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Which sort of holiday booker are you? Do you start planning a trip as soon as you return from a holiday? Or do you keep everyone on tenterhooks by waiting till the last minute? If the latter, you’re in luck! We still have some availability for this month and next at a selection of villas in Sicily. These are four of our top recommendations for this summer. Private pool and jacuzzi  Save 20% at one of Wish Sicily’s most popular villas in the last week of August. Two-bedroom Casa del Carrubo has a private pool, jacuzzi, table tennis, bikes and…

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Wish Sicily has won the Feefo Gold Service award, an independent seal of excellence that recognises businesses for delivering exceptional experiences, as rated by real customers. Created by Feefo, Trusted Service is awarded only to those businesses that use Feefo to collect genuine reviews and insights. Those that meet the high standard, based on the number of reviews they have collected, and their average rating, receive the award. A badge of honour, this accreditation remains unique, as it is based purely on the interactions with real customers. As all reviews are verified as genuine, the accreditation is a true reflection of…

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Does next year mark a milestone birthday or anniversary? Or perhaps you need no reason for a celebration other than the sheer pleasure of grabbing a holiday with your oldest friends. Either way, now that the summer’s over and the kids are back at school, if you are thinking about planning a big group holiday for 2019, this is the ideal time to set the wheels in motion. Book now to eliminate the stress of finally agreeing on a villa, only to find it’s unavailable on the dates that you want! Once you’ve picked the perfect villa for your party,…

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Regardless of your holiday budget, one of the best things about staying in a Sicilian villa rather than a hotel is the chance to really experience the destination. Linger over a morning cappuccino at the local bar, wander to the local shops or market for your daily essentials and head to the nearest lido to watch the daily ritual of Italian beach life. Villa holidays in Sicily get snapped up quickly, often as soon as the Christmas rush is over, so if you are thinking of booking a villa, particularly during school holidays, the advice from specialist Wish Sicily is…

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Villa specialist Wish Sicily has expanded its selection of budget properties on the island with the addition of new beachfront apartments and villas for 2018. Starting from under £10* per person per day, the villas are simply furnished but provide comfortable accommodation within a stone’s throw of the beach. New for 2018: Perfect for couples, Il Torrione is a charming one-bedroom apartment situated just moments from the fabulous sandy beach at Fontane Bianche in south east Sicily. The apartment has a living room with kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. Frame your day with an early morning cappuccino at the beach shack-style…

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Tempted by the idea of learning how to whip up a paper-thin crispy pizza or a platter of creamy cannoli? Or perhaps you would prefer a couple of helpful hints about the most popular herbs and techniques used in Sicilian cooking? Street food tours, vineyard visits, cookery classes and multi-sensory food-related experiences are all options in our new range of special interest activities and excursions, designed exclusively for guests to our luxury villas in Sicily in 2017.   Street food Sicilian-style: Get the full street food experience on a tour of Palermo’s historic centre where arancini rice balls, meaty skewers…

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Our new range of adventure activities in Sicily is just the thing to keep energetic and inquisitive kids entertained on holiday. Choose from self-drive guided tours of Catania in an open-sided Ape Calessino, 4 x 4 jeep tours on Mount Etna and bike tours through the Alcantara Gorge. Each of these activities are perfect during October half-term and the cooler autumn months.   Exploring Catania, Sicilian-style: Whizz through the ancient alleyways of Catania’s UNESCO-listed historic centre in an iconic open-sided three-wheeler Ape Calessino, the ultimate tribute to vintage chic. The compactness of the vehicle means that you can easily access…

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If you haven’t booked to get away this summer yet, we’ve tried to make life easy by picking a selection of top villas for autumn getaways. September and early October are great months to holiday in Sicily: you can still expect temperatures in the low to mid-20’s, up to ten hours of sunshine a day and quiet beaches and tourist attractions as Italians return to work. Of course if September seems too long to wait for warm sunshine, there is always the option of a quick getaway. Take a look at our collection of villas offering last-minute deals and promotions.…

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Still looking for a villa in the sun? Villa specialist Wish Sicily has added to its portfolio several new properties that are ideal for families and have excellent availability in July and August.   Family friendly villa in north Sicily Casa del Gelso is a newly-restored villa with a fantastic garden and pool with views over the Tyrrhenian coast.  A sure-fire hit with kids of all ages, the pool has easy access steps for younger children, and a diving board for the older ones. There is also table tennis and a stunning outdoor kitchen designed to make family catering that…

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Save up to 20% on your June holiday at a selection of great value properties that have just been added to the collection. All villas come with a lowest available price guarantee and are booked directly with the property owner.   Private pool by the beach – save 20% Eliminate the angst of having to choose between poolside or beach relaxation by choosing a villa that has both. Villa Stella’s pool has a diving board and views over the rocky coastline and crystal clear waters around Terrasini in north west Sicily. Private steps lead from the garden to a sunbathing…

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White sandy beaches fringed by translucent seas, great food and wine and a wealth of history and culture are just part of the picture in Sicily where several of the top designer villas are likely to leave you wanting to check in and stay poolside for your entire holiday.  If you are looking for a week or two of rural or beachside bliss, Sicily-based villa specialist, Wish Sicily, gives the lowdown on which glammed-up villas are still available this summer, together with some top tips on what to see and do on the island.   Outdoor style:  If outdoor living…

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Choosing a villa for a family holiday is loaded with complex decisions, with budgets, location and ‘must-have’ facilities all playing their part – and that’s before you have even discussed whether holidaying with another family may be a good idea. So here are some of our top tips to help you along the way, with a small selection of some of our best villas for families.   Beachfront location If you are working within a budget, decide which is more important – a pool or proximity to the sea. For families with young children, being able to walk straight on…

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Re-charge mind, body and soul on a Wish Sicily yoga break Bliss out on a revitalising yoga break in Sicily that combines personalised instruction with poolside relaxation. Choose from a selection of Wish Sicily villas that accommodate groups of between eight and 28 people, where you can enjoy up to six hours’ yoga per day in spectacular settings overlooking the Nebrodi mountains or the vineyards of western Sicily. All courses are led by yoga teachers Bruno Teyssandier and Erika Iannello who provide several classes a day.  For the ultimate restorative treat, an in-villa cook can be organised to prepare a…

Countryside villas in Sicily

Away from the coast, Sicily takes on a completely different feel, with landscapes characterised by dry stone walls, rolling vineyards, mountain vistas and fields dotted with citrus trees, heavily laden fig trees and cacti.  Sicily villa specialist, Wish Sicily, picks out its top rural villas for 2016. Volcanoes and wine tours Situated in a small village on the slopes of Mount Etna, Villa Mila is a recently refurbished farmhouse available for rent for the first time in 2016.  Local lava stone, terracotta tiling and antique wooden furniture set the tone in the elegant interior while outside, the gorgeous garden has…

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Wish Sicily’s broad portfolio ranges from budget beachfront apartments to rambling countryside estates.  These are some of the top new properties in the collection for 2016.   Best for outdoor living:  Casa Zen Blu is a modern villa that opens out on to a huge veranda, with lounge-style seating and a majolica tiled dining table.  Wander down through the extensive jasmine-scented gardens to the pool, sip a drink or snack at the poolside cocktail bar and linger over leisurely meals prepared in the gorgeous outdoor kitchen and dining space before retiring to the shady outdoor lounge for a snooze.  The…

2016 Villas in Sicily

– New budget beach-front properties – One of a kind: unique villas with distinctive features – Just for two: expanded collection of villas for couples With a new BA flight from Heathrow to Palermo starting in May 2016 and an ever-expanding choice of high quality self-catering villas and apartments, Sicily is set to continue on its upward trend as a popular holiday destination.  With warm weather from April to October, it is equally appealing to holidaymakers in search of low-cost holidays outside of the peak school holiday period and to families looking for school holiday breaks. Amongst its new accommodation…

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Sicily’s art scene is thriving, with innovative modern galleries extending from Palermo and Trapani on the west coast across to Modica, Syracuse and Catania in the east.  Check out also the Fiumara d’Arte, a dramatic open air sculpture park in the province of Messina. AND STAY IN AN EXTRAORDINARY VILLA  Forget run of the mill … stay somewhere extraordinary in summer 2016.  Quirky, contemporary and ever so stylish, our art and design villas range in style from vintage art to eco extraordinaire.   Quirky but cool An outside kitchen with traditional wood-burning pizza oven, glorious rural views towards the sea…

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Get ready for 2016!  We’ve expanded our collection of beachfront villas in Sicily and added several really exciting new properties where you can amble from bedroom to beach in seconds and back in time for your morning cappuccino on the terrace.   White sand and turquoise seas in south east Sicily In prime position for beach lovers, Casa Ulisse hovers on the edge of a sandy beach near Ispica.  Outside, large shady gardens, with terraces and an outdoor kitchen, lead directly on to the beach. Several of the island’s top beaches, including the white sandy beaches and translucent seas at…

Sicily villas for foodies

From its creamy risotto filled arancini to its prolifically-growing zucchini, Sicilian food is packed with flavour.  Fresh sun-ripened tomatoes, shiny silver sardines and sweet fat pistachios have been incorporated into a distinctive cuisine that has been shaped by centuries of foreign rule.  Events such as San Vito lo Capo’s Cous Cous Fest and sagre celebrating everything from artichokes to onions punctuate the calendar but every day in Sicily brings another gastronomic treat. Villa specialist Wish Sicily has brought out a new collection of villas for foodies, where guests are never more than a bite away from the top foodie hotspots…

Honeymoon villas in Sicily

Move over Mauritius … keep your honeymoon travelling time to a minimum and head for our gorgeous vineyard-carpeted island, where hilltops are dotted with medieval villages and coastlines fringed by white sandy beaches and translucent seas. For the ultimate romantic escape, retreat to a bolthole for two and while away lazy days on secluded beaches, feasting by night on seafood and dishes packed with glossy aubergines and sun-ripened tomatoes. Here are our top three love nests for 2016.   The island villa Blessed with simple rustic charm and breathtaking sea views, Ulivo di Pollara is a white-washed Aeolian villa on…