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Any ideas for sun, sea and lots of sand?

AOL Travel’s selection of Beach Holidays 2015 ranges from Agadir to the Yucatan Peninsula and from Guernsey to Greece.

Included in the round-up are two of our clients’ holidays, Croatian Villa Holidays’ Beacon Retreat, an amazing lighthouse holiday home near Zadar; and ExpertoItaly’s dreamy Paradise Resort Hotel which overlooks the gorgeous Lu Impostu beach near San Teodoro in Sardinia.

Stay at Villa Bronzino, Brac Island for under £500pp

Where can you holiday for under £500?

As ever, the Sunday Times has all the answers, pulling together summer’s greatest bargains.  From Scotland to Sharm, there are domes, mobile homes and villas to suit all budgets.

JG Communications’ client, Croatian Villa Holidays, made the final cut with Villa Bronzino, situated on the water’s edge in pretty Pucisca on the island of Brac, home to the iconic Zlatni Rat beach.

Green Villa is a great budget villa near Palermo, Sicily

Are these the best 50 holidays in Italy?

Pretty much all that’s good in Italy is included in the Times’ recent Italy Special, from the top 10 places to eat on the Amalfi Coast to the best 50 Italy holidays for 2015.

Wish Sicily, the newest addition to JG Communications’ portfolio, is first on the list in the Best 50 Italy holidays/Best New Villas section, with Green Villa, a great value-for-money option near Palermo in western Sicily.  Wish Sicily is a newly-established company offering accommodation in around 200 villas and apartments throughout Sicily.

Read more here

Stay in a cosy retreat for two in Istria

Chocolates, roses or a romantic hideaway for two

Get set for Valentine’s Day with a little support from AOL Travel’s round-up of cosy retreats for two which features mini ski chalets, Rapunzel style towers and slightly more unexpected, an underground hotel room in Sweden.  Also included is JG Communications’ client Croatian Villa Holidays’ Casa Celestina, a pretty cottage for two with a bedroom terrace that overlooks the vineyards and olive groves of central Istria.

Stay on Princely Houses Farm with Wish Sicily

The family holiday debate

Do our little cherubs really need a holiday crammed full of all-singing, all-dancing day long activities – or, given their year-round increasingly hectic schedule, should a pool, the odd trip to the beach and some good old-fashioned quality ‘family time’ be enough?

Wish Sicily’s Princely Houses Farm (featured in this week’s Guardian round-up of ’20 Great Family Holidays in Europe’) seems to satisfy on all counts.  The small cottage complex has two pools and a modest play area but other than that, life is about chilled days on the beach at nearby Taormina and a one-off visit to the woodland adventure playground at Parco Avventura Etna.

Read the full Guardian article here.

Stay in a waterfront villa in Acireale

Wish you were in Sicily?

Wish Sicily is the most recent addition to the JG Communications’ portfolio, a relative newcomer to the burgeoning villa scene in Sicily although director Gioacchino Sortino’s experience in Sicilian tourism dates back several years prior to setting up the company.

Choose from around 200 high quality properties, all bookable directly with owners, and ranging from city centre apartments and affordable family holiday homes to super-stylish villas with a view.

Waterside living in Croatia

Summer in Croatia

Thanks to the Telegraph for its complete 2015 summer holiday booking guide and great to see JG Communications’ client Croatian Villa Holidays listed under its recommended villa holiday specialists to Croatia.

Lighthouse in Croatia

Lighthouse living

We love client Croatian Villa Holidays’ new collection of lighthouse villas, available in Zadar, Istria and on several islands. Villa Adventure is on a Crusoe-style island off the island of Vis, while the gorgeous eco Beacon Retreat, featured in last Saturday’s Times, is slightly more luxurious, with mountain bikes for everyone, a private boat mooring and a chef on request.

Click here for the Times‘ coverage.

Luxury family villa in Modica, Sicily

Booking ahead … how far will you go?

Personally, I’m happy to book my next holiday whilst still enjoying the current one.  Greedy perhaps, but as far as I’m concerned, it’s always good to have one in the bag.  Greed aside, if you’re restricted by dates, whether as a result of school holidays, work schedules or the complicated commitments of friends or several kids, there is something to be said for booking in the autumn for the following summer.  Nothing quite beats the smugness of having booked your preferred villa and low-cost flights well before the winter sets in.

If you’re looking for inspiration, check out the Guardian’s recent round-up of top 20 European villas for families, including ideas from JG Communications’ clients Croatian Villa Holidays and soloSicily.

Family-friendly beachfront villa from soloSicily

Where to go for some good holiday advice

More coverage for our clients, this time thanks to the Times‘ Travel Doctor who recommends soloSicily’s beachfront villa Amaltea as the perfect solution for a family looking for child-friendly accommodation in Sicily.

In a great position in south east Sicily and with a huge garden that leads straight on to a white sandy beach, the cottage is also conveniently placed for easy access to pizzerias, bars and shops and close to the fabulous baroque towns of Noto, Modica and Scicli.

Read Times article here.