Ideally I would for this trip to last 3 weeks, but realistically it will probably only be 2 weeks due to work. Most likley this trip will take place in the summer of 2011. This trip would include myself, my husband and hopefully a new bundle of joy :) The location is Siciliy and our stops would include: Castellammare del Golfo (Trapani), Sciara (Palermo) and Pozzallo (Ragusa). If we had some extra days I would love to spend some time in Taormina (Messina).
Hotel Villa Schuler, Sicily, Italy
Taormina, Sicily 98039, Italy
Tel: 39 094 223 481
There's no better deal in touristy Taormina than this pretty-in-pink hillside mansion, which turned a century old in 2005. The former Schuler residence (it's still run by the family) sits on prime real estate, adjacent to the city's botanical gardens and only two minutes from the pedestrian shopping stretch of the Corso Umberto. Most of the 26 affordable rooms and suites have balconies with stunning views of the gardens and the sea. Families will appreciate the separate Garden Villa, with two bathrooms, Jacuzzi, kitchen, living room, and patio. The hotel's many freebies include a piano and TV room, a small library, mountain bikes, and shuttle service to local beaches.
Eremo della Giubiliana, Sicily, Italy
Tel: 39 093 266 9119
On a clear day you can see Malta from this property, in the region south of Ragusa known as Val de Noto. Built in the 12th century as an Arabic fortress/hermitage, it later became a Knights of Malta monastery. Owned by the Nifosì family for the last 300 years, it's now one of the most sumptuous hotels in southern Italy. The nine double rooms and three suites—formerly friars' quarters—have refurbished exposed-brick walls, arches, and wood beams, and are filled with 18th-century antiques. Splurge on the Tower Suite, in the oldest part of the building, with its two vaulted, stone-walled rooms, fireplace, and private garden. Privacy seekers prefer the five freestanding stone cottages, each with two or three bedrooms, a stone barbecue, a fireplace, and a kitchen. The hotel has its own airstrip for sightseeing tours and guests' private aircraft.