Thank you for yet another amazing 2 weeks at Casa Blu, near Scopello (our third year in a row).
Again, the Solo Sicily team made it a joy to book & arrange along with the villa being perfect - clean, well equipped & exceptionally well looked after by Renata, the local owner.
Out & about in Sicily, we found new places to explore in Erice, Trapani and Palermo. We ventured to Sciacca this year and found the Enchanted Castle a truly moving place.
The rest of the time we spent relaxing around Casa Blu, in the pool and at the numerous beaches around. Casa Blu is a true treasure and holds a special place in out hearts. Thank you for your hospitality and looking after us so well, as always. We are very grateful.
Review by AClean Knightley3 months ago
We had a wonderful week at Casa Blu! The huge private outside space and pool are exceptional and we spent much of our week simply relaxing and enjoying its ever changing views. We loved the beautifully designed interiors too. Scopello is a wonderful local village for evenings and the whole area is beautiful.
Thank you Solo Sicily for wonderful service and Renata for being an exceptionally generous and friendly host throughout.
We are seasoned Mediterranean villa renters and this week was one of our best.
Review by Obsidian Czartorski4 months ago
Service was excellent. Good local information provided and generous welcome pack at the house.
Review by JerodGatling4 months ago
Thank you for your email. I am very happy to provide feedback on behalf of our group. Just the other day we reunited after returning home and commented on what a great experience overall it was in Sicily, and particularly the wonderful Figurella property and Solosicily.
In comparison to other rental services we've used in the past, Solosicily was simply excellent. During the pre-booking, booking, pre-arrival and during our stay we were able to communicate with Solosicily representatives (all professional, knowledgeable and courteous) easily and promptly. All instructions were clear; the description of the villa was accurate and the welcome package was thoughtful and generous. Solosicily also attempted to meet any and all of our requests (an extra bed, for example). Rosalba, the local representative, was friendly, informative and helpful.
The website was easy to navigate, all of the descriptions of the properties were complete and the search tools worked well. The videos were well-produced and helped give you a more fully dimensional perspective; I also particularly appreciated the map of Sicily indicating the location of the villa, since most of the properties are located near in smaller communities whose names are not necessarily recognizable to foreign travelers. The only suggestion I have would be to allow for credit card payments to be made online; this feature was not available when we booked, and would have been helpful.
Figurella was a wonderful property! Our large extended family, composed of adults, teenagers, and young children, all were able to enjoy the facilities to the fullest. The pool is refreshing and well-maintained. The outdoor grounds are well-planned thus allowing for both congregation (dinners together, etc.), as well as privacy. The villa is fully updated, and the multiple kitchens (both indoor and outdoor) allow families/groups to share communal meals easily and pleasantly. The pizza oven and grill are great! In mid-June, the mosquitoes were intense, and perhaps a treatment could be done to reduce their number. Otherwise: great, great, great vacation.
We hope to book another Sicilian vacation with Solosicily very soon!
Review by JvdL4 months ago
We had a very pleasant stay in Sicily thanks to SoloSicily as well. They were very helpfull finding us the proper villa to spend our holiday. The communication with the customer service was good along the whole booking process, from the offer request through the arrival to Sicily. Detailed descriptions, which corresponds the reality.
The guide and the tips we received before the travel was very useful. The local manager helped us to find markets on the way to the villa, sent us the GPS coordinates on the phone.
We have stayed in a lovely villa near Seccagrande, in Fiore d'Arancio. The villa corresponded the reality, and the very pleasent suprise that the house owners were very-very friendly during are stay, we were receiving good advice referring to restaurants, places to visit, general tips. If we needed some guidance, advise we could easily contact them as well. The villa was clean, the conditions were good.
I can truly recommend SoloSicily and Fiore d'Arancio villa.
Review by Stonegate4 months ago
WE had a very positive experience with SoloSicily. The villa we rented (Zahara) had an excellent location by the sea, with a private jetty, and well equipped to enjoy the sea and "maritimes " activities, even for younger children.
The view of the Etna on sunny days was a plus, as the proximity of the nice small town of Brucoli.
Whenever we needed information about anything, we had a very good response from Solosicly.
Review by Kiggy GuarachiCondori4 months ago
SoloSicily come highly recommended. They were extremely attentive at all stages of our involvement with them. The initial process of searching for the right property was handled well and once we found the best place for us, the booking process was smooth and straight forward. The information they provided regarding the house and the surrounding area was excellent and they were very attentive with any queries we had during our stay.
Review by GailG4 months ago
We stayed for a week in Il Poggio near Palermo. We had a family group of 7, all adults. The villa was very comfortable and the owner lived nearby and met us on arrival. He was flexible on both the arrival and departure time. There were a few minor problems with the villa but he responded quickly to resolve them. The villa was quite remote and down a rough road which was not a problem for our hire car if you took it slowly.
The booking process with soloSicily was very smooth and efficient. We paid a deposit and they provided a lot of useful additional information about how to find the villa and what to do once there.
We all thoroughly enjoyed the holiday and found a week too short!
Review by Gnasher4 months ago
We booked Murtica for a celebratory family event. We were 14, 8 of whom were adults. The staff at solosicily couldn’t have been more helpful in guiding us. We chose Murtica partly because they had an on site chef, best decision EVER! The food was beyond amazing and the chef went out his way to accommodate one vegetarian and one gluten intolerant. Murtica itself was perfect for our needs, with beautifully appointed spacious rooms. Very useful in the annex having interconnected rooms for those with younger children. All in all I would highly recommend booking a villa through solosicily
Review by FLyest Gilbertson5 months ago
SoloSicily were very useful helping us organise and enjoy our trip to Sicily this year.
We were booking the trip for business purposes so ensuring everything was in place in advance of our trip was essential; they responded to promptly to enquiries and sent us a very detailed handbook for our villa - which was in Viagrande - which laid out pivotal information about the villa itself as well as the local area.
The staff are friendly are were very willing to organise restaurant reservations as well as offering to book taxis and transfers throughout our stay.
We only has a a handful of issues throughout our stay; firstly, the villa we booked was advertised as a 7 bedroom villa on their website. Admittedly, on the booking form, SoloSicily had written down 5 bedroom (which was overseen on our part) so we were a little disappointed to arrive and find out we were only able to use 5 of the rooms. The agency were accommodating and offered to extend our booking to the full 7 rooms but we weren't happy to pay the additional cost as we had believed that we had already paid for the full villa. Perhaps this should be a little more clear on their website.
The villa itself was absolutely stunning and our guests had an amazing time. However, for a villa that is able to hold 14 guests, we felt that the kitchen was under-equipped, for example, only having 10 mugs and not having a food processor or any cake/tart tins. Perhaps SoloSicily could check to ensure that their villas meet catering requirements for future reservations?
Aside from these pointers, we had a wonderful stay and were impressed with how SoloSicily dealt with issues or questions promptly. We look forward to booking with them in future.
Review by Byrdman5 months ago
This is the third time we have used Solosicily and will be doing so again and would not hesitate to use in the future. Easy ,smooth and efficient service.
We returned to Apolline again and got home comfort a stone's throw from the sea. Francesco and Mariella hospitable and pleasant hosts are always ready to help. The house is cleaned perfectly. The garden is wonderful. Fantastic sea and sandy beach just around the corner.
Review by Sherlea Zardashte5 months ago
My experience of using the SoloSicily website, the booking process, and customer service throughout was excellent.
Both Simona and Stefania were very helpful (answering any questions etc.,) and responses were very quick.
I also thought that the marketing for the villa, descriptions and photos etc., were very good and a very accurate reflection of what we found when arriving at Filara.
The Filara villa was just perfect for my family. Very spacious, clean and comfortable. We quickly made ourselves at home and made good use of the facilities.
We did have some difficulty finding the villa but the owner (Paolo) kindly directed us through the last few hundred metres and welcomed us on arrival (which was unfortunately very late!).
Before i talk about the villa, i did want to thank Paolo again for everything - he went above and beyond on the Saturday night/Sunday morning of our arrival which we really appreciated.
We obviously thanked him person but just wanted to call out again that he was an excellent host, helping with any questions and providing recommendations and helpful advice.
Thank you Paolo!
The villa location was beautiful, with scenery across the vineyards and down to the coast - exactly as shown in your website pictures.
The area itself is very peaceful, and a perfect place to rest and relax. Paolo was on hand if we needed anything and we almost wouldn’t have known that we had any neighbours - it was so quiet.
We felt very safe and secure thoughout our stay.
The weather was amazing and it was extremely hot while we were in Sicily and so the excellent air conditioning was essential in the evenings.
The bedrooms and bathrooms were well presented and very clean. Excellent shower facilities.
One very minor comment was that the furniture was minimal, which was ok, but perhaps an extra dressing table / drawer unit (particularly in the master bedroom) would be an improvement.
Kitchen equipment was good and well used as we ate our meals at the villa most days.
Coffee machine was great (once we worked out how to use it) and there were plenty of plates/cups/bowls etc.,
Really good to have the dishwasher and tablets/washing up liquid, bin liners all provided (which has not always been the case in our experience with other villas we have rented across Europe).
We are used to having things like garlic crushers which we didn’t find at Filara. Perhaps you could look to provide one as a small improvement?
The outdoor space was perfect for our family. We used the outdoor seating / table & chairs for breakfast and dinner every day. The quality of the BBQ was excellent and well used during our stay.
The swimming pool and loungers were well maintained and we very much enjoyed sunning ourselves and cooling off in the pool.
Review by PCoxey5 months ago
Wonderful time in the Villa!
We spent a wonderful time there in the Mariella Villa in Sicily, the house was so beautiful, big space, nice rooms, very beautiful garden, great swimming pool, great equipment and full facilities and the owners were really really nice.... a great pleasure to meet them.
SoloSicily is very well organized and we can rely on them, they are very professional....
Thanks for the happy time !
Review by Txvolfan Gorbell5 months ago
We booked SeaGate (just north of Agrigento) through SoloSicily this July and had a wonderful stay. It is a great property: peaceful and with beautiful views out over the sea. And great sunsets!
Review by Subbarao5 months ago
I highly recommend Solo Sicily. From my first contact to the last, Stefania was very helpful and responsive to questions, despite our nine-hour time difference. Everything was organized well and we received our documents, etc. well in advance of our trip. Stefania made the whole process very easy for us.
Review by Chemiese Gasiorowski6 months ago
I just wanted to drop you a line and tell you how fantastic our holiday was at villa respiro
The villa is gorgeous and has the most spectacular views of the Sicilian coast line
The villa has everything you could wish for it has been so well designed from the gorgeous air conditioned bedrooms to the indoor and outdoor seating
The heated infinity pool was my favourite place to watch the sunrise and the outdoor hot tub to watch the sun setting
From the moment we made contact with you regarding booking the villa our every question was met promptly . From directions to our welcome meeting everything was thorough and well thought through
You were so warm and welcoming I also have to say the cleaner who cane daily was wonderful and did a fantastic job as did the gardener/ pool man
The villa is kept to an exceptional standard
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to friends my only one note would be that the road up to the villa is steep and very potholed so be ready for a bumpy ride but you get used to it after a few days
Thanks for an amazing holiday
Review by Bianchi6 months ago
We had a wonderful holiday and really enjoyed our first experience of Sicily; we hope to return soon. I was hugely impressed with the quality of service received from SoloSicily right from booking the holiday, the communication as we approached it and particularly on the day of travel. Our pre-departure manager was extremely helpful and accommodating being very quick to respond to any questions we had. On the day of travel, our local manager in Sicily introduced herself via WhatsApp and was a great help on the day of travel providing useful information and a communication link to the property manager, Vita. Vita herself was brilliant too and being able to message her via WhatsApp was very useful too early on in the holiday and also as we approached its end.
Villa Mariuccia is a fantastic place to spend a holiday. It’s very quiet and private and the scale of its grounds means that there are many wonderful places to spend time there. The welcome pack and food prepared for us on our arrival were a breath-taking surprise and so kind of the owners. We felt so very welcome and it was particularly “welcome” having had such an early start from the UK that morning. The villa was very well appointed and the bed and bathroom linen change was perfect; the provision of pool/beach towels also excellent.
The SoloSicily website is excellent and the use of video is very helpful. Based on my experience of 1 villa, I’d also say that the description, photos and video were a fair reflection of reality; an important point.
Being UK-based and having only used UK, ABTA insured villa agencies before, I was a little nervous in employing SoloSicily. However, I shall certainly have no hesitation in using SoloSicily again as its service was excellent.
Review by Dunky7 months ago
SoloSicily was professional and easy to work with. The Villa we rented was perfectly represented with no bad surprises and many positive surprises:)
Review by Bafford7 months ago
We rented Villa Calura for one week in early May 2019. The villa was magical with great ambience, spectacular scenery and location to the surrounding towns and villages. Our first time use of soloSicily was above our expectations. From booking to our departure the soloSicily staff were always cordial, informative and there to assist. We had a wonderful vacation in Sicily
Review by EGrierson10 months ago
Solosicily is highly efficient and very helpful and friendly to deal with. The property was lovely and exactly as they had described it. I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending them.
Review by Omani10 months ago
I took Villa BARRESA near Lentini through SoloSicily for a week in September 2018 - a rare all together holiday with my wife, my three grown up children, their spouses and some friends. It was a great success. Dealing with SOLOSICILY was efficient and faultless. Everything we asked for was immediately organised without delay. The villa itself was as beautiful as its photographs on the website made clear. It was charming, a proper home and we felt there as if it was our own. The support from the local manager and the excellent maid was all one could ask for. Criticisms? None really - it was perhaps quite a long drive (45mins) to get anywhere interesting; the nearby towns of Scordia and Lentini were not enticing. Sicily is beautiful - for all of us in our group a first visit but certainly not our last.
Review by Florinda Petillot11 months ago
SoloSicily provide great value high quality villas in Sicily backed up by the friendliest and most efficient customer service. We have visited Sicily twice now with them and I would strongly recommend. Thank you!
Review by Megyn11 months ago
This is our feedback on our (group of 14) preparation for and stay at Villa Mutica
I found all my interactions with your office staff (mainly Elisabetta and Stefania) to be top class - they were always responsive, and carefully and clearly answered any questions I had. Elisabetta particularly was extremely helpful right at the beginning when we were trying to decide on a specific villa.
Everybody commented on the quality and comprehensiveness of the travel pack you sent us a couple of weeks before arrival - we all though it was excellent, and the best we have seen - but there turned out to be one little detail which actually caused us quite a problem when we actually arrived (I was first there) - the venue has been (re)named the "Stacci Rural Resort", and this is what is displayed boldly outside the villa. There is absolutely no mention of Mutica, and nor is the rebranding mentioned in the travel pack, with the result that we passed the place twice and wasted nearly half-an-hour - fortunately, I was then able to alert my friends so they did not have the same issue. I feel you need to mention this in your travel pack.
The villa itself we thought was excellent in all respects, and the individual accommodation extremely modern, very clean and well-maintained, spacious and functional. Very comfortable beds too - everyone commented on how well they slept during the week. The grounds are lovely, especially the immaculate lawns, and the swimming pool is large enough for the enthusiasts amongst us to do some good laps.
We did have a little confusion over the food order for dinner on the first day, but in practice it was no big deal, and partly as a result of that first evening meal, we decided to take all our evening meals (with the exception of one, when we ventured out to celebrate a birthday) at the villa; this turned out to be an excellent decision, and we were treated to some delicious and varied Italian dishes throughout the week. Similarly, everyone was very complimentary about the quality and quantity of the breakfast served each morning. This is the first time we have had an in-house cook, and everyone thought it was one of the major contributory factors to an excellent stay.
But in the end, what can make or break any (holiday) experience is the quality and service of the staff, and here you were truly outstanding. Graziana and the team went above and beyond in providing a truly first class service in all respects - they were attentive without being obtrusive, and always ready to help with anything we needed - truly a team to be proud of, and especially Graziana, not least because of her excellent English and commitment to ensuring her customers are happy.
We are a group who first met one another at Oxford University in 1970, and we have been holidaying together somewhere in Europe for the last fifteen years. I can safely say that this was, by some margin, the best facility, food and service we have had in all that time.
Thanks again for a great experience.
Review by CraneGod11 months ago
Second year in a row returning to Casa Blu & this year the villa was better than ever. Renata (local owner) has worked hard over winter to put in a fantastic new infinity pool with large shallow kids area (10/15cm deep water) which overlooks the stunning valley & sea - a view to die for. Casa Blu is set up for pure relaxation, even with a 3 & 6 year old - everything you could want from a holiday - easy to access Scopello, a stunning ancient town with cafes/restaurants & the larger seaside town of Castellammare del Golfo. There's a new Mio Mercato supermarket this year on the road to Scopello (just 10 minutes drive from the villa) which is well stocked & reasonably priced. We also enjoyed Zingaro nature reserve, Erice cable car & Caccamo castle on day trips.
Review by CGandy11 months ago
My husband and I first visited Sicily in August and stayed in SoloSicily's beautiful Rubina villa. We loved it so much we went back to Sicily in October, this time bringing my sister and staying in the gorgeous Villa Elaya. What can I say? Firstly, Sicily is bloody incredible. I already miss it and can't wait to go back. It's one of my favourite places on earth.
Secondly, SoloSicily are the absolute best property rental agents I've ever had the pleasure of dealing with. And I've stayed in a lot (A LOT) of properites over the years. They are professional. They are personal and friendly. They are super easy to communicate with, and the entire rental process from beginning to end is clear, easy, quick and smooth. You cannot ask for anything more. Furthermore, our experience (so far) is that their properties are the absolute best of the bunch. You won't be disappointed if you rent through them. My husband and I are already wondering when we can return.