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10 of the best holiday houses and B&Bs in Sicily and its islands

Inspired by A Bigger Splash, set on the Sicilian island of Pantelleria and starring Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes, Sawday’s Nicole Franchini selects 10 gorgeous Sicilian retreats

Grapes and olives have been harvested at this traditional family farm since the 18th century. Some of the warehouses that stored their produce are now charming en suite rooms, but there’s a strong sense of continuity with the past here. Old photos of the family cover the walls of the atmospheric sitting room, a farm museum exhibits antique tools and you can still sample the Baglio’s oil, wine and honey in the rustic restaurant. Rooms are divided between the farmhouse and outbuildings: all combine modern comforts with original features including exposed-stone walls, ancient beams and wooden floors. Head out to explore or stay put and wander around the lush gardens, take a dip in the pool, or visit the spa.
• Doubles from €90pn B&B, +39 0923 855000

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On Komodo island, tourists and giant lizards will just have to get along

Who needs Jurassic Park? In Indonesia, giant reptiles have their own national park, but a new airport development is bringing an influx of tourists to their domain

The first Komodo dragon I saw in the wild was a gorgeous adult female, blocking the trail like a two-metre-long sentinel in Indonesia’s Komodo national park. For a moment, in my awed mind, she was a mythical dragon demanding payment for passage. But this thought was quickly scuttled as two tourists raced in front to capture a selfie with the apex predator. The agitated dragon ran off into the underbrush – they were lucky she didn’t run the other way and bite off one of their legs. I’d travelled thousands of miles to see a Komodo dragon and it had just been scared away by reckless travellers.

Now, a major upgrade of Labuan Bajo regional airport is set to bring more tourists to the 29 islands that make up the Unesco-protected park, potentially threatening its eponymous beast. The airport used to handle 150,000 tourists a year; now it can accommodate 1.5 million, with its new terminal and lengthened runway. Garuda Indonesia now flies there at weekends from Bajawa and Denpasar.

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