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 villa has four double bedrooms, each with its own terrace. One week from £1335 (sleeps 8).
Best for luxury: The extraordinary scented gardens at Villa Agave have a large infinity pool and are strewn with hammocks, day beds and clusters of palm trees. Two covered terraces for al fresco dining overlook the garden. The interiors are just as special, with highlights including a walk-in plunge pool bath in the master bedroom and antique furniture. The villa is set amidst acres of citrus and olive groves in Castelvetrano in south west Sicily. One week from £1614 (sleeps 8).
Best for budget: Casa di Menta is that rare find: a good-sized villa with a garden and pool and exceptionally low prices. Accommodation is simple but spacious with a large-open plan living area and four double bedrooms. Outside, the pool-facing covered terrace has an attractive tiled outdoor kitchen with a wood fired oven and barbecue. One week from £791 (sleeps 6).
Best for island stay: Perfectly placed for Aeolian island hopping, Villa Casa Nostra is on Lipari, the largest of the Aeolian Islands. Set amidst gorgeous lush gardens with manicured lawns and sea views, the villa has a very homely feel with traditional majolica tiling, beamed ceilings and extensive collections of books and personal possessions. Each of the three bedrooms has a large veranda with spectacular views over the coastline. A scooter and dinghy are available for exploring the island’s nooks and crannies. One week from £1730 (sleeps 6).
Best for wine-lovers: A formidable local legacy of wine-making makes Menfi an excellent choice for anyone interested in visiting wineries and vineyards. Villa Bonera is situated in the heart of Menfi’s wine-growing area, with views across the vineyards. The 5-bedroom villa has a garden and pool and is close to the white sandy beach at Porto Palo. One week from £2527 (sleeps 10).
Best for beachfront: Perfect for families, Villa Renata has a pool and direct access to the sandy beach from the garden which has a covered terraced dining area and outdoor lounge seating. The villa is situated close to the shops and restaurants at Fontane Bianche and Syracuse and Noto are close by. Prices start at £792 (sleeps 7).