Casa alla Scala

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Santa Maria La Scala

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

A gorgeously refurbished sea-front apartment with intoxicating views.

The charming little fishing village of Santa Maria La Scala, with its excellent seafood restaurants and harbour, provides the perfect backdrop to Casa alla Scala, a beautifully refurbished home whose splendid interiors and glorious al fresco areas make it a great destination all year round.

"Casa alla Scala was beyond exceptional, real, authentic. The cleanliness surpassed anywhere I have ever stayed. Comfort in every way. Breathtaking site. Everything functioned properly and more than could be expected in the way of furnishings, including the kitchen." JH, US, March 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)  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 ¹
  • Air conditioning 
  • Heating 
  • Safe 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • iPod docking station 
  • Satellite TV 
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • ADSL Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Outdoor kitchen 
  • Barbecue 
  • Shopping service 
  • Sea views 
  • Easy walk to beach/sea access ¹
  • Walking distance to restaurant(s) ²
  • Walking distance to shop(s) ²
  • Exclusive beach club access ³
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ across the rocks in front of the house or from the bathing platforms put up in the summer months along the seafront of Santa Maria La Scala.
² there are a couple of restaurants, a café and a small shop in Santa Maria La Scala
³ guests staying at Casa alla Scala have privileged, reduced-rate access to Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea's exclusive lido on the beach at Mazzarò.

 

Inside: Casa alla Scala is on the first floor of a handsome sea-front house. Stairs lead to the main entrance which opens into the comfortably furnished living area offering views of the harbour. A central partition wall divides the living area from the luminous sea-view dining area, which itself accesses a wonderfully panoramic covered sea-front terrace. A small corridor leads from the living room to the well-equipped kitchen, perfectly placed for keeping an eye on the fishing boats arriving back in port! Next to the kitchen is a double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with tub and shower. Heading back to the living room one accesses the main sleeping area, composed of a master double with en-suite shower room and a double-twin with a shower room across the corridor. Both these two bedrooms have sea views and access to the balconies and terraces that run along in front of the apartment. The master bedroom may also host a single children's bed on request, bringing the total capacity up to 7. Fittings and furnishing throughout are of the very highest quality.

Outside: Casa alla Scala boasts three fabulous outside areas, all sea-facing and all interconnected via a walkway. The first terrace is accessed directly from the indoor dining room and offers the perfect shady spot for breakfast or an evening aperitif. Its views of the harbour and the sea are spell-binding. Following along a path one arrives at the solarium, a lawned terrace with sun-loungers with yet more divine sea views. The two front bedrooms both have direct access to this area. Continuing along the path one comes to what will probably become most guests' favourite spot, a large fully-furnished covered terrace with cushion-strewn lounge furniture, dining table and a fabulous outdoor kitchen including sink, dishwasher, hobs and a barbecue.

 

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