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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.

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.

Il Vignale - exterior

Celebrate in style

If you’re planning a celebration or simply in search of a large group villa, check out journalist Caroline Phillip’s feature in Lusso magazine following her stay at soloSicily’s villa Il Vignale.

Days out in Palermo and gentle strolls through sleepy local villages are just one half of the story; beaches and rural landscapes of olive groves and vineyards provide the perfect backdrop to al fresco feasts and poolside siestas.

Arancine

Fast food Sicilian style

Do spicy spleen sandwiches and barbecued lamb intestines do it for you?  Or are you more of a ricotta-filled zucchini flower sort of grazer? Journalist Caroline Phillips recently tested a soloSicily Street Food Tour in Palermo to check out how the local panelle compared with pizza, and was pleasantly surprised by what she found.  Read her article on High50.com.

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.

Lilla - terrace view (1)

Better late than never

Sicily is a great destination for a break in late August or early September, offering a smattering of sunshine, culture and foodie treats.

JG Communications’ client soloSicily was one of the 20 holidays featured in the Sunday Times round-up of  summer breaks that are still available this summer, with many at bargain prices.  Lilla is a fabulous seafront apartment for two in Taormina, with a terrace overlooking Isola Bella.  Read Sunday Times article here.

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.