (official rating 4-star). Child prices apply to ages 2-12 years.


Bars & Restaurants

Al Settimo Cielo

Included With: Bed & Breakfast, Half Board

Dress Code: Gentlemen are required to wear long trousers during the evening. 

Situated on the 6th floor, with panoramic views over Taormina. Serves buffet breakfast and à la carte Mediterranean cuisine in the evenings.

Bar & Lounge

Relax in the Bar & Lounge with views over the sea. 

Beach & Pools

Paradise Beach Club

Guests are able to use the beach at the Paradise Beach Club free of charge (normally in use June to mid September). A complimentary shuttle bus operates from May to September.

Activities & Entertainment

Tennis Courts

Tennis courts are available adjacent to the hotel and are free of charge for 55 minutes per day.



Stay connected with the wifi free of charge.

About the location

Taormina is the jewel in Sicily’s crown. Perched high on Mount Tauro, the town enjoys some of the most enviable views on the planet - with the brilliant azure seas of the Bay of Naxos giving way to Mount Etna gently smouldering in the background. It has long been a coveted destination - D.H. Lawrence lived here in the 1920s and Italians of all walks of life flock to its beaches between July and August. 

Historically, Taormina is one of the most interesting places in Sicily. Teatro Antico di Taormina, an ancient Greco-­Roman theatre, is still used today while the 12th-14th century Palazzo Corvaja, the 1635 Baroque fountain, the Church of San Domenico, the Anglican Church of Saint George, and the municipal gardens (Giardini della Villa Comunale) are simply must-sees on your trip.

The chic resort town is popular with both the jet-set and families. Nature lovers will enjoy Isola Bella, a tiny island and nature reserve connected to the beach by a short isthmus. Both the town and Isola Bella are placed on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site Tentative list.

Transfer time
The hotel is 1 hour from Catania airport. Return private transfers included. To change your transfers or book car hire instead, simply call us once you’ve completed your booking.
a bedroom with a bed and desk in a room
City View Room

Max 2 adults

City View Rooms are furnished with period features in a typical Sicilian style and have modern comforts. Charming city views can be enjoyed from the balcony.


Garden View Room

Max 2 adults

Garden View Rooms have views over the garden and tennis court and a partial sea view.


Front Sea View Room

Max 4 adults

Front Sea View Rooms have a private balcony with sea views, or are more spacious with a panoramic veranda.


Free Night Offer

1 Free night for stays of 7 nights or more completed before 15 March 2022.

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Holiday stay scammmmmm
Tripadvisor review Sep 26 2020
I stayed with my partner Katie. Terrible hotel. The glass broke in the shower with nothing caused by myself. We were made to pay ??600. The police Came and forced them to refund half of the...
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Gaurav M, San Francisco, California
Tripadvisor review Sep 26 2020
Scam! We booked the penthouse suite (paid significantly extra for it) and were given a regular room. (If someone doesn???t point this out, the hotel just makes extra money for no additional services...
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