Grand Hotel Timeo, the front row to Sicily’s eternal beauty
The first hotel which opened its doors in Taormina in 1873, Grand Hotel Timeo quickly rose to fame as a pioneer in putting Sicily on the map, becoming an icon itself, a must-visit stop on Italy’s grand tour inspiring great works of art and literature for years to come.
This season the hotel marks a milestone anniversary: 150 years of fascinating history celebrating the property’s emotional connection to travel, as well as its central role on the island. Grand Hotel Timeo enjoys unrestricted views of Etna, the ancient greek theatre and natural terraced gardens filled with the heady scent of neroli and orange blossom. Ideally located near the lively town centre, Mazzaro bay and the most beautiful beaches in the country, it has attracted illustrious artists such as Klimt, Klee, Wagner, Tennessee Williams and D.H Lawrence, who stayed there while he wrote Lady Chatterley’s Lover.
Hollywood’s elite, from Cary Grant to Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn, also succumbed to its charms. To honour its history while also looking to the future, this legendary luxury hotel, celebrates its italian culture with enchanting outdoor spaces, and a deep respect for sustainability and plant protection. Meanwhile, its michelin-starred restaurant, run by executive chef Roberto Toro, revisits traditional sicilian dishes. Throughout the entire summer, this italian destination for holidaymakers will provide the perfect setting for an exclusive Dior spa concept, ideally suited to its luxuriant grounds, its breath-taking views and the season.
Luxurious beauty cocoons among the cypress trees
Treatment cabins perched in the trees at the heart of a stunning garden, with a view overlooking the sea, provide a unique setting for an unforgettable experience in natural surroundings. Simply climb a few steps up a wooden staircase to easily access the two highly sophisticated treatment rooms, one double and one single, nestled in the majestic cypress trees.
These organic cubes are elevated with the amous toile de jouy in the same verdant shade, including the curtains that protect guests from the bright sun and ensure total privacy. Each one has its own individual terrace with a parasol in matching fabric, rattan furniture, plants and even a sea view, so that this moment of well-being and absolute serenity can be extended after a treatment.
Enjoy a top-flight treatment menu on high
For the best of Dior spa expertise in the service of a sun-filled escape. In the jardin des rêves, everything as been created to help the skin and senses blossom at the height of summer. The essential dolce vita solar low face and body treatment is the star of the season.
Taking up the new, efficient and sensorial Dior solar, this complete one-hour protocol ensures a perfectly enhanced and extended tan. Depending on the chosen time, it ends with either a head-to-toe application of protective cream, lotion or oil before sun exposure, or with an after-sun balm or shimmering oil at the end of the day.
This new spa mecca for holidaymakers in italy joins le jardin des rêves Dior at Splendido, which is reopening for a second season at the mythical Hotel Belmond in Portofino. Le Jardin des Rêves Dior at the Grand Hotel Timeo is the perfect union of highly effective treatments and sensorial experience, for a unique holistic immersion among the trees, that makes your holiday dreams come true.