DolceVita

SICILY

Vendicari

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

A wonderfully stylish, architect-designed home with beautifully configured spaces, a tempting pool immersed in an orangery, and sea views.

Subtly incorporating elements of the local architecture, DolceVita is a delightfully inventive contemporary home where indoor spaces flow out seamlessly outside onto extensive sea-view terraces, Arabian-inspired walled gardens guarantee privacy, a gracefully sleek cobalt pool invites immersion, and views of Vendicari Nature Reserve tempt guests to explore their surroundings.

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  0
  • Daily maid service 
  • Cook 
  • Pool (LxW in metres)  17x2.2
  • Air conditioning 
  • Heating 
  • Open fireplace 
  • Safe 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • Bluetooth speakers 
  • Satellite TV 
  • DVD player 
  • Satellite Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Barbecue ¹
  • Outdoor kitchen ¹
  • Private Parking 
  • Yoga mats 
  • Surf board(s) ²
  • Sea views 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ the al fresco kitchen has an electric barbecue, induction hobs, a fridge, a sink and worktops
² two wave surf boards are available

 

Inside: accommodation at DolceVita is all one floor. The main entrance draws one into a luminous, inviting open-concept space with Paola Lenti sofas and armchairs gather in front of a huge designer fireplace, a lava stone dining table and a contemporary, one-of-a-kind stainless steel kitchen that appears to float above the polished concrete floors. Three large banks of sliding glass doors offer access to the surrounding terraces and gardens and bring in the wide-open views of the surrounding countryside, Vendicari Nature Reserve and, on the horizon, the sparkling sea. On either side of the main entrance are the two bedrooms a double and a double-twin. Each has its own rather special private bathroom next door with a walk-in double shower, beautifully crafted lava stone elements, and a tempting al fresco shower screened by high walls of local creamy limestone. Furnishings and fittings throughout reflect the luxurious, contemporary pedigree of the architecture, and the ambience is one of refined tranquillity.

Outside: the polished cement floors of the interiors flow seamlessly outside to the front of the house, where they fan out over a series of extensive terraces on slightly different levels. Outdoor furnishings are given the same level of attention as those inside, with yellow lava stone-tiled low tables, designer chairs and top quality cushion loungers. To one side of the house, just above the main sea-view terraces, is a a lawned area planted with shade-giving orange trees. Next to this is the gorgeous slender pool. A slatted structure extends from the house over the centre of the pool to the perimeter wall, providing not only shade but also, divertingly, a support for a swing above the water of the pool.

The outdoor spaces have been designed with conviviality in mind, and nowhere is this more evident than in the sea-view al fresco aperitivo, dining and kitchen area. This culinary and gastronomic oasis, surrounded by centuries-old lentisk trees and rosemary bushes, features two large concrete worktops covered with hand-glazed lava stone tiles, an electric barbecue, induction hobs, a sink, and a fridge. A capacious lava stone dining table, meanwhile, comfortably seats up to 10 guests, creating a truly unique spot in which to dine with friends and family late into the night under the summer stars.

 

Think About

If you need some extra accommodation, why not book DolceVita's sister villa, TerraMia as well. It's just 120m away.
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