Villa Oasis is very appropriately named - an oasis of peace and calm in the hills near Taormina and a perfect location for a family holiday. The villa has everything you could need but the highlights are its wonderful pool area and the numerous outdoor sitting/eating areas that allow you to really enjoy the experience of getting away from it all.
We were welcomed by Tanja who told us everything we need to know and made some great recommendations of places to visit and eat too - some of the local restaurants in Savoca, a short drive from the villa, are outstanding and it was nice not to have to travel far. Also very welcoming was the lovely, thoughtful food basket awaiting us - enough for a meal on the first evening to save us going back out plus plenty of other treats including delicious local fruit.
You will need a car if you're staying here but, to get the best of Sicily, you need a car anyway - it's well worth making the journey to some of the highlights of the island, especially Etna, Agrigento and Siracusa/Ortigia, and the villa is close to the gem of Taormina too so a great base for exploring.
We would highly recommend everything about the villa and are planning a return visit with extended family before too long has passed!
After a few glasses of wine with a friend of mine we have seen a cloth on a beautiful women full of lemons. It was a bit weird and I said I can better picture these fruits on a table in Sicily then wearing it during a hot summer nite in a fancy club. It took 5 minutes and I have found a photo of villa Oasis, a spacious terrace with a table and 4 chairs, and of course the tablecloth with lemons. It was love at first sight, so I asked for an offer.
We had a very late flight to Catania, and arrived at the villa only around 11 pm, but the charm of the place and the hospitality of the hosts made us feel "we arrived directly in the spot, where we wanted to be."
Next day when I went there, where that picture have been taken with the lemons, and I have seen the palms, the mountains, the olive trees and the old oak, I thought, this is more than just an Oasis. At that point I was lack of adjectives to describe how nice it was...
We were 3 adults and 2 schoolkids, everyone had her/his own safespace in the house and it was always very spacious to hide when my elder daughter decided to kill her sister or vice versa.The highlight was definatelly the swimming pool, with 2 private sunbathing terraces sorrounded by palms olive trees, flowers and the old oak giving it a very warm atmosphere.
In the next village there is a small cafe with exceptional cafe and biscotti/croissants, a small shop for everyday needs and a butchers which is offering fresh products made on their own local farms. In the next village one can find a pizzeria and a wine restaurant and huge supermarkets are located in the city at the sea shore.
The sea shore isn't a classic sandy beach, but the stones here were already smoothed enogh and it didnt hurt to walk/play on it (like it did at Isola Bella...), kids had great fun and especially the waves made them smile.
I can warmly recommend this place and looking forward to be there next year as well.
(The most famous painting of my native Hungary of Taormina's Greek Theater was done during 6 years of production when the maestro spent more months in this region. I can totally understand him...)
We want to Villa Oasis with our 3 young boys and had an amazing time. We loved the area and the Villa. Highlights were Etna, a boat trip to see Stromboli erupting at night and snorkelling off Isla Bella.
We hired a car and met Maria at Bar Vitelli in Savoca and Maria looked after us fantastically well during our stay. The Villa had everything we needed and was cleaned half way through the stay.
We really hope to come back one day. We loved the people, scenery, food, volcanoes, mountains and relaxing in Villa Oasis.
We would recommend it.
Thanks for a lovely holiday.
Kim, Mark, Harry, Ted and Charlie