Envision crystal-clear sapphire waters, unspoilt beaches, amazing wines, great food and historical sites scattered all around. Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, has it all.
Is it any wonder that the island of Sicily, just off the southern coast of Italy, is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe? The Mediterranean’s largest island has been luring visitors since the days of the 18th-century Grand Tour and has become a hot spot for luxury travel.
Whether you are planning a fun escape with a group of friends or a multi-generational family vacation, fully-furnished and -equipped villas are a great accommodation option. You can choose from a wide array of spectacular rental properties in sun-kissed Sicily, the largest region in boot-shaped Italy.
Let’s take a tour of some of the most stunning Sicily luxury villas, where the sweetest pleasures of la dolce vita can be enjoyed to the fullest. We have rounded up four tastefully appointed luxury retreats in triangle-shaped Sicily, all available to rent right now.
Le Cicale, Menfi, West Sicily
Sitting on a hill looking out to the crystal azure Mediterranean Sea over the gently sloping hills covered with lush vineyards of Menfi, Villa Le Cicale can accommodate eight guests and incorporates all the necessary elements for a successful holiday house, from refined interiors furnished with deluxe facilities to a state-of-the-art designer kitchen and four bedrooms with en suites.
And the luxury doesn’t stop there. Villa Le Cicale has a large garden, multiple outdoor dining and relaxation areas, plenty of living space and a panoramic swimming pool offering superb views while lounging poolside. All you will hear and see are the sound of cicadas, from which Villa Le Cicale takes its name, and the luscious vineyards of world-renowned producer Planeta, right outside.
Set in a secluded location just minutes’ drive from Menfi’s sandy beaches, Villa Le Cicale is many high-end travelers’ idea of the perfect summer vacation home.
Seven Islands, Marsala, West Sicily
Set in an enviable position above the coastal town of Marsala, famous for its sweet dessert wine, and boasting to-die-for views of the Egadi Island archipelago, Seven Islands is a contemporary architectural masterpiece that never ceases to delight.
An esthetically inspiring jewelry box of contemporary open-air design combining glass, steel, wood and concrete, Seven Islands is expected to become one of the most requested villa rentals in western Sicily.
Spectacular in the day and breath-taking at night, this ultra-luxe five-bedroom villa can sleep up to ten people and boasts warm, welcoming interiors furnished to the standard of a five-star hotel, a dreamy sea-facing terrace with unobstructed views of the Egadi Islands, a cozy, wooden sauna and a covered, heated pool for a true VIP experience. Every attention has been paid to the tiniest details.
More than renting a vacation home, it’s like commandeering a bijou boutique hotel for personal use, just a 20-minute walk from Marsala’s many charms and excellent fish restaurants.
Casa Alba, Sciacca, West Sicily
Sitting atop a vine-carpeted hill in the picture-perfect town of Sciacca (pronounced shakka), Casa Alba is the ideal luxury retreat for families and couples looking for tranquility, comfort and sunshine away from the crowds, in the heart of south-western Sicily’s unspoilt coastal landscape.
Designed to make the most of its stunning views, this contemporary-design luxury villa to rent in Sciacca offers privacy, exclusivity and spectacular panoramic sunsets. A standout feature is the 37-foot infinity-edge swimming pool overlooking the shimmering azure waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
Within easy reach of the beach and the historic port town of Sciacca, with its wave-washed ramparts, thermal spas and lovely shops selling locally produced food, Casa Alba is perfectly placed for the combination of long, lazy days by the pool and short trips to sun-soaked Sicily’s traditional coastal towns, idyllic beaches and scenic UNESCO World Heritage sites. The stunning acropolis of Selinunte, one of the most important ancient Greek sites in the Mediterranean, is a short drive west.
La Casuzza, Scicli, East Sicily
One of the UNESCO-listed Baroque towns of south-eastern Sicily, Scicli (pronounced sheek-ly) is an undiscovered gem rather off-the-beaten-track compared with its prestigious neighbors Ragusa, Modica, Catania, Noto and Caltagirone.
There is a lot to see in Scicli, in the province of Ragusa, including a number of Baroque palazzi and architecturally stunning churches, such as those of Saint Matthew, Saint Bartholomew, Saint Ignatius and Santa Maria la Nova. And there’s more. The fabled Baroque town of Scicli has served as a filming location for the popular Sicilian detective series Inspector Montalbano.
So why not rent a luxury villa with private swimming pool in the surrounding area? Those looking for the ultimate escape to south-eastern Sicily’s peaceful countryside can set up home base at La Casuzza. From afar, it may look like a typical Sicilian country house, but once inside, your jaw will drop at the sight of its bright, airy interiors furnished with deluxe facilities, industrial-style contemporary kitchen, panoramic pool and shady al fresco area with dramatic views.
Enveloped in total peace and quiet, this Sicilian farmhouse has undergone significant transformations and has been fully restored, resulting in a stylish rural retreat, beautifully decorated to create an atmosphere of pure tranquility that lends itself to effortless summer living. Tastefully-restored La Casuzza provides for modernity, exclusivity and individuality in an unrivalled location, just a few miles away from the fishing village of Donnalucata.
All of these deluxe luxury villas are available to rent through Select Sicily, a boutique vacation rental company based in Castelvetrano, in the province of Trapani. For more information and photos, visit www.selectsicilyvillas.com.