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Sicilian Escape: A Gentleman's Guide to Lido Villeggiatura

Gentlemen, seeking a sophisticated escape that embodies the carefree spirit of the Italian summer?

By Lifestyle Editor

Picture courtesy of Belmond.


The esteemed Belmond portfolio has unveiled its first destination beach club, Lido Villeggiatura, nestled on the iconic Bay of Mazzaro in Sicily. This sophisticated retreat, an extension of the renowned Villa Sant'Andrea, promises an unforgettable summer sojourn, ideal for gentlemen seeking a luxurious escape.

A Timeless Enclave

Step into a haven of understated elegance, where contemporary Mediterranean design seamlessly blends with the rich heritage of Villa Sant'Andrea. Imagine stylish white-and-blue striped sun loungers and chic umbrellas, echoing the azure hues of the sea. For ultimate privacy, six pristine cabanas await, each a haven of plush sofas, private sun loungers, and tented verandas where personalized alfresco lunches are served by your dedicated butler.

Indulge Your Senses

Every detail whispers of Sicilian artistry. Local straw fabrics adorn the beach bar, while bespoke blue lava stone tiles, a subtle nod to nearby Mount Etna, add a touch of volcanic intrigue. Sicilian terracotta vases and subtropical plants evoke the historical gardens of the hotel, while white sun sails sway gently in the sea breeze, painting a picture of pure serenity.

Days of Leisure, Evenings of Enchantment

Lido Villeggiatura caters to your every whim. Unwind with sunrise yoga or invigorate yourself with watersports. Explore the captivating Isola Bella Nature Reserve on a private boat excursion or simply bask by the water's edge with a signature treatment in one of the cabanas.

As the sun dips below the horizon, the ambience transforms. Savor expertly curated aperitivos at sunset, paired with delectable canapés and fresh seafood. Immerse yourself in the magic of a midsummer night's party with live music and a decadent Mediterranean feast. Later in the season, prepare to be tantalized by exclusive Michelin-starred dinners featuring globally renowned guest chefs.

A Culinary Adventure

Embark on a culinary voyage of discovery at Villa Sant'Andrea's exceptional restaurants. From bespoke dinners at Brizza to immersive experiences with Chef D'Angelo featuring rare Etna wines aged at sea, the choices are as plentiful as they are exquisite. For a casual lunch, savor the freshest seafood at Ristorante Sant'Andrea, or indulge in the open-air charm of Brace Grill at Bar Sant'Andrea, where pizzas and local fish are prepared to perfection.

A Gentleman's Refuge

Lido Villeggiatura is your sanctuary until November 3rd. For complete relaxation, book a room at Villa Sant'Andrea, which includes complimentary sunbeds and umbrellas. Day visitors can secure private beach access with sunbeds, umbrellas, and butler service for a nominal fee.

The Epitome of Exclusivity

For the ultimate indulgence, consider a private cabana. These luxurious retreats offer a tented lounge area with a veranda, sun loungers, a plush sofa, and a minibar stocked with complimentary soft drinks and a bottle of champagne. Personalized experiences, from private cabana picnics to exclusive boat tours, can be arranged upon request.

Embrace la Dolce Vita

Lido Villeggiatura beckons. For a summer steeped in luxury, impeccable service, and the undeniable allure of Sicily, look no further. Contact Villa Sant'Andrea today and begin crafting your unforgettable Italian escape.


Lido Villeggiatura is open daily for guests and visitors until the hotel closes on 3 November. Complimentary sunbeds and umbrellas are included in Villa Sant’Andrea’s room rate. 

Rates for visitors start from EUR 300.00 (including VAT) for private beach access, two sunbeds,  a beach umbrella, towels, daily amenities, WiFi and digital publications.  

For guests and visitors, private cabanas start at EUR 1,000.00 for up to four guests. This includes a comfortable tented lounge area with a veranda, sun lounger, and sofa, as well as  access to a minibar with complimentary soft drinks and a bottle of champagne, special hotel  amenities, and cabana butler service.  

Personalised experiences can be organised at an additional cost from a private cabana picnic  to an exclusive one-hour boat tour for two people in Taormina Mare. 

For more information and reservations, please contact Villa Sant’Andrea at +39 0942 6271 200  or rsv.vsa@belmond.com.

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