Ai Faraglioni

SICILY

Scopello

  • 10 Sleeps
  • 5  Bedrooms
  • 5  Bathrooms
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About the Villa

A unique, privileged seafront position for this refurbished modernist villa with heatable infinity pool and garden gate access to the transparent waters below.

The immaculate white-washed walls and impeccably modernist lines of Ai Faraglioni sit amidst a veritable oasis of sea-view terraces overlooking one of Sicily's most picturesque and evocative stretches of coastline. Add to this heady mix a heatable infinity pool, a Jacuzzi and direct access to the transparent waters below, and it's not hard to see why Ai Faraglioni is such an irresistible proposition.

"Ai Faraglioni far exceeded any of our expectations. The villa, grounds and views were absolutely stunning. We could not of asked for anything more beautiful. The staff was exceptional and was very much appreciated. Again, beyond any of our expectations." Anon, US, October 2019

Ai Faraglioni in the press:
School House Magazine, September 2017



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)  10
  • Bedrooms  5
  • Double beds  3
  • Flexible doubles/twins  2
  • Bathrooms  5
  • ... of which en suite  5
  • Daily maid service ¹
  • Cook 
  • Breakfast preparation ¹
  • Garden gate beach/sea access 
  • Heatable infinity pool (LxW in m) ² 10x3
  • Air conditioning 
  • Safe 
  • Tumble dryer ³
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • Outdoor sound system 
  • Sonos wireless music system 
  • Satellite TV 
  • Satellite Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Outdoor kitchen 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Ice machine 
  • Hammam/steam room 
  • Hot tub 
  • Shopping service 
  • Sea views 
  • Easy walk to beach/sea access 
  • Walking distance to restaurant(s) 
  • Walking distance to shop(s) 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹2 maids will come from 8.30am to 11.30am approx. from Monday to Friday. As part of their duties they will lay the table for breakfast and clear up afterwards
²single depth of 1.35m. Pool heating costs €425 per week, if requested, payable in advance.
³the washing machine has a tumble dryer function
includes Sky Movies and Sport
about 1.5km-2km away along the road approaching the villa and in the village of Scopello. The walk takes about about 20-30mins but there are no pavements and it is uphill most of the way

 

Inside: accommodation at Ai Faraglioni is spread between a main house and a separate, externally accessed guest bedroom. The main entrance takes one into a hallway, off which one may access most parts of the house. Immediately in front of you is a voluminous, luminous, open-concept room articulated over two levels. This airy, lofty-ceilinged and fabulously panoramic space defines the aesthetic of the property, which was designed by the renowned Roman architect Andrea Nonis. Down below is the sitting area, which features a commodious corner sofa, and a huge, wall-sized window, conceived to make the very most of the enchanting sea and coastal views. Light floods in from all angles, thanks to the numerous, imaginatively placed windows: long, angular slats follow the slant of the roof, clusters of different sized glazed apertures pierce the walls, evoking collections of framed artworks (a nod to Le Corbusier?), and glass doors provide access to the wrap-around terraces. Steps to one side of the living area lead up to the raised dining area, which is furnished with a bespoke table and sideboard and designer light fittings. A glass door leads out from here to the extensive pool terrace and shady al fresco dining area. Back in the entrance hall, a right turn takes you into the large, top-of-the-range kitchen. Superbly equipped with triple fridges, twin ovens and a stainless steel central island with professional hobs and sitting area, the kitchen is perfectly positioned to serve both the indoor and the outdoor dining areas, thanks also to its double access to the surrounding terraces. Heading back into the living area, a few steps lead up to a corridor, off which is a glazed cactus courtyard, a steam room and four of the five bedrooms. The first is a cosy double-twin with en-suite shower room; the second is a double with en-suite bathroom featuring a curvaceous shower illuminated by a circular skylight; the third is a double with in-room tub and en-suite shower room; the fourth, the master, is a more spacious double with a sensuous en-suite bathroom, featuring a double, walk-in shower and a fabulous sink sculpted from one single, impressive chunk of marble. All four bedrooms have glorious views of the sea and the faraglioni (sea stacks), and direct access to the terraces running along the front of the house. Accommodation at Ai Faraglioni is completed by a separate double-twin, sea-view bedroom with en-suite shower room accessed independently from the terrace below the pool area.

Outside: wide-open expanses of panoramic sea-view terraces wrap around Ai Faraglioni. The views of the sea, the dramatic coastline and the faraglioni (the sea stacks from which the house takes its name) is unique and intoxicating. Boats might moor in the bay below, but only those lucky enough to be staying at Ai Faraglioni will witness such glorious beauty from such a privileged vantage point. The main terrace, where you will spend much of your time, is accessed from the indoor dining area and the kitchen and is sub-divided into four distinct areas: a shady sea-view dining area; a superb al fresco kitchen equipped with barbecue, sink, gas hobs, fridge and ice machine; a sun-drenched solarium; and a fabulous double-edged infinity pool with swimming pump and views out to sea. Steps lead down from here to another large expanse of sea-view terrace, accessed from the living area and the fifth bedroom. A couple of steps from here take one up to yet more terraces, this time accessed from the four bedrooms of the main house and furnished with sink-in cushioned loungers. The master bedroom and the steam room area also open out onto a shaded section of terrace to the side and rear of the house, the perfect spot for a herbal infusion after a Hammam or a restive afternoon snooze. The terraces are delimited both by tended gardens and by a vibrant tangle of indigenous flora, a natural extension of Lo Zingaro Nature Reserve just a couple of kilometres up the coast. A path leads from the bedroom terraces past a fabulously panoramic Jacuzzi to the sea steps, which take one down to the rocky shoreline below. Here, one may immerse oneself in transparent waters, swim round the headland to the historic tonnara, or snorkel amongst the faraglioni.

 

Think About

Ai Faraglioni features a fantastic infinity pool, offering swimmers stunning views while in the pool. There are two infinity edges, both of which have quite a large drop so precautions should be taken here. Please refer to our general safety page if you would like more information about infinity pools.

The grounds and terraces of Ai Faraglioni feature some drops, so toddlers and younger children need constant supervision. Please ask us for more information about this if it is an important consideration for you.

The sea access below the villa is shared with a neighbouring property, so you may find a few other people there (usually only at weekends). Getting into the sea is via rocks and while this is relatively easy for most people, younger children and the less mobile might find it a little difficult. We recommend you do not access the water from this point if the sea is rough.

Shops and restaurants are about 1.5km-2km away, along the road approaching the villa and in the village of Scopello. The walk takes about about 20-30mins but there are no pavements and it is uphill most of the way.
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