Cala Bianca

SICILY

Scopello

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

A light and airy family villa overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Surrounded by floral terraces and a garden of olive trees, Cala Bianca is a well-located summer house within easy reach of the beaches, rocky coves, restaurants and shops of Scopello and Castellammare del Golfo. The cool, comfortable interiors spill out onto a series of shady terraces and an outdoor kitchen that provides an effortless al fresco dining experience.

"We loved Cala Bianca. The setting and the views were terrific, and the overall villa layout was very nice. We loved hiking down to the rocky beach below the house." Anon, US, September 2018

Cala Bianca in the press:
The Sunday Times, 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)  7
  • Bedrooms  4
  • Double beds  2
  • Flexible doubles/twins  1
  • Single beds  1
  • Bathrooms  3
  • ... of which en suite  1
  • Cook 
  • Pizza chef 
  • Air conditioning ¹
  • Open fireplace 
  • Safe 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • Bluetooth speakers 
  • Satellite TV ²
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • ADSL Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Wood-burning pizza oven 
  • 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 in bedrooms
² includes SKY Cinema and Sport

 

Inside: accommodation at Cala Bianca is on two floors. The main entrance takes you in to a spacious, comfortably furnished open-plan living and dining area with a small kitchen corner (most guests cook in the larger outdoor kitchen), fireplace and large glass doors leading out onto the front and rear terraces. The ground floor is also home to the main sleeping quarters, comprising a double bedroom with access to the front terrace, a single bedroom, a double-twin, and two shower rooms. A flight of stairs takes one up to the first floor where there is another spacious lounge area and kitchenette with access to a sea-view terrace, and a double bedroom with en-suite shower room and views over the olive groves.

Outside: to the front of the house, accessed from the living area, is a huge terrace that is fully furnished reclining, gazing at the stunning sea views, reading in the shade and dining. On the other side of the house, once again accessed from the living area, is a well-equipped, shady outdoor kitchen and dining area, complete with wood-burning pizza oven. It is here where you will probably cook and eat most of your meals, with the garden of olive trees, cacti and Mediterranean flowering plants for company. There are also two outdoor showers, perfect for cooling off after a day at the sea. The first floor has its own romantic terrace offering beguiling sea views, while another flight of steps leads up to a small roof-top viewing point, with 360-degree panoramas.

 

Think About

If you are looking for a flexible arrival date please do contact us as we may be able to arrange this in a selection of properties, depending on availability.

Cala Bianca is located on a quiet unpaved cul-de-sac road which also serves the few neighbouring properties. Due to its position close to the sea, in peak season a few other people may occasionally park along this road in order to access the sea.

The beach of Guidaloca is just a couple of minutes drive away, while for the more agile there is a bay down below Cala Bianca. The access to this is via quite a steep cross-country path that starts right in front of the house.

There is a SCUBA club in Scopello, sailing in Castellammare and great treks to be had in the Lo Zingaro nature reserve.

Due to Cala Bianca's position, there is limited cell phone reception in the house but is fine from the terraces outside. There is a landline for use in the villa.
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