The view of the sea and harbor from the balcony is spectacular. The balcony is massive (if you practice yoga, bring your mat!), and there is an overhang that provides shade throughout the day after the early morning. The living room/dining area and master bedroom all have this beautiful view, with glass walls and doors. It was very hard to leave to go do our tourist things (Mt. Etna, Siracusa, Taormina-you get the picture), which were all easily accessible to Aci Castello by car. The apartment is beautiful, modern, and very comfortable. The master has a large closet and ensuite modern bathroom, and of course the view!! Blackout curtains did help in the morning to let us sleep later. The two back bedrooms were comfortable, one had a small window, the other was without one. But I was told both were just fine. They shared the bathroom in the common area, which also was modern, clean and a good size.The kitchen was fully equipped, and even had the coffee pods for us to use. We didn't cook, just heated up a few things, but if you wanted to cook it would be easy there. There were a lot of restaurants and cafes very close by, so no need to get into your car. You can walk along the waterfront for a long distance as well.
I was so grateful that they left cleaning supplies, dishwashing detergent, paper towels, sponges etc. just so we didn't have to purchase those things. Oh, there is a small market right across the street, open in the morning and reopens at around 5:30 pm, where we bought essentials and lovely prosciutto and salami. And right downstairs is a café, for coffee, drinks, gelato, sandwiches, snacks, desserts and they are so very nice, and seem to be open very long hours. Same customers are there most days hanging out and chatting. We drove from Palermo, which much of the way was scenic. We let the owners know approximately when we expected to arrive, and we were welcomed by them. They helped us with our suitcases up the stairs (2 flights), and they had champagne, Italian cookies, fruit, fig jam, bottles of water and coke waiting for us. They were lovely and helpful. They arranged a parking garage for us down the street, and answered our questions-even checked in with us during our stay. When we left, which was hard to do, they met us at the apartment and again helped us with the luggage.
I would definitely recommend a stay here, I hope I will have the chance to return.
This elegant and comfortable residence was recently renovated by the architect owner. His professional expertise is evidenced by both the design and furnishings. Everything from the top of the line appliance selection including a washing machine to the well thought out cabinet and storage space was perfect. The floor to ceiling sliding glass doors that line the main living area lead to a meticulously maintained lawn and garden area. The sea is clearly visible from this main living area, and the property has a semi private gated path to the Ionian Sea. There is secure and ample parking. The property is quite private, even secluded, but within easy walking distance of fine restaurants and activities. Our host Giuseppe was a delight. He was quite knowledgeable about the area, punctual, accommodating and was very helpful in all respects. We had a beautiful experience and hope to return.