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Heard the one about the theme park with no rides?

We’re delighted to have been taken on board by Puy du Fou, France’s second largest theme park. A 3-day recce in September was enough to convince us that this was something special – a theme park with spectacular shows but no rides, upmarket accommodation and, judging by the visitors, one that appeals to every generation. Read more here

Autumn sunshine

Fiery foliage and crisp autumn leaves are undeniably lovely – but then so is the prospect of some last gasp sunshine during October half-term. The Telegraph’s round-up of sun and sea packages for families includes a Wish Sicily holiday in the hills above Cefalù on Sicily’s north coast.

Go with the flow

Get the lowdown on how to find those feel good moments from Wellness Central which is packed with lifestyle, fitness and travel ideas.

Great to see two of our clients featured in the website’s travel section. Fresh mountain air, spectacular scenery and some wonderful spa indulgence are just some of the treats on a Hedonistic Hiking guided walking holiday – but gourmet food and superb wine also play their part (cue ‘Hedonistic’). The Italian Alps tour includes a stay at the fabulous Hotel Bellevue where the spa area offers no less than five different saunas, a Turkish and Roman bath, and salt and ice caves. Read more here

The Insider’s Guide to Sicily

Anyone planning a trip to Sicily would do well to start with the Guardian’s recent Holiday Guide to East Sicily. Compiled by Liz Boulter, the guide gives the complete low down on everything worth seeing and doing on the island’s Ionian Coast, from the best beaches and nature reserves, to its towns, villages, castles and palaces.

Great advice too on where to eat and stay, including Wish Sicily’s gorgeous Villa Lo Scoglio, a two-bedroom villa situated just south of Syracuse, with 270° sea views and direct access to rocks for swimming.

JG Communications appointed by Hedonistic Hiking

We’re thrilled to be working with Hedonistic Hiking whose guided walking holidays in Italy focus as much on food and wine as on the landscape. So, as well as some spectacular hiking, there is wine-tasting, gourmet picnic lunches, visits to cheese producers and, in the autumn, truffle hunting.  Guests stay in hand-picked, locally-owned hotels including Italy’s distinctive alberghi diffusi, an initiative which supports the conversion of empty or abandoned homes in a rural village to provide ‘scattered’ rooms, rather than building a new hotel.

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Budget holiday ideas from Prima magazine

Get some top tips on keeping holiday costs down from the April issue of Prima magazine. If you thought that a maximum budget of £50 per person per night meant camping and baked beans on toast, think again. Suggestions from Prima include holidays in France, Spain, Tokyo and the Big Apple and, for those who just want to crash by their own private pool, Wish Sicily’s Casa Turchina. The 3-bedroom villa has a garden and pool and is just 100m from the beach. Read Prima article here.

Bucket lists and best beaches

Plenty of inspiration this month from AOL Travel where articles included round-ups of bucket list family holidays and best beach holidays. 

Store up some great memories for the future with a once-in-a-lifetime family holiday. Ranging from treasure hunting in Scotland to adventure sports in Peru, AOL’s round-up of bucket list family holidays includes something for all budgets. Amongst the more affordable is Wish Sicily’s adventure holiday on Mount Etna, Europe’s highest and most active volcano. Get maximum bragging rights by staying in a villa with a 4000sqm garden and private pool on Etna’s slopes. Read more here

The Times: Top 50 holidays in Italy 2017

Great to see client Wish Sicily’s new Villa Idda included in the best new places to stay section of the Times’ 50 Best Holidays in Italy for 2017. Set amongst the orange groves that surround the seaside town of Acireale, the recently restored villa comprises two separate buildings (perfect for two families), connected by a shaded dining terrace overlooking the garden and pool. Think cool, stone surfaces, sunken baths, double height ceilings and vast picture windows – this is definitely one for the bucket list!

Read The Times, 50 Best Holidays in Italy, January 2017 here.

Hot spots for summer 2017

Client Wish Sicily’s Villa Renata was one of two holidays in Italy featured in the Sunday Times’ round-up of top holidays to book before the January rush. Summer 2016 saw a high demand for key destinations and many families missing out on their first choice of holiday. This, combined with general uncertainty in terms of perceived low-risk destinations, means that there has never been a better time to beat the crowds and take advantage of some of the early booking offers available. Read more here

Go Gourmet in Sicily

As the last programme in the current series of Bake Off approaches, this week’s Sunday Mirror attempted to soften the blow for diehard fans by featuring a selection of top 10 Bake Off breaks. Amongst the holidays included was client Wish Sicily’s multi-sensory tasting and cooking experience close to Ragusa in the south east of the island. Read more here