Space, comfort, luxurious design details and state-of-the-art amenities are just some of the necessary ingredients for a perfectly pleasant holiday home. Sicily, just off the southern coast of Italy, has no shortage of private-pool villas that offer these luxuries in abundance.
An idyllic paradise of untamed wilderness, crystalline waters and drop-dead-gorgeous beaches, sun-kissed Sicily tops our wanderlust list for 2020.
From ultra-luxe villas with private swimming pool to alluring, well-located self-catering holiday homes, here is a roundup of seven luxury hideaways in heavenly Sicily, where you can spend quality time with your friends and family.
Essence, Menfi-Porto Palo
About an hour’s scenic drive southwest of Palermo, Menfi is one of the most historic wine towns in southern Italy. If you love wine-tasting, vineyard-hopping, great food and blissful beaches, Menfi, in the province of Agrigento, should definitely be on your travel list.
Sitting on a panoramic, vine-covered hill looking out to sea over the olive groves of Menfi, Essence is an immaculate, modernist villa offering pretty much everything one could wish for in a summer house: lots of light, designer furnishings, state-of-the-art design, spellbinding sea views and a fabulous 20×40 foot pool surrounded by vibrant green lawns… all just five minutes from the soft-sand beaches of the Menfi coast.
Seven Islands, Marsala
Famous for its flavoursome, richly coloured fortified wine, the pretty seaside town of Marsala is Sicily’s most westerly city. One of the most requested rental properties in this glorious part of the island, Seven Islands is a panoramically positioned ultra-luxe villa that can house up to ten guests. It is the picture of contemporary cool.
Seven Islands’ location couldn’t be better. Set in an enviable position above the charming Baroque town of Marsala, this contemporary architectural masterpiece boasts to-die-for views of the Egadi Islands. Space abounds and its covered, heated pool is one of the finest you will find anywhere.
Casa Alba, Sciacca
Famous for its ceramics, thermal baths and flamboyant carnival celebrations, Sciacca, pronounced /shacka/, is a picture-perfect port town in the province of Agrigento, with a glorious Baroque centro storico, a dramatic seafront and some excellent seafood restaurants.
An ideal luxury retreat for those looking for a relaxing holiday, Casa Alba is perfectly located to enjoy the extraordinary cliff-side villages along the coast. Perfectly sized for a family of four, this cozy escape feels a world away, and offers guests much more privacy, space and flexibility than in a traditional hotel. Its wonderful 37-foot infinity-edge swimming pool boasts captivating views across vineyards and olive groves down to the crystal-clear sapphire sea.
Siracusa Retreat, Syracuse
Listed among UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, the lovely coastal city of Syracuse (Siracusain Italian) is a true gem on the south-eastern coast of Sicily, overlooking the transparent cobalt-emerald waters of the Ionian Sea. The historic urban island of Ortigia, the oldest and most fascinating part of Syracuse, is where most of the historical sites are located.
Perfectly placed for exploring southeast Sicily’s many attractions, Siracusa Retreat is a recently refurbished 18th-century country house that captures all that is good about the Sicilian dolce vita. From afar, it might look like a typical Mediterranean mansion, but once inside, your jaw will drop at the sight of its beautifully finished interiors that spill out onto an extensive well-manicured garden, at the centre of which is a swimming pool to die for.
Utterly charming in every way, this Sicilian farmhouse has been fully restored, resulting in a stylish five-bedroom villa, perfect for a family holiday with young children.
Villa Acropolis, Selinunte
Between Mazara del Vallo and the pretty coastal town of Sciacca lies Selinunte, the most impressive ancient Greek sites in Sicily. One of the largest archaeological sites in the Mediterranean, the vast Acropolis of Selinunte occupies an extraordinary spot on the south-western coast of the island.
Those looking for the ultimate escape to south-western Sicily’s awe-inspiring countryside can set up home base at Villa Acropolis. Looking out over olive and citrus groves down to the sea from its panoramic position, Villa Acropolis is a discreet, reflective ode to the timeless beauty that surrounds it. The views from the sea-facing terraces, stunning 20×40 foot pool and emerald green lawns that surround this rustic-yet-elegant villa are at once calming and inspiring.
Il Mandorlo, Noto
A bijou town at the island’s southeast corner, Noto is an eighteenth-century Baroque masterpiece of town planning. Often dubbed the capital of Sicilian Baroque architecture, Noto, 20 miles south-west of Siracusa, has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Val di Noto since 2002.
So why not rent a deluxe pool villa in the surrounding area? Il Mandorlo offers unique charm, simple, homely accommodation, a wow-inducing pool and shady al fresco areas in which to relax and unwind with your friends and family.
The magic of Il Mandorlo stems from its enviable panoramic position, overlooking the sea and part of the charming town of Noto below. The views from this idyllic, dramatically positioned retreat are utterly captivating, especially at night when the twinkling lights of the Baroque pearl of Noto are shining.
Villa Perla, Castellammare del Golfo
Near the well-known Lo Zingaro Nature Reserve and the attractive village of Scopello lies Castellammare del Golfo, one of north-western Sicily’s most picturesque hamlets. The old fishing town of Castellammare del Golfo is ideal for getting to know the real side of Sicily, especially if you stay in Villa Perla, a stylish, well-located family summer house designed with both comfort and hedonistic pleasures in mind.
It offers the privacy, freedom and comfort of a private home paired with dream-come-true amenities. Stunning geometry is part of the appeal for this contemporary-design four-bedroom villa enveloped in total peace and quiet.
All of these Sicily villas with private poolare available to rent right now through Select Sicily, a luxury villa rental company that boasts an impressive collection of properties in sunny Sicily. Need some help deciding where to go next? Visit www.selectsicilyvillas.com.
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