Luxtripper Travel Editor
Definitely the best-known resort in Sicily this charming town is nestled into the hilltops of the north east coast. Popular with Italy’s high-flyers it’s notoriously expensive but equally decadent and offers a plethora of elegant restaurants and bars to enjoy. It’s also home to some of Sicily’s most breath taking views – stand on the high levels of the gorgeous Greek amphitheatre and marvel at panoramic views over to Mount Etna and beyond. If it’s beaches you’re after, the cable car can take you down to Mazzaro’s pebbly shores. It’s not the best beach in the world but with sun loungers and Italian gelato on hand you’ll while away a day just fine.
We recommend: Having lunch or a drink at the Wunderbar where Richard Burton & Elizabeth Taylor began their love affair, and enjoy a a wonderful stay and sip cocktails on the terrace of the Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo overlooking the cliffs to the Med.
Sciacca (Veruda Resort)
On the outskirts of Sciacca, on the south west coast of Sicily, lies Veruda Resort Hotel –Sicily’s most luxurious self-contained resort. The contemporary luxury of Veruda marks it out as a cut above the rest in terms of facilities and service, and is perfect for those seeking ultimate luxury relaxation. With three Kyle Phillips golf courses, four restaurants, five bars, a world class spa, and a picturesque private beach, there is little the Veruda cannot offer. So sit back and enjoy a cocktail in gorgeous spacious surroundings. If you do want to get out and explore, the hotel offers private trips to see some of Sicily’s UNESCO World Heritage ruins or rocky mountain ranges.
We recommend: Stay in the Junior Suite for the ultimate luxury experience complete with balcony sea views, a king sized four poster bed, and hugely spacious bathroom and lounge areas.
Once a sleepy fishing harbour this small town on the north coast has become one of Sicily’s best loved summer destinations in recent years. Largely this is due to the huge 8km long sandy beach, which runs from the old town in the east right along to the newer section in the west. Thanks to its shallow waters and array of beachside cafes and lidos this makes the perfect family beach destination. But it’s not just the beach that gives Cefalù its appeal; the rustic medieval old town is incredibly picturesque and offers plenty of opportunity to sip a cool drink in the evening sun.
We Recommend: Dine at Al Porticciolo for the ultimate alfresco dining experience - sat on a terrace built into the rocky shore, overlooking the ocean. Plus, as to be expected with a restaurant as popular as this, the food is top notch too.
Sicily’s capital city Palermo has a rich history of occupation and as such is a melting pot of cultures, a fiery fusion of Spanish, Greek, Italian and Arabic. It’s crumbling yet majestic architecture is some of the most impressive in Europe and when combined with bustling street life and colourful markets it’s incredibly welcoming and full of life. You’re also spoilt for choice with alfresco dining options here – try I Cucci for its unbeatable location in Piazza Bologni. After dinner, why not head to the opera at the beautiful Teatro Massimo, Europe’s third largest opera house.
We recommend: A visit to the buildings built for the Norman kings - namely the Palatine Chapel in the Palazzo dei Normanni and the Monreale Cathedral - for their truly spectacular mosaic ceilings and displays.
Off the coast of mainland Sicily lies the island of Salina and on it, Malfa. This small resort is most loved by honeymooner for its peaceful, unspoilt nature and spectacular views. Most of the resorts luxury hotels are built into the cliffs overlooking the ocean and nearby to the quaint village centre. The area is well known for its production of olives and the sweet white wine Malvasia, so expect pretty vineyards and olive groves aplenty.
We Recommend: Stay at Hotel Ravesi for lush green gardens contrasting with the blue of the nearby ocean and a picture perfect infinity pool. The service here is top notch, the décor traditionally elegant and, housed in a 19th century farm building, it’s full of character. This place really does come highly recommended.