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Sicily

Our verdict:

For a shorthaul honeymoon island to beguile you with its exotic mix of sea, volcano and mountains, plus the ever-present scent of lemon trees, Sicily and its dozen off-shore islands deliver a great destination for romance. And best of all, you get to choose from cutting edge resorts such as Verdura to old-school gems like Hotel Villa Sonia.

Recommended tour operator: Sardatur

Sardatur says

With incredible food, stunning coastline, rolling hills, culturally-rich towns and no fewer than seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Italian island of Sicily packs an impressive punch. It’s arguably the Mediterranean’s ultimate island when it comes to things to do and places to see.

  • Great food and culture
  • Handpicked hotels
  • Self-catering options

With so many luxury hotels, beautiful apartments and villas to take advantage of, it’s an ideal choice for a memorable honeymoon. So, whether you’d like to witness the baroque beauty of the Val di Noto, the hustle and bustle of the capital Palermo or venture to the mighty Mount Etna and experience the stylish town of Taormina, we’ve got something simply idyllic.

If you like the idea of a resort-based honeymoon with everything on your doorstep, Sir Rocco Forte’s five-star Verdura Resort has the wow factor in spades. With a private stretch of beach, three golf courses, tennis courts, a superb spa and choice of four restaurants, it’s an exceptional hotel.

The luxurious Belmond Villa Sant’ Andrea is in a spectacular location in Taormina with stunning coastal views and an air of exclusivity. It’s intimate and full of character with true five-star service and cuisine to match the surroundings. There’s a private beach and a superb Wellness Centre to add to the appeal. Wander along the beach to take the cable car up to the centre of Taormina.

Beach lovers will enjoy a honeymoon at La Plage Resort. It boasts an enviable beachfront position within the Isola Bella Nature Reserve in Taormina and we particularly like the pretty cottage suites, set in pine forest and a stone’s throw from the water.

We love the 19th-century Art Nouveau decor and marina views from Grand Hotel Villa Igiea. Located on the waterfront close to Palermo, foodies will love the gastronomic dining and there’s a shuttle service to Palermo, Sicily’s fascinating capital.

Take a look at Hotel Villa Sonia, a hillside boutique hotel that oozes romance and intimacy. We absolutely love the panoramic views towards Mount Etna and the charming village of Castelmola, a short walk away.

If Sicily sounds like your ideal honeymoon destination, view our full range of hotels in Sicily.

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