Tatler Travel Guide 2012
Cleveland Collection sister company of Africa Travel proud sponsors of the Tatler Travel Guide 2012, featuring the 101 best properties in the world. From luxury island hideaways, to chic city escapes, and cultural journeys this informative guide highlights the very best properties in the world. We have created a number of unique and exciting offers for readers to exclusively experience these exotic worldwide destinations.
Verdura Sicily, Italy
The Italians really know how to do family fun. Damn it that the umbilically attached villas are sooo expensive. But, don't sweat it, the Olga Polizzi-designed rooms are as fabulous. What a blissfully rugged, pine-scented island, with inky-blue waters and an unfailing sea breeze. Yes it's a big-bananas hotel, but it cleverly retains a sense of style and intimacy- no whiffs of chlorine, nothing plastic or tacky. The sheer size and openness and raw beauty are an adventure, without being in the least bit hard to negotiate-important if you are with brood or buggy. Days whirl by in a flurry: pools with a swimming instructor on call; a pretty pale beach of the sort you don't often find in the Med; floodlit tennis courts: bikes to borrow; and a free (yes free) kids' club with excitements such as pottery and theatre. Teenagers can dump the grump- there are cinema nights and a weekly party on the beach with enough gelato to sink a vaporetto. Meanwhile, the restaurants are sparkling and sophisticated, and the spa oozes serious wow factor. And, glory be, let the sun shine. Hot. At Easter, Yippee!
Book it: Cleveland Collection (020 7843 3596) can arrange a five night stay at Verdura from £1225 per person, to include flights, private airport transfers, accommodation and breakfast.View