While the word luxury is often overused today, there are still a number of exquisite private villas in Sicily, just off Italy’s toe, where it is still fully applicable. Seven Islands in the charming wine town of Marsala, Sicily’s most westerly point, is definitely one of those.
Luxury knows no bounds at this top-of-the-range sea-view villa, set in an enviable position above the pleasant, relaxed seaside town of Marsala, famous for its flavorsome, richly colored fortified wine.
With its perfect location, this five-bedroom luxury villa offers precisely what’s in its name – awe-inspiring views of the seven little islands it overlooks. Read on to find out more about this wonderfully spacious ultra-luxe villa, the perfect base for your next Italian holiday.
Why Sicily deserves to be on your bucket list
Sicily, the ancestral island home of many Italo-Americans, has a bit of everything – glorious beaches, crystalline waters, layers of history, extraordinary architecture, impressive archaeological sites, acres of vineyards, delicious food and fine wine. Put all of that together, and you will see why a trip to sunny Sicily, just off the southern coast of boot-shaped Italy, should be on everyone’s bucket list.
The largest and most exotic island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily is a dazzling holiday destination, still untouched by mass tourism. Over the course of its 3000-year history, it has played host to Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Arab, Carthaginian, Turkish and Phoenician empires, among significant others, whose cultural and architectural influences all splendidly converge on the island.
It can be easy to fall in love with the singular beauty of Marsala, a Baroque jewel on the northwestern rim of triangle-shaped Sicily. Midway between the honey-colored towns of Trapani and Mazara del Vallo, it makes the perfect base from which to explore Sicily’s bewitching western coast.
Seven Islands: one of the most requested villa rentals in Western Sicily
Seven Islands Villa has all the right ingredients to exceed your expectations. Overlooking one of Sicily’s most picturesque stretches of coastline, this superbly positioned, glamorous villa is the quintessence of sea view living.
A gem of contemporary architecture, Seven Islands has few rivals when it comes to location. This chic, spacious five-bedroom property is home to one of the most jaw-droppingly beautiful panoramas on the whole island: you can see both the mini-archipelago belonging to the Stagnone Nature Reserve and the jagged mountains of the three Egadi Islands.
And while its privileged, panoramic position is no doubt extraordinary, there’s so much more that makes Seven Islands one of the most sought-after properties on sun-drenched Sicily’s north-western coast. As soon as you step over the threshold of this architectural masterpiece, you enter a world of high-end luxury, generous comfort and stylish elegance.
Designed for lovers of contemporary living, Seven Islands comes with five bedrooms and seven baths with enough room to comfortably house up to ten guests at once, making it perfect for a large group of friends and family.
Spectacular in the day and breathtaking at night, it features sophisticated, elegant interiors on two levels, chic, high-quality furnishings, floor-to-ceiling glass windows, vast terraces, a super cozy, Finnish-style sauna with hydrotherapy shower, satellite TV, a barbecue pit for BBQ parties, super-fast Wi-Fi and a large swimming pool with to-die-for, 180-degree sea views. Complete with hydrotherapy jet, the covered, heatable pool is strikingly lit at night. Every attention has been paid to the tiniest detail.
What to do during your stay
Fair warning: you may find it hard to leave this impressively luxurious sea-view villa, filled as it is with modern comforts and high-spec amenities. If you can peel yourself up from your lounger, there are many sights of interest within easy reach of the attractive little town of Marsala. Seven Islands sits close to a host of cozy, sandy beaches that are great for snorkeling, and excellent seafood restaurants, cafés and shops selling locally produced food are an easy stroll away.
Don’t miss a chance to taste the quality wines produced in this area, and visit the wineries and vineyards. This spectacular part of Italy is home to various microclimates that are great for growing grapes and producing wine. The pure, high-quality Marsala you find in this part of Sicily is a fortified wine, similar to Sherry and Port, and bears little if any resemblance to the cooking wine labeled Marsala in the supermarket.
However delicious it may be, wine isn’t all that there is to love about western Sicily. Dating as far back as the Phoenicians around 2500 years ago, the mesmerizing saltpans that line the shore from Marsala to Trapani are definitely worth a visit. Studded with picturesque, red-roofed windmills and sparkling white mountains of salt, they offer a truly unique landscape. If you visit in summer, you might even be able to witness the manual harvest.
As mentioned previously, the Stagnone Lagoon is home to a four-island archipelago, the centerpiece of which is the little Phoenician island of Motya, or Mozia in Italian. The island’s ancient ruins are simply breathtaking. And of course, you can’t stay at Seven Islands Villa without sailing along the coast and visiting the Egadi archipelago.
A short drive northeast is the beautifully preserved Mediaeval walled town of Erice, towering over the west of Sicily at approximately 2500 feet above sea level. A stay in this part of the island, however, wouldn’t be complete without a visit tothe Greek site of Segesta, where a golden stone temple rises out of the rugged landscape. Must-stops are also the charming towns of Trapani and Mazara del Vallo.
Sure, boutique hotels are nice but wouldn’t a luxury villa all to yourself be even better? Seven Islands is available to rent through Select Sicily, a vacation-rental company founded in the mid-2000s, which boasts a superb, ever-growing collection of exquisite properties all over the island. For more information, please visit the company’s website www.selectsicilyvillas.com.