Guests' feedback

Clare Croft (UK) – Primula – August 2018

“We have had a wonderful holiday staying at Primula cottage. Everyone who works here is very kind and helpful. The pool and gardens are simply beautiful.

It was also a great pleasure to meet Fabio and his lovely family.”

Ged Guinness (UK) - Main House + Glicine + Primula + Agapanto – July/August 2018

“Our party ranged in age from 7 to 80. The 7-years old improved his swimming and managed to swim the full length of the pool. Everyone had an immensely enjoyable time with the trip on the RIB the high spot.

My older daughter, who is a Professor of Landscape Design, was really impressed by the garden and the range of plants.

Everyone enjoyed the pool and jacuzzi. Thank you very much.”

Antonio Sacco (Switzerland) - Main House + Glicine + Primula + Agapanto – July 2018

“Thanks for your hospitality. We enjoyed it.”

Lise Rye (Norway) - Main House + Glicine + Primula + Agapanto – June 2018

“As a family of 19 Villa Cecilia was a good base for our Sicilian vacation. The villa has a number of lovely outdoor spaces and the pool is well above average standards. The villa is located close to several good restaurants and the staff is both friendly and helpful.”

Farrell Virga (USA) - Main House + Glicine + Primula + Agapanto – June 2018

“Villa Cecilia is a place I would return to and I would highly recommend to other travelers. The gardens are magnificent and are perfectly maintained. The Main House and guest houses are perfectly maintained and their classic Italian style is inviting and very comfortable.

Villa Cecilia is ideally located on the sea just a 45-minute drive from Palermo airport. The staff is most accommodating. They made us feel at home and every request was fulfilled timely and professionally.

We will have a lasting memory of Villa Cecilia, truly a paradise on earth.”

Melinda Dunn (USA) - Main House + Glicine + Primula + Agapanto – June 2018

“The experience at Villa Cecilia exceeded all my expectations and that of my guests. The staff is absolutely lovely and so concerned about our happiness. I hope to return again with my friends and will certainly be recommending this beautiful villa to friends.”

Amanda Fletcher (UK) - Main House – May/June 2018

“We had a fabulous holiday, thank you very much. Staff were fantastic. All issues were dealt promptly and correctly.”

Tommi Lethoen (Finland) - Main House + Glicine + Primula – May 2018

“Stylish villa with a lot of interior and exterior space. Pool area and garden were amazing and unique for a villa.”

Justin Wagstaff (UK) - Main House – December 2017/January 2018

“We had a wonderful time at the villa. Thank you for letting us use your house.”

Catherine Helshoj (USA) - Main House + Glicine + Primula + Agapanto – October 2017

“We enjoyed the villa and the staff were friendly and very responsive. The house is perfect for our family of 13 adults and 5 children. Thank you for taking very good care of us.”

Yves Mersch (Germany) - Main House + Glicine + Primula – October 2017

“Nice house and garden. Cleaning service was nice and gardening was beautiful. While we had an issue with warm water and a leak, they solved it and were very understanding.”

Niklas Morlin (Sweden) - Main House + Glicine + Primula +Agapanto – September/October 2017

“Nice place with a big beautiful pool. Friendly staff.”

P. & Hannah Lovel (UK) - Main House – August/September 2017

“We really enjoyed the villa. It is beautiful. We will be back! Beautiful pool and garden.”

D. Bellantoni (USA) - Main House + Glicine + Primula - August 2017

“Overall experience was good.”

E. Lizarralde (UK) - Main House + Glicine + Agapanto - August 2017

“The villa and the pools were excellent and beautiful. Also Maria Grazia was helpful at all times. The boat is what we enjoyed the most; both Beppe and Maricetta are great people and made us have a great time. The only nuisances were the mosquitos.”

D. Finck (USA) - Main House + Glicine + Primula +Agapanto - July 2017

“Excellent villa and staff.”

Marco Millo (IT) - Main House + Glicine + Primula +Agapanto - July 2017

“A lovely place for our wedding, villa surrounded by greenery with a magical atmosphere, and kind and thoughtful staff made it all the more special. Thank you all.”

Allison English (USA) - Main House + Glicine + Primula + Agapanto - June 2017

“The staff and chefs at Villa Cecilia Trabia are extraordinary and made our stay truly special. In every way the service staff was unparalleled! Our meals, excursions, snacks, and drinks were all delicious and gave us a real feel for Sicilian food.

We had a beautiful fun and relaxing week here and would love to return.”

S.Q. (USA) - Main House + Glicine + Primula + Agapanto - June 2017

“We had a great time here! Everything looks beautiful and it was perfect. Maria was so very helpful and very nice. She was very patient with the group. She met us for the boat ride, plus I heard that she got some calls during the week on things and responded immediately. Please pass along our very warm thanks for making it a great week.

Everyone loved the villa and the village of Trabia. In fact, last night we went around the table and each person said something they will fondly remember about the trip: the villa, the boat ride, the pool, the sunsets and sunrises, the top deck to enjoy the view, the location, the village, the local bread store, the gelato, the sfincione and focaccia. No one had anything bad to say.

Thank you again for making it a wonderful week for our friends. We love Sicily, our third visit, and plan to come back one last time before we relocate back to the United States.”

Wayne Lord (USA) - Main House + Glicine + Primula + Agapanto - June 2017

“A wonderful week with 16 friends. Villa Cecilia is a beautiful setting with lovely gardens, enjoyable pools and comfortable outdoor spaces for relaxing. We enjoyed gathering each evening on the roof top terrace to watch the sunset. The meal prepared by the chef was tasteful and beautiful presented. In addition to preparing our meal we enjoyed local restaurants, especially The Sea Horse (Il Cavalluccio Marino).”

Carl-Henric Enhoerning (Sweden) - Main House + Glicine - May 2017

“Back for the third visit. Still very good. We asked our children and grandchildren before booking this time if we should we go somewhere else. Everybody said: why? So here we are again.”

Jeremy Walsh (USA) - Main House + Glicine + Primula + Agapanto - April 2017

“We had a wonderful family vacation here in Trabia. The staff was fantastic and when the hot water went out in the villa and Main House, the staff worked to fix it immediately. Also my son slipped and fell on the stairs and he required stitches. Maria responded immediately and directed us to the nearest hospital and came to get my son’s antibiotic at midnight.

The service overall was fantastic.”

Erik Dorr (USA) - Main House + Glicine + Primula - March 2017

“Very friendly staff. Great location. Nice and clean.”

Tom Schifano (USA) - Main House + Glicine + Primula - July 2016

“Everything was excellent. Grace was always very prompt with answers to any questions, well done! The service staff was fantastico! Excellent dinners. Very nice!.”

Emma Donnelly (UK) - Glicine - July 2016

“Wonderful place, wonderful people.

I would recommend to anyone. Perfect.”

Nicole Cavaricci (California, USA) - Main House + Glicine - June 2016

“The house is fantastic. Loved the outdoor table, pool grounds. The boat was amazing as were the skippers. Everyone is very friendly and made our stay feel very welcomed. The ladies making food felt like family and Grace and Massimo were very helpful.

I would recommend the villa to anyone...”

Kristen Fjordbak (Denmark) - Main House + Glicine - October 2015

“Thank you so much for your kindness, your smiles and your big work so that we could have a lovely vacation.

I hope the best for all of you and I hope to meet you again. With love.”

Joanne Sanfilippo (USA) - Main House + Glicine - September/October 2015

“Beautiful gardens. Lovely home and facilities. Wonderful staff.

We loved our stay and would love to return.”

Paul Byles (UK) - Main House + Glicine - August 2015

“Absolutely stunning villa and garden/pools.

Thank you for the amazing service, thoroughly professional staff. The views awesome too. Best wishes.”

Sarah Lee (UK) - Glicine - July 2015

“We have had a wonderful holiday. Accommodation perfect, superb facilities and attentive staff made this a perfect base to explore and enjoy the stunning island. It was helpful to have Grace available for questions throughout the week.

There is so much to see and do and it is fantastic to come back to a beautiful garden with fantastic large pool to relax. We really enjoyed table tennis and swimming pool setup. Take time to explore the gardens and wildlife.

We would recommend having a hire car as this enabled us to explore the mountain villages, forests, Cefalù, Palermo and the beautiful coastline (watch for parking fines!). We recommend restaurants “Al Pescatore” and “La Tonnara” including take away pizza from 19:30. Good ice cream at “La Rotonda” in Casteldaccia + in front of Cefalù cathedral.”

Nicola Vinall (UK) - Primula - July 2015

“Thank you, a great week.”

Wendy Yorke (USA) - Main House + Glicine + Primula - July 2015

“We love this stay. It is a gorgeous house, immaculately kept with love and care. The cleaning ladies are very sweet despite the communication but we can tell they love this house and their job. Grace is top notch – she gives the best services and is knowledgeable and super helpful. She made our stay here perfect and Fabio is so helpful and a great host too!!

We all had an excellent time in Villa Cecilia!! xxx”

Kylie Graham (Australia) - Main House + Glicine - June 2015

“With five other couples, we have just spent a beautiful week here at Villa Cecilia. Our accommodation has been amazing with a very relaxed feel. From start to finish, we have been looked after so well and been lucky enough to take in and enjoy the beauty of the villa. Many nights were spent sitting on the balcony overlooking the ocean, enjoying dinner together at the central table and sunning ourselves around the fantastic pool. We highly recommend having Grace and the ladies cook dinner for you one night and this was certainly a highlight for all of us. With yummy wine and divine food, it was a spectacular way to finish our stay here.

A very big thank you to all who helped contribute to the amazing time we had - bellissimo!”

Alan Halsall (UK) - Main House + Glicine - June 2015

“Marvellous gardens and pool. Overall we had a superb holiday. Grace is fantastic!”

Carl-Henric Enhoerning (Sweden) - Main House + Glicine - May 2015

“The new kitchen is great and overall the estate is fantastic. The staff could not be better! Very nice with the same staff as last time.”

Neringa Korsake (Switzerland) - Main House + Glicine + Primula - April/May 2015

“The villa and staff are wonderful.”

J. Weiss (Germany) - Glicine - October/November 2014

“Have enjoyed a lovely holiday at the end of October 2014. The sea was beautiful, the pools looked great. Thanks.”

D. Bermpohl (Germany) - Glicine - October 2014

“Great location. Marvellous garden and pool area.”

J. T. M. (Denmark) - Main House + Glicine + Primula - October 2014

“We have had a fantastic vacation. The kids are already asking when we are coming back. Great that you had table tennis, water polo, etc...”

J. Massaro (USA) - Main House + Glicine - September/October 2014

“Our week at Villa Cecilia was a magical time for the entire extended family. Beginning with the spectacular fireworks display we viewed from the roof terrace to the incredible dinner Graziella prepared for our last night (her lemon pasta is best dish ever), the week was filled with special memories for each of us. We were blessed with beautiful weather so we got to really enjoy the villa's many fabulous exterior spaces, especially the enormous pool. I'll treasure the memory of my daily morning swims all winter long! Thank you to staff for helping to make our vacation so wonderful.”

N.B. (USA) - Main House + Glicine + Primula - September 2014

“Villa Cecilia proved to be an excellent choice for our large family trip (16 persons) to the Palermo area. Well situated for visiting Palermo as well as Trapani, Erice, Cefalu, Tindari, for which the Villa arranged excellent bus tours, both unguided and guided. The bus and driver were superb as well as the tour guide was excellent – both informative and entertaining. The Villa scheduled a lunch for our large group at a typical restaurant in Palermo that was not just a tourist stop but a true Palermitan slice of life. The facilities and grounds of the Villa allowed our large group to enjoy both central gatherings for meals and recreation but also afforded smaller groups privacy and retreat. The staff was attentive to our needs. One night we prepared a very large birthday celebration meal after shopping in the open-air market of Palermo. The staff nicely set up the entire barbecue space and cleaned it up afterwards.

In sum, the Villa provided the basis for a very enjoyable and educational week in northern Sicily for our large family group. Many thanks.”

L. Pivcevic (UK) - Glicine - July 2014

“Fantastically beautiful place with the loveliest garden and swimming pool we have ever encountered. Lovely cottage, and excellent shower room.”

J. Macri (USA) - Main House + Glicine + Primula - June 2014

“The Villa was beautiful and the staff fantastic in every way! Thanks for a wonderful vacation.”

B. Milchak (Ireland) - Main House + Glicine + Primula - October 2013

“Very impressive garden with rare plants and spectacular landscaping. Massive space in excellent location with direct sea overview. The whole our stay was sunny weather +25C. Like autumn has never come to island. Kids were enjoying whirlpool and pools with plenty toys for swimming. Food and service were at level of Michelin star restaurant.

It was really a pleasure to stay at Villa Cecilia. Looking forward to seeing you again.”

T. Bartlett (UK) - Primula - August 2013

“The pool was lovely and the RIB boat was great! Overall a most enjoyable holiday.”

D. Hill (UK) - Glicine - August 2013

“The Villa has some fantastic views, the pool was amazing and the play toy supply was also excellent for the children. The RIB boat trip was spectacular and everyone enjoyed it!”

A. Moen (Norway) - Main House + Glicine + Primula - July 2013

“Excellent Villa. Very nice overall, we really enjoyed the stay!”

S.Q. (UK) - Glicine - July 2013

“Thank you so very much making our first visit to Sicily so enjoyable. Villa Cecilia is absolutely lovely! From the moment we drove in through the front gate we knew we would love it. So beautiful!

We were met so kindly by Davide, who assisted us with everything. And you providing us with a taste of Sicily with the panelle and olives and pizza, as well as that new aperitivo. So delicious. You have made the grounds of the Villa so beautiful. Your selection of the many different flora is really stunning. So creative. Everything that is in place is there in the perfect spot. So many different species. So beautiful. We didn't even find the abundant herb garden until halfway through the vacation, as we were eying the beautiful lemon trees and the roses and the wildflowers. Absolutely beautiful!

Every day when we would walk the grounds we found something new! By the way, lots to explore, fun! When we would come back from a day trip, one day Agrigento, another day Monreale, another day Cefalu, we always looked forward to the beautiful and lush gardens to walk through. So inviting. Love the pool. So pleasant to take a dip everyday, or just sit and read a book. Crystal clear. Perfect temperature. And the outdoor showers are nice. Also many amenities here. How pleasant to listen to music while lounging at the pool. Thank you for the welcome basket of fruit and goodies! all consumed!

Our cottage, Glicine, was very nice. Nice size, many amenities, perfectly stocked kitchen, very comfortable furnishings. So peaceful and quiet. And so private.

Davide is an excellent manager. He was very kind, helped us with anything we needed several times and was very responsive.”

D. Krasickas (Lithuania) - Main House + Glicine + Primula - June 2013

“Very, very good holiday! Thank you.”

I. Page (UK) - Main House + Glicine - May 2013

“We had a very enjoyable holiday and the overall accommodation and pools were very good.”

Anna Lundberg (Sweden) - Main House + Glicine - May 2013

“Very much over our expectations. A fantastic place for a big family like ours (13 persons).”

Hiromi and Raja Saggi (UK) - Glicine - April 2013

“Thank you for the fabulous hospitality during our staying at Glicine. We really had a wonderful time at Villa Cecilia. It was an amazing place to spend our holiday. The children and Raja very much enjoyed the pool;) and I enjoyed the garden. Truly one of a kind...”

Joe and Connie Galata (Austria) - Gicine - August 2012

“Luxury villa in a great location. The estate is a small botanical garden with first class swimming pool and spa. The apartments are part of an aristocratic villa, very spacious and fully equipped (WiFi, Satellite TV, a motor boat). In the vicinity are Palermo, a marine reserve and some of the most beautiful destinations in Sicily (San Vito Lo Capo, Erice and the Aeolian Islands). The owners and staff are very welcoming and do their utmost to meet your every need.

A great and relaxing holiday.”

Claire and Alistar Langhorne (UK) - Gicine - August 2012

“It was a pleasure to stay at Villa Cecilia and being back in London we are very much missing the beautiful botanical gardens, warm sun and relaxed atmosphere.

The children particularly enjoyed the spectacular pools and taking the boat out really gave us a sense of the beautiful coastline and crystal waters. We would highly recommend stopping at the restaurant for lunch on the way back. The villa was comfortable and well equipped and you were all very attentive and welcoming.

I can imagine taking the whole place for a big family gathering would be really fun.”

Aine and Scott McIver (UK) - Primula - August 2012

“Thank you so much for a fabulous week at Villa Cecilia in August!

The Villa looked exactly as we were expecting from the website, it was newly decorated and
very well equipped, and air-conditioned, and the outside area was private and really beautiful. We were really impressed by the welcome and hospitality extended to us by the owners, who went to every length to ensure we were as comfortable as possible during our stay and got the most out of visiting the area by giving us useful site-seeing trips. As it was our first trip to Sicily it really made a difference to us to have some inside info on the best places to visit and make the most of our time. Our little boy really loved going to feed the fish with the owners and the family kids, and really enjoyed them taking the time to include him.

We really enjoyed getting fresh food delivered from the bakery in the mornings and then to be able to sit at the outdoor dining area with a private view over the coast, and among the beautiful fruit trees. The pool area was beautiful during the days with the pink flowers all around, and a pleasure to relax at in the evening after the hot afternoons. My favorite was the hydro-massage pool but the children loved swimming after dark with the spotlights on and the stars above… the perfect end to the day!

We picked this villa because the accommodation looked so good on the Internet and we couldn't have been happier with our choice, in fact it was even better than we expected!
As we discovered the location was excellent too, the villa was just across the road from the sea, and right beside some restaurants. There were so many places to visit within a short traveling distance and Palermo was very accessible! There are still lots of places that we want to visit in Sicily so we would definitely be excited about a return trip and to stay at the villa again would be a pleasure.

We would definitely recommend this accommodation to any one who wants to visit Sicily.”


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Villa Cecilia Trabia
Tourism & Service Srl
Via Litoranea Tonnara 2
90019 Trabia, Sicily, Italy

info@villaceciliatrabia.com

Phone: +44-777-4743712
Phone: +39-393-2907245
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Latest News

January 2016
Botanic Garden Review!
Villa Cecilia Trabia has been visited by representatives of Union of Garden Clubs Italy (UGAI) who have written a review on the UGAI website. More...


November 2015
We have added a new accommodation for rental: Cottage Agapanto. Independent and secluded cottage with a panoramic view on the sea bay. Ideal for for couples looking for their privacy. More...


March 2014
We now offer an even wider range of services including touristic tours with an English speaking guide to the historical highlights of Palermo, Monreale and Trabia.
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April 2013
Our guests staying in the Main House can enjoy a private chef available also for large groups with a wide selection of regional and Sicilian dishes.
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