La Prora

SICILY

Taormina

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

A luxuriously refurbished villa with heatable pool and views of the sea and Mount Etna, all just a few minutes from Taormina's many charms.

One of Taormina's historic properties, La Prora has been painstakingly and lovingly brought into the 21st century. Exquisite, generously proportioned interiors flow out to the surrounding gardens and terraces, at the centre of which is an irresistible heatable pool. Glorious panoramas fan out, taking in the sea and Mount Etna, while the location ensures guests can make the very most of Taormina's many charms.

"La Prora was fantastic and exceeded expectations. The onsite support form both the villa and The Thinking Traveller team was 1st class." DM, Australia, July 2019

La Prora in the press:
Discover La Prora through the eyes of influencer Patrick Janelle, November 2018>>
Conde Nast Traveller, April 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)  14
  • Bedrooms  7
  • Double beds  3
  • Flexible doubles/twins  4
  • Bathrooms  7
  • ... of which en suite  6
  • Daily maid service ¹
  • Cook 
  • Breakfast preparation ²
  • Heatable infinity pool (LxW in m) ³ 13.5x3.5
  • Air conditioning 
  • Underfloor heating 
  • Open fireplace 
  • Safe 
  • Wine chiller 
  • Tumble dryer 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • iPod docking station 
  • Satellite TV 
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • ADSL Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Boules pitch 
  • Sea views 
  • 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 a week for up to 6 hours per day (depending on whether you take the main house only or both the main house and the dépendances)
² from Monday to Saturday (excluding Bank Holidays). Breakfast table will be prepared so that guests can help themselves (ingredients payable locally), if a cooked breakfast is required it can be arranged at an extra cost
³ single depth 1.4m. Between April and the end of October, the pool may be heated on request for an extra charge of €525 per week (payable in advance).
in the bedrooms and top floor TV room
in the main house
there are a couple of restaurants and one mini-market easily accessible on foot. The old centre of Taormina is a 20-minute walk away, mainly up steps and along roads without pavements. Isola Bella, with its beach, bars and restaurants, is also walkable (about 1km away) though again there are some sections of road without pavements.
Privileged, reduced-rate access, including return transfers, to Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea's exclusive lido on the beach at Mazzarò.

 

Inside: accommodation at La Prora is spread over a main house and two independent guest suites in the grounds. The property has been lovingly and luxuriously refurbished to an extremely high standard. Furnishings are at once elegant and homely, flooring is an eclectic mix of gorgeous grey-tone patterned tiles, polished concrete and black brick, bathrooms are voluptuously pampering, the kitchen has been designed to inspire gourmet culinary exploits, and light fittings throughout are subtle, sophisticated and atmospheric. The front door of the main house takes one into a large, luminous living room, whose lofty vaulted ceilings and French doors opening out onto the main terrace, create a luminous, airy atmosphere. An opening at one end allows the space to flow into the dining room, which has a fittingly convivial feel, thanks in no small part to the splendid designer fireplace, on each side of which glass doors lead into the kitchen. This space is a dream for keen amateur cooks and seasoned professional chefs alike. A stainless steel central island hosts an impressive range of gas burners and grills, all surmounted by a sculptural hood. One wall is filled with a bank of stainless steel appliances, including fridges, a wine chiller, and ovens. There's plenty of workspace and, like the living and dining rooms, easy access via French windows to the main terrace and al fresco dining at the front of the property. Back in the living room, a door leads to a cloakroom, a guest WC and on to a series of utility and store rooms. Another opening in the living room leads into a hallway and the stairs up to the first floor. Upstairs there are five similar-sized bedrooms linked by a long landing and a sitting area. The first, the master, is a double aspect double-twin bedroom with its own antechamber and an en-suite bathroom with separate tub and shower. The second is a double-twin with an en-suite shower room. The third, a double, has an adjacent shower room with splendid sea views. The fourth is a double-aspect double with en-suite bathroom with an elegant tub. The fifth is a double with en-suite shower room and French windows opening onto a large terrace (also accessed from the first floor sitting area and the gardens). All bedrooms in the main house have fabulous sea views and French windows opening onto small balconies.

The two independent guest suites are situated up a few steps to one side of the main house. One has a double bedroom and a sofa bed, meaning that it could also function as a twin. The other has a double-twin bedroom. Both have en-suite shower rooms, a living area and a kitchenette.

Outside: all the ground floor rooms at La Prora flow out onto a dreamy shaded terrace, furnished with sofas, armchairs, built-in daybeds and a large dining table. Beyond this area is the tempting heatable pool, the gardens, a boules pitch, and a monumental old brick wall with two recesses that were once lime kilns - a hint at La Prora's long history. From the outdoor living area, a path leads round the house to a flight of steps, at the top of which is a panoramic upper floor terrace, also accessed from one of the bedrooms and the first floor sittnig area. Finally, just above this terrace is a little area of garden dominated by a mature shady pine tree.

 

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La Prora occupies a privileged position on the coast below Taormina. There is a road in front of and to the side of the property which is clearly audible in the outdoor areas, though thanks to soundproofing the road does not disturb inside when the windows are closed.

The old centre of Taormina is a 20-minute walk away, mainly up steps and along roads without pavements. Isola Bella, with its beach, bars and restaurants, is also walkable (about 1km away) though again there are some sections of road without pavements. Taxis are readily available and there is a frequent bus service up to Taormina that stops near the villa.

Guests staying at La Prora have privileged reduced-rate access, including return transfers, to Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea's exclusive lido on the beach at Mazzarò.
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