We wanted to narrow the search for the perfect self-catering property. So Robery Ryan asked the rental company bosses where they'd book
Huw and Rossella Beaugié, founders of Think Sicily
"Surprisingly, when we really want to get away from it all, we don't go for our most luxurious villas. Our top choice is Acquamarina, a beachfront property set in its own 40-acre nature reserve at Porto Palo di Menfi, on the island's southwest coast. It's a simple villa in a unique spot, where even in August you'll hardly ever see anyone else on the long, sandy beach. The area is beautiful but low-key, with rolling hills of vineyards and olive groves, great restaurants and super historical sites."