Sicilian Flavours & Beach Vibes – Villa Raineri

Sicily is one of those places that I think I’ll revisit for the rest of my life. It’s not because it was easy to get to (just a 2-hour flight from Vienna) or because I probably enjoyed the best seafood of all time. It’s because it’s one of the most unspoilt islands I’ve been over the course of the last years. The whole island is a fabulous melange of delicious food, wine, art, and stunning beaches, but no other region embodies what Sicily is all about better than the hilltop town of Taormina and Giardini Naxos, the picturesque seaside town.

If you’re looking for an elegant beach getaway with that true Sicilian flavour and some serious luxury mixed in, you’ve come to the right place – Villa Raineri is a carefully restored property dating back to the 18th-century, located in the beautiful bay of Giardini Naxos. So make sure to keep reading for all the details on this unique Italian gem!

Villa Raineri Giardini Naxos
Villa Raineri is the ideal location to situate yourself during a trip to Sicily

One of the most tempting design aspects of Villa Raineri is that the entire villa has an indoor-outdoor feel, which means you’re able to enjoy the Sicilian sun and endless views from virtually anywhere. The piece de resistance of the hotel is the terrace, which features awesome views of the Ionian Sea.

Sicilian Villa
This Sicilian villa is overlooking the Ionian Sea.

Staying at Villa Raineri in Giardini Naxos, just a stone throw’s away from famous Taormina, will give you a mix of both worlds, so you can spend your days exploring the city’s unique culture and get the ultimate experience of rest and relaxation when you check back into your room each night.

Sicilian Nights & Glorious Mornings

This beautiful B&B is the passion project from Maria & Patrizia, who have put a lot of love into these romantic rooms for travelers from all over the world to enjoy. It’s been opened just 4 years ago, and the blend of old & new design pieces gives the property an eclectic look. In short, the Gothic windows, the high ceilings and the carefully preserved old floors make it a dreamy place.

Villa Raineri Giardini Naxos
Imagine your dreams… Now make them come true at Villa Raineri!

Each room is unique and represented by different color schemes of blue, cream, or light green. However, we’ve found that Alba Chiara – an elegant family room – to be the most charming one. All rooms feature a minibar, a desk, a flat screen TV, air conditioning, a safe, and a spacious bathroom.

Suites Villa Raineri Sicily

In addition, the bed linens and tapestry are exquisite – more information can be found here!

Delicious Eats

As a bed & breakfast villa, there aren’t a lot of features. And that’s perfect! Because serenity and intimacy are the ambiance the hosts aimed while designing this villa. A tranquil and plant-lined garden is where an extensive and delicious breakfast is served every morning – made-to-order Sicilian omelets, pastries and yummy cappuccinos taste fab!

Breakfast Sicily

Breakfast Sicily
Have you ever eaten NESPOLE? It’s about time!
Pasqua Sicilia Giardini Naxos
Easter delicacy: Ciambella pasquale intrecciata.

Beach Vibes

Whether you’re visiting Sicily on an extended vacation or only for a few days, the jaw-dropping beaches, and clear turquoise waters are a worthwhile venture. So if you’re a beach bunny you’ll keep busy rotating between the variety of beaches close to Villa Raineri. There are several sandy beaches directly in Giardini Naxos and plenty of others just a quick drive away.

Giardini Naxos
Giardini Naxos – the sweeping bay with soft, fine sand and clear, warm water is picture perfect.

GOOD TO KNOW: For lounging in the sun and enjoying superb seafood on the beach, Isola Bella Taormina is the go-to spot for visitors to Sicily.

Isola Bella Taormina – the idyllic place where relaxation is the ultimate way of life
Isola Bella Sicilia
Isola Bella Taormina.

Just make sure to stay for sunset as this is the best spot to watch the sun go down over the turquoise water.

Isola Bella Taormina
The views here seem almost too beautiful to be real.

To Dos While You’Re Here

Taormina has been gaining popularity over the years for its laidback vibes, stunning views and awesome food scene. So head to this beautiful town for shopping, sightseeing and savoring local delicacies – you’ll find some incredible restaurant options.

Taormina Sicily
Taormina always mind-blowingly beautiful

INSIDER TIP: for a decadent lunch with all the fancy trimmings, make reservations at Ristorante Granduca Taormina. Full and happy, wander over to the Teatro Antico di Taormina, the most famous Sicilian monument.

Johann Wolfgang Goethe said: “To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is not to have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything.”

Teatro Antico di Taormina
Teatro Antico di Taormina boasts stunning views of the bay of Giardini Naxos and Mount Etna.

For dinner go to La Cambusa Ristorante located in Giardini Naxos, and try a Sicilian classic: salt-crusted seabass served with crispy lemon potatoes. The fresh seafood on offer is truly amazing!

La Cambusa Restaurant Giardini Naxos
Fresh catches of the day
La Cambusa is a HEAVEN for seafood lovers.

Last but not least, plan a day trip to Mount Etna, the highest volcano in Europe, and one of the most active of the world. Etna can be visited and hiked year-round. In addition, Sicily’s islands have plenty of under-advertised draws – and they’re literally jaw-dropping! So make sure to visit Lipari – the largest and most developed Aeolian Island. Don’t miss the stunning Favignana and Levanzo Islands!

The beautiful Lipari Island
To infinity and beyond – Favignana Island

BOTTOM LINE: I’m sure you’ll enjoy Sicily and its surrounding islands if you like authentic places. On top of that, Sigmund Freud described Sicily as “the loveliest region of Italy: a stunning orgy of colors, scents, and lights… a great delight”. So don’t delay, head to Sicily and stay at Villa Raineri! It’s the kind of place you need to see at least once in your life — but I guarantee you’ll want to come back to visit over and over again.

Ciao Sicily, see you soon… A huge thank you to Villa Raineri for hosting us! As always, all opinions and views are my own.