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Wish you were in Sicily?

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.

Crystalline water in Brandinchi cove (1)

A taste of paradise in the Med

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.

Pool at Garden Villas Resort

What’s left for summer?

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.

RHAETISCHE BAHN: Bernina Express- Albulalinie

The world’s most scenic train trips

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.

The world’s most scenic train trips

Read more here

Yoga breaks at Villa dei Nebrodi, with Wish Sicily

Good things come in yoga packages

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.

Good Things, May 2016.

Sicily's mountainous regions offer an excellent selection of adventure activities

Family adventures in Italy

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.

Syracuse, Sicily

Ask the (Times) Doctor

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.

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Great hotels for half-term

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

Casa Zen Blu - poolside outdoor kitchen. Wish Sicily

Sicily in Spring

Wish Sicily was featured in the Times and the Sunday Express over the weekend.

The villa specialist’s Casa Zen Blu was the first holiday featured in the Times’ ‘20 Best Places to stay in Sicily’. Situated close to Palermo in northern Sicily, the 4-bedroom villa has a stunning garden, with fabulously-furnished terraces and an ‘outdoor lounge’ that sits in the shade of an ancient gnarled olive tree. A bar, outdoor kitchen and dining area overlooks the pool.

Read more here

Santa Chiara cloisters

ExpertoItaly in the news

The Times focussed on activity holidays at Easter at the weekend, leading with an ExpertoItaly holiday in Naples. An excursion to Pompeii, giant pizzas, and an underground tour of the city are just some of the highlights available on a short break in this fascinating and hugely underrated city.

Read the Times article here.