Last weekend’s Times travel section featured a selection of family holidays guaranteed to add colour to your child’s school days. Greek island cruises, language lessons on the ski slopes and Tudor history in Kent all appeared, together with a Wish Sicily holiday on Sicily’s east coast. Stay in Villa Viscalori on the slopes of Mount Etna and your kids can find out all about volcanoes as well as brushing up on their ancient history in nearby Taormina.
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Is it possible to narrow down Europe’s most picture perfect towns into a list of just 14? Online lifestyle and travel magazine, Hero & Leander, has had a good go at it, including one of my favourite Sicilian towns, Modica. Best known for its chocolate and its ostentatiously ornate Duomo, the town is just one of many must-see stops in the fabulous Val di Noto.
Client Wish Sicily has a great choice of villas in the surrounding countryside but if you fancy a short break based in the heart of the action, the supremely sleek Hortus Suites are the place to stay, for terrace views of the Duomo, spa relaxation and chilled al fresco lunches in the shade of fig and pomegranate trees.
The September issue of the Sunday Times Travel Magazine is packed full of ideas on the best ways to holiday in Italy in a comprehensive Total Guide to the country. The Lakes, Tuscany, Puglia, Sardinia and Sicily are all there, with JG Communications’ client Wish Sicily one of three recommended villa operators in the Sicily section.
Wish Sicily is also featured in Prima magazine’s ‘Girls Just Want to Have Fun’ article (September issue). Gather a group of flexible friends, pick a villa and hop on a plane to Sicily for a week of sunshine, private yoga classes and poolside relaxation.
Thanks to AOL Travel for its round-up of exotic holidays – minus the long-haul flight. Suggestions include the beaches along Sardinia’s eastern shores, to the south of the Olbia, which are renowned for their turquoise water and powder soft white sand and where Cala Brandinchi beach is known locally as Little Tahiti – for good reason. Specialist tour operator to Italy, ExpertoItaly, offers a selection of hotels in San Teodoro, including the beachfront Paradise Resort.
Also from AOL, invaluable information on just a few of the holidays that get snapped up as much as a year in advance. Anyone in search of a room with a view on the Amalfi Coast next May or June really does need to start planning now! Read article here.
Significantly more than you think, according to the Independent’s recent feature on some of the best alternatives for those who want to avoid Turkey, Egypt and Tunisia.
Italy, Portugal and Mauritius are all included for anyone in search of an immediate getaway, with Austria, New England and Greece recommended for September holidays. Top slot goes to ExpertoItaly’s holiday at the Garden Villas Resort on Ischia. The hotel is within walking distance of the beach at San Montano and the Negombo thermal spa, one of the island’s leading spas.
Hop on board the Bernina Express, one of Europe’s highest train rides, and, according to the Times, one of the world’s most scenic. The 4-hour journey departs from Chur or St. Moritz in Switzerland, passing through tunnels, over bridges and around the famous Brusio spiral viaduct before arriving in Tirano in Italy.
Thanks to Good Things magazine – the glossy monthly bible for all things travel and food related – for including client Wish Sicily’s yoga holidays in the May issue.
Wish Sicily runs private yoga classes at several villas, offering up to six hours’ daily tuition to villa guests. Combine yoga with some local hiking in the spectacular Nebrodi mountains and a personalised detox meal plan prepared by an in-villa chef for maximum feel-good factor.
The last of the Independent’s recent three-part series on Italy focussed on family holidays, with plenty of suggestions for families in search of art, history, beaches and islands. For anyone looking for an adrenalin rush, journalist Nicola Williams recommends Wish Sicily’s new collection of villa holidays with outdoor activities that range from rafting and canyoning to Mount Etna jeep tours.
Other adventure activities on offer include hiking, air-based adventures such as paragliding, and a large selection of water-based activities.
A Wish Sicily villa holiday was one of the options put forward by the Times Travel Doctor in response to a reader enquiry for a multi-generational celebration holiday that combines the beach, culture and activities.
With the added benefit of extra space for additional guests, the recommended villas (Sunny House and Prora del Plemmirio) are both in south east Sicily, within easy reach of the annual ancient Greek theatre festival in Syracuse, and the baroque towns of the Val di Noto.
See The Times Travel Doctor query.
Never mind that the kids have only just gone back to school after Easter holidays: it’s never too soon to start planning the next holiday.
The Times’ round-up of ‘Great Hotels for Half-term’ featured a range of ideas, from the Scilly Isles to Mauritius, including an ExpertoItaly holiday at the very affordable beachfront Grande Baia Resort in Sardinia.
Read Times article here: The Times, 16 April 2016