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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Taormina, Province of Messina, Sicily

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TheCummin...
Leamington Spa
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“Friendly hosts and lovely apartments in a stunning location.”
Reviewed 7 August 2012 for a stay in July 2012
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Just returned from a two-week trip to Sicily with my husband and 12-year-old daughter. We stayed at the Lemon Tree for the first week and loved it! While planning the trip I emailed on several occasions and Karen always replied promptly with lots of advice and info. She told us to call when we arrived at Giardini Naxos station and she sent Diego down on his scooter to guide us up the windy mountain tracks. We told him we wanted to buy some basics and he took us to a local supermarket and helped us with the language before leading us to the Lemon Tree.

We stayed in il Ulivo apartment which was very clean and nicely decorated. We had two balconies; the main one with a large dining table and views over the bay of Taormina and up to Castelmola on the hill and the smaller one overlooked by Mount Etna.

Karen and Diego were very attentive and keen to ensure their guests had a good stay. They advised us on and booked excursions and restaurant tables and were always chatty and friendly. One night they organised a barbecue to which we all chipped in and they prepared a delicious spread accompanied by their homemade wine and limoncello. Everyone was invited and it was good fun and a great opportunity to get to know the other guests.

My daughter loved playing table tennis with the other children, feeding the chickens and swimming in the pool. One of the highlights for her was the pool volley ball which Diego organised if there were enough people around the pool.

All in all it's a great location for exploring the east side of the island and visiting Etna, it has stunning views, great accommodation and facilities and excellent hosts (Karen even said I could call her for any advice during the second week when we were staying in Trapani). We highly recommend the Lemon Tree and would definitely stay there again.

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Liked best: The hospitality
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CandWNort...
North and South
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“"The good life" Sicilian style”
Reviewed 26 July 2012 for a stay in June 2012

The Lemon Tree Apartments, Taormina, Sicily
Even the Sicilian sun cannot match the warmth of Karen and Diego’s hospitality, they are the perfect hosts. The “climb” to the Lemon Tree apartments is rewarded with views that delight and an environment where you can relax confident that any problem you may encounter will be resolved quickly. I speak from experience having crashed the hire car minutes before we met Karen and Diego, however with their assistance it was exchanged the following morning without any disturbance to our holiday. As others have commented the views are amazing and we never tired of looking out over Taormina and CastelMola from breakfast as the sun rose to dinner as dusk turned into night and their lights sparkled like stars in the darkness. We drank wine, enjoyed olive oil and ate figs for lunch and breakfast (great with prosciutto or cereal) that came from the vines and trees surrounding the apartments and knowing this added to the pleasure, as did being supplied with fresh laid eggs. Karen and Diego shared their knowledge of the area, providing information that you don’t find in guide books, were generous with their time ensuring we had everything we needed and were so welcoming we felt that we were staying with friends. Their efforts, organising a barbeque for everyone in the apartments, made watching England lose to Italy (on TV on the terrace) in the Euro’12 competition an enjoyable evening. We wish them every success and hope that they are fully booked through the years to come, which would be a suitable reward for all their hard work.

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Liked best: The views
Liked least: Road access
Travelling group: Friends
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Ben R
Hasselt, Belgium
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“Great vacation”
Reviewed 29 June 2012 for a stay in June 2012
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We stayed for 7 days in the Limoncello room. The appartment was really nice, clean and well equipped. From the balconey you have a nice view on taormina and the see. The pool was really nice and most importantly Karen and Diego were super friendly and helpfull! They gave a lot of tips of what to visit, where to eat, etc.

All in all it was a verry nice vacation. Highly recommended!!

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“Brilliant Week”
Reviewed 17 June 2012 for a stay in June 2012
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We recently got married in Taormina and stayed at The Lemon Tree with our friends. It was ideal as the apartments are well furnished with fantastic views of the town and Mt Etna. All the apartments had either a terrace or a balcony which were great for relaxing with our friends. The pool is great and comes with a volley ball net, there is also table tennis and darts available which kept evryone entertained.

Karen and Diego, the villa owners are also wedding coordinators. Unlike other firms they don't put any restrictions on what you can do. We got married in Madonna Della Rocca church and had our evening do at the Metropole Hotel. The day was fantastically well organised. They sorted out all the transport to get to and from the church, including taxis for family members not staying at the villa. They also organised flowers, the meal, the legal side, the service, drinks reception at the church amongst other things. It was brilliantly organised with little stress for myself and my husband.

We had a week's holiday at The Lemon Tree with our wedding half way through the week. Karen and Diego's hospitality and helpfulness is hard to explain so I'll give a few examples of what they did for us.

We arrive at about 18.30 on Saturday. There was a group of about 15 of us and we were tired after our flight so they organised pizzas and drinks for us.
The next morning they ordered in breakfast for everyone as most people hadn't thought to bring food even though it is self catering.
Later in the week our families came for lunch and they went to a local deli for some food so we could have a special lunch with them. My parents couldn't find the villa so Diego drove into town to meet them and they then followed him to the apartments.
They sorted out a day trip for my brother who wasn't even staying at the villa.
They also offer a taxi service at a fraction of the price of a regular taxi. So at any (and I mean any) time of the day or night they will drop of or collect you from wherever you want.

In summary the Villa is fantastic by itself and I would recommend it anyone. But with the addition of Karen and Diego as hosts it makes it an extra special experience. We have already talked about returning in 10 years time to celebrate.

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Travelling group: With Friends
Your age range 25-34
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marelle26
County Kerry, Ireland
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“The Lemon Tree - complete and utter paradise!”
Reviewed 24 May 2012 for a stay in May 2012
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Based on the reviews of other TripAdvisor members I chose The Lemon Tree as the accommodation for me and 21 of my extended family. Despite being used to 5 Star luxury and never having stayed in an apartment complex I was not disappointed. One of the main reasons was the owners Karen and Diego who made sure that everyone had a pleasant stay. From the moment we arrived they welcomed us into their home and when Diego found out that one of the younger members of the group was a huge Chelsea fan he made a huge fuss of him, and allowed everyone up to their living quarters to watch the Chelsea V.S. Bayern Munich match. Karen quickly learnt everyone's names and often engaged in our conversation. She also had no problem when our relations from Catania hung out with us for a few days. One night they made a traditional Sicilian meal for us which consisted of a starter, main course and dessert for a reasonable price considering the variety of dishes. Due to my dairy intolerance they prepared the dishes with and without cheese. To accompany the food they had their own organic wine which could also be bought from them as well as drinks for those who did not drink alcohol. Other nights the Sicilian-born Diego helped with ordering pizza. Karen who is from Manchester is fully aware of what people want in an apartment which sets The Lemon Tree apart from the basic rooms which are a common feature of Italian hotels. The rooms are tastefully decorated; the photographs really do not do them justice. All apartments feature air conditioning, ceiling fans, safes, kettles and hairdryers while some even have toasters and microwaves. All of the apartments had a bidet except for ours (Etnea) which made up for it by having the only full bath in the complex. Some of the apartments had their own private balconies while others were at ground level and had spectacular views of Taormina and Castelmola. All the apartments have tables and chairs outside so you can relax in the sun. A ramp leads up to the medium-sized swimming pool which is surrounded by sun loungers and umbrellas and a roof over the table tennis table and the football table means that they can be played in all weather conditions. The Lemon Tree is situated on the slope of a mountain which means that it is considerably cooler (it was 20 C when we were there) than low lying places and it can get very windy so it is the ideal place to stay during the heat of summer. We were fortunate enough to arrive just one week after the road had been tarmaced as up to then the entire road up the mountain had been a dirt track while now it is only part of the way. Due to the location of The Lemon Tree (20 minutes by car from Taormina and Giardini Naxos) and the fact that only one person had hired a car meant that Karen and Diego drove us for a small fee rather than the 35euro we would have to pay a taxi. In the beginning some people were complaining about the remoteness of The Lemon Tree however it was a blessing as it meant that the family enjoyed the holiday together rather than splitting up and going exploring. The Lemon Tree made such an impression on us that rather than a once in a lifetime experience as we had previously thought we are already thinking about making a trip next year even though we have only just returned!

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Liked best: Karen and Diego who did their best to ensure that our stay was as successful as possible.
Liked least: Nothing.
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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