Hotel Sirius

  • Sicily, Italy, Taormina Area

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With its incredible views out to sea, Hotel Sirius is a no brainer when it comes to choosing somewhere to stay in Taormina. It's in the perfect position, just a short walk from the historical centre and the pedestrianised bustling main street Corso Umberto. It's also right beside the cable car that links the town to the coast - so you can easily get your beach fix down in Mazzarò Bay or explore Isola Bella. 

There's a distinctly Sicilian feel to the hotel. It's set inside a traditional villa, with beautiful antique pieces of furniture, Sicilian pottery and tiled floors. All of the rooms are individually decorated, so no two are the same. They do, however, all have balconies - which we love. If you can, upgrade to one of the sea view rooms - there's something so relaxing about waking up to views of the glittering water. Head for a continental breakfast with more amazing views of the coast. In the summer you'll have it outside on the panoramic terrace. Between July and September you can have dinner out here too (payable locally).

The large infinity pool is so refreshing - especially in the height of the hot Sicilian summers. It's surrounded by greenery, with plenty of sun loungers to chill out on while you soak up the sea views. If you plan on seeing other parts of Sicily, the main bus station is close by. There are routes all across the island, so hop on a bus and get exploring.  

Transfer time: approx. 1 hour by private car from Catania airport.

Rooms
  • No. of rooms: 41
  • Official rating: 4

Local Fees and Taxes

Resort tax of approx. €3.50 per person per night, payable locally. 

Rooms

Classic Rooms have a balcony and sleep up to three people (third bed available on request). They're decorated in a traditional sicilian style, with tiled floors and dark wood furniture. Facilities include a shower or bath, TV, air conditioning, minibar, Wi-Fi and a safe. 

Sea View Rooms have a balcony and views of the sea. 

  • Lift accessible: No
  • Lift serves all floors: No
  • Access ramp: No

This hotel may not be suitable for guests with walking difficulties as there is a steep slope up to the entrance.

Taormina Area

Stunning views of Europe's largest active volcano, often capped with snow, sweeping sea vistas that stretch as far as the eye can see and gardens full of the colours and aromas of bougainvillea, lemon trees and jasmine - all combine to create one of the most enchanting destinations in Italy.

Excursions

Valley of the Temples

Agrigento & Scala Dei Turchi (full day)

This awe inspiring excursion will take you on a journey along the South Coast of Sicily to Agrigento, known as Akragas in the past, a place in which one of the most influential civilisations of ancient Greece flourished. Explore the archaeological site and discover the ruins of the ancient temples, some among the best preserved in the world, Concordia, the temples of Juno, Zeus, Hercules, Vulcano and the ruins of the temples of Castor and Pollux.

The journey continues towards Scala dei Turchi and its white marna cliff formations on the south coast of the Island. Its name is translated to ‘Stair of the Turks’ due to the ladder like rock formations that undulate across the landscape. This unique striking landscape is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Italy. There are two sandy beaches surrounding the cliffs that you can make your way down to (comfortable shoes are highly recommended). Pack your swimsuit, towels and sun cream so that you can take a moment to relax by the glistening emerald ocean before making the trip back to Taormina in the late afternoon.

Departs: Tuesdays from 01 May – 31st Oct

Price: from £49pp (entrance fees and lunch are payable locally)

 

Mount Etna & Alcantara Gorges (full day)

This trip takes you on an adventure to Europe’s largest and most active volcano. To reach the towering Mount Etna from Taormina, take the highway (about 20km) until you reach the mountain road that meanders through the villages of Etna and the surrounding fields of vineyards, olive trees and fruit trees. As you ascend the mountain road through a continuously changing landscape, a chestnut and pine forest closes in at an altitude of 1000 metres, before opening up into a volcanic lunar landscape at 1900 metres. From the carpark you can take a short trek up to the Silvestri Craters that formed as a result of the eruption of Etna in 1892.

There is also a cable car up to the spectacular viewpoint at 2500m. If you are feeling even more adventurous you can join a Jeep and mountain guide that takes you to the foot of the mountain crater at 2900m where the black volcanic landscape intensifies into a kaleidoscope of red ionised rock, white ashfall and yellow sulphur. This extension depends on the activity of the volcano and the weather conditions. During your visit to Mount Etna there will be time for lunch at the base of the cable car where there are small souvenir shops and self-service restaurant.

As you head back towards Taormina you will have the chance to see the stunning lava prisms at the Alcantara Gorges. The black lava walls that tower above the glistening Alcantara River, have been formed from the lava cooling process and water erosion. A stairway leads you down through the gorge or you can descend through the canyon via a lift.

Departs: Daily except Fridays from 01 May – 31st Oct

Price: from £103pp (entrance fees and lunch are payable locally)

 

Palermo (full day)

Take a trip from Taormina through the heart of Sicily to Palermo via the Catania-Enna-Palermo (about 280 km). Once you reach the Capital of Sicily you will find yourself in the political hub and cultural centre of the Island. Palermo is at the crossroads of the Mediterranean and as a result, is a melting pot of many influences. First stop is the magnificent Cathedral of Monreale, a visual culmination of these influences with its mix of Western, Byzantine, and Islamic architecture. Its original building was constructed on the orders of King William II of Sicily and dates back to 1182. The majestic building is set on the hillside overlooking the city’s centre in a striking and strategic location that assured that the residents security and defence. Famed for its intricate mosaic finish that covers almost the entire interior from floor to ceiling with geometric patterns and rich figural decoration, it is a sight to behold. You will have the option to visit the adjacent cloister on the southern side of the cathedral, which is part of the original monastery building.

Departs: Wednesdays from 01 May – 31st Oct

Price: from £49pp (entrance fees and lunch are payable locally)

 

Syracuse & Noto (full day)

The beautiful baroque town of Syracuse is known for its ancient ruins and stunning architecture. You’ll get to explore the thousand-year-old history of the town on this excursion, starting with the incredible cathedral that dominates the piazza. After a short walk, you’ll arrive on the seafront promenade to admire the Arethusa Fountain before getting some free time for lunch. With Syracuse’s daily market filled with fresh food and plenty of family-run trattorias and cafés, you’ll be spoilt for choice. After lunch, you’ll stop at the archaeological park before heading to Noto, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its maze of beautiful baroque buildings.

Departs: Mondays and Fridays from 01 May – 31 October

Price: from £50pp (entrance fees and lunch are payable locally)

 

Mini Cruise to Aeolian Islands - Lipari & Vucano (full day)

This full-day excursion takes you north to the stunning Aeolian Islands. Heading to the port town of Milazzo, a comfortable ship will take you to Lipari via the Punta Castagna - a beautiful area of old Pumice Pits and white beaches, where you can admire the charming landscape and the crystal-clear waters. On Lipari you’ll get to visit the old town and archaeological park before having some free time for lunch or a spot of shopping. Next on the agenda is Vulcano, an island known for its black sand beaches, hot springs and mud baths. Before heading back to mainland Sicily, you'll enjoy an hour and a half's sail around the islands to view the Faraglioni, Papa Giovanni rock, the Grotta degli Angeli and the Scoglio della Mummia. On the way back to Milazzo, the boat will pass near the picturesque village of Gelso to admire the ancient lighthouse.

Departs: Wednesdays and Fridays from 01 May – 31 October

Price: from £63pp (entrance fees and lunch are payable locally)

 

Mini Cruise to Aeolian Islands - Panarea & Stromboli (full day)

After departing Taormina, you'll drive to Milazzo and board a boat directly to Panarea, one of the Aeolian's most fashionable islands where luxury yachts fill the tiny harbour and some of Italy's most elite sip prosseco in bustling cafés. You'll have two hours here to wander around - visit the picturesque village, take a swim in the crystal-clear waters or stop for a bite to eat. The afternoon takes you to Stromboli, where the smoky volcano dominates the sky. You'll have time to explore before leaving at sun set when you can admire the 'sciara del fuoco', the stream of fire, created when the lava flows down the active volcano.

Departs: Thursdays and Sundays from 01 May – 31 October

Price: from £74pp (entrance fees and lunch are payable locally)

Facilities
  • Outdoor pool on a terrace with sun loungers and parasols
  • Free shuttle service down to the Paradise Beach Lido at Letoianni
  • Parking (approx. €10 per day, payable locally)
  • Laundry & ironing service (payable locally)
  • 24 hour reception
  • Free Wi-Fi (1 hour per day)
  • Electric car charging station
Meals

Breakfast is buffet style and served in the dining room on the third floor, which means you get spectacular views over the Ionian coast. Continental options like ham, salami, cheeses, fresh bread, scrambled eggs, fruit, yoghurt, pastries, coffee, tea and juices are all available. Breakfast is served between 7.30am - 10am.

The summer restaurant opens on the third floor terrace from July to September - so you can have dinners up here and enjoy those views even longer. Every day they prepare a choice of delicious local dishes, as well as international options. They have an excellent selection of wines too - speak to your waiter for recommendations on which ones best complement your meal. The menu is à la carte , with table service and payable locally. Open from 7.30pm - 9.30pm inside and 8 - 10pm outside on the terrace. 

The hotel's bar opens up in the evenings between 6pm and 11pm and is a great place for pre-dinner drinks. 

Board basis options available

  • Bed & Breakfast
Location in resort
  • Longitude: 15.2940254
  • Latitude: 37.8537662
  • Location Description:
    • Resort centre location
    • 150 metres to Taormina bus station
    • 200 metres to the cable car that links to the Bay of Mazzarò
    • 500 metres to Taormina centre

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Total price from
£1824
per person from £608
Includes £10pp discount
Hotel Sirius
Taormina Area, Sicily,Bed & Breakfast
19/10/2022 - 3 nights
3 adults
From London Gatwick
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