Casa Alma

SICILY

Menfi

  • 12 Sleeps
  • 6  Bedrooms
  • 4  Bathrooms
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About the Villa

A charming, spacious summer house for all the family.

Sitting on a hill looking out to sea over the vineyards of Menfi, Casa Alma is a well-designed villa incorporating all the necessary elements for a successful holiday home: high ceilings, clean lines, spacious, airy rooms, lots of light, calming views, mesmerising sunsets, a fabulous pool, green lawns, lots of outdoor space for cooking, dining and relaxing, and a cycle path right below the house… all within easy striking distance of some fabulous beaches!

"We loved Casa Alma!" CF, UK, September 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)  12
  • Bedrooms  6
  • Twins  1
  • Flexible doubles/twins  5
  • Bathrooms  4
  • ... of which en suite  2
  • Daily maid service 
  • Cook 
  • Infinity pool (LxW in metres)  12x6
  • Air conditioning ¹
  • Heating ²
  • Open fireplace 
  • Safe 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • Satellite TV ³
  • Stereo 
  • DVD player 
  • iPhone/iPad/iPod connector 
  • Satellite Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Shopping service 
  • Sea views 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
  • Exclusive beach club access 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ in the bedrooms and kitchen-dining area
² underfloor heating
³ SKY cinema and sports
entrance fees apply

Pool open from Easter to end of October

 

Inside: most of the ground floor of Casa Alma is given over to a large split -level, open-plan living-dining-kitchen area, with high beamed ceilings, terracotta brick paving and a series of French windows that communicate with the outside areas. Also on the ground floor, is a twin/double with views of the pool and an en-suite bathroom with tub and shower, a second double-twin and a twin, sharing a shower room. After climbing a few of the stairs that lead to the first floor, one arrives at the mezzanine level, where the fourth bedroom, a twin/double with en-suite shower room, is located. The first floor is home to a TV room with a couple of balconies and the last two bedrooms, both double-twins sharing a shower room. Underfloor heating and a fireplace make Casa Alma cosy for rental all year round.

Outside: Casa Alma is surrounded by a series of south-facing shady terraces, complete with lounge and dining areas, and green lawns. The views down to the coast over the vineyards and olives groves are fabulous, especially from the infinity pool, which will almost certainly end up being the focal point of your holiday!

 

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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 Alma). 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.

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.

Casa Alma features a fantastic infinity pool, offering swimmers stunning views while in the pool. There is a small 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.

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