5 on November 15, 2011
For my third visit to Taormina I stayed at the elegant castle-like boutique 4 star Villa Carlotta for 3 nights in November 2010. On the first evening, when I arrived, Simona waited outside the entrance door for me, greeting me like I was a V.I.P. after I got out of the chauffeured car! WOW, I fell in love with the characteristic reception area with huge Arab windows like a dream! She took me to the roof top restaurant to meet Antonella who provided me with a welcome drink. I enjoyed drinking in the galaxy Tower lounge with the lovely ‘red’ coloured lights – very romantic! Simona took me to a very charming room with a good size luxury en-suite with lovely décor! Later on, I went to their roof top restaurant for dinner – Antonella and the waiters looked after me so well! I enjoyed Villa Carlotta's delicious home-prepared Anchovies in lemon leaves. Afterwards, I enjoyed exploring the elegant Byzantine lounge bar, as well as the aristocratic 19th Century staircases and corridors with some Vintage Roman numeral clocks that made me feel I had time-travelled into the 19th Century! The next morning, I opened my room’s curtains – WOW, what an amazing sea view at sunrise – like paradise with the palm trees! I enjoyed my breakfast on the outdoor breakfast terrace outside the roof top restaurant with a stunning sea view, Giardini Naxos Bay and snow-capped Mount Etna – the breakfast waitresses looked after everyone 1st class! That hotel has a beautiful garden and swimming pool! Taormina is a very attractive town with many shops and cafes – only a 5 mins’ walk from Villa Carlotta. I should also add that Villa Carlotta is disability aware, because they have the elevator with Braille for blind, or partially sighted guests. It has a front entrance door with wheelchair access for disabled or elderly guests. I am wholly deaf myself – they all treated me with such respect! My thanks to the owners and their staff for all their kind hospitality with great services!