Elle Germany advises readers that there's no need to go to the tropics to find a fantastic sea view and exotic green surroundings: you can enjoy all this from your own terrace as a guest at Sicily's most beautiful holiday villa. The owner of Baia dei Turchi, Rossella Pezzino de Geronimo, a photographer and garden designer, has transformed her property into a botanical garden. And the house itself into a private five-star hotel. Fluffy bath robes are laid out ready in each of the seven bedrooms to be worn on the way to the outdoor Jacuzzi, sea-view sauna, Turkish bath or fitness room. If you don't feel like cooking of an evening, you call upon the services of an in-villa cook or take a trip to the restaurants of nearby town Brucoli. The idyllic beach is even closer - just two minutes on foot downhill from the villa.