Thursday, 22 February 2018

New Air Malta flights from London Southend to Catania in Sicily

New Air Malta flights from London Southend to Catania will be operating from beginning of May through to the end of October 2018:

Southend – Catania
Mondays
Outbound: 09:45-14:00; Inbound: 06:50-09:00
Thursdays
Outbound: 09:55-14:10; Inbound: 06:50-09:00
Prices from £86pp return including a hold bag and pre-booked seats!

For accommodation options visit www.justsicily.co.uk/pages/accommodation-home/ or for personal recommendations call Just Sicily 01202 489040

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Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Sicily included in Forbes 5 Gorgeous Getaways To Inspire Your Vacation Fun In 2018

"To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is not to have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything."

"If Rome, Florence or Venice has stirred you to mingle ciao and wow in the same thought, then your appreciation of Italy will grow stronger in Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, capped by active and awe-arousing Mount Etna — currently around 10,922 feet, the tallest volcano in Europe, and like other active volcanos it increases or decreases in height with eruptions. Indeed, Sicily’s allure can be spell-binding. After esteemed German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe jaunted around this triangular isle in the 18th century, he penned: "To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is not to have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything."Astute words. By 750 BC, many Phoenician and Greek colonies thrived here, remaining for centuries. Then wars, revolts and cascades of rulers and influencers — Romans, Vandals, Ostrogoths, Byzantines, Normans, Arabs, Spaniards and dynasties of Hohenstaufen (from Germany), Anjou (from France), Habsburg (from Austria), among significant others — left indelible marks.

Hotspots & Cool Things to Do: Today, Sicily — an autonomous Italian region — showcases extraordinary architecture, cuisine, literature, music and arts of its melting-pot inheritance. Sicily’s must-see Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a massive archeological treasure in Agrigento, and one of the important zones of Greater Greek art and architecture. The city of Palermo (heralding Teatro Massimo, an acoustically transcendent opera house that also presents ballets and concerts) and the golden-stone metropolis of Syracuse (birthplace of mathematician Archimedes) have collected cultural and culinary kudos aplenty. Amble the cobblestones of Ragusa for its painterly churches and palaces. At the base of Mount Etna, Catania’s structures are a medley of designs: some baroque with white ornamentation; others cloaked in a dark charcoal-gray palette from Etna's quarried lava. Messina, contoured like a sickle with a remarkable harbor and marina, is an active port for cruise ships and yachts. Visit also the vineyards and wineries of Marsala, the tuna-fishing villages and mesmerizing salt flats of Trapani, the Medieval walled town of Erice — perched approximately 2,460 feet above the sea — and the chocolate shops of Modica. It can be easy to fall in love with the singular beauty of chic Taormina, a legendary, celeb-magnet, cliff-side resort town of flower-bedecked, pastel-hued buildings along Medieval zig-zag streets. Taormina's ancient, monumental Greco-Roman theater — with pinch-me sea-and-volcano views — continues to be astonishingly in use today, arranging performances by leading international rock, classical and jazz musicians. Film festivals flourish, too. Cozy, sandy beaches with deluxe accommodations hug its shoreline. Taormina has besotted writers galore, including Truman Capote and D.H. Lawrence (the latter wrote Lady Chatterley’s Lover here). For buffs of the 1988 movie masterpiece, Cinema Paradiso (an Italian story of love, longing, family, ambition, censorship and freedom), carve out a day to traipse Cefalu, where director Giuseppe Tornatore filmed scenes. All over Sicily, souvenir hunters score hand-painted ceramic plates and ceramic Trinacria — a decorative item, usually a wall-hanging, shaped like a triangle to mimic Sicily (the Romans had called this island "star with three points"); it has a Medusa-like head of a woman, surrounded by three legs.

Foodie Finds: Devour Sicily’s delectable creations, such as pasta alla Norma (noodles with sauce of tomato, fried or sautéed eggplant, ricotta salata cheese and basil), cannoli (tubular pastry shells filled with sweetened ricotta cheese), arancini (fried risotto balls), cassata (sponge cake dressed with ricotta, chocolate, candied fruits, marzipan and festive royal icing), cassatelle alla Trapanese (soft crescents of dough plumped with ricotta, chocolate chips, then sprinkled with sugar and eaten while still warm from the oven) and sarde a Beccafico (sardines rolled in bread crumbs, garlic, parsley, pine nuts and raisins)."

www.forbes.com/sites/lauramanske/2018/02/11/5-gorgeous-getaways-to-inspire-your-vacation-fun-in-2018/#572c626234df

For accommodation call Just Sicily 01202 489040 or visit www.justsicily.co.uk


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Friday, 16 February 2018

Just Sicily Favourites!


All the staff at Just Sicily have visited Sicily, some many times for both educational visits and for their own holidays.

Our small team of experienced staff pride themselves on in-depth knowledge of the island and our principal concern is the success of your holiday.  We would be delighted to extend our personal recommendations to you.

We recently asked all our staff to name their favourite accommodation in Sicily and here are the results:

This lovely family run hotel and residence is located in Marina di Ragusa in south east Sicily and offers modern, flexible accommodation ideal for couples or families looking to explore this area of the island.
Prices from £462 pw

Built into the cliffs and overlooking the picturesque Bay of Sirens in Taormina Mare, all the elegant guest rooms, restaurant and pool terraces enjoy wonderful sea views. 
Prices from £980 pppw

This 18th century farm has been transformed into a boutique hotel offering stylish guest rooms, excellent restaurant and lovely pool in a tranquil setting between Mount Etna and the Ionian Sea.
Prices from £504 pppw

Widely considered to be one of Sicily’s most luxurious resorts, the hotel stands in a truly idyllic park-like setting adjacent to the historic Greek Theatre in Taormina with stunning views of the Ionian Sea and Mount Etna.
POA

Recreated from an old 19th century farm and situated in the beautiful Sicilian countryside 7km from Syracuse with contemporary accommodation, lovely pool, restaurant and a small wellness area.
Prices from £507 pppw

Standing beside its own exclusive beach in Taormina Mare, Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea enjoys a truly idyllic setting with stunning views of one of the most beautiful bays in the Mediterranean.
POA
One of only a handful of hotels able to boast a central seafront position in Ortigiam on the south east coast of the island, this restored 19th century building is an ideal place to engage with the diverse history and culture of Sicily.
Prices from £658 pppw

Originally designed in 1908 by architect Robert Charles Ashbee, this prestigious English villa has been recreated as an elegant hotel in a beautiful park-like setting with wonderful sea views, close to the centre of Taormina.
Prices from £1,230 pppw

Situated in the heart of south west Sicily, La Foresteria is owned and run by the Planeta family, wine and olive oil makers for 500 years. Nestled amongst vineyards and olive groves, there are 14 guest rooms, restaurant and bar, pool, cooking classes and wine tours.
Prices from £606 pppw

This rustic-chic country house hotel is situated in a 60 acre estate between the Ionian Sea and Mount Etna, it has breath taking views of the mountain and coast, organic restaurant and pool, surrounded by olive groves, citrus trees and vineyards. 
Prices from £536 pppw

For our personal recommendations call us on 01202 489040 or for more information and to book online visit www.justsicily.co.uk

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Friday, 19 January 2018

New flights from Luton and Liverpool to Palermo for 2018!



New Flight Routes to Palermo!
easyJet.com have announced new routes 
from the UK to Palermo in Sicily:
Luton to Palermo  from 27/03/18 until 27/10/18
Liverpool to Palermo from 28/07/18 until 27/10/18

For accommodation please visit:

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Verdura Resort - Just Sicily Early Booking Offers!



Verdura Resort

Uniquely situated on 2km of private Mediterranean coastline on the south coast of Sicily,
Verdura Resort is an exclusive Rocco Forte Hotel 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.

Early Booking Offer
Book 120 days or more before arrival and receive a 10% Discount on the accommodation price - saving up to £304 per person!(Saving based on 2 sharing Deluxe Room with B&B. Exclusion dates apply.)

Long Stay Offer
Book to stay for a minimum of 4 to 7 nights and receive between a 10-15% Discount on the accommodation price - saving up to £279 per person! (Saving based on 2 sharing Deluxe Room with B&B. Exclusion dates apply.)


Prices from
For Deluxe Room sleeping up to 3 (Double Room with En Suite Bathroom & Balcony with Sea Views):
7 nights in March from £2,047.50 B&B; £2,985.50 HB; £3,497.50 FB
Easter (7 nights from 29th March) from £2,898.50 B&B; £3,958.50 HB; £4,409.50 FB
May half term 7 nights from £2,838.50 B&B; £3,947.50 HB; £4,373.50 FB
7 nights in June from £2,838.50 B&B; £4,502.00 HB; £5,141.00 FB
7 nights in July from £4,145.50 B&B; £6,064.00 HB; £6,832.00 FB
7 nights in August from £4,523.50 B&B; £6,551.50 HB; £7,429.00 FB
7 nights in September from £2,838.50 B&B; £4,502.00 HB; £5,141.00 FB

Huw's View "The spectacular Verdura Resort was purpose built in 2009 by Rocco Forte Hotels™ to create an unique hotel with state of the art Spa and 3 superb golf courses in an oasis on the south coast of Sicily, open all year round thanks to the mild climate.  After visiting the resort, I can highly recommend it for both couples and families looking for first class accommodation with an array of activities, along with superb dining options".


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Friday, 12 January 2018

What's New for 2018...

For 2018 Just Sicily are delighted to have added 7 new properties to their Holiday Collection to offer customers even more choice throughout the island.

Request a Brochure 
Our new 2018 Holiday Collection will be hot off the press soon! Click here to order your copy of our 2018 Brochure, packed full of inspiration for your next holiday.


New Accommodation...

Mon Repos Avenir Apartments 
Superbly location halfway between the cosmopolitan town of Taormina and the picturesque beaches at Taormina Mare, the modern Mon Repos Avenir apartments have a shared pool and sea glimpses of Isola Bella.
Prices from £994 per apartment!

Voi Arenella Resort  
The Arenella is a large Italian beach resort located 12km from Syracuse in south east Sicily and set in over 60 hectares of parkland with 2 pools, lovely beach, watersports and activities for all the family.
Book before the 31st March 2018 and receive a 15% Discount on the accommodation price - Saving up to £138.00 per person! 

Voi Grand Hotel Mazzaro Sea Palace 
Situated on the beach at Taormina Mare the Mazzaro Sea Palace overlooks the beautiful Bay of Mazzarò, with a wonderful seafront pool, bar and restaurant terrace and most guest rooms enjoy picturesque sea views.
Book before the 30th April 2018 and receive a 15% Discount on the accommodation price - Saving up to £283.00 per person! 

Luxury Complex at Grand Hotel Minareto 
The hotel’s new Luxury Complex has 4 independent Villas, each with private garden and jacuzzi pool and a central shared swimming pool with sunbeds and parasols exclusively for villa guests.
Book before the 31st March 2018 and receive a 10% Discount on the accommodation price - Saving up to £243.00 per room! 

Hotel Villa Ducale 
Situated high above the cosmopolitan town of Taormina, Hotel Villa Ducale is a small, charming boutique hotel boasting panoramic views over the terracotta rooftops towards the Mediterranean sea and Mount Etna.
Prices for 7 nights from £597pp!

Baglio La Porta  
Baglio La Porta is a small boutique style hotel set in a secluded hillside position with wonderful views over the Tyrrhenian Sea, just 8km from the town and wonderful beach of San Vito Lo Capo.
Prices for 7 nights from £483pp!

Intervallo Guest House 
With an enviable location on ‘Via Scale’ connecting Ragusa Superiore and Ragusa Ibla, Intervallo Guest House has just 5 rooms and a panoramic terrace to enjoy the amazing views over the towns beautiful Baroque buildings
Prices for 7 nights from £326pp!

For more information visit www.justsicily.co.uk or for personal recommendations call our specialist reservations team on 01202 489040.

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Monday, 8 January 2018

Family Sicily

Along with fantastic food, scenery and culture the Italians are renowned for their love of children and families travelling to Sicily will always receive a warm welcome. Family Holidays>

Just Sicily 01202 489040 www.justsicily.co.uk can help you choose the right accommodation to suit your requirements for your all-important family holiday. Our staff have visited all our properties and can therefore personally recommend the most suitable resort to meet your needs.

Book Now to make the most of our fantastic Early Booking Offers and to get your first choice of accommodation!

Located on the south coast of Sicily, Verdura Resort is an exclusive Rocco Forte Hotel with first class facilities including children’s clubs, 4 restaurants, infinity pool, 3 golf courses, tennis courts and a world-class spa.
Prices from £1,493 pppw
Save up 25% Discount on selected dates.

Situated on the seafront in Giardini Naxos, Naxos Beach is set in Mediterranean gardens with a range of facilities including 4 pools, 2 tennis courts, 5 restaurants, children’s clubs, activities and entertainment for all the family.
Prices from £445 pppw
25% Discount – Book before 28thFebruary

This large Italian beach resort is located on the south east coast of Sicily with modern accommodation, 2 pools, 3 restaurants, lovely beach with watersports and activities for all the family.
Prices from £420 pppw
15% Discount – Book before 31st March

Overlooking the picturesque Bay of Sirens in Taormina Mare, the Atlantis Bay boasts a truly unique position descending down to the sea, with all rooms, restaurant and pool terraces enjoying wonderful sea views. 
Prices from £980 pppw
15% Discount – Book before 30thApril

Situated on the beach in Taormina Mare, overlooking the beautiful Bay of Mazzarò, Grand Hotel Mazzarò Sea Palace boasts a wonderful seafront pool, bar and restaurant terrace with picturesque sea views.
Prices from £980 pppw
15% Discount – Book before 30thApril

This lovely family run hotel and residence is located in Marina di Ragusa in south east Sicily and offers modern, flexible accommodation ideal for couples or families looking to explore this area of the island.
Prices from £462 pw

Situated in the seaside town of San Vito Lo Capo on the north west tip of Sicily, Villaggio Cala Mancina offers a selection of 1 and 2 bedroom self catering apartments close to the town and stunning long white sandy beach.
Prices from £359 pw

Sitting on a promontory in the Plemmirio Marine Nature Reserve facing Syracuse and the island of Ortigia, Grand Hotel Minareto is a 5 star resort style hotel with an enviable position surrounded by crystal-clear sea.
Prices from £622 pppw
10% Discount – Book before 31st March

Just 7km from the Valley of the Temples on the south coast of Sicily, Baia di Ulisse is a charming hotel suitable for both couples and families with pool, 2 restaurants and a spa, situated on the beach and close to the town of San Leone.
Prices from £312 pppw

Situated directly above the stunning Scala dei Turchi Beach, known 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 of Sicily.
Prices from £378 pppw

20% Discount – Book before 31st January

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