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or all that it’s part of Italy, Sicily, the largest island in the

Mediterranean, is another country. It wears its history on its

sleeve with rich relics scattered almost casually. The food has

hints of Arabic spices; the vegetation is exotic with oranges, lemons

and palms; the pace of life slow, warm and friendly. Historical riches

include show-stopping Greek temples, Baroque churches, and

medieval mosaics. No visitor can resist the pull of Mount Etna’s eerie

volcanic landscape or the south coast’s sandy beaches. Or, of course,

a glass or two of Marsala.

Spectacularly perched on the side of a mountain, Taormina is Sicily's

most popular summer destination, lying in the shadow of Mount

Etna. A cable car descends from the town centre to the beautiful Isola

Bella Nature Reserve, a striking coastal area within which

La Plage


, a luxurious but eco-friendly hotel, sits in pride of position on

the beachfront surrounded by maritime pines and fragrant gardens

with breathtaking views of the beautiful bay and its famous islet.

The rooms, bungalows and suites of the La Plage Resort are designed

and furnished with modern, informal design and take into account

the surrounding nature, aiming to have a minimal impact on it. The

resort has extensive amenities including eclectic cuisine at Fusion

Restaurant and a wide range of treatments and facilities at Expure

Spa including Turkish bath, Jacuzzis and massage cabins.

Prime Position at Isola Bella

A beachfront retreat below bustling Taormina



ildly beautiful Capri has always been a popular island for visitors. The

Roman Emperor Augustus exchanged the Island of Ischia for Capri so

that he could build a dozen villas, no doubt so that he and like-minded

nobles could enjoy bathing at the famous “Blue Lagoon”. Today the island is

much favoured as a luxury destination with glitzy resorts and high-end shopping.


is one of surprisingly fewhotels on the island to boast a true sea-

edge location, just a fewmetres from the port of Marina Grande and Capri's

largest beach. The atmosphere which pervades the hotel is pleasantly

relaxed and the service is flawless and efficient. The ultra-chic hotel,

the stylish interiors of which were designed by Florentine

architect, Michele Bonan, has a total of 22 spacious bedrooms

and suites decorated in classic seaside combinations of navy

blue and white or soft pastels and patterned wall coverings.

Excellent Mediterranean cuisine is served all day long at

the hotel's


, an intimate restaurant that spills

out on to a breathtakingly panoramic terrace. Leisure

facilities at the hotel include a fitness centre and

spa and a large heated swimming pool.

A Contemporary Classic

Laid back glamour at the cliff edge in beautiful Capri