Sicily, the Italian island is a treasure trove of cultural wonders and natural beauty. Although not a part of Greece, it shares a rich, intertwined history with the Hellenic world, evident in its stunning Greek temples and ancient ruins. This sun-kissed island offers a unique blend of Italian charm and Greek heritage, making it an irresistible destination for travellers seeking a journey through time. From the bustling streets of Palermo to the serene beaches of Taormina, Sicily’s diverse landscape encompasses majestic mountains, verdant hills, and azure waters. With its exquisite cuisine, vibrant festivals, and warm, welcoming locals, Sicily promises an unforgettable Mediterranean adventure that beautifully bridges Italian flair with Greek history. Here are our favour luxury villas to rent on the island.
Rocco Forte – Villa Agata
Agata is part of the Verdura Resort, meaning guests benefit from onsite perks, including; a daily breakfast at Buongiorno restaurant, access to spa and leisure facilities, activities, a kids club and two rounds of golf for your stay (golfers will also appreciate the golf buggy provided at the villa). Each of the property’s three bedrooms has an in-suite Pad with all the info required for your stay and guests are welcomed with fresh flowers and a hamper of food and Sicilian sparkling wine. Embedded in private gardens, Agata has an infinity pool of over 60 square metres and a pergola-shaded terrace.
Rocco Forte – Villa Corallo
As the fourth bedroom is separate from the main villa with its own entrance, this home-from-home will suit groups where one party (such as grandparents, or a younger couple) will appreciate a little more seclusion. The centrepiece of the main house is a light-filled bamboo atrium with stunning sea views. In addition to the pergola-covered alfresco living/dining area, there’s a balcony – accessed via wooden shuttered doors from the bedrooms – on the first floor. Pets are welcomed here and you’ll have access to two golf carts (with electric charging points) to explore the amenities of the resort.
Welcome Beyond – Dimora delle Balze
Stay in one of just 11 individually designed bedrooms on this 19th-century gated farm estate, four miles from the UNESCO World Heritage town of Palazzolo Acreide. The courtyard is the hub of outdoor activity, with its 10-metre swimming pool, a wellness cabin for massages and a restaurant that serves dishes made using organic produce from the kitchen garden and local area. A breakfast room, fitness centre and a library form the indoor public spaces. While families are welcome at Dimora delle Balze, this property may suit couples better.
Welcome Beyond – Country House Villadorata
Benefit from easy access to both the inland city of Noto with its Baroque architecture, and the sandy beaches of the Vendicary Nature Reserve, at this bijou hotel. Its design, both inside and out, is informed by old-world Patrician Sicily. Accommodation is spread across three buildings: the Palmento Residence (a former olive mill) in the main courtyard across from the outdoor pool; the Bouganville Residence, 95 meters from the main body of the hotel; and the Olive Residence, a secluded private suite with its own swimming pool. The peaceful atmosphere makes this ideal for adult travellers and more mature families.
The Thinking Traveller – Rocca delle Tre Contrade
Occupying a hilltop perch on the island’s east coast, this 12-bedroom estate enveloped by lemon groves, fruit orchards and vegetable gardens, enjoys unobstructed views from all around. Once the home of nobility, it’s now packed with modern amenities; a south-facing 25-metre heatable infinity pool, a gym, a full-size clay tennis court and a hammam. Inside many of the original period features have been preserved, along with the addition of polished concrete floors, lava stone bathroom basins, oversized fireplaces, and several cast iron tubs. Additional features include a wine cellar, a mezzanine library, an independent guesthouse (The Lodge) available for an extra fee and a full complement of staff.
The Thinking Traveller – Tenuta Falconeri
Comprising two wings (one for sleeping, the other for living), Tenuta Falconeri brings Arabic motifs into its design. There are two pools – one styled like a beach, the other flanked by curved Moorish arches that provide peeps out to sea. Ottomans, antique furniture, period tiling, wooden-beamed ceilings and original flagged floors accent the public spaces. This 100-acre estate with its exotically planted terraces, 35-metre saia (water feature) and abundance of lemon trees, provides a sense of separation from the outside world, allowing for quality time with your friends or family.