Lillì

SICILY

Mondello

  • 10 Sleeps
  • 5  Bedrooms
  • 3  Bathrooms
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About the Villa

A chic modern villa with extensive lawned gardens and a fabulous pool.

Located just outside the summer resort of Mondello, with its bars, restaurants and glorious white sandy beach, Lilli offers cool comfort and summery style inside while the beautifully tended lawned gardens provide an ideal play area for children. Meanwhile, the good-sized pool will help you lose any weight you put on during long al fresco dinners on the lovely terrace!

"Lillì is an excellent villa with beautiful grounds and a lovely pool. The owner and the cleaner were very helpful and the villa was kept spotless while we were there. ” Johan Kindesjo, UK, June 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)  10
  • Bedrooms  5
  • Double beds  4
  • Twins  1
  • Bathrooms  3
  • ... of which en suite  0
  • Daily maid service ¹
  • Cook 
  • Pool (LxW in metres)  18x7
  • Air conditioning ²
  • Heating 
  • Safe 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • Satellite TV ³
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • ADSL Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Table tennis 
  • Bicycles 
  • Children's play area 
  • Shopping service 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
  • Easy walk to beach/sea access 
  • Walking distance to restaurant(s) 
  • Walking distance to shop(s) 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ 2-3 hours per day from Monday-Friday (except Bank Holidays)
² in all bedrooms except the twin
³ includes Sky Movies
the eastern section of Mondello's beach and a few restaurants, bars and shops are just under 2km away

Pool open all year round.

 

Inside: accommodation at Lilli is spread over two floors. The main entrance takes one in to a large, light and airy, living and dining area furnished with sink-in sofas and equipped with two large glass sliding doors looking out onto and accessing the gardens and al fresco dining area. The modern kitchen is ideally located just off the dining area and serves the outdoor dining area with equal ease via its own door. The ground floor is also home to two double bedrooms and a shared shower room. Stairs lead from the living area up to the first floor, where there are two spacious and luminous double bedrooms, each with its own balcony overlooking the gardens, a twin bedroom, a shower room and a bathroom with tub.

Outside: a large shady terrace, furnished for lounging and dining, is accessed both from the kitchen and the indoor living-dining area. The terrace merges seamlessly with the extensive lawned gardens, featuring a wide variety of fragrant Mediterranean trees, flowers and shrubs. The gorgeous gated pool area, which is about 20 metres from the house, also boasts a shady gazebo. During the summer season you will probably spend most of your waking hours there, in the garden and on the terrace.

 

Think About

Lilli is set in an exclusive residential estate, inhabited by wealthy Palermitan families.

There are six bikes available for guests and this is a good way to get to Mondello beach (15 minutes). While it is possible to get to the start of Mondello beach and a few restaurants (including Michelin-starred Bye Bye Blues), shops and bars on foot (about 2km/25mins), we do strongly recommend hiring a car for shopping, sightseeing and getting around in general. The main piazza in Mondello is a 40-minute walk (much of which is along the beachfront promenade).

The beach at Mondello is busy in July and August, but clients from The Thinking Traveller may access the TELIMAR (entrance fees apply), a private and exclusive waterfront club, just 5 mins drive away. Click here to read about the Telimar >>.

The helpful, discreet owners may occupy the three other villas on the property, though use of the gardens and pool remain exclusive to guests staying at Lilli.
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