The 25-room Ashbee is a renovated private villa built in 1907 by Charles Robert Ashbee, a renowned Arts & Crafts architect. It has a sublime location—perched on a cliff above the sea just a few hundred feet from Taormina’s famous Greek theater. Guest rooms vary in size but all are elegant and comfortable, with private terraces opening onto tranquil gardens. The bar offers a jaw-dropping view of the Sicilian coast. The hotel was featured in the London Times article “Coolest Hotels in the Med” in April 2011.