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Lido Villeggiatura: Where timeless elegance meets the Sicilian Coast

Belmond launches Lido Villeggiatura: A new beach club experience inspired by timeless Mediterranean elegance.

By Lifestyle Editor

Imagine a place where the crystal-clear Mediterranean Sea laps at your feet, the gentle breeze whispers secrets of a bygone era, and every detail whispers Italian elegance. This is Lido Villeggiatura, the new beach club at the famed Villa Sant'Andrea, a Belmond Hotel.

Opening its doors in May 2024 on the tranquil shores of Taormina Mare's Bay of Mazzarò, Lido Villeggiatura promises an experience as timeless as the Mediterranean itself. Inspired by the hotel's rich history, once a private villa until the 1950s, the beach club embraces a mid-century aesthetic. Picture stylish white-and-blue striped sun loungers and chic beach umbrellas dotting the pristine sand, beckoning you to soak up the sun in luxurious comfort.

For those seeking a touch more indulgence, six pristine cabanas offer personal sanctuaries. Imagine plush sofas, private sun loungers, and a dedicated butler service catering to your every whim. Alfresco lunches served directly on the beach complete this picture of pure indulgence.

A Symphony of the Senses

Lido Villeggiatura is a feast for the senses. The Mediterranean design reflects the natural beauty that surrounds it. Colorful cushions adorned with lace-inspired "merletto" – a traditional island motif – pay homage to local artisans. Local straw fabrics and bespoke lava stone tiles from nearby Mount Etna echo the island's rich heritage. Sicilian terracotta vases overflowing with subtropical plants create a lush oasis, while white sun sails sway gently in the sea breeze. It's the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable summer spent in Sicily.

From Sunrise to Starry Nights

Lido Villeggiatura caters to every whim, from the first rays of dawn to the twinkling Sicilian night sky. A dedicated beach concierge ensures your every comfort, whether you choose to indulge in a relaxing "pennichella" (afternoon nap) on your sunbed or embark on exhilarating water sports.

For the wellness enthusiast, sunrise yoga sessions by the water's edge and signature treatments offered within the privacy of your cabana promise pure rejuvenation.

A Celebration of Sicilian Culture

The vibrant new beach bar is the perfect spot to unwind with refreshing coastal cocktails, zesty aperitivos, and the iconic Sicilian granita. Sundays come alive with traditional "Villeggiatura" game sessions, inviting you to experience the joy of simple pleasures – playing cards and board games with loved ones, just like Italians do for generations.

As the sun dips below the horizon, Lido Villeggiatura transforms into a haven for sophisticated revelry. Live music and DJs set the mood for unforgettable sundowners, followed by mouthwatering seafood barbecues overseen by Executive Chef Agostino D'Angelo and Bar Manager Fabio Rosella.

A Cinematic Escape and Culinary Delights

For cinephiles, a partnership with the Taormina Film Festival brings open-air cinema nights to the cabanas. Imagine cozying up under the stars and enjoying Italian film classics from the 1950s and 1960s, followed by themed dinners.

Lido Villeggiatura takes your culinary journey to new heights. Brizza, a restaurant by the water's edge, offers an intimate dining experience for just eight tables. Here, Chef Agostino D'Angelo curates an immersive exploration of the finest Sicilian seafood, each dish paired with exceptional wines, including some of the rarest Sicilian labels aged beneath the sea.

For a truly romantic experience, bespoke candlelit dinners for two can be arranged on the beach, featuring a delectable four-course menu that showcases the bounty of the region.

Exploring the Enchanting Coast

Lido Villeggiatura serves as your gateway to explore the surrounding nature reserve and the captivating Sicilian coastline. The beach club's new private boat, the Apreamare Gozzo 35, awaits you from the hotel's reopening on March 28th. Tailor your onboard itinerary to visit charming destinations like Isola Bella, Acitrezza, and Siracusa, or simply explore hidden coves along the breathtaking coast. Champagne-paired picnics and snacks add a touch of luxury to your adventure. For an unforgettable finale, reserve the Gozzo for a sunset aperitivo with Mount Etna serving as a majestic backdrop.

Lido Villeggiatura is more than just a beach club; it's an invitation to immerse yourself in the timeless elegance of the Mediterranean, the vibrant spirit of Sicily, and the promise of an unforgettable summer.

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