We’ve all had to face plenty of challenges over the past few months, including missing meet ups with family and friends and the stress of juggling work with homeschooling. But how have you adjusted to being mainly confined to your local neighbourhood? If you’re used to travelling abroad, or even taking regular domestic holidays, the chances are you’ll be craving new horizons.
So it’s great to see borders re-opening, with flights starting up again, and self-catering accommodation and hotels throwing open their doors. We all need that little escape from reality to look forward to, and we can’t think of a better place to escape to than Sicily! If you have the flexibility to wait until September, we have plenty of villas in Sicily available at great prices, but for those of you keen to get away in August, you can still save up to 30% – and cancel free of charge – at selected villas.
New entry for 2020
Check in to Rocca di Pietra, and you’ll be one of the very first guests to stay here! The 6-bedroom villa has recently undergone a huge refurbishment, and with a stunning infinity pool and heavenly views over the rural landscape of south east Sicily, is a welcome addition to the island’s rental scene. You’ll find traditional Sicilian tiling, solid stone walls and fabulous high ceilings throughout but we love the light, contemporary feel of the bedrooms and living room.
The villa is in a great location, close to several superb beaches in and around Marina di Ragusa, and just a short drive to the amazing baroque towns of Ragusa Ibla, Modica and Scicli.
Availability: Most August weeks are still available, with a 20% discount. One week from €5120 (sleeps 12) after discount.
Affordable family villa with Aeolian Island views
Re-charge your batteries while the kids flit between the pool, table tennis and garden play area at Villa Alma. The 4-bedroom villa is tucked away in the hills between Milazzo and Messina, close to San Pier Niceto, an atmospheric town which provides a welcome contrast to some of Sicily’s busier coastal towns. Head for the beach – the nearest beach, at Rugantino, is less than 15 minutes away while Capo Calavà is a snorkeller’s dream – or drive up into the spectacular Nebrodi mountains to explore some of Italy’s most beautiful villages.
Availability: choose from a selection of August dates with a 20% discount. One week at Villa Alma from €2560 (sleeps 7) after discount.
Family villa with pool
Start your day with a splash in a pool overlooking Sicily’s north east coast. For families looking for their own private retreat, Infinito is a rare find – stylish, spacious and close to the beach, restaurants and gelaterie in the seaside resort of Capo d’Orlando.
You’ll probably spend most of your time outside, either in the garden, in the pool or on one of the vast panoramic terraces, but when you need to cool down, the huge open plan living room and three en suite bedrooms are the perfect sanctuary from the Sicilian sun.
Availability: last 2 weeks of July and from 16 August, with a 20% discount. One week at Infinito from €3600 (sleeps 8) after discount.
There’s simply no need for a pool at Casa Ulisse, a 3-bedroom villa set in a sprawling garden on the edge of a sandy beach near Ispica. Wander down through the dappled shade of palm trees to the end of the garden and straight on to an uncrowded family-friendly beach with gently shelving translucent water.
This is a villa for outdoor living. Stroll down to the beach bar for your morning cappuccino, whip up a salad at lunchtime under the shade of the covered outdoor kitchen, and dine under the stars accompanied by the sound of the waves on the beach.
Availability: 25 July or from 22 August with a 10% discount. One week from €2970 after discount.
Get the full list of our August and September promotions here.