Sicily

Take a week or two of leisure and laughter in the golden light of southern Sicily. 

 

photo by Diva Piyari

photo by Diva Piyari

Slow travel lives here

Southwestern Sicily is blessed with a glorious coastline, fantastic food, a cluster of splendid baroque towns and even Roman ruins. Wether you are a fan of "The Godfather" or "The Leopard"  you will understand that epic tales are invented in epic places. Let your mind wander around sleepy towns during seista hour and your earthy passions run wild across sun drenched landscapes. Refuel with handmade pasta and fresh from the boat seafood. Refresh your soul with the salt of the earth living and write your own saga.

THE RETREAT

Travellurist Lulu Tsui was in need of a fine time for her 40th birthday.  Game plan: two weeks of leisure and laughter in the golden light of southern Sicily. 

I knew this was the perfect place for Miss Lulu’s big four-o celebration.  She invited forty friends, one for each year of her life, during this two-week sojourn. Southwestern Sicily is blessed with a glorious coastline, compelling historical sites and baroque splendor. 

Each day some activity was offered for those of us who could pull themselves away from pool and terrace. There were morning yoga classes, lengthy lunches over looking the sea, aperitivos in the afternoons, and lots of giggling in between.  We built a piñata and then beat it to death.  We visited spooky baroque churches in spooky baroque towns.  We drank champagne and danced to Duran Duran on the top floor of the yacht. We swam in magical mineral pools sunk deep in white limestone gorges. We spoke to each other about our experiences, dreams and desires and danced deep into the night. We ate a lot of divine Sicilian food and didn't get fat. But mostly we created memories and relationships to last a lifetime.

the property

 Villa Zinna is a 16th century estate turned slow living paradise. This historic property has been lovingly restored with modern luxuries infused with a distinctly bohemian-artistic atmosphere.  Once belonging the Knights of Malta and still bearing their iconic cross, this active farmstead produces olive oil and carob harvested by local guys from the neighboring farms. Fifteen rooms and suites including single, double, and triple rooms can accommodate every kind of sleeping arrangement, and a great indoor-outdoor creative event space this venue is perfect for workshops, or friends and family reunions.

Villa Zinna is ideally situated to taste all the delights of the region; Donnafugata castle, vineyards and wine tasting, swimming at sublime sandy beaches, or reflecting on the ecstasy of the baroque arabesque. So much to explore, so hard to pull away from the pool and terrace. How do you choose between lengthy lunches over looking the sea, or swimming in magical mineral pools sunk deep in white limestone gorges? What, when we must have aperitivos in the afternoons, and lots of giggling in between?  No matter what the day brings, memories will be made to last a lifetime.

Thank you Lulu & Dmitry, Michael & Salvatore, Sean, Marisa, Dmitry & Stephen, Peter & José, Jason, Scott, Cion, Lamont, Alberto, Dani, Jon, Todd & Ard, Veronica, Sabrina, Dawn, Taylor, Tali & Kim, Mike & Anna, Che, Terri, Kristi, Jaimi for coming together to celebrate life with Lulu.

Celebrate Life in Sicily

Contact Travellur to book this special place with all the trimmings from private yacht to discounted airfare. Besides getting you the best prices on this venue, we can provide on-site guest management and personally guide/host your group, or put you in the experienced hands of local partners for guided excursion like snorkeling around roman shipwrecks or walking tours of Ragusa. 

photo by Diva Piyari

photo by Diva Piyari