La Favorita

SICILY

Marsala

  • 14 Sleeps
  • 7  Bedrooms
  • 6  Bathrooms
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About the Villa

A fully-serviced family villa with extensive grounds, heated pool and effortless, authentic old-world charm.

Located just outside the historic centre of Marsala, La Favorita boasts elegant, spacious interiors that have been lovingly furnished by its owner. The discreet, welcoming and attentive care provided receives rave reviews from all-comers and will ensure that your stay is stress-free and relaxing. Outside is a fabulous heatable pool, immersed in mature, beautifully designed gardens that are perfect for a stroll before or after dinner.

“The best villa experience we have had. La Favorita was a gem and the staff terrific.” David Meyers, US, June 2019

The Leopard Collection: the history of La Favorita

La Favorita in the press:
Les Echos, Série Limitée, September 2017

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)  14
  • Bedrooms  7
  • Double beds  4
  • Flexible doubles/twins  3
  • Bathrooms  6
  • ... of which en suite  4
  • Daily maid service ¹
  • Cook ²
  • Breakfast preparation ³
  • Heatable outdoor pool (LxW in m)  18x7
  • Pool house and bar 
  • Gated pool (LxW in metres) 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Heating 
  • Open fireplace 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • Satellite TV 
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • ADSL Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Table tennis 
  • Children's play area 
  • Shopping service 
  • Sea views 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ every day, except Bank Holidays. Reduced service on Sundays
² €500 per week payable locally (food costs extra). The cook is available for lunches and dinners. A reduced service is available on Sunday (please ask us for more information)
³ a cold breakfast buffet will be prepared (food costs extra)
the pool is open from the beginning of April to the end of October. Outside this period there is an extra charge of €350 to open the pool. Throughout the year, if you would like the pool to be heated there is an extra charge of €525 per week paid in advance
in bedrooms only
includes Sky Movies

 

Inside: the accommodation at La Favorita is on two floors and has been lovingly furnished and decorated by the owner. Family heirlooms, including two fascinating family trees, antique maiolica tiled floors and many other original features hint at the house's venerable history, while the spacious, airy and romantic bedrooms are a pleasure to retire to. The main entrance takes one into a hallway, off which, to the right, is a drawing room with TV and a reading room. Moving straight on one comes to a central billiard room from where one may access all the other rooms on the ground floor: a double bedroom with adjacent shower room; a generously proportioned, high-ceilinged living room with plenty of sofas, a fireplace, and access to the front terrace and gardens; a large, elegant dining room; and a roomy, well-equipped kitchen (complete with cook). Stairs lead from the entrance hall to the first floor and the main sleeping quarters, comprising three large double bedrooms and two double-twins. The first is a double with sea views and en-suite shower room. Opposite this is the spacious master suite, complete with double bedroom, a small sitting area, and an en-suite bathroom with tub and separate shower. Next comes a twin-double bedroom with sea views, a third double bedroom with terrace access, and a shared shower room. Accommodation on the first floor is completed by a second twin-double bedroom with en-suite shower room and access to a large panoramic terrace with gorgeous views of the sea, the Egadi Islands and Erice. Next to the pool, should you require a little extra space, is a guest house with a double-twin bedroom and en-suite shower room. This shower room is also intended for use by guests using the pool and is therefore accessible both from the pool area and from the bedroom.

Outside: the villa sits on a large expanse of beautifully tended private parkland. Lawns alternate with avenues of palms, olive and citrus groves and manicured Mediterranean shrubs to create an extremely pleasant environment in all seasons. The large heatable pool makes for comfortable bathing even in the lower seasons, while the addition of a pool house, complete with bar, lounge area, bedroom and full bathroom offers a whole new dimension to poolside living. The younger members of your group, meanwhile, will be kept happily busy with the little play area next to the pool house. It is equipped with a trampoline a slide and other toys.

Service: La Favorita is a fully-serviced villa with cook, maid and houseman. For meals, just let the staff know day by day whether you require lunch and/or dinner, choose from the menus on offer or tell them of any preferences you may have. They will organise the rest. Food and drink bills are paid locally, giving you complete flexibility to experience the best and freshest local produce.

 

Think About

Set in its own large private estate, La Favorita guarantees privacy and peace and quiet while at the same time being just a couple of minutes from local amenities and 10 minutes from the lovely old town centre of Marsala.

Top tip! Spend some time at Favignana and the Egadi Islands: (a 30-minute trip directly from Marsala or a 20-minute trip from Trapani ) and you'll be in an island paradise of beaches, idyllic coves and transparent waters! Or why not let us charter a boat for you one day?
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