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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.

ExpertoItaly

Need some summer heat?

More much-needed September sun ideas from The Times this weekend, including a holiday with JG Communications’ client ExpertoItaly.  The Relais Parco Cavalonga is a converted farmhouse with a pair of  infinity pools in an idyllic setting amidst olive and carob trees and within easy reach of the baroque stars of south east Sicily.

Beaches near San Teodoro

Sunshine and sparkling seas in Sardinia

This week’s Times travel section included a great round-up of 50 holiday bargains that are still up for grabs this summer.  Suggestions included a family break with JG Communications’ client, ExpertoItaly,  in San Teodoro,  Sardinia where the local white sandy beaches of Lu Impostu, Cala Brandinchi and Capo Coda Cavallo rival those of the South Pacific.  Read more here: The Times, 50 Summer Bargains.

La Locanda delle Donne Monache

Great suggestions for holiday dawdlers

STILL looking for a summer holiday bargain? The Times’ round-up of 50 best summer holiday bargains at the weekend featured three holidays offered by JG Communications’ clients, two in Italy and one in Croatia.

Holidays in Italy included ExpertoItaly’s classic family holiday at the seafront Grande Baia Resort in Sardinia, and, more suited to couples, a stay in the often-overlooked town of Maratea in Italy’s Basilicata.

For wine-lovers, Croatian Villa Holidays’ self-catering Casa Celestina, which overlooks the vineyards and olive groves of Istria, was amongst the suggestions for couples.

Massage under the gazebo

September sun

Avoid the full strength of the Mediterranean sun in August and get more for your money by taking a September sun holiday.  If you need inspiration, search out some great ideas in yesterday’s Sunday Times‘ September sun feature, which included two of our clients.

Holidays featured included a self-catering break at one of soloSicily ’s supremely chic seafront apartments in Taormina; and an all out indulge and pamper stay at ExpertoItaly’s Mezzatorre Resort & Spa in Ischia.

Sunday Times Ultimate 100 Holidays1

A bumper weekend in the press

Villa features dominated the weekend press with great exposure for several clients and encouraging reports of busy phone lines.

Croatian Villa Holidays was featured in the Guardian’s 100 Beach Houses while the fabulous Villa Solaris from its sister programme, Montenegro Villa Holidays, appeared in the Times’ ‘50 Best Mediterranean Beach Villas’ feature and took centre stage on the front page of the paper’s Weekend section.   Croatian Villa Holidays’ Villa Mimosa also appeared in the Sunday Times’ Ultimate 100 Holidays for 2014.

Sicily villa specialist soloSicily also grabbed a slot in the Sunday Times: Ultimate 100 holidays round-up with the latest addition to its programme, Giada, a beachfront villa in the south east of the island.  soloSicily’s Apolline, another villa in the south east of the island, also appeared in the Guardian’s 100 Beach Houses.

Villa Blue Sapphire, Croatia

2014 holiday plans

A memorable swim in the bay of Bobovisce on Croatia’s Brac island last year was enough to convince me  – Croatia’s coastline needs exploring, bay by bay and island by island.  Several of the little fishing villages, hilltop towns and larger towns on the Istrian peninsula  feature high on the must-see list but that inviting almost translucent sea remains the no. 1 attraction.

Croatia specialists are popping up all over the place but one to watch is Croatian Villa Holidays with their huge range of villas and apartments and infinite knowledge of each property, beach, village and town. Read more here

Croatian Villa Holidays

Welcome to Croatian Villa Holidays

Great to be working with Croatian Villa Holidays who clearly know  just about everything there is to know about Croatia and its many islands.

Find out about the best food festival or the least discovered beach and choose from a collection of villas that ranges from a traditional stone rural house for two to an Istrian lighthouse and a jaw-dropping villa with its own tennis court, football pitch and wellness centre.  Expect to see a lot more of this company in the coming months …

Amaltea - garden leads down to sea

Montalbano’s Sicily

Hurray for the return this Saturday of the charismatic Inspector Montalbano – even if it’s in the form of a prequel to the main series as a young Montalbano is posted to a remote village in the Sicilian mountains before being promoted and transferred to Vigata.

Hard to say whether it’s the early morning swims, the almost tangible smell of coffee on that beachfront terrace or the steaming platters of  ’pasta alla norma’ that make you long to be there … but there are few better adverts for south east Sicily and the baroque towns of Ragusa, Modica and Scicli than this series. Read more here

soloSicily - Elisa, shady poolside pergolas

Hot off the press

JG Communications’ client soloSicily is offering an amazing 20% off selected villas right through July and August.  Elisa, a three-bedroom property with a pool, direct beach access and it’s own tiny church, caught the attention of the Sunday Times in this weekend’s last-minute Summer Holidays feature.

If you can’t get away until September, the good news is that Ryanair has launched a new flight, starting in mid-September, from Stansted to Comiso, the perfect starting point for anyone who wants to stay in or explore the fantastic baroque towns and white sandy beaches of south east Sicily.

Click here to read the Sunday Times information.