Villa living is the way to go in Sicily. But what if your clients want the exclusivity of a villa with the perks of a hotel? No problem here. Consider Hotel Villa Ducale, which, we hear, mixes Sicilian tradition with a host of contemporary touches. Clearly, it’s balancing the two qualities well: The hotel became a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World earlier this year. If it’s privacy you are after, Villa Ducale has just 11 double rooms and six suites.
Location…location…location: The hotel is situated high on a cliff overlooking the medieval village of Taormina, with views of the sea and Mount Etna. Top View: The mountain, a volcano, is frequently active, offering some spectacular natural fireworks—if you are lucky to catch it when it blows! Complimentary shuttles at the hotel bring guests into town or down to the beach, so there’s no need to feel isolated (unless they want to, of course).
Rooms are impressive, boasting such classical touches as raw stonework walls, wrought-iron beds and terra-cotta floors. Nice Touch: In-room antiques and painted ceramics are handmade by local artisans. Rooms range from Double Superiors (intimate and good for couples), Junior Suites (great for honeymooners, complete with a terrace and views of the sea), Family Suites (two bedrooms and a terrace with table and chairs) to the Deluxe Suites (bedroom, living room and terrace). Luxury travel advisors can contact Owner and General Manager Andrea Quartucci (firstname.lastname@example.org).