Villa Sonia

Hotel near Taormina, Sicily & The Aeolian Islands

Prices from under £1000 pp

(Low season)

Prices include: Flights Transfers Breakfast

Accommodation At A Glance

  • Based on 7 nights
  • Includes flights
  • Includes transfers/car hire
  • Bed & Breakfast Basis

Villa Sonia is the most perfect romantic hotel, nestled in Castelmola di Taormina in Sicily, it has the best views of mighty Mount Etna. Who needs a sea-view, when you can have a volcano! The Villa Sonia is magical.

The exceptional Villa Sonia is within a few hundred metres of Castemola’s main square. In our opinion, it is absolutely unique, facing Mount Etna, with nothing to impede the stunning views, with a panorama of the whole slope and summit of the volcano. Its terraces and swimming pool make the most of the spectacular location and must be one of the best spots on the island for viewing the volcano, so take your binoculars. With the atmosphere of an Italian country house and such incredible views of Etna, we just love it.

The Villa Sonia is terraced into the hillside, with the most amazing, unhindered views of the whole slope and summit of Mount Etna. With this as a backdrop, the main swimming pool is spectacular. The poolside bar, in summer, serves delicious lunches and snacks. The food served in the restaurant is great. Usually, once a week the owner hosts a “Buffet Sul Terrazzo”, by the pool or on the covered terrace. With music and a fantastic array of temptingly delicious food, this is always an event to remember. Breakfasts are very good – a perfect start to a sunny Sicilian day. The second, smaller swimming pool, for guests of the Garden Cottage rooms, is situated on a terrace below the hotel and the views from here are breathtaking. The pool itself might be less impressive than the bigger one up top, but it is incredibly handy for these rooms.

Natural stone and terracotta, dustings of colour, antique furniture and interesting artefacts create the sort of warm, comfortable and elegant atmosphere, more typical of someone’s home than a hotel. He has created a special place. The Villa Sonia lounges and reading room are comfortable and welcoming. The restaurant is spacious but intimate, and its terraces, of course, have those wonderful views. Because of their great passion for good Italian and Sicilian wines, they set up their “enoteca” wine store, so that guests can savour some of Sicily’s best wines – typical of their personal touches. It is one of those places that Long Travel clients return to again and again.

Prices include: Flights Transfers Breakfast

Season Price
High season Prices from under £1000 pp
Low season Prices from under £1000 pp
  • 40 rooms all en-suite
  • Air-conditioning June to September, sometimes earlier/later depending on weather
  • Lift
  • Restaurant & bar (half-board is breakfast & evening meal only)
  • Both swimming pools open 09:30-18:30 daily, 01/05-31/10, weather permitting
  • Towels for pool provided free
  • Pool umbrellas and sunbeds free
  • Sauna, €8 per person, per session, payable locally
  • Free Taormina shuttle 3 times a day
  • Beach arrangement May to October – transfers, entrance, sunbed & umbrella; adults €9,50 per day: children under 5 yrs free
  • Occasionally hosts weddings/functions
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Room safes
  • Hairdryers
  • Parking for main hotel guests €7 per day payable locally. Parking for guests staying in the Dammusi rooms is free
  • Internet point
  • Guests staying in the Dammusi rooms can take their car down a somewhat challenging road to park nearby, or they can park at the top and work up an appetite climbing the steps (lots of them!) and path through the gardens, to the restaurant, main pool and other hotel facilities. Don’t worry, if you just fancy a cuppa though. Each room has a kettle and the bits and bobs for tea or coffee.
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“We found Villa Sonia made for a brilliant holiday. The views were second to none and we enjoyed our excursions very much. The food was really tasty.” Debbie & Richard, Hasting

Steve Bleach wrote for The Sunday Times, “The best view in Sicily? It has to be from the pool terrace at Villa Sonia, Castelmola. The hotel is set on a craggy perch high above pretty Taormina – and there’s nothing between you and Etna. It’s bewitching by day, and even more so during nature’s nightly fireworks. “

“Having just come back from Villa Sonia, I wanted to say what a fantastic time we had. Just as described – it was everything we wanted. ” Gill, Bagshot

“We have so enjoyed the staff, who couldn’t have been more helpful and generous, it is like leaving friends. We have wonderful memories to keep us going as we return to normal, back in England. ” Pam & David, Worthen, Shrewsbury

“Best shower room ever, with a great view of Etna! Excellent staff and great Friday night entertainment, even for non-Italian speakers.” Malcolm & June, Isle of Wight

Available Board Basis

B&B and HB

Nearest Airport(s)


1 hr


2 hrs 15m mins


3 hrs 50 mins

Nearest Town
Castelmola Di Taormina

Places of Interest
Taormina, Mt. Etna

Distance to Coast
Approx. 20-30 minutes

Internet Access

Swimming Pool


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Prices from under £1000 pp

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