Baia del Riccio

SICILY

Costa Saracena

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

A welcoming seafront holiday home with pool, enchanting views and garden gate sea access.

Baia del Riccio sits in a superb panoramic position looking out over the Gulf of Catania towards Mount Etna. With a pool and the transparent waters of the Ionian Sea vying for your attentions you may spend little time away from the villa, despite its being ideally placed for exploring the east and southeast of Sicily.

"Baia del Riccio is very good with a great setting. We really enjoyed the view and scenery over the ocean with the view of Mt Etna. Fantastic." Trond Moe, Finland, July 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  4
  • ... of which en suite  2
  • Daily maid service 
  • Cook 
  • Garden gate beach/sea access 
  • Pool (LxW in metres) ¹ 9x4
  • Air conditioning 
  • Heating 
  • Safe 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • Satellite TV ²
  • DVD player 
  • Satellite Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Shopping service 
  • Sea views 
  • Easy walk to beach/sea access 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ Single depth 1.40m
² Includes Sky Movies and Football (Italian version with some English, German and Spanish matches)

 

Inside: accommodation at Baia del Riccio is all on one floor and in the form of a U with a sheltered courtyard at the centre. The main entrance takes one from the courtyard into the base of the U from which one may access all sections of the house. At the top right of the U is the practical, well-equipped kitchen, which is partially separated from the living area by a glass panel. Behind the kitchen is a utility room-cum-bathroom with shower. In the living area, which is furnished with a large L-shaped sofa, a TV and a dining table, one gets a first magical glimpse of the spectacular views via a wall of glass sliding doors leading out onto a panoramic terrace: in front of you is the sea and, rising majestically across the Gulf of Catania, Mount Etna. A set of French windows in the living area accesses a covered section of terrace furnished for dining with a view. Back near the kitchen, the corridor leads to the sleeping quarters, situated in the left wing of the U. Here there are three bedrooms: a double with en-suite shower room and sea views; another double with en-suite shower room, sea views and the added bonus of access to the terrace; a double-twin with an adjacent shower room and access to the surrounding terraces.

Outside: Baia del Riccio is blessed with a variety of outside areas, offering plenty of space for everyone in your group to find their own favourite spot. One of these will certainly be the superbly panoramic terrace overlooking the gardens, the pool, the azure sea and Mount Etna. Passing a covered al fresco dining area, the terrace continues round one side of the house to an area that is accessed from two of the bedrooms. At the base of the U, accessed from the kitchen and the central corridor, is a sheltered courtyard furnished for dining. Steps lead down from the sea-view terrace to a good-sized lawned garden, an attractive pool that seems to hang over the sea, and a gate opening onto a path and steps that take one down to the sea and a section of rocky coastline shared with other villas in the residence.

 

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Baia del Riccio is situated in a secure, gated residence of holiday homes.

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