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 Corso Umberto, the town's pedestrianised main street. 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.