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Jane AndersonLeading travel writer Jane Anderson


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 The Ashbee.

Recommended tour operator: Sicilian Places

Sicilian Places 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.

The Ashbee is in a spectacular location in Taormina with stunning coastal views towards Calabria. It’s intimate and full of character with true five-star service and cuisine to match the surroundings. Take the cable car down to the beach when you fancy a change from the infinity pool.

Bursting with Sicilian authenticity but with plenty of touches of luxury, consider a honeymoon at Alba Palace Hotel. It boasts an enviable position just a few steps from Piazza Cavour in Favara, southern Sicily, and has a stunning rooftop dining area with superb views of the surrounding town. We recommend a Spa Suite for honeymooners; a private sauna and Jacuzzi plus a balcony overlooking the apse of the Church of the Purgatory make it the perfect choice.

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.

We also 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 Villa Angela, a hillside boutique hotel that oozes romance and intimacy. We absolutely love the panoramic views towards Mount Etna and Taormina, which is just a 15-minute walk away.

If you prefer the idea of your own private bolthole, consider the charming Apartment Romantico, a unique gem in the centre of historic Modica.

If Sicily sounds like your idea honeymoon destination, view our full range of hotels and villas in Sicily and our current special offers.

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