I couldn’t recommend a more beautiful place to stay! Villa Laura Marie is the perfect place to relax, surrounded by the sparkling sea and the jasmine infused air. The villa is completely private with a view that is unforgettable!! The gardens all around the house are pretty and well managed, and there is safe access to the rocky beach below, although it was too cold to swim in April. The house is very clean, modern, organized and comfortable (there are space heaters for spring weather, hair dryer, washing machine, kitchen utensils, many travel brochures, and maid service). The wifi works all over, including most places outside. There is an alarm system, safe, and locked gate at the top of the driveway. The towns of Porticello and Santa Flavia are 5 minutes away by car for shopping and restaurants. There is a hiking trail just down the road from the villa on the clementine and cactus covered hills. Further along the road are other beaches- one rocky, one sandy by Porticello. The archeological site of Solunto is 10 minutes by car on the hill above- it has a great little museum and spectacular views and pretty mosaics and ruins. We took several day trips including: Cefalu and nearby archeological site Halaesa; Valley of Temples in Agrigento; enormous temple at Segesta; land art site “Cretto di Burri” by famous artist Alberto Burri; and charming Palermo by train (only a 15 min train ride) from Bagheria (can park car outside train station for free). The owners, Antonio and Deborah, were gracious and accommodating and put much care into their beautiful villa. They have prepared an entire notebook with house instructions, points of interest, restaurants etc., and were always available to answer any questions. You leave feeling very attached to such a friendly environment! I cannot wait to come back and stay again at Villa Laura Marie!
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