Seize The Summer: Explore Villa Sant’Andrea’s New Beach Club In Sicily

by | May 17, 2024

Discover Villa Sant’Andrea’s new beach club, Lido Villeggiatura, and embrace the ultimate Sicilian summer with luxury, relaxation, and breathtaking coastal views.

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As spring blossoms into summer, Sicily’s eastern coast unveils one of its most exclusive retreats: Villa Sant’Andrea, A Belmond Hotel, Taormina Mare. Reopening its doors on 28 March 2024, this boutique luxury resort is all about offering an indulgent season of serene beauty and laid-back activities exclusively to a select few. With the introduction of the Lido Villeggiatura beach club, this summer promises to be an unforgettable escape to the east coast of Sicily, reserved only for those who appreciate the finer things in life.

An Idyllic Sicilian Retreat in the Bay of Mazzarò

Villa Sant’Andrea, nestled on the secluded shores of the Bay of Mazzarò, embodies the essence of an intimate Italian escape. Originally constructed in 1919, the resort radiates the allure of a summer family residence, enveloped by sub-tropical gardens that overlook the glistening Mediterranean Sea. The hotel’s 67 seascape rooms, including nine suites and 26 junior suites, boast private balconies and terraces, providing idyllic sanctuaries for relaxation.

The resort’s location, with its private beach and proximity to the Nature Reserve of Isola Bella and Taormina Mare, provides an ideal base for exploring Sicily’s natural wonders. Guests can meander through gardens, dip into the crystal-clear sea, or simply bask in the panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes.

Belmond's Lido Villeggiatura A Villa SantAndrea Beach Club

Belmond’s Lido Villeggiatura A Villa SantAndrea Beach Club

Introducing Lido Villeggiatura beach club at Villa Sant’Andrea

This summer, Villa Sant’Andrea enhances its laid-back vibe with the launch of Lido Villeggiatura. Scheduled to open in May 2024, this new beach club adds a fresh dimension to the resort experience. The Mediterranean-inspired design, featuring white-and-blue striped sun loungers and chic beach umbrellas, complements the serene coastal setting.

Six private cabanas, each equipped with plush sofas and dedicated butler service, offer a luxurious retreat for those seeking seclusion. Guests can enjoy alfresco lunches served directly by the beach, indulge in wellness treatments in their cabanas, or unwind with coastal cocktails and zesty aperitivos throughout the day. The club’s all-day beach conciergerie meets every need, creating a seamless blend of comfort and elegance.

At Villa Sant’Andrea, dining is a gastronomic journey through Sicilian flavours and traditions. Ristorante Sant’Andrea enchants with its authentic recipes, while Brizza offers a fine dining experience with the unique concept of dining “pieds dans l’eau.” Bar Sant’Andrea and Brace Grill serve innovative cocktails and Italian classics, further enriching the resort’s culinary diversity.

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Lido Villeggiatura continues this gastronomic journey with seafood barbecues curated by Executive Chef Agostino D’Angelo and Bar Manager Fabio Rosella. Guests can savour tide-to-table dishes, with the Chef’s curated menu exploring the finest Sicilian seafood paired with exceptional wines, including some of Sicily’s rarest labels aged beneath the sea.

Summer Activities and Timeless Sicilian Escape at Taormina Mare

The summer programming at Lido Villeggiatura offers a blend of relaxation and entertainment. One of the highlights is the open-air cinema nights, held in partnership with the Taormina Film Festival. From June to September, guests can enjoy classic Italian films from the 1950s and 1960s, accompanied by themed dinners under the stars. This nostalgic experience celebrates Sicily’s cinematic heritage and offers a unique way to spend summer evenings.

For those eager to explore the Sicilian coastline, the new private boat Apreamare Gozzo 35, crafted by the renowned Aprea family from Sorrento, offers exclusive maritime adventures. Whether cruising along the coast or discovering hidden coves, these private boat trips add an element of exploration to the summer getaway, offering unique experiences that will leave you intrigued and wanting more.

Villa Sant’Andrea has long been a favourite among discerning travellers, including Hollywood legends like Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and Peter O’Toole. Its legacy of elegance and sophistication continues to attract guests seeking an unparalleled Sicilian summer experience.

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Located near its sister property, Grand Hotel Timeo, A Belmond Hotel, Taormina, Villa Sant’Andrea offers a unique blend of luxury, history, and natural beauty. This summer, immerse yourself in the tranquil charm of Sicily’s east coast, where every moment is designed to be savoured. The reopening of Villa Sant’Andrea and the introduction of Lido Villeggiatura promises a summer filled with carefree indulgence and timeless elegance. ◼

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© This article was first published online in May 2024 – World Travel Magazine.

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