"Why? The Egadi Islands are a tiny archipelago off Sicily’s west coast. I first visited them in the early Nineties and in the 20-odd years since it’s safe to say that little has changed. Whereas the Armani set has descended on other Sicilian islands such as Lipari and Pantelleria, leading to a rash of smart hotels and high summer prices, Levanzo, Favignana and Marettimo remain, for the most part, as sleepy, peaceful and unaffected as ever. Favignana is the biggest, which isn’t saying much – it covers barely eight square miles – and has little to see or do, which, of course, is the point: you come here for impossibly clear seas, simple harbour-front meals, and the glorious bays and beaches at Cala Rossa, Cala Azzurra and elsewhere.
Sicilian specialists Think Sicily (020 7377 8518; thethinkingtraveller.com) has a selection of villas on or near the islands."