Huw and Rossella Beaugié, the founders and managing directors of the company, picked up the award at the ceremony in London on Wednesday night.
"After ranking in the top ten consistently over the last few years, we are hugely proud to receive this accolade," said Huw. "Our thanks go to everyone who voted for us, to all those who have travelled with us over the last 10 years, to our fantastic team and to our wonderful villa owners."
In the voting, Think Sicily never scored less than 82 and sealed the win by receiving top marks for its range of villas and presentation of villas.
In the same awards, readers voted Italy as their favourite country for holidays, while Sicily was voted 11th best island destination in the world. In the overall Top 100 listings, Italy came 5th and Think Sicily was the only specialist Italy operator to make the cut, coming in at a remarkable 83rd.
Think Sicily was founded in 2002 after husband and wife team Huw and Rossella gave up their careers (engineer and cell biologist respectively)
Think Sicily rapidly grew into the leading up-market villa rental company for Sicily, offering the most desirable villas, specialist knowledge and an on-the-ground support network that was voted the best of any villa company by readers of Condé Nast Traveller a few years ago.
In 2010, the company’s passion for the south of Italy saw the launch of Think Puglia, now provider of the most desirable luxury masserie, restored trulli and sea-front villas with pools in the region.
“We’ve come a long way in 10 years,” said Rossella. “Our clients and our owners have given us so much encouragement and satisfaction and it is thanks to them that we have achieved what we have. Our goal is simple: to hear our clients tell us that they’ve just had the best holiday of their lives.”
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Think Sicily, part of The Thinking Traveller, is the market leader in high-end, quality rental villas in Sicily. Its portfolio of over 90 hand-picked villas, ranging from aristocratic estates, to beachfront villas with pools, to sea-view penthouse apartments, is exclusive and unique to the company, ensuring that their rigorously high standards are maintained. In 2011 readers of Condé Nast Traveller voted Think Sicily their Favourite Villa Rental Company in the world (in 2007, 2009 and 2010 it also ranked in the Top 10). In 2010 readers of The Sunday Times Travel Magazine voted Think Sicily one of their top 3 favourite villa rental companies. The combination of superior properties, specialist knowledge and award-winning service ensures discerning clientele experience the very best Sicily has to offer.
In 2010 The Thinking Traveller launched Think Puglia, provider of the most desirable villas in Puglia.