Acquamarina

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Porto Palo di Menfi

  • 6 Sleeps
  • 3  Bedrooms
  • 2  Bathrooms
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About the Villa

The perfect retreat in a private nature reserve with direct access to a quiet sandy beach.

Overlooking a pristine sandy beach on 15 hectares of private nature reserve, Acquamarina is in a dreamy position. Comfortable interiors blend with large expanses of exterior decking dotted with panoramic relaxation zones. A short path through the trees and Mediterranean shrubs leads to a furnished sea-view pagoda and private access to a rocky and sandy beach and the turquoise sea beyond.

“Our holiday at Acquamarina will remain a dream come true. Thanks to all.” Dr Sabra Field, Italy, April 2019



Internet Connections Explained

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All The Thinking Traveller's villas have some kind of Internet facility and, where possible, we try to ensure that this is an ADSL broadband Wi-Fi connection.

However, some rural areas and those far from the main towns and cities have not yet been connected to the high-speed broadband network. Therefore, in some of our villas we offer an alternative type of connection (specified in the amenities table of each individual villa page). 

Please note that although we work very hard to provide reliable internet service at our villas, these services are potentially erratic and can fail due to network failures completely out of our control. We regret that we cannot accept responsibility for loss of connection due to such network failures.

Here is some information about the most common connection types:

ADSL Broadband

This is by far the fastest and most reliable connection type available and uses traditional copper wires. In the UK, ADSL is most commonly referred to as broadband. It is suitable for most surfing requirements. Generally an ADSL line is only available within two miles of a telephone exchange, so in rural or more remote areas it usually not available.

An ADSL Internet connection in a villa can then be distributed using a Wi-Fi router, allowing a wireless connection with one or more device, or by a cable, which can be plugged into most laptops.

NB If a fast, constant and reliable Internet connection is vital for you (i.e. you expect to be working a lot during your holiday), please specify this to your Villa Specialist. It may be better to rent a villa with an ADSL broadband connection.


3G WiFi Internet routers

In some of our villas, 3G Wi-Fi Internet connections are provided by a small router unit that uses the 3G mobile network, similar to that used by many mobile phones. The unit receives the signal and retransmits it wirelessly making it possible for a few devices to connect at the same time. 3G Wi-Fi units work best in the immediate area around them (i.e. they won’t create a Wi-Fi environment throughout the entire villa) and so the best connection will be within close range of the unit, usually in the same room.

The signal may be affected by weather conditions (i.e. strong winds or storms), and the overall strength depends entirely on the service provider's presence in the area. We cannot accept responsibility for slow or absent signals.

Please note that 3G Wi-Fi is provided for basic Internet browsing and checking of email only. Guests are requested not to download large files such as movies or make Skype video calls, as most units have a maximum monthly data usage of 10Gb.

NB If a fast, constant and reliable Internet connection is vital for you (i.e. you expect to be working a lot during your holiday), please specify this to your Villa Specialist. It may be better to rent a villa with a normal ADSL connection. 

 

Mobile Broadband Internet Dongles/Keys

Dongles, or Internet keys, can be slotted into a USB port on your computer and use a data SIM card to connect to a 3G or other data network, normally supplied by mobile phone networks. At the villas where this is provided, clients are usually requested to buy their own data SIM card and top up as they go (details of where and how to purchase one are provided in the House Guide you will receive before departure).

The signal may be affected by weather conditions (i.e. strong winds or storms), and the overall strength depends entirely on the service provider's presence in the area. We cannot accept responsibility for slow or absent signals.

NB If a fast, constant and reliable Internet connection is vital for you (i.e. you expect to be working a lot during your holiday), please specify this to your Villa Specialist. It may be better to rent a villa with a normal ADSL conection. 


WiMAX / Satellite connections

WiMAX and satellite Internet connections have performance levels similar to cabled ADSL hi-speed Internet connections. Wi-Fi access within the property is provided by a special modem-router. WiMAX and Satellite connections are present in our villas when there is no normal cabled broadband infrastructure in the area (still quite common in more remote areas). These kind of connections may be affected by atmospheric conditions, however, so we cannot guarantee that the signal will be as constant as cabled connections. The connection speed of this type connection in our Ionian Island villas is a little slower and comes with a limit of Mbs, so guests are requested not to download large files, stream films or use Skype to make calls.


Connecting to the Internet abroad using your smartphone or tablet (roaming)

As of June 2017, there are no roaming charges for EU citizens (with an EU provider) travelling within the EU. 

If you are travelling from outside the EU and wish to use your smartphone or tablet while on holiday, here are a few tips for cutting down on foreign data-roaming charges:

The first thing to do is to check with your provider to see if there are any special deals available (there's usually something on offer). You should also make sure your phone is unlocked (you can ask your operator to do this) if you wish to buy a foreign SIM card while you're away.

If there are no suitable deals available from your operator (and your phone/tablet has been unlocked), we recommend you buy a local prepaid data SIM card (details of where and how can be found in your House Guide). It might also be useful to bring a cheap handset, put your UK SIM into the cheap handset and the local data SIM into your smartphone, so that any data you access will be charged at the local rate. If you do buy a local SIM, most smart phones can then be used to provide a Wi-Fi hotspot, providing data access for up to five devices, including smartphones, tablets and laptops.

Finally, when abroad, switch off 3G, switch off ‘data roaming’ on iPhones or switch the priority to Wi-Fi rather than 3G on Symbian devices, thus avoiding charges when your phone attempts to access emails.

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Amenities

  • Accommodates (max)  6
  • Bedrooms  3
  • Double beds  2
  • Flexible doubles/twins  1
  • Bathrooms  2
  • ... of which en suite  1
  • Daily maid service 
  • Cook 
  • Garden gate beach/sea access 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Open fireplace 
  • Safe 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • Bluetooth speakers 
  • Satellite TV ¹
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • Satellite Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Shopping service 
  • Sea views 
  • Easy walk to beach/sea access 
  • Walking distance to restaurant(s) ³
  • Exclusive beach club access ²
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ includes SKY Movies + Sports
² entrance fees apply
³ La Pineta, one of the area's best restaurants, is about a 3.5km walk away along the beach and nature reserve below the house

 

Inside: the property is stylishly and simply decorated throughout. The living area, with white sofas gathered in front of a fireplace and two windows looking out to sea, is joined via an archway to the dining area, which has the same mesmerising views through large French windows. Beside the dining area is the well-equipped kitchen. The bedrooms are all compact and cozy. The master bedroom has a double bed with views and en-suite shower room. The second bedroom is a double-twin, while the third has a small double bed and garden views. These bedrooms share a shower room.

Outside: the area immediately around the house is decked with recovered railway sleepers cut from African hardwood. Two panoramically situated groups of sofas are cut from the same wood and covered by fresh white cushions, making them virtually impossible to leave once one is installed. A third equally panoramic sitting area at the other end of the garden means that there is always a great choice for different times of the day. To the side of the house is a sheltered and shaded dining area, whereas in the garden on the other side of the house, sitting above the sea, is another dining table served by a barbecue area. There is also an outside shower. Two paths lead from the pine tree shaded house for between 100m-200m down to the furnished pagoda and the sea gate, offering you direct access to a beautiful stretch of rocky coves and sandy beach.

 

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Cycling in the Menfi area is a very pleasurable pastime, thanks to both the quiet back roads and the purpose-built cycle track along and around the old railway line between Menfi, Porto Palo and Sciacca (running very close to Acquamarina). We’d be delighted to have bikes delivered to your villa and, if anyone in your group is an inveterate pedaller, arrange for a local guide to show them the best routes.

Acquamarina is a simple but comfortable villa that is ideal for nature lovers and those who are looking for silence, peace and relative isolation. It is accessed via a track which leads from the nearest road for about 500m.

Safely fenced in, some distance from the house, are the owners' horses and you may bump into a mouflon (a type of sheep, apparently!) that roam freely in the nature reserve.

Guests staying at Acquamarina have privileged access to Planeta's exclusive Beach Club at nearby Lido Fiori in Menfi (entrance fees apply).
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