THE ALLURING ATLANTIS BAY HOTEL: AN ENCHANTING DESTINATION FOR WEDDINGS AND HONEYMOONS IN TAORMINA, SICILY
It is no coincidence that Italy is one of the most popular European destinations American couples choose for a destination wedding or their honeymoon.
For most, the mere mention of the word Italy evokes images and thoughts that tantalize the mind, heart and soul with the prospect of experiencing all that this intriguing country has to offer. Whether through movies, songs, fashion, food, history and so many other sources, we have all been exposed to the refined esthetic and finesse Italy exudes.
Nestled on a hill top in its southern part, in the region of Sicily defined by breathtaking landscapes, rich history, and romantic ambiance you will find the charming town of Taormina. At the bottom of the hill, just where the turquoise waters of the Ionian Sea gently hug the Sicilian coastline lies an idyllic sanctuary that perfectly blends luxury, elegance, and historical charm; The Atlantis Bay Hotel, part of the VRetreats hotel collection, is ideally situated, providing its guests with exclusive access to private beaches and unparalleled views of the Mediterranean.
Atlantis Bay is a haven of luxury and tranquility, designed to cater to the needs of discerning couples that visit from around the world. The rooms and suites are elegant, adorned with classic Italian furnishings and refined details. Built in the side of a mountain, each of its rooms offer stunning ocean views and a harmonious blend of comfort and style. A significant asset, that elevates the experience of staying at Atlantis Bay is the hotel's professional staff that provides exceptional service, ensuring an unforgettable stay for every guest.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of Atlantis Bay is the dining experience. The hotel offers delectable dining choices between two restaurants in unparalleled settings. Ristorante Nui is the evening dining choice. Directly overlooking the Baia delle Sirene, Nui offers traditional Sicilian cuisine with a moderate modern twist by chef Tino Privitera inspired by a farm to table philosophy using local ingredients. During the day, as guests cool off in the crystal-clear waters of the bay, they can enjoy lunch and the offerings of The Beach Bar which include delicious local fish and vegetable dishes. The Kori Bar is the ideal place to be to witness the romantic sunset from the property. Served poolside, along with appetizers and other chef’s specialties, a carefully curated wine selection is available with local wine choices from the Mount Etna region as well as international wines and a vast cocktail list. The signature cocktail of the hotel is the delicious Mandarin Aperol prepared from scratch with local citrus and herbs.
For couples seeking a destination wedding, Atlantis Bay Hotel is a dream come true. The hotel's exquisite spaces, including lush gardens, panoramic terraces, and beachfront settings, offer a range of enchanting options for both a magical ceremony and a majestic reception. Imagine exchanging vows in the presence of close family and friends with the shimmering Mediterranean as a backdrop, surrounded by fragrant flowers and the sound of waves gently crashing against the shore. One of the highlights of having a wedding at Atlantis Bay is making a grand entrance on a charming boat (provided by the hotel) that approaches the strategically positioned dock on the hotel’s beach with direct access to the reception area where guests have already gathered and are sitting at their tables, just to stand and greet the newlyweds.
The hotel's experienced wedding planners thoughtfully curate every detail, ensuring a flawless and magical celebration that certainly exceeds expectations. For a destination wedding meant to provide guests with an unparallel experience, couples can reserve a block of rooms at the Atlantis Bay Hotel or the adjoining sister property, the luxurious Mazzarò Sea Palace with its 70 meticulously appointed rooms, also situated on waterfront overlooking the bay of Taormina.
Between one or both properties, guests can intermingle, connect and share in the multifaceted planned activities. While the Atlantis Bay Hotel itself provides an alluring sanctuary, there's plenty to explore and experience beyond its luxurious walls. The actual town of Taormina up on the hilltop is a treat to walk through with its cobblestone paths, abundant street cafes and al fresco dining restaurants.
The greater region surrounding the town boasts a rich and diverse history that dates back to ancient times. The town itself was founded in the 4th century BC by Greek settlers and later flourished under the expansion of the Roman empire. The remarkable architecture of Taormina is a testimonial of its rich historical heritage. For example, one can visit the well-preserved ancient Greek theater that offers breathtaking views between the visual marriage of the surrounding mountains and the open, endless blue Ionian sea. The town's medieval center, with its narrow, winding streets and picturesque squares, exudes a timeless charm captivating the heart and mind of visitors.
Excursions and Activities:
1. Take a guided tour or explore on your own the towns of Savoca and Forza d'Agrò where parts of The Godfather movie were filmed. Follow Al Pacino's steps down the cobblestone streets or stop at the iconic Bar Vitelli and sit in the chair Marlon Brando sat.
2. Visit the Ancient Greek Theater: Take a step back in time and explore the remarkable ancient Greek theater, which offers sweeping views of the coastline and Mount Etna. It's an ideal spot for a pre-wedding photoshoot or a romantic evening under the stars.
3. Explore Taormina's Historic Center: Lose yourself in the narrow, cobbled streets of Taormina's historic center, lined with charming boutiques, local craft shops, and delightful cafes. Stroll hand-in-hand and discover hidden gems at every turn.
4. Boat Excursion to Isola Bella: Embark on a romantic boat trip to Isola Bella, a small island located just off the coast of Taormina. Known as the Pearl of the Ionian Sea, this nature reserve offers pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and abundant marine life.
5. Wine Tasting in the Vineyards of Mount Etna: Indulge in the flavors of Sicily by taking a wine tour through the vineyards surrounding Mount Etna. Sample the region's renowned wines while savoring breathtaking views of the volcanic landscape.
6. Pampering at the Hotel's Spa: Treat yourselves to a day of relaxation and rejuvenation at Atlantis Bay's spa. Enjoy a couples' massage, indulge in luxurious treatments, or unwind in the serene wellness facilities.
Undoubtably, Atlantis Bay Hotel offers an extraordinary backdrop for couples embarking on their journey of love. The greater region with its rich history, natural beauty, and warm hospitality, makes this an enchanting destination and promises an unforgettable wedding and honeymoon experience. Surender to the timeless charm of Taormina, bask in the luxury of Atlantis Bay Hotel and create lifelong memories in this idyllic corner of the world. Atlantis Bay Hotel is just 58 kilometers (36 miles) from Catania International Airport which is located on the Eastern coast of Sicily.
In addition to Atlantis Bay and Mazzarò Sea Palace in Taormona, the VRetreats collection of luxury properties also includes Cervino Alpes, Il Tornabouoni Florence, Palazzo Sant’ Anna Lecce, Donna Camilla Savelli Rome, Cala Cuncheddi Sardinia, Hotel Roma Ortigia and Ca’ Di Dio Venezia.