Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Luxury hotel in Taormina, Italy

An antique residence in the heart of Taormina surrounded by a typical Sicilian garden full of perfumed essences hosts the Hotel Villa Taormina, a small luxurious residence with a truly Sicilian character. Antique furnishings, a panoramic terrace with a splendid view that encompasses the sea and hills, superior comforts and impeccable service, all wait to provide you with a one of a kind stay. Sought after and exclusive, decorated with antique furniture in an original mix of Baroque, Neo-classic and Imperial styles with refined elegance, Villa Taormina, among the hotels in Taormina, is a unique example of charm and class.

The hotel offers the most exclusive comforts of the 4 star hotels in Taormina: partner garage, Internet, international newspapers, tourist information and reservations of guided tours and excursions, transfer to and from the airport and station, partner beach and swimming pool, shuttle for the beaches, all for a totally comfortable stay.

The reception welcomes guests 24h as does the bar, where you can always find a drink, a coffee or light snacks; the hall and TV lounge are perfect for relaxation and social occasions.
The breakfast room is lovely, an elegant space that opens onto a panoramic terraceduring the mild seasons, one of the most attractive features of theHotel Villa Taormina, where the splendid view encompasses the sea and the slopes of Etna. The buffet is a bounty of refined Sicilian specialties, prepared with the fruit that is in season at the moment and almond sweets, citrus marmalades of Sicily and granita, the queen of summer breakfasts. To meet the needs of all our guests, in addition to the classic Italian breakfast, there is also a European style breakfast available in the buffet, accompanied by fruit juices, espresso coffee, cappuccino, etc.

There are only 8 rooms for an exclusive and unique experience, in one of the most refined hotels in Taormina: the hospitality offered by the Hotel Villa Taormina rediscovers the atmosphere of noble Sicily, created with antique furnishings and original pastel colors in each room (green, pink, light blue, red, lavender...) and equipped with the most superior comforts among the 4 star hotels in Taormina. Non-smoking, created with hypo-allergenic materials, the rooms have a telephone, Internet connection, plasma satellite TV, mini-bar, safe and air conditioning. The bathrooms have a water massage bathtub or shower, hair dryer and courtesy beauty kit.Guests at the Hotel Villa Taormina, can choose from the Superior rooms and suites for a view that includes the sea and the hills.

There are only 8 rooms for an exclusive and unique experience, in one of the most refined hotels in Taormina: Nestled between the sea and the sky, a precious gem that writers and poets of every era have translated into enchanting verses and star struck prose, Taormina always casts a spell. Exuberant, flowering in the spring, intense in the summer when the sun is blazing, mellow in September as autumn advances, and then superb and spartan in the winter. It is here, in the historic center of Taormina that stands theHotel Villa Taormina, an antique noble residence from the 1800's recovered from the Badia Vecchia, one of the symbols of Medieval Taormina.
Surrounded by aSicilian garden with citrus trees, bougainvillea, jasmine and Mediterranean plants, closed in by an antique wall from the Tenth Century, and facing a stupendous panorama that envelops the sea, the hills and Mt. Etna, among the other hotels in Taormina, theHotel Villa Taormina boasts a privileged position, in the quiet and central Via Fazzello and only 10 minutes from the splendid sea, which can be reached with a free shuttle from the hotel.


Maison La Minervetta, Sorrento luxury relais

The 4 star Maison La Minervetta is in a very unique position sits on the seacliff overlooking the antique fisherman village Marina Grande, the entire Gulf of Naples and just in front the Volcano Vesuvius. It is few minutes away from the centre of Sorrento. With a large lounge area, dining room and kitchen accessible to the guests, opening onto an exclusive terrace with spectacular views, La Minervetta offers all the comforts of being in a private home.

Maison "La Minervetta" has 12 breathtaking rooms all overlooking the antique fisherman's wharf Marina Grande and the Gulf of Naples. All of the rooms have large windows, many from the floor to the ceiling, providing unbelievable views of the volcano Vesuvius.

Each room is unique, in its size, furnishings and colours. The average size of the rooms is 30 sq. metres. The colours of the rooms are inspired by those of the local fisherman boats, with vibrant turquoises, blues, oranges, and yellows; each room is special in its own way. The furniture, lamps, and various objects in each room have all been collected by the owners throughout their years of travel around the world.

All rooms offer the following services: air conditioning/heating, hair dryer, sound-proofing, spacious safe, mini-fridge, laundry service, TV with satellite reception, and direct access phone. The Maison's style is modern, with warm touches of ethnic objects, libraries filled with picture books, architectural and design journals, and many vintage pieces. The hotel offers a comfortable, yet luxurious, special setting for its guests.

Our unique lounge area, opens onto a large panoramic terrace, where a client's every request is fulfilled. The terrace is fully equipped with large sun beds, sofas, chaise lounges, and umbrellas to ensure our guest's comfort and relaxation. Charmingly decorated with colourful flowers and plants the terrace is the ideal place to enjoy the spectacular view of the Gulf of Sorrento and Vesuvius.

Our kitchen is a very special place in the Maison. From the hand- painted Vietri tiles to the home-cooked breakfast, the kitchen area makes our guests feel like they are on holiday in a home away from home. Guests can have breakfast or cocktails on the terrace, while soaking in the breathtaking surroundings.

The Maison has both air conditioning and heating as needed throughout the open season. One unique service and comfort that the Maison provides is reservations for the private beach located just 200 metres from the hotel.

Maison "La Minervetta" is just 500 metres from the town centre. We are located very close to the main street where you will find many shops, restaurants, the post office, pharmacy and access to the historical centre.

The Maison "La Minervetta" is exactly what you can dream about for a wonderful stay in Sorrento



Tuesday, October 30, 2007

We present our website

Dear Guest,

it is with great pleasure that we welcome you through the pages of “Luxury Accommodation in Italy”, the finest selection of luxury hotels in Italy, historical estates, country manors and, in some rare but excellent cases, bed and breakfast accommodation you can choose among to plan your deluxe stay in our peninsula.

Browsing through this website you will be delighted by the sight of the very best Italy has to offer you: a historic manor in Veneto, a castle in Chianti, a charming hotel in the Dolomites or in Sicily, a breathtaking suite in Rome or Sorrento. All of them have been selected with utmost care according to strict criteria: quality, beauty, class, comfort, impeccable service. In a word: luxury.

Managing the Italia Lodging website we have been dealing with many different kinds of accommodation over the years, and quality has always been the main keyword in the selection of lodgings to be listed. As the overall level of hotels and country inns grew higher and higher, we soon realised that some of them were somewhat special and tended to stand out both aesthetically and qualitatively: beyond high standards, they had “personality”. They were not simply farm houses or standard hotels, so we thought they deserved particular attention and should be promoted separately in a website that could exalt all their charm and style.

“Luxury Accommodation in Italy” was devised following the exalting idea of creating a “luxury only” network, a garland of incomparable pearls all over Italy which are so different form each other yet all so fascinating, so gorgeous, so luxurious. Just a few selected places, all bookable on-line, for the most demanding clients who plan to spend an exclusive stay in Italy filling their eyes with beauty and wrapping themselves in a soft blanket of comfort, treat and class.

Take your time, have a look. Choosing your destination is not going to be an easy task.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Luxury Castle in Chianti - Castello di Spaltenna

The "Castello di Spaltenna" is the perfect place to stay for those who are looking for a holiday in “a unique and refined atmosphere you have only dreamed about! The spectacular and delightful Spaltenna complex, which is surrounded by vineyards and green woods, is right beside a big splendid valley, in the heart of a magnificent region full of castles and strongholds, ancient villages and abbeys. The complex is located in an ancient feudal town made up of the age-old Parish church with a bell tower which goes back to the 11th Century, the nearby fortified Monastery, also from the 11th Century, and a small cluster of hamlets, splendid examples of spontaneous medieval architecture. The complex buildings, full of history and legends, have splendid interiors with architrave ceilings and elegant entrances.

The complex, which has been cleverly restructured while maintaining its original charm intact, has 30 rooms and 8 suites, all of which boast all mod cons like air conditioning, satellite TV and mini- bars, and all of which enjoy wonderful views of either the valley or the cloister.

The inside of the building consists of comfortable and elegant areas. Elegant fabrics, materials and accessories complete this refined and truly unique environment. From the very well-kept and green terraces facing the Castle, guests here can enjoy the peace and quiet of the surrounding countryside and the beauty of the landscapes. A further attraction is offered by the two distinctive swimming pools: one outdoor swimming pool, which has a lovely cascade to enjoy when the weather is nice and one indoor heated swimming pool for the cold season. Not to mention the sauna and gym, a tennis court and pool table.

The restaurant here, too, is second to none, housed in the age-old rooms of Spaltenna Castle and offering treats for even the most demanding of palates. The dishes are based on traditional local cuisine, with an added touch of elegance and creativity. There is also, of course, a full selection of local and national wines.


Relais Sant'Anastasia, Sicily

There's an Abbey on the beautiful hills surrounding Castelbuono where each stone has a piece of history to tell. A history consisting of hard-working and hospitable monks, of long peaceful sunny days, of influential abbots with famous names, a history spanning a millennium. Today, that Abbey has been restored to its ancient and noble splendour and is now a Relais with an intriguing charm and poignant beauty. It is surrounded by greenery and fertile lands - the sea is so near it seems to fill half the sky.

It is a picturesque place that leaves you amazed when you notice the elegance of good taste and the attention placed on each detail even the smallest. A place where you unexpectedly find yourself immersed in a delicate harmony of quiet and refined simplicity.

Relais S. Anastasia is famous for taking care of every particular to put you at your ease.So, besides the refinement of the rooms and the gastronomic goodness of our restaurant, you will find thousands of delicious corners: reading and music room, bar, swimming pool with whirlpool and the garden where you can have an healthy relaxation, play sports, or merely gaze at the charm of a pure nature. For your job meetings you will have at your disposal the meeting room, and you will surrounded with an environment of relaxing professionalism.

The Relais Santa Anastasia has twenty-five rooms and three suites furnished with extreme care to create a warm and elegant intimacy allowing each guest to feel like "the guest of honour". From the class of the furnishings to the limited technology, to the courtesy services, everything has been studied and selected with tender loving care.

"La Corte dell'Abate" awaits you: just entering is a pleasure. The elegant and discreet atmosphere and the touch of precious fabrics and very delicate crystals reveal those sensations that the taste will soon confirm. Let the Maître guide you through a sinful journey among the delicious foods.

Savour every dish and accompany them with intense wines chosen among the family "jewels" knowing that many of them have won the most important international prizes that can be awarded to a wine.The Relais Santa Anastasia is all this and more.



Saturday, October 20, 2007

Travel to Italy: Information and tips

Here you can find suggestions, addresses and tips useful when you travel to Italy


Newly Listed Luxury accommodation in Italy

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