The Ashbee

  • Sicily, Italy, Taormina

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The Ashbee started out as a villa designed by the English architect Charles Robert Ashbee in 1907. These days it’s a luxurious hotel. You can still feel the fusion between English and Sicilian style when you step through its doors – it’s a perfect choice for that special break. You’re immediately greeted with amazing views, down through the terraced gardens and out onto the Strait of Messina. At the end of the garden there’s an infinity pool – we love finding a shady spot out here and just soaking up the scenery with a drink from the bar.

The location’s superb. It's in walking distance to Corso Umberto and the main shopping area, cafés and restaurants. When it comes to eating you won't have to venture far for fantastic food- not when you've got the one Michelin Star, St George by Heinz Beck, right here at the hotel. Chef Delfo Schiaffino focusses on using fresh Sicilian produce, cooked to perfection. It's hard to beat the setting too - in the Summer dinner's served outside on the terrace (weather permitting) with amazing views.

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

Added value

Free night available in suites & sea view rooms for summer 2022 (min 4 night stay)

Rooms
  • No. of rooms: 24
  • Official rating: 5

Local Fees and Taxes

Resort tourist tax of approx. €5 per person (aged 12+) per night, payable locally

Rooms

Classic Rooms are located on the first and second floor with windows overlooking the pretty courtyard. They have modern amenities including air conditioning, TV, minibar, safe and hairdryer. Rooms are individually designed and differ in style and furnishings. They sleep up to two people.

Superior Rooms are large and bright with lovely garden views. They sleep up to two people and are available on request, please call to book. 

Deluxe Rooms have a terrace with a table and chairs. They sleep up to two people and are available on request, please call to book. 

Suites have tailor-made furniture, are bright and airy and some have sea views. These rooms sleep up to three people and are available on request, please call to book. 

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

Please note that this hotel may not be suitable for guests with walking difficulties.

Taormina

It's easy to understand why Taormina is one of Sicily's most popular resorts. It's position on the edge of the island means you get incredible views over the sea towards Mount Etna. Spend your days strolling through the historic streets, grabbing a coffee on a sea-view terrace or heading down for a day at the beach in Taormina Mare.

What to see on a holiday to Taormina

There's a lot of history to unpack here. The Greek Theatre is the town's most-known attraction - it also has some of the best Mount Etna views so bring your camera along. If you time your visit with the Taormina Film Festival you can even take in a show here. Just walking through the town is a great way to take in the sights. Head down Corso Umberto for the shops and restaurants, or take the cable car down to Taormina Mare and spend some time on Isola Bella. 

Discover more things to see and do in Sicily.

Why book a holiday to Taormina with Inghams?

We've hand-picked some fantastic hotels in central Taormina so you won't have to go far to explore. We've also got a great selection of excursions so you can get all around the island's best sights. Your holiday is in safe hands with Inghams.

Things to Do

Things to see and do

Taormina has some of the most stunning architecture Europe has to offer with the Teatro Greco ruins, Corso Umberto and the Piazza Duomo, which dates back to the 13th century. The pedestrianised Corso Umberto (named for the King of Italy) is home to a fantastic variety of shops, restaurants, cafés and enoteca. Be sure to make a stop at the famed 'Gelatomania', one of the oldest ice cream shops in Taormina with over 50 flavours of gelato to choose from.

Head outside the town and take a trip to Mount Etna. Head to the summit for fantastic island views or stick to the foothills and discover quiant towns and a good vineyard scene.

Food & drink

It's all about Sicily's famous street food in Taormina. There's nothing better than grabbing a snack to eat as you walk around the town. Our favourite is arancini (fried rice balls) and canoli (a sweet ricotta-filled pastry). Olive oil is big business here so ask for a few varieties to dip your bread into while you wait for your main course. You might even find yourself bringing a bottle or two home! We love the local Sicilian wine and the best way to enjoy a glass is on a sea-view terrace. Our favourite is the Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo - the views of Mount Etna are unbeatable.

Excursions

Pre-book your excursions online or give us a call

Mount Etna & Alcantara Gorges from £38 per person (full day)

This unmissable excursions gets you up close and personal with Europe's most active volcano. You'll drive up to 1,900 metres before taking the cable car to the summit where you can enjoy panoramic views (weather dependant). You'll have some time for lunch and there are some small souvenir shops too. On your way back to Taormina, you'll stop al Alcantara Gorges - black lava walls that have been formed above the Alcantara River.

Departs: Daily except Fridays. Entrance fees and lunch are payable locally.

Syracuse & Noto from £50 per person (full day)

The beautiful baroque town of Syracuse is known for its ancient ruins and stunning architecture. You’ll get to explore its thousand-year-old history on this excursion, starting with the incredible cathedral that dominates the piazza. After a short walk, you’ll arrive on the seafront promenade 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: Thursdays. Entrance fees and lunch are payable locally.

 

We act at all times as a selling agent for the suppliers. All excursions require minimum numbers to run and are subject to change. Some excursions may not be available to pre-book in low season but may be available to book locally subject to numbers. Prices will be confirmed at the time of booking. Please see our terms & conditions.

Facilities
  • Terraced gardens lead down to the Ashbee's infinity pool overlooking the Sicilian coast
  • Pool bar service
  • Comfortable sun loungers and parasols
  • Open-air gym with a treadmill, exercise bike and a multi-functional exercise machine
  • Panoramic terrace with comfortable seating
  • Garden with stunning views
  • Free Wi-Fi
Meals

Breakfast here is buffet style. In keeping with the English history of the hotel, it includes a typical English breakfast options like scrambled eggs and bacon. Have it each morning on the roof terrace, where you have the most amazing views of the coast. 

St George Restaurant by Heinz Beck is the Ashbee's one Michelin star restaurant. They serve modern Sicilian style cuisine, made using fresh seasonal produce from the island. Main courses like 'catch of the day' with lime potatoes, anchovy sauce, olive chips and rocket have us dreaming of being back there. For a really special dining experience we'd recommend giving the tasting menu a try - the favours the chef creates are delicious.

The Roof Terrace is where you'll have breakfast each morning. It's filled with light through the floor-to-ceiling windows and has stunning views of the coast. 

Pool Bar has relaxed setting beside the pool, so after a refreshing swim you can enjoy drinks or a light lunch outside while enjoying the views. 

The Ashbee Bar has a great selection of spirits, cocktails, wines, craft beers and soft drinks. Relax in the comfy chairs surrounded by interesting artworks and catch up on the days activities with a drink in hand. 

Board basis options available

  • Bed & Breakfast
Location in resort
  • Longitude: 15.2879624
  • Latitude: 37.8558629
  • Location Description:
    • Close to the centre of Taormina
    • 350 metres to Mazzaró Cable Car (top)
    • 600 metres to Taormina's Greek Theatre
    • 500 metres to Taormina's main bus station

Reviews of The Ashbee

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Total price from
£2274
per person from £1137
The Ashbee
Taormina, Sicily,Bed & Breakfast
14/09/2022 - 3 nights
2 adults
From London Luton
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