Casa Agave

SICILY

Menfi

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

An exceptional summer house in a unique beachfront setting.

Immersed in the vineyards that so characterise the Menfi area of Sicily, Casa Agave is one of those rare villas that could be said to have it all: stunning sea views, a gate leading onto the gorgeous sandy beach of the Belice Nature Reserve, a dreamy infinity pool and access on foot to one of the best trattorie in the area.

"We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday. I couldn't fault Casa Agave. Beautiful surroundings and very well kept. We had the in-villa cooks for three nights. All three meals were excellent and highly recommended." James Cree, UK, July 2019

Casa Agave in the press:
The Times, March 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)  6
  • Bedrooms  3
  • Double beds  2
  • Flexible doubles/twins  1
  • Bathrooms  3
  • ... of which en suite  2
  • Daily maid service 
  • Cook 
  • Garden gate beach/sea access 
  • Infinity pool (LxW in metres) ¹ 8.6x8.8
  • Air conditioning 
  • Safe 
  • Tumble dryer 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • Bluetooth speakers 
  • Satellite TV 
  • 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 with chlorine-free salt electrolysis purification system
² entrance fees apply
³ La Pineta, one of the area's best restaurants, is about a 2km (just over 1.2 miles) walk away across the beach and nature reserve

Pool open from end of March to end of October

 

Inside: accommodation at Casa Agave is organised over two floors. The main entrance takes one into the spacious open-plan, sea-view living and dining area, whose double height ceilings, double aspect glass sliding doors and clerestory windows make for an airy atmosphere. The sliding glass doors lead straight out onto the pool area on one side and the side terraces on the other. To one end of the living and dining area is the well-equipped kitchen with breakfast table, views out to sea and access via French windows to the shady al fresco dining area. Accommodation on the ground floor is completed by a double bedroom with en-suite shower room, a double-twin bedroom and a family shower room. Both bedrooms have direct access to the surrounding terraces. Stairs lead up to the first floor gallery overlooking the living and dining area below. From here one accesses the third bedroom, a double with en-suite shower room and a little roof terrace.

Outside: the outdoor areas at Casa Agave provide space for relaxing, having fun and enjoying long convivial meals. Accessed directly from the kitchen is the shady al fresco dining area, which, like most of the outdoor areas looks out to sea. A few steps away from here, and seamlessly connected via large glass sliding doors to the indoor living room, is the dreamy pool area, whose infinity pool, complete with hydromassage corner, is flanked by terraces furnished with sunloungers and a large romantic daybed. Steps lead down from here to the garden, which is planted with palm trees, agave and other Mediterranean flora, and furnished with a lovely decked area overlooking the beach and the sea, the perfect spot for an aperitif as the sun goes down. This area is also where you will find the magical sea gate, which opens directly onto the dunes of the Belice Nature Reserve and, just 130m away, the long sandy beach and transparent waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

 

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The long (over 3km) sandy beach in front of Casa Agave rarely gets very busy, even in August.

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

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 Casa Agave). 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.

Casa Agave features an infinity pool, offering swimmers stunning views while in the pool. There is a drop from the infinity edge, so we recommend children are supervised at all times. Please refer to our general safety page if you would like more information about infinity pools.
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