Casa delle Sirene

SICILY

Marza (Ispica)

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

Stylish beach-front villas don’t come much more stylish than this!

Casa delle Sirene is a little corner of paradise on the beach near Sicily's (and Italy's) southernmost point. The garden gate leads out over the dunes to a golden sandy beach, bordered by the low white cliffs of a promontory and the blue waters of the sea – a chromatic synthesis of the Mediterranean! Large shady terraces and attractive interiors make Casa delle Sirene a perfect beachfront holiday house for all seasons.

"Casa delle Sirene is a fantastic property in a great setting." CN, UK, April 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)  4
  • Bedrooms  2
  • Double beds  1
  • Flexible doubles/twins  1
  • Bathrooms  2
  • ... of which en suite  2
  • Daily maid service 
  • Cook 
  • Garden gate beach/sea access 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Heating 
  • Open fireplace 
  • Safe 
  • Wine cellar 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • iPod docking station ¹
  • Satellite TV ²
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • ADSL Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Outdoor kitchen 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Gym ³
  • Shopping service 
  • Masseur 
  • Beautician 
  • Sea views 
  • Easy walk to beach/sea access 
  • Walking distance to restaurant(s) 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ in each room of the house and for the patio
² basic Sky package + Sky Cinema
³ including running machine, step machine and a massage bed
the lido on the beach in front of Casa delle Sirene serves light lunches and dinners from the beginning of June to the middle/end of September. Booking is necessary for dinner

 

Inside: accommodation at Casa delle Sirene is all on one floor. On entering from the shady wrap-around terraces, one is immediately impressed by the airy, cool effect of the interior design: high, sloping, woven-bamboo ceilings are supported by white-painted steel joists and punctuated by light-giving skylights, white walls and light-coloured furnishings and fittings augment the feeling of airiness and calm. The living and dining areas share one large open-plan space with the superbly fitted modern kitchen, which comes with dark granite work surfaces and a double-fronted fridge-freezer. This area, and indeed the rest of the accommodation, has a wonderfully cosy atmosphere in the autumn and winter, thanks to the presence of a fireplace and hot-and-cold air-conditioning throughout. A corridor leads towards the rear of the house and the sleeping quarters, comprising one double and one double-twin bedroom, each with its own excellent quality en-suite shower room.

Outside: all four sides of Casa delle Sirene are given over to shady porticos hosting a variety of al fresco dining and lounging areas. Each is perfect for a different time of day, and there is even an outdoor kitchen, the perfect invitation to cook and dine under the stars! To the rear of the house, under a stylish, cool pergola, is an outdoor gym with tapis roulant, step machine and, for those who would appreciate some in-villa pampering, a massage bed. Large expanses of lawned garden, adorned by palms, olive trees and fragrant Mediterranean shrubs, lead towards the front seagate which takes one directly out onto the lovely beach and the tempting waters beyond. On the beach, to the left of the house, is a small, exclusive beach club, which is open from June to September. Guests staying at the villa have two front-row sunloungers included in the rental price. The beach club also serves refreshments, light lunches and, on request, dinners, making it an excellent option for a day on the beach without lifting a finger.

 

Think About

If you love the style of Casa delle Sirene, you'll probably also love its sister villa, Casa dei Gabbiani.

Casa delle Sirene is an excellent house for all seasons and has a faithful following of guests who return year after year.
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