Casa al Faro

SICILY

Syracuse

  • 8 Sleeps
  • 4  Bedrooms
  • 2  Bathrooms
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About the Villa

A modern holiday villa with pool set in a glorious position above the sea.

Casa al Faro, set in the Plemmirio Nature Reserve just outside the historical centre of Syracuse, has all the ingredients for a perfect holiday home: clean lines, contemporary design, manicured lawns and a beautiful swimming pool.

"Casa al Faro was outstanding. We loved all of it. It was very clean and the welcome canapés and food supply exceeded expectations." Nichola Walker, UK, July 2018

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)  8
  • Bedrooms  4
  • Double beds  2
  • Flexible doubles/twins  1
  • Bunk beds  1
  • Bathrooms  2
  • ... of which en suite  1
  • Daily maid service 
  • Cook 
  • Pizza chef 
  • Pool (LxW in metres)  15x15
  • Air conditioning 
  • Heating 
  • Open fireplace 
  • Tumble dryer 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • iPod docking station 
  • Satellite TV 
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • ADSL Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Wood-burning pizza oven ¹
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Table tennis 
  • Table football 
  • Shopping service 
  • Sea views 
  • Easy walk to beach/sea access 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ a pizza chef (a "pizzaiolo") is also available on request.

 

Inside: accommodation at Casa al Faro is all on one floor. The front door takes one in to an entrance hall, off which most of the rooms are accessed. One door takes you into the generously proportioned, fully-equipped kitchen whose sea-view French windows lead out onto a shady al fresco terrace with barbecue and wood-fired pizza oven. The kitchen flows past a dining table into the living area. Comfy sofas, large French windows and views out to sea make for a very pleasant atmosphere. The sleeping quarters are accessed via the entrance hall, off which is the master double with en-suite shower room, a guest bathroom, and a corridor leading to three more bedrooms: a double with large French windows opening onto the surrounding terraces, double-twin, and a room with bunk beds. These bedrooms share a bathroom with shower and tub.

Outside: accessed via French windows from the living area and kitchen is a large shady terrace furnished for lounging, dining and cooking (think barbecue and wood-fired pizza oven). There is also an outdoor fireplace, which is ideal for spring or autumn evenings. A few steps take you from this terrace onto the extensive, lawned garden, which features plenty of furnished areas for relaxing and taking in the view or sunbathing. The large pool has been designed with both swimming and fun in mind, and the youngest members of your group are catered for by a very shallow end separated from the deep end by an underwater bar. At the far end of the garden, right above the sea, is a superbly panoramic pergola, surely the best spot for a pre-prandial aperitif.

 

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The villa is set within the Plemmirio Marine Nature Reserve, one of the most beautiful areas around Siracusa. There are several access points to the sea across the rocks which are within walking distance from Casa al Faro and there are several walks from the gate of the villa.
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