The sea on the doorstep is crystal clear, dotted with caves and coves and full of marine life; in summer, complementary boat tours make the most of the setting. The spectacular infinity pool is just as enticing, as is the food. The poolside restaurant transforms into a traditional trattoria at night, complete with local specialities and live music. Champagne and street food mix it up on the Literary Terrace, and there’s always something delectable on offer: barbeques to be enjoyed on the beach, picnics to take anywhere, afternoon teas and candle-lit dinners at secluded spots.
And, if one luxury hotel wasn’t enough, guests at the Villa Sant’Andrea are able to enjoy the charms of its sister hotel, the Grand Hotel Timeo, a superb spot for a sundowner as Mount Etna hovers like a mirage against the Mediterranean.