101 Honeymoons

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    Jane's 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

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    Sicilian Places says

    With beautiful beaches, 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, places to see and superb hospitality.

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

    We’ve hand-picked our favourite hotels for romance.

    The Ashbee is in a spectacular location in Taormina with stunning coastal views towards Calabria. It’s intimate, characterful and unique with 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.

    Set in the Valley of the Temples, Villa Athena is an exclusive small hotel with just 25 exquisite rooms – each terrace looks out towards the Temple Concordia (pictured top right). There’s a lovely pool and a spa that offers couple’s treatments.

    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 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. It’s a low-key celeb magnet and we love the panoramic views towards Mount Etna and Taormina, a 15-minute walk away.

    If you prefer the idea of your own private bolthole, we have some self-catering apartments and villas. Our top pick is Casa sulle Rocce, a delightfully simple but stylish house overlooking the Med.

    Check out our full range of hotels and villas in Sicily and our current special offers.

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