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Al Jafar

Al Jafar - Villa in Paceco (Trapani)
Sleeps      8
Bedrooms    4
Bathrooms      4
15 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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 The superb pool is great for a refreshing dip  The pool and Arabic garden featuring palms, olive and pomegrantae trees.  The lovely courtyard is the ideal spot for dining or reading a book.  The pool with the poolhouse (single room) and barbecue behind.  The impressive towers.  Roman steps make it easy to get in and out of the pool!  The courtyard is accessed by both the dining room and the hallway.  The impressive dining room with decorative fireplace.  You will be able to experience Sicilian cuisine at its best!  The entrance hall.  The stairs leading to the first floor.  The spacious, well-equipped kitchen.  One of the large, comfortably furnished living rooms.  The second living area on the second floor.  The elegant double bedroom on the first floor.  Its en-suite bathroom.  The twin bedroom.  The top floor, heading towards the 3rd bedroom...  The lovely top floor bedroom.  Its own en-suite bathroom.  The property and surrounding olive groves seen from high above.  The spectacular sunset at the saltpans near Marsala.  Part of Trapani's long sandy beach.  The former Grand Hotel of Trapani fronted by a statue of Garibaldi.  Baroque beauty in Corso Vittorio Emanuele, Trapani.  Regular hydrofoils leave Trapani for the Egadi Islands.  The beautiful waters of Cala Rossa on Favignana.  The beautiful beach and sea at San Vito is within easy reach of Al Jafar!  Views from the Pepoli Castle in Erice.  Strolling through the streets of Erice in August.

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

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

Al Jafar in the press:
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 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, 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 Washing machine 
Bedrooms 4 Dishwasher 
Doubles 3 Microwave oven 
Twins 0 Satellite TV ***
Double/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  Think Sicily local support 24/7 
Pool (LxW in metres) 18x4 Laundry service 
Air Conditioning  Masseur 
Heating  Yoga instructor 

=yes/present     = optional/on request    

* Monday to Saturday.
** Monday to Saturday. Continental breakfast.
***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.

N.B. April 2015: the A19 (Catania – Palermo) has been temporarily closed between Scillato and Tremonzelli, increasing the journey time by approximately one hour (estimate). We hope that this will be rectified before the summer season, and will keep our clients informed of developments.

Al Jafar - Villa in Paceco (Trapani)

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."

Mark and Barbara Sadler, United Kingdom, 7 October 2012
"We had a lovely relaxing time... The staff were were very helpful."

Grant Howell, United Kingdom, 5 August 2012
"All excellent... We enjoyed our holiday very much... and were very impressed with your service. "

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