Sicily has proved an irresistible lure for centuries, with everyone from the Phoenicians to the Greeks and the Arabs to the Normans invading, so it’s no surprise that the Mediterranean’s largest island is now experiencing a new influx of visitors – this time discerning newly-weds in search of a luxury honeymoon in Sicily.

The attractions are obvious, from the extraordinary cultural vestiges of the various conquering civilisations (the Greek temple in Agrigento, the Greek theatre in Taormina and most of ancient Syracuse are three prime examples) but even the most high-brow honeymooners require more than just monuments, and this is where the romantic hotels in Sicily come into their own.

Taormina alone has two outstanding Belmond properties, one of which - Villa Sant'Andrea - is on the beach and the other of which - Belmond Hotel Grand Timeo - has one of the all-time great views from the terrace across to the brooding presence of Mount Etna. On the other side of the island, nearer to the capital Palermo, Rocco Forte's Hotel Verdura sets the luxury standard for the islands contemporary accommodation.

For honeymooners looking to get well off the beaten track, Sicily is also the staging post for visits to the truly beautiful Aeolian Islands off the north coast, where there are two highly recommended hotels on two of the more romantic islands, and we can even arrange a fully crewed luxury catamaran yacht charter should you wish to explore the islands with more freedom.

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Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea

Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea

The Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea is located right on the sea just below the historic Sicilian town of Taormina and close (but not too close) to Mt. Etna.

Grand Hotel Timeo, luxury hotel in Italy

Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo

If there was a 'hotel with the best location in the world' award, the Grand Hotel Timeo would be a serious contender... Set high in the rocky hills on the east coast of Sicily, Grand Hotel Timeo has long been known as one of Italy’s most glamorous retreats, and has now had a serious - and arguably much needed - overhaul by the Belmond group.

Verdura Golf & Spa Resort, luxury hotel in Italy

Verdura Resort

Located on the South coast of Sicily, this luxury Rocco Forte property caters for all, with extensive grounds, a sea front location, and fantastic facilities including a world class championship golf course.

Capofaro hotel. luxury hotel in Italy

Capofaro

Set amidst a working vineyard producing Malvasia wine, Capofaro is arguably the best boutique hotel on Salina Island.

Aerial view of Hotel Raya, luxury hotel in Italy

Hotel Raya

Hotel Raya is one of the most beautiful hotels in the Mediterranean, an immaculate, whitewashed property of elegant simplicity on the tiny Aeolian island of Panarea.

Blue Deer

Blue Deer

Giorgia and Stefano Barbini, the deeply stylish owners of the equally stylish San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge in the Dolomites, have an eye for detail that even we are in awe of. They are purists, perfectionists and now, with the launch of Blue Deer (to the Mountain Lodge’s White Deer), a beautiful 74ft catamaran, they are also visionaries.

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