Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Introducing Elba

The island of Elba lies 10km west of the Tuscan coastline in north west Italy and 50km east of the French island of Corsica. Whilst being part of Italy, it has an unique blend of landscapes, architecture and cultures creating one of the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean.

Elba is the third biggest Italian island after Sicily and Sardinia, but only 224sqkm in area with 150km of coastline with many beautiful, sandy beaches, cliffs and coves bordering a crystalline sea. The countryside is green and fertile, particularly in the west which is overlooked by Monte Capanne (1,019m) and known as the ‘Roof of the Tuscan Archipelago’.

Elba Accommodation:

Hotel Hermitage, 5 Star
Situated on the central north coast of Elba in the beautiful bay of Biodola, Hotel Hermitage is set in Mediterranean gardens bordering the beach and has wonderful sea views, well-appointed guest rooms and suites, 3 restaurants and bars, 2 pools, wellness centre, children’s club and offers a wealth of activities including 9 tennis courts, 9 hole golf course and watersports.

Hotel Biodola, 4 Star
Just set back from the beautiful bay of Biodola, 10km west of Portoferraio on the north coast of Elba, Hotel Biodola offers an excellent beach location, wonderful sea views, lovely Mediterranean gardens and offers Tuscan style accommodation, 2 restaurants, swimming pool and jacuzzi, children’s club, and access to 9 tennis courts, 9 hole golf course and watersports close by.

Hotel del Golfo, 4 Star
Located on beach of Procchio just a short walk from the village centre and 10km west of Portoferraio on the north coast of Elba, Hotel del Golfo is situated in immaculate gardens and offers spacious guest rooms and suites, 2 restaurants and 3 bars, swimming and jacuzzi pools, children’s club and land based and water sports activities including tennis, hiking and sailing.

Getting There
Whilst there are no direct flights to Elba from the UK, there are a number of routes both from mainland Italy and from Corsica:

•    Silver Air operates daily flights from Florence, Milan, Lugano and Pisa to the island’s one airport at Marina di Campo on the south coast of Elba
•    Corsica–Sardinia–Elba ferries, BluNavy and Moby Lines have numerous ferry daily crossings to Cavo, Portoferraio and Rio Marina from Piombino 110km south of Pisa in north west Italy
•    Weekly ferry crossing from Bastia in north east Corsica to Portoferraio on north coast of Elba.

Please call Just Sicily 01202 489040 for further information and personal recommendations.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

All Inclusive in Sicily

Just Sicily www.justsicily.co.uk 01202 489040 now offers two All Inclusive hotels both situated in lovely beach locations which offer great value for money, family friendly accommodation, complimentary children's clubs and a range of facilities, activities and entertainment.

Sikania Resort & Spa 
Located on the south coast of Sicily, 16km from the town and port of Licata, Sikania Resort & Spa is ideal for families and couples looking for an All Inclusive option on the beach with pool, restaurant, children’s clubs, activities and spa.
Prices from £479pp per week (excluding flights and airport transfers/car hire)

ATAHotel Naxos Beach 
Situated on the seafront in Giardini Naxos in north east Sicily this resort has an impressive range of facilities including 4 pools, 2 tennis courts, 5 restaurants and bars, children’s clubs, activities and entertainment for all the family.
Prices from £652pp per week (excluding flights and airport transfers/car hire)

Experience Sicily with Just Sicily – The Island Specialist

Monday, 23 January 2017

What's New for Just Sicily 2017

For 2017 Just Sicily are delighted to announce:

New Accommodation
4 hotels, including one on the Aeolian Island of Salina which have been personally chosen to offer our customers even more choice throughout Sicily.

Hotel Signum
Situated on the Aeolian island of Salina off the north coast of Sicily, Hotel Signum is a charming boutique hotel offering a relaxed atmosphere, rustic yet stylish guest rooms, Sicilian restaurant and pool all enjoying panoramic sea views.

Masseria Agnello
Situated in the countryside on the central south coast of Sicily 16km from Agrigento and the Valley of the Temples, Masseria Agnello is a 19th century farmhouse that has been lovingly transformed into a charming boutique style hotel.

Grand Hotel Atlantis Bay (image above)
Situated overlooking the picturesque Bay of Sirens in Taormina Mare on the north east coast of Sicily, Grand Hotel Atlantis Bay boasts a truly unique position.

Scala dei Turchi Resort
Situated directly above the stunning Scala dei Turchi Beach, well known around the world for its pure white marl cliffs, this modern hotel has a lovely pool, bar and restaurant enjoying wonderful sea views and is well located to explore the south coast.

Please call us on 01202 489040 for details about these exciting new additions to our collection and more! To request the 2017 Just Sicily Holiday Collection visit: https://www.justsicily.co.uk/pages/brochure/
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Thursday, 26 May 2016

Romantic Sicily

Just Sicily can recommend hotels personally chosen in exclusive locations to suit a romantic holiday, honeymoon, anniversary or any special occasion and can guide you to the most beautiful guest rooms and suites on the island - Romantic Sicily>
With its breathtaking scenery, panoramic coastline and range of elegant accommodation, Sicily is a perfect place to spend a romantic holiday.
Standing in a truly idyllic park-like setting adjacent to Taormina’s historic Greek theatre with stunning views of the Ionian Sea, town and to Mount Etna beyond.
Prices from £1171 pppw

This 18th century farm has been recreated as a boutique hotel offering guests elegant rooms and suites, excellent restaurant and pool in an very tranquil setting between Mount Etna and the Ionian Sea.
Prices from £389pppw

Situated beside its own exclusive beach in Taormina Mare, the hotel enjoys a truly idyllic setting with stunning views of one of the most beautiful bays in the Mediterranean.
Prices from £866 pppw

Situated on a 40 acre estate this rustic-chic country house is situated close to Mount Etna with breath taking views of the coast, an organic restaurant and pool, surrounded by olive groves.
Prices from £352 pppw

This former English villa has now been recreated as an elegant hotel  in a beautiful setting with wonderful sea views close to the centre of Taormina.
Prices from £882 pppw

Situated on the beach overlooking the picturesque Isola Bella in Taormina Mare on the beautiful north east coast of Sicily.
Prices from £676 pppw

Situated in south west of Sicily, owned and run by a family of wine and olive oil makers, the guest rooms, restaurant, bar and pool are nestled amongst the vineyards and olive groves.
Prices from £485 pppw

Situated between Mount Etna and the Ionian Sea, this hotel has a tranquil atmosphere, a blend of traditional and contemporary styling, unique guest rooms, excellent restaurant and pool.
Prices from £513 pppw

Originally a 16th century grain tower, now a small and chic hotel with just 7 guest rooms and suites, surrounded by pristine lawns, olive trees, vines and palm trees with a pool and restaurant.
Prices from £382 pppw

Located 1km from centre of Vulcano, the pearl of the Aeolian Islands, this charming 5 star resort has a choice of rooms and suites, pools, restaurants, spa and wonderful views of the archipelago.
Prices from £540 pppw

For personal recommendations please call Just Sicily 01202 489040 and for more information and to book online visit www.justsicily.co.uk

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Best Secret Beaches in Sicily

 Sicily boasts an array of picturesque beaches, some considered to be the most beautiful of their kind in the Mediterranean. Wherever you are in Sicily, there will be a stunning coastline within easy reach, with beautiful bays, beaches and nature reserves to discover, from the famous 'film set' pebble beaches of Mazzaro and Isola Bella in Taormina to the unspoilt north west Lo Zingaro Nature Reserve and the long white sandy beach with translucent azure sea at San Vito Lo Capo.

Being the largest island in the Mediterranean, the Sicilian coastline varies enormously from north to south and east to west with many 'Secret Beaches'.  However our resident Sicilian 'Aurora' would recommend visiting Spiaggia Pineta del Gelsomineto (image above) on the sea at the mouth of Cavagrande Nature Reserve near the town of Avola on the most undeveloped stretch of coast on the east side of the island.  This beach is tucked away and hard to find but very scenic with the canyon/estuary leading up through the nature reserve also with picturesque rocky beaches at Fonti del Cassibile (image on right).  The sandy beach of Gelsomineta has trees for shade and clear sea ideal for swimming and snorkelling around the rocks.

To visit these beautiful beaches, we would suggest staying at Borgo Alveria Country Resort https://www.justsicily.co.uk/accommodation/9/Borgo-Alveria-Country-Resort/, an ideal base to explore the south east of Sicily and is 13km from Cavagrande Nature Reserve and 25km from Avola.  This boutique hotel has been recreated on the site of an ancient monastery 700m away from the Porta Aurea in the old town of Noto, yet 10km away from today's city in the south eastern countryside of Sicily. Using the ancient stones and historic walls they have created 12 guest rooms and authentic Sicilian restaurant set in natural gardens with a pool surrounded by 19 hectares of countryside. 
Prices with Just Sicily 01202 489040 www.justsicily.co.uk  from £402pp for 7 nights b&b (excluding flights and car hire nearest airport Catania.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Introducing Verdura Resort

Just Sicily are delighted to introduce Verdura Resort to our 2016 Holiday Collection. This exclusive Rocco Forte Hotel is uniquely situated on 2km of private Mediterranean coastline in southern Sicily.

Set in 230 hectares of grounds with first class purpose built facilities including elegant guest rooms and suites all with sea views, 4 restaurants, 5 bars, 60m infinity pool, 3 golf courses, 6 tennis courts, world-class spa and much more.  We would thoroughly recommend this resort for both couples and families looking for superb accommodation with an array of activities, along with superb dining options.

The is a wide choice of stylish guest rooms and 50 suites arranged on the ground and first floor (no lift), all enjoying sea views and designed in a contemporary Sicilian style, with use of rich earthy colours and natural materials and there are 4 restaurants serving delicious Mediterranean dishes using locally grown produce, some from the resort's own vegetable garden.

Verdura Resort has a wealth of facilities and activities including a spectacular 60m outdoor swimming pool, private beach with watersports club offering windsurfing, sailing, SUP, kitesurfing, waterskiing, wakeboarding and flyboarding (lessons and hire). There are also 6 clay tennis courts (floodlit) and Tennis Academy (group and private lessons), full size football pitch, running and cycling trails and fitness classes.  Children aged 5-16 years are able to take part in the Juventus Soccer School. Alternatively cooking classes are available and wine tasting tours arranged by the hotel.

There are 2 championship 18-hole golf courses and 9-hole par-3 course designed by Kyle Phillips, double-ended driving range, putting green, English Golf Pro and Junior Academy lessons, shop and buggy hire (green fees depend on season).

Ideal for families, there is a complimentary children’s club 'Verdùland' for 4-12yrs open in holidays and half terms. There are English speaking staff and a heated outdoor pool, play area and activity programme, including, educational, creative, cooking and sporting activities.  There is also a nursery with cots, baby equipment and crèche for 0-3yrs and during the summer holidays there is also a Teen Club for 13-16yrs with pool table, Nintendo and sports activities (both extra cost).

The spectacular 4000 m² complimentary Verdura Spa has 4 thalassotherapy pools, 20m indoor lap pool, 11 treatment rooms (including a double suite), double height hammam, separate men’s and women’s saunas, infrared sauna, gym and yoga studio, personal training services and daily complimentary fitness classes, indoor and outdoor relaxation areas and Vita Bar.

Prices start from £622 per person per week with Just Sicily 01202 489040 and for further information and to book online visit www.justsicily.co.uk 

Monday, 21 March 2016

The Times 20 Best Places to Stay in Sicily

Just Sicily were delighted to be featured in Liz Bird's Top Places to Stay in Sicily to book now for the Saturday Times http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/travel/destinations/italy/article4714676.ece

Grand Hotel Timeo, Taormina> 
It’s hard to beat the panoramas from this elegant 19th-century hotel, where most of the 70 rooms overlook the five-acre terraced garden, sea or have views towards Mount Etna. All have marble bathrooms and many have terraces or balconies. A free shuttle bus whisks guests to the sister hotel, with its private beach and children’s club. Tours of the town’s well-preserved Greek theatre, complimentary boat trips and visits to Mount Etna are on offer. After a day’s sightseeing return for dinner on the terrace.
Details B&B doubles cost from £184 a night (01202 489040, justsicily.co.uk). Catania is the nearest airport.

Mangiabove, Marina di Ragusa>
Choose from chic self-catering apartments or B&B rooms at this family-run 19th-century converted farmhouse on the southwest coast. It’s all very relaxed, with a high-ceilinged common room where you can relax by the fire and help yourself to local wine from the honesty bar. The eight rooms and apartments are decked out in cooling blues and whites, some with their own terraces. A vegetable garden is at guests’ disposal, along with a shop selling basic supplies and local products. A furnished terrace leads to a lovely heated infinity pool with sunbeds overlooking the sea. The owners, Michele and Emilia, can arrange wine and food tasting, cookery courses and boat and fishing trips.
Details B&B doubles cost from £82 a night, self-catering studios for two from £651 a week (01202 489040, justsicily.co.uk). Comiso is the nearest airport.

Other hotels mentioned that can be booked with Just Sicily 01202 484858 or online www.justsicily.co.uk :

Monaci Delle Terre Nere, Zafferana Etnea>
This grand 19th-century mansion is on a 40-acre organic estate on the lower slopes of Mount Etna. The 20 rooms, some rustic with lava rock walls, some more luxurious with hot tubs on the terrace, feature contemporary art, Italian designer furniture and sleek en suites. Hike or take the cable car up Mount Etna, then relax by the infinity pool and enjoy the incredible vistas. Breakfast is a treat: local cheeses, fresh bread and home-produced eggs, all laid out beneath the wooden shaft in the wine-pressing room.
Details B&B doubles cost from £362pp per week (01202 489040, justsicily.co.uk). Catania is the nearest airport.

La Foresteria, Menfi>
Learn how to make classic Sicilian dishes, such as caponata, cannoli and cassata, at this rural hotel overlooking vineyards towards the sea. The talented chef Angelo Pumilia also teaches guests how to make fresh pasta, cook with wine and prepare seafood in the spacious blue-and-white tiled kitchen. The 14 bedrooms are decorated in a traditional Mediterranean style, with colourful geometric carpets and ceramic tiles. There’s a pool, a gym and complimentary membership of a nearby beach club that’s surrounded by pines and overlooks the sand dunes.
Details B&B doubles cost from £511pp per week (01202 489040, justsicily.co.uk). Palermo is the nearest airport.

Relais Torre Marabino, Ispica>
Set on an organic wine estate, this small hotel is only a short drive from the south coast’s sandy beaches. Converted from a fortified grain store, it has seven traditional rooms named after wines produced on the estate, all of which can be sampled at a wine tasting. The legendary breakfasts include organic juice, home-made cakes, and honey and jam from the estate, all served on the terrace. Take a dip in the pool, wallow in the hot tub, or hire a bike and explore the surrounding countryside.
Details B&B doubles cost from £475pp per week (01202 489040, justsicily.co.uk). Comiso is the nearest airport.

Verdura Resort, Agrigento> 
This swish five-star resort has everything from a sleek spa to a football pitch, tennis courts and three golf courses. The 203 rooms are decorated in a fresh and contemporary Sicilian style, the best with their own pools and hot tubs, and some with interconnecting rooms. If you tire of the resort, explore the nearby Valley of the Temples or visit the wine estate of Planeta for a tour and tastings. The on-site vegetable garden supplies much of the fresh produce for the hotel’s four restaurants.
Details B&B doubles cost from £622pp per week (01202 489040, justsicily.co.uk). Palermo is the nearest airport.

British Airways flies from Gatwick to Catania with returns from £105 and from Heathrow to Palermo from £161. Ryanair flies from Stansted to Palermo from £39.98 and to Comiso from £39.98. EasyJet flies from Gatwick to Palermo and from Gatwick, Luton, Bristol and Manchester to Catania, from £71.98. Norwegian (norwegian.com/uk) flies from Gatwick to Catania with returns from £70.
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