Our family stayed at the Palm and Carob tree apartments, which make up a private and spacious property with big rooms and balconies. The balconies have wonderful views of the bay, and are perfect for eating out on. The apartments have basic no frills equipment, but the caretaker Giuliano lives close by and was happy to help with anything extra we needed. You need to be relatively fit to manage the steps, especially in the heat, but thankfully the shops and beach are very close.
If you are travelling without a car, it is ideal as the bus to Catania airport stops right outside, and the bus to Taormina is across the road.
I can definitely recommend the property, especially if you value space and privacy over luxury. mehr