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Villa Athena - Luxury holidays to Sicily

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  • About this holiday

    The Villa Athena is a five-star hotel located next to the Valley of the Temples UNESCO World Heritage Site in Agrigento, and is thus the perfect place from which to explore this area of Sicily. With stunning views across the Temple of Concordia, a triumph of Doric art, and a private entrance into the Valley, this hotel offers both luxury accommodation and the tantalising promise of fulfilling historical exploration. The rooms themselves are decorated in neutral colours, with signature pieces, artworks, ornaments, and views that bring this magnificent location to life. This hotel is an essential stop on any touring holiday of Sicily, but also offers an incredibly pleasing and luxurious base for a longer stay on the island. 

    Client testimonial: "Beautiful room, location and facilities."
    Mrs H, August 2015

    The journey and how you get there


    Included in your holiday

    Italian Expressions includes scheduled flights, hire-car and accommodation with bed and breakfast

    Holiday prices

    Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Classic Room.
    From £950 for 3 nights
    The prices displayed here are a guide only for this hotel and each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect the actual flight costs and all up-to-date special offers.

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    Our opinion

    Villa Athena offers five-star luxury set amidst archaeological splendour.

    Hotel description

    A member of the Small Luxury Hotels group, the Villa Athena occupies an unrivalled position being the only five-star hotel to be situated within the Valley of the Temples archaeological park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Just 200 metres from the Temple of Concordia amidst Saracen olive trees and centuries-old palms, the hotel offers 25 rooms and suites overlooking the park or temples, each beautifully renovated in a contemporary style. There are two restaurants at the Villa Athena, each capturing the essence of its archaeological environment and serving the finest seasonal Sicilian cuisine. The Terrace of the Gods is an atmospheric and romantic setting for dinner overlooking the Temples of Concordia and Juno whilst Il Granaio di Ibla houses a glass-enclosed ancient Greek cistern and features a modern take on traditional local cuisine. Encircled by an 18th-century colonnade, the Patio Lounge meanwhile offers a sophisticated setting for cocktails and there is an enticing outdoor swimming pool and sun terrace set amidst the Sicilian gardens. The Villa Athena is a simply stunning luxury base for exploring the many delights of this fascinating and historic region.


    Agrigento - In the Valley of the Temples Archaeological Park, approximately two hours drive from Palermo

    Official star rating


    Annual opening

    Open all year

    Distance from airport

    Closest airport


    Room types

    Villa Athena offers 27 rooms and suites, each featuring air conditioning, direct-dial telephone, flat screen LCD TV, complimentary WiFi, safe, hairdryer and mini-bar.
    Classic Room.
    Superior Room.
    Deluxe Room.
    Junior Suite.
    Presidential Suite.
    Villa Suite.

    An extra bed or crib can be arranged in all rooms except the Classic Room.

    Hotel facilities and services

    2 restaurants, patio lounge, outdoor swimming pool, spa, solarium, 24-hour reception and concierge, laundry service.

    Water sports

    Land sports

    Out and aboutnearby/local interest

    The Valley of the Temples, the Pirandello theatre and cathedral in Agrigento, Aragona’s Maccalube mud volcanoes, the beaches of the southwest coastline including Eraclea Minoa.

    Sports nearby

    Water sports and sea swimming.


    Minimum stays

    Other information

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    25 April (Liberation Day)
    1 May (Labour Day)
    15 August (Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
    1 November (All Saints)
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    There are a number of local feast days that can affect conditions locally. In addition to the above days, museums are often closed on Mondays in Italy.


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