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Al Jafar

Al Jafar - Villa in Paceco (Trapani)
Sleeps    8
Bedrooms    4
Bathrooms    4
18 Reviews
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Service Daily maid service and weekly linen change
  • Eco-friendly villa
  • Intriguing history
  • Beautiful pool
  • Excellent service
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Live like an Emir in this fabulously comfortable castle!

An intriguing, welcoming, refined castle in a location that is central to all that is best of western Sicily, Al Jafar offers wonderful views of the sea, the Egadi Islands and Erice, an ancient walled garden with stunning pool, furnishings and fittings of the highest standard, and discreet, efficient service that is the hallmark of Sicilian hospitality.

“The whole experience at Al Jafar was great. The cooking service was excellent, discreet and good value." Bill Thomson, UK, June 2015

"The Leopard Collection": the history of Al Jafar >>

Al Jafar in the press:
Travel blog, 7th September 2015 >>
Worth Magazine, April-May 2014 >>


Inside: the main entrance leads from the internal courtyard into a large hallway, whose elegant furnishings, original features, frescoed beamed ceiling and honey-coloured stone walls set the tone for the rest of the house. Off the hallway is a well-equipped Sicilian kitchen with pantry, a guest bathroom, and a splendid dining room whose high vaulted ceiling and welcoming fireplace make for a grand yet intimate atmosphere. Steps lead from the hallway up to a mezzanine floor, home to a twin/double bedroom with en-suite shower room. A few more stairs take one up to the first floor proper, where there is a large comfortably furnished living area and library and a beautiful double bedroom with adjacent bathroom with tub, maiolica tiles and an elegant aristocratic ambience. The final flight of stairs takes one from the first floor living area up to another large living area and the largest double bedroom, complete with en-suite shower room and an antechamber containing a further three beds (available for children at a small extra cost). The second floor opens out onto a spectacularly panoramic terrace whose status as the best spot for an aperitif is supported by the presence of dumb waiter connecting to the kitchen.The fourth bedroom, a comfortable self-contained double bedroom (small double bed) with en-suite shower room and star-gazing skylight, is located at the top of one of the towers near the entrance to the property. It is accessed via a spiral staircase of 33 steps, making it suitable for independent teenagers or young adults.

Outside: the exterior of the property is dominated by the impressive towers. The walled courtyard of the castle is on the ground floor and communicates with the dining room and the hallway. It also has a chapel. A stone staircase leads down through the walls to an Arabic garden featuring palms, olive trees, an external kitchen with barbecue, a dining area and the fabulous "long and narrow" 18x4 metre pool with an advanced saline filtration system.


Accommodates (max) 8 Dishwasher 
Bedrooms 4 Microwave oven 
Double beds 3 Satellite TV ****
Flexible doubles/twins 1 DVD Player 
Bathrooms 4 Stereo 
... of which en suite 3 Safe 
Daily cleaning * ADSL Wi-Fi Internet 
Cook  Barbecue 
Breakfast included ** Private Parking 
Caretaker in the grounds  Laundry service 
Pool (LxW in metres) 18x4 Masseur 
Air Conditioning *** Yoga instructor 
Heating  The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
Washing machine 

=yes/present     = optional/on request    

*Monday to Saturday
**Monday to Saturday. Continental breakfast
***in bedrooms
****includes Sky Movies and Sport (full package)

Pool open from Easter to end of October

Think About

There is a fifth bedroom, a single with en-suite shower room, by the pool. This is at a slightly lower level than the rest of the property but may be suitable for a teenager or a nanny. Should you wish to use this room for a 9th guest, there is an additional supplement of €300 per week.

Al Jafar has an excellent ecological pedigree: its solar panels, low energy lightbulbs and an eco-friendly water pump system make it virtually self-sufficient, saving some 15,000 tons of CO2 emissions.This house is a restored mediaeval tower and has an intriguing collection of staircases. As a consequence it is not really suitable for very young children or people with mobility restrictions. It would, however, be fabulous for a family with children who are confident with stairs as there is so much to explore!

Exploring the local Area

Al Jafar is ideally situated for an exploration of Western Sicily. The nearby towns of Trapani, Erice and Marsala all boast beautifully restored centres with fascinating histories and some great restaurants. The Phoenecian island of Mozia is just a few km away, as are the beautiful salt pans where migrating flamingoes nest. There are a couple of beaches in and around Trapani itself while the one at nearby San Vito Lo Capo is one of the finest anywhere in the Med. A day trip or two to beautiful Favignana and the Egadi Islands is a must: a 15-minute hydrofoil trip and you'll be in an island paradise of beaches, idyllic coves and transparent waters! If all that weren't enough, the dramatic Greek sites of Segesta and Selinunte are within easy striking distance too.


Palermo airport: 85km-53miles-50mins
Trapani airport : 16km-10miles-16mins
Catania airport: 313km-194miles-3hr30
Comiso airport: 337km-209miles-4hrs
Sandy beach: a 15-minute drive away at Trapani
Shops and amenities at Trapani: 7km-4miles-30mins
Nearest restaurants: in Trapani (30 mins)
Erice: 19km-12miles-25mins
Segesta: 32km-20miles-20mins
Marsala: 25km-15miles-35mins
San Vito Lo Capo: 42km-26miles-1hr
The Egadi Islands: 20mins (Favignana and Levanzo) to 1hr (Marettimo) via a regular and cheap hydrofoil service from the port of Trapani.

Al Jafar - Villa in Paceco (Trapani)

Miguel Mantas, Germany, 8 August 2015
"Ihr Service ist sehr herzlich und sehr bemüht und effizient/zuverlässig. Genauso sehr gut war das Personal der Villa. Der Eigentümer kam persönlich vorbei und gab uns Tips, da er in der gegend war (sehr netter Herr !)."

Bill Thomson, Italy, 27 June 2015
"The whole experience was great. The cooking service was excellent, discreet and good value."

Adam Straw, United Kingdom, 31 May 2014
"The villa was wonderful. Your company was great and extremely well prepared. The whole thing was excellent and faultless."

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