Right down in the south of Sicily, almost at the island’s southern tip, a modern, gated single-storey villa enclosed by a jasmine-covered white stone wall. Chic and contemporary in every way, from the pool with underwater lighting for a night-time dip to the outside kitchen, attention has been paid to detail and choice of colour. Cool whites and neutrals predominate in the internal walls, furnishings and linen, making the open-plan living, dining and kitchen area even more airy and keeping the cosy bedrooms light. Splashes of colour dot the scene: bright red candles, a purple throw, the greens of the lawn and ferns around the pool, the external ochre walls, and the azure blue sky. Bathrooms are fresh with coloured tiles, white porcelain and polished glass. Laze on loungers around the pool or make for the beach, three minutes’ walk away. Head out to old fishing villages or the baroque city of Modica. The nearest town, Pozzallo, with its Blue Flag beaches, shops and restaurants, is just over four miles away. Should you need anything, the amiable Francesco at a nearby hotel provides a first-class concierge service.