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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

Holiday dilemmas

Looking for a solution to your holiday problem? The Times Travel Doctor may have the answer. This week, in response to a reader’s query on where to find a villa for six with a private pool and within walking distance of a local town in Sicily, she turned to our client Wish Sicily for inspiration.

Read extract from the Times Travel Doctor here.

Back to school

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.

The Times Travel Doctor.

Picture perfection in Europe

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.

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.

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.

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.