Camelia

SICILY

Giarre

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

A beautifully finished contemporary villa with pool, internal courtyard and stunning panoramas.

With its internal courtyard garden with pool, Camelia's design has something of the traditional Sicilian baglio or Moroccan riad about it. Here, however, inward-facing privacy is perfectly balanced by large external windows and wrap-around gardens offering splendid vistas of Mount Etna and the Ionian Sea.

"Marvelous property, very attentive owners. Very professional house staff. My guests were delighted." Sandra Hatch, US, May 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  3
  • ... of which en suite  3
  • Daily maid service ¹
  • Cook 
  • Pool (LxW in metres) ² 7x2
  • Air conditioning ³
  • Heating 
  • Safe 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • Printer 
  • Satellite TV 
  • DVD player 
  • Satellite Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Table tennis 
  • Trampoline 
  • Children's play area 
  • Shopping service 
  • Sea views 
  • Exclusive beach club access 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ 4 hours daily cleaning from Monday to Saturday usually between 9am and 1pm
²Single depth 1.50m
³ fan coil cooling units throughout
guests staying at Camelia have privileged, reduced-rate access to Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea's exclusive lido on the beach at Mazzarò.

 

Inside: accommodation at Camelia is arranged on one floor that wraps around an internal courtyard. Half of the quad are given over to living and reception areas which flow organically into one another. At the front, making the most of the floor-to-ceiling windows that offer both access to the surrounding gardens and views down to the Ionian coast and the sea, is the main living area. A parallel wall of windows looks into and accesses the internal courtyard and pool. An elegant day bed, a series of comfy sofas and divans, a large bookcase and an eclectic range of art and objets d'art populate this light, airy and generously proportioned space, providing splashes of colour and elegance. Moving along, past the internal dining area, one comes to the well-equipped kitchen with central island and direct access to the al fresco dining area. Just off the kitchen is a double bedroom with en-suite shower room. The bedroom looks onto the pool and internal courtyard, while the shower room accesses the surrounding grounds. The other two bedrooms, a double-twin and a double, are accessed from the living area. The double looks out onto the pool and internal courtyard and boasts an en-suite bathroom with tub, shower and a glass door leading out into the gardens. The double-twin opens onto the gardens and has an en-suite shower room. All the bedrooms are spacious, elegantly fitted and furnished and come with walk-in wardrobes.

Outside: central (in all senses of the word) to the al fresco living experience at Camelia is the cosy internal courtyard, accessed from the living area. Home to a lawned garden, a refreshing pool and a palm tree, this most private of gardens offers an ideal mix of natural shade and sun for most of the day. Immediately surrounding Camelia is a mix of lawn, flourishing Mediterranean shrubs and flowers, citrus orchards, a children's play area, and low lava stone walls. The east-facing area of garden, accessed from the living room, offers 180-degree vistas that takes in the Ionian Sea, the coastline up to Taormina and even Calabria on the Italian mainland. On the north side of the house, conveniently accessed from the kitchen, is a flower-strewn pergola, where you will take most of your meals. Served by a barbecue and offering superb views out to sea and up the Ionian coast, you will certainly look forward to long lazy dinners here at the end of the day. Views from other parts of the grounds take in the surrounding orange orchards and the majestic peak of Mount Etna rising up in the west.

 

Think About

The large citrus estate surrounding Camelia is home to another of our villas, Ortensia, which is located around 120m away. Owned by members of the same family, the villas share part of the access road but each enjoys total privacy. If you're travelling in a large group or with another family, why not take both of them?

There is a fourth more simple bedroom with ensuite shower room at Camelia that can occasionally be opened up on request for a supplement to be paid in advance. If you are still within the maximum occupancy of 6 people then the charge to open up the room is €370 per week. If the room is used by additional guests (a maximum of two) then the cost for the room is €500 per week.

Guests staying at Camelia have privileged, reduced-rate access to Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea's exclusive lido on the beach at Mazzarò.

There is a drop from one side of the outdoor dining pergola, so we recommend younger children are supervised when in this area.

Camelia's position on the lower flanks of Mount Etna affords it refreshing breezes in the hot summer months and excellent views of the sea and Mount Etna all year round. By dint of the property's elevated position, traffic noise is audible in the grounds, though not from inside.
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