Crossing Together

SICILY

Santa Maria La Scala

  • 16 Sleeps
  • 8  Bedrooms
  • 7  Bathrooms
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About the Villa

Elegance, style, daily service and a stunning seafront position... a truly top range villa.

Crossing Together (Crossing the Rock and Casa alla Scala taken together) is a rare find indeed: top quality accommodation with plenty of space for large groups of friends or family, sensational views, extensive panoramic grounds and terraces and a large pool: all at the heart of Santa Maria La Scala, one of eastern Sicily's most authentic and picturesque little fishing villages, with a range of seafood restaurants and a rocky-pebble beach.

"The setting of Crossing Together is sensational. The staff were brilliant. I can honestly say that the experience exceeded our high expectations and was exemplary. Fantastic." PC, 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)  16
  • Bedrooms  8
  • Double beds  5
  • Twins  1
  • Flexible doubles/twins  2
  • Bathrooms  7
  • ... of which en suite  3
  • Daily maid service ¹
  • Cook 
  • Breakfast preparation ²
  • Pool (LxW in metres)  10x5
  • Air conditioning 
  • Heating 
  • Open fireplace 
  • Safe 
  • Lift 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • Phone landline 
  • Laptop computer 
  • Printer 
  • Sonos wireless music system 
  • Satellite TV 
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • ADSL Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Outdoor kitchen 
  • Barbecue 
  • Running machine 
  • Shopping service 
  • Sea views 
  • Easy walk to beach/sea access ³
  • Walking distance to restaurant(s) 
  • Walking distance to shop(s) 
  • Exclusive beach club access 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ 6 days per week (from 10am to 3pm) and mid-week change of bed linen and towels. If you stay two or more weeks there will also be a clean and change of linen on Saturdays too
² a member of staff is available 6 days per week from 8am to 10.30am. His duties include shopping for and preparing breakfast (food payable by guests)
³ sea access across the rocks in front of the house, or from the bathing platforms along the sea-front of Santa Maria La Scala
there are a couple of restaurants, a café and a small shop in Santa Maria La Scala
guests staying at Crossing Together have privileged, reduced-rate access to Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea's exclusive lido on the beach at Mazzarò.

 

Crossing Together is formed by two large independent apartments in a late 19th century palazzo overlooking the sea.

Crossing the Rock
Inside: Crossing the Rock occupies the second (top) floor of a sea-front villa and is accessed either via an internal staircase or a private lift. The apartment is organised in a U shape, at the centre of which is a large, fully-furnished terrace looking out to sea. The entrance hall, at the bottom right of the U leads on the right to two large, interconnecting, high-ceilinged drawing rooms, both comfortably furnished with elegant sofas. The first has views onto the harbour, while the second has both sea and harbour views and access to the central terrace. Behind the smaller of the two drawing rooms is the dining room which has its own terrace looking over the harbour and access, via a corridor, to the wonderful kitchen where the cook will prepare your meals. A corridor at the base of the U is home to a double bedroom and two double-twins, each with large French windows onto the central sea-view terrace. Opposite them are two beautifully fitted shower rooms. At the end of the corridor is the kitchen and snug room with large flat-screen TV and access to a series of terraces, the gardens and the pool. A corridor leads up the left-hand side of the U, where there is a children’s bedroom with twin beds, a small study with laptop and printer, two more lovely bathrooms (one with shower and one with tub) and, at the end, the large, stunningly designed master suite, with access to the central terrace and a private sitting area with treadmill looking out to sea. Furnishings and fittings throughout are of the highest quality.

Casa alla Scala
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 seven. Once again, fittings and furnishing throughout are of the very highest quality.

Outside: Crossing the Rock offers no end of outside space. The central sea-view terrace is perfect for dining, lounging, aperitifs or just gazing out to sea, the dining room terrace is a great spot for al fresco meals, while the series of terraces, walkways and gardens to the left of the U are home to the large pool and a canopied sea-view pergola, all ideal for soaking up the sun, relaxing or indulging in fun and games! A sea gate leads from these terraces down to the large lava stone rocks and the limpid sea beyond.

Casa alla Scala boasts three fabulous outside areas, all sea-facing and all interconnected via a walkway and accessible from Crossing the Rock via a series of gates and steps. 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. The icing on the cake is that the fishing village of Santa Maria La Scala (on the doorstep of your own private oasis) offers a series of excellent seafront fish restaurants, bars and lidos with bathing platforms.

Service: Crossing Together offers an impeccable level of service, including a member of staff who will prepare breakfast, and a maid who will carry out daily cleaning. A cook is available on request.

 

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The pool is natural and free of chemicals of any kind. It is filled with either sea water or with fresh water (depending on the season) which is completely changed every 3 to 4 days.

Please note that there is no real shallow end in Crossing Together's pool, whose minimum depth is 1.3m.

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

Crossing Together costs slightly more than the sum of the individual prices of Crossing the Rock and Casa alla Scala because the daily maid service at the former is extended to Casa alla Scala (where it is not usually included) when both properties are taken as Crossing Together.
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