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Villa Sicilia Baglio
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Reviewed August 13, 2013

Quite an experience! We spent a couple of weeks on Amalfi Coast and then Sicily staying in a variety of places and this one will certainly live long in the memory for all the right reasons. It's pricey and quirky but idyllic and wonderfully hosted by Emerico and his team. Our kids (11 and 7) really enjoyed the stay - Villa Sicilia gave them a real taste for how travel can broaden the horizons and how getting off the beaten track is such a great idea

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Vienna, Austria
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

Villa Sicilia is different. Dottore Emerico Amari, the owner, has renovated the old Sicilian "Baglio" of the former Olive Oil mill meticulously and in style, and created a small hotel of the special kind – a real jewel. History is tangible in this place. To the South, within sight, the ruins of Selinunte, one of the mightiest preserved temple areas of the ancient Greeks. To the West, the quarry „Cave di Cusa“, out of which the stones for the temples of Selinunte had been obtained; unfinished column segments and capitals of impressive dimensions. To the North, the temple and the amphitheatre of Segesta, nestling between rolling hills. To the East, the "valley of the temples" of Agrigento. Another treasure of this region is the dancing Satyr, at the Museo del Satiro danzante in Mazara del Vallo. The landscape surrounding the Baglio is distinct by olive trees and vines, the Mediterranean Sea gleams blue on the horizon. For wine lovers we recommend a visit to the winery of Donnafugata in Marsala, or to one of the other wineries in the area. To experience all this and more a 7-8 day stay is not too much. A long day is best ended chilling at the Infinity-Pool, sipping home-made lemonade and enjoying organic olives from the place. Afterwards try the Sicilian specialities prepared freshly to order by Chef Assunta, sitting at the lovely decorated table among stone walls and olive trees, and perfectly served by amiable Majordomus Pietro. Villa Sicilia is different and good. Very good indeed. Those who search the extraordinary – more than just the usual 5 star flair – will not be disappointed. Little imperfections, like those mentioned in previous reviews of this hotel, are fading in contrast to its distinctiveness. Emerico Amari has a vision: to preserve the values of the old, the true Sicily, to make them visible and to link them with the present. An attitude and passion going far beyond those of a usual hotel keeper. It is worthwhile to follow the recommendations of the host for excursions and sightseeing locations! (This review is also available in German language as posted by Barbara G)

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Potomac, Maryland
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

As part of our continuing circumnavigation of Sicily, see, e.g. our recent reviews of Hotel Villa Ducale and Eremo della Giubiliana, we booked four nights at Villa Sicilia, a property advertised as a luxury resort located on a 200+ acre olive estate near Selinute. The website, several magazine articles, TripAdvisor contributors, and the high-end price gave us the impression that Villa Sicilia was something that it is not.

The farm house was indeed refurbished, and the room we stayed in was comparable to a 3-4 star Sicilian hotel. However, €320 a night is 5 star territory in Sicily, and one would expect a more refined experience like not paying extra for air conditioning (ultimately, we were not charged), hot water 24/7 (we were told that there was a leak in the line, so the hot water was only available first thing in the morning, or when requested!), or the web-site promised view of “temples and sea”. Yes, if you stand on the highest point of the structure, you can faintly see specks on the horizon that are the temples of Selinute – a recent TripAdvisor reviewer claimed that the infinity pool “overlooks” the Selinunte ruins. Only with a good pair of binoculars. Not possible to view the sea, only the electric substation and power lines cutting across the olive groves. Also at odds with the website, there was no internet – we were told the cables were stolen the week before we arrived. And, notwithstanding that our reservation confirmed a suite with a “… living room which communicates with the terraces, the garden, the courtyard and the pool”, we were first shown only a bedroom and had to negotiate to have access to an adjoining room that had a large dining table, not really a living room. Hard to say what was going on here. Had our suite been given to other guests? Only three of the rooms/suites appeared to be occupied during our stay, so we really don’t know.

But, it must be noted that the owner, Emerico Amari, is a truly charming gentleman with great knowledge of the area and passion for its history. He did constantly check in with us to make sure that we were content, or that he had adequately addressed our needs – like turning on the hot water (!), or recommending nearby restaurants. He also graciously gave us a tour of his family’s house, located on the estate; and on the day we departed, he insisted on giving us a tour of the nearby Cusa “cave”, the stone quarry source for all of Selinute temples. According to his website, the tour would normally cost several hundred euros.

Last, Villa Sicilia did have a full-time chef, who prepared authentic, quality, home-style meals if you ordered in advance. Our only concern was that they were fairly expensive in view of what we paid at local restaurants (as they were pre-ordered, there was no waste for the kitchen to contend with); and the very well meaning and eager staff consistently served all the food simultaneously – wine, salad, main course, etc.

Villa Sicilia is an acquired taste, and if it were priced at €150/night, for example, it might be right for a smell the roses, multi-week stay semi-rural experience. One group of Italian guests was staying for a long time and seemed content with the quirky attributes of Villa Sicilia. Perhaps they were not paying €320/night -- wire transferred in advance.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reading, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

Villa Sicillia is both old and new. A fresh concept in hospitality, referring back to the old ways of caring for valued guests. The hosts are completely committed to creating a special atmosphere of simple, true elegance underpinned by the unique and deep cultures of the region. The surrounding countryside is bucolic and beautiful and the nearby beaches are lovely, full of character and very swimmable. The setting of the Villa is directly tied to the ancestral home of the host and the feel of the place is wondrous, delightful and a touch eccentric.
Emerico and his small staff work hard to make their guests feel special and their efforts are well appreciated. A very intimate, unique and special experience, though it doesn't come cheaply.

Room Tip: The ground floor rooms so you don't have to climb rather steep stairs to your bed in a loft.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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NY
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Reviewed September 26, 2012

We just cam back from a terrific trip to Sicily. This was the real Italy! Very un touristy, extremely friendly people, great food (like all of Italy) But what we were not expecting were the terrific beaches, ocean, towns, and landscape. Truly remarkable.

If you are going to Sicily and you are a picky traveller, demanding the best accommodations, food, and hospitality on your 1 week per year off-like myself- you will love the Villa Sicilia.

The rooms are good, the property is amazing and the staff and food is even better!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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New York
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Reviewed September 11, 2012

The location is convenient for visiting the area. The suites are very comfortable and newly restored. The grounds are extensive with a fantastic infinity pool overlooking the Selinunte ruins. But what makes this place special is Emerico and the staff. The chef prepared some of the finest meals we've had in italy, which can be enjoyed on an outdoor patio surrounded by olive trees. Giovani was very attentive and an absolute pleasure to be around. Emerico ensures that your stay is truly enjoyable and loves to share his passion for the area's history. Be sure to visit the local historical sites with Emerico as this is an experience you will not regret.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Milan, Italy
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Reviewed July 30, 2012

What more do I need to say? An old "baglio" fully restaured, in the midst of olive trees, wineyards, Greek temples, a beutiful sea, with a butler and a brilliant cook at your disposal? Should you feel a bit lazy, you can even indulge at the swimming pool, whilst being served your dose of "grillo" (local white wine).
The food is prepared by Assunta, and it's sicilian cuisine at its best, all dishes being served in the courtyard, open air, among the olive trees.
The owner, mr. Amari, is so passionate about the history and the beauties of Selinunte and Castelvetrano; it's a peasure to listen and to learn from him. We even organized on the spot a bespoke visit to the Caves and Temples.
We will come back.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Villa Sicilia Baglio
Address: Strada Provinciale 13 Zangara dei Prefetti Amari, 1, 91022 Marinella di Selinunte, Castelvetrano, Sicily, Italy
Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Trapani > Castelvetrano > Marinella di Selinunte
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Marinella di Selinunte
#2 Romantic Hotel in Marinella di Selinunte
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Marinella di Selinunte
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Baglio Villa Sicilia is a fascinating period residence with pool situated in the countryside just outside Selinunte. The prestigious villa, which dates back to the second half of the 18th century, rests in the lands of the ancient Greek quarries, close to the acropolis of Selinunte, the Temple of Dionysus, and the private beach lapped by the crystal clear sea of Selinunte. ... more   less 
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