Minerva

SICILY

Mondello

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

An impeccably finished villa with pool and easy access to Mondello's long sandy beach.

Cocooned in its flourishing, manicured gardens, Minerva is a stylish, contemporary design villa located in Mondello's most exclusive residential area. Although you might find it difficult to leave the luxurious confines of your home away from home, you are ideally placed for discovering the best that west Sicily has to offer.

"Minerva was really lovely - both the house and the pool were bigger than they look in the website photos. We thoroughly enjoyed the privacy of having our own villa - it was very relaxing." SC, 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)  10
  • Bedrooms  5
  • Double beds  3
  • Twins  1
  • Flexible doubles/twins  1
  • Bathrooms  5
  • ... of which en suite  4
  • Daily maid service ¹
  • Cook 
  • Heatable pool (LxW in metres) ² 12x3
  • Air cooling system ³
  • Heating 
  • Safe 
  • Tumble dryer 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • iPhone/iPad/iPod connector 
  • Sonos wireless music system 
  • Satellite TV 
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • ADSL Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Bicycles 
  • 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) 
  • Walking distance to beach(es) 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ 3 hours per day from Monday to Saturday (except Bank Holidays)
² shallow end 1.3m. Pool heating costs €425 per week and should be requested and paid for in advance. We recommend pool heating for the months of April, May, June and October. In the winter we cannot guarantee that the water would be heated to a swimmable temperature
³ an eco-friendly (min. temperature 24°C) integrated water-cooled system runs throughout the living areas and all bedrooms except the one on the lower ground floor. This latter can make use of an air-con unit in the adjacent living area
underfloor heating throughout
includes Sky Movies + Sport on ground floor. Lower ground floor has an Apple TV and basic SKY package (no movies or cinema) but SKY cards can be swapped as needed
2 bicycles, one for men one for women
the eastern section of Mondello's beach and a few restaurants (including Michelin-starred Bye Bye Blues), bars and shops are about 2km away

 

Inside: accommodation at Minerva is spread over three floors. The front door leads into a welcoming entrance hall, whose cool grey floors, white walls and stylish lighting set the tone for the rest of the house. To one side is a double bedroom with en-suite shower room and further along, moving past the staircase to the first floor, is the superb state-of-the-art kitchen, with an island-cum-breakfast bar and windows overlooking the gardens. Next to the kitchen is the luminous indoor dining room, which in turn flows into the spacious, elegantly furnished indoor living area. Both these rooms feature large glass sliding doors accessing the shady al fresco dining and lounge areas.

Back in the entrance hall, a flight of stairs leads to the first floor, home to the main sleeping quarters. Here there is a master suite, complete with terrace overlooking the gardens and a wonderfully bright en-suite bathroom with shower and stand-alone tub. In true contemporary style, the bathroom wall is in glass with internal electric blinds whenever privacy is required. Still on the first floor are two more bedrooms: a double-twin with adjacent shower room and a double with en-suite shower room.

Heading back down to the ground floor entrance hall, the stairs continue to the lower ground floor. Here there is a living area with TV and French windows leading to a small patio, a twin bedroom and a shower room. This could be the perfect area for any teenagers in your group.

Throughout the villa, furnishings, fittings and bathrooms are of a very high quality and the overall effect is one of sleek, luxurious comfort.

Outside: Minerva sits in a plot of about 1000m2 that has been planted with abundantly fertile, fragrant and colourful trees, flowers, shrubs, herbs and lawns. Sitting in pride of place at the centre of one of the lawned areas is the inviting pool. From here it is just a short hop, skip and jump to the shady al fresco living and dining areas, which are accessed via large sliding glass doors from the their internal counterparts.

 

Think About

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 of The Thinking Traveller may access the TELIMAR, a private and exclusive waterfront club, just 5 mins drive away. Click here to read about the Telimar >>.
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