Oliva

SICILY

Menfi

  • 12 Sleeps
  • 6  Bedrooms
  • 8  Bathrooms
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About the Villa

A luxuriously finished contemporary Sicilian Baglio with pool near to the sandy beaches of the Menfi coast.

Oliva is an architect-designed, luxurious take on a traditional Sicilian baglio, characterised by a shady internal courtyard garden enclosed on each side by living and sleeping quarters. Beyond is the panoramic pool and the whispering olive groves that so characterise southwestern Sicily.

"Oliva is a lovely villa and we had a great experience. We had a thoroughly enjoyable trip and Oliva was great for our sizeable family group from our 2-year-old to our 90-year-old grandmother. We will book again and would highly recommend, Thank you." Ashok Adams, US, 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)  12
  • Bedrooms  6
  • Double beds  4
  • Twins  3
  • Bathrooms  8
  • ... of which en suite  7
  • Daily maid service ¹
  • Cook 
  • Breakfast preparation ¹
  • Infinity pool (LxW in metres)  10.5x5
  • Air conditioning ²
  • Heating 
  • Open fireplace 
  • Safe 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • iPod docking station 
  • Satellite TV ³
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • Satellite Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Yoga mats 
  • Shopping service 
  • Laundry service 
  • Sea views 
  • Exclusive beach club access 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ 4 hours daily maid service from Monday to Saturday (no service Sunday and bank holidays). Breakfast preparation is available from around 8.30am. Does not include cost of ingredients
² in the bedrooms. The main living area is well-ventilated thanks to the series of large sliding glass doors
³ SKY cinema package - one connection card available in the main house. Card can be used in the guesthouses, but Sky can only be viewed on one television at a time
in the main house and pool area
entrance fees apply

Pool open from Easter to end of October

 

Inside: accommodation at Oliva is spread over the main house and two guesthouses arranged around an internal courtyard. The main house, which looks south towards the sea, has a splendidly large, high-ceilinged living area furnished with quality, sink-in sofas and decorated in soft, calming greys and whites, a theme that runs throughout the house. Large glass doors provide access to the internal courtyard on one side and the pool area on the other. Off one side of the living area is a dining room and a modern, well-equipped kitchen, while off the other is the gorgeous master suite, complete with en-suite bathroom with separate shower and tub. A flight of stairs leads from the living area up to another bright, panoramic double bedroom, which also has an en-suite shower room. Heading from the living area into and across the internal courtyard one comes to the two guesthouses, one on either side. The first, on the right, has three bedrooms – two twins downstairs and a double upstairs all with en-suite shower rooms - a private living area and a small kitchen. The second guesthouse, on the left, has a twin bedroom with en-suite shower room, a little living area and a kitchenette, all on the ground floor.

Outside: al fresco living at Oliva is full of possibilities! The internal courtyard, the real heart of the property, has a large covered dining area, ideal for lunch when the sun is at its hottest. Passing through the living room and out of the other side, is another covered living and dining area and, beyond that, raised up, the panoramic pool, from whose decked solarium you may look out over the olive groves to the sea. A further shaded area, between the master bedroom and the pool completes the "functional" outdoor areas, though the extensive grounds surrounding Oliva are perfect for active kids with energy to burn!

 

Think About

Take only the main house in low season for a quiet break for 2 or 4 people. Large groups will enjoy the many communal areas as much as the the privacy offered by the well designed layout.

On request, and for an extra supplement, Oliva may be booked for 14 guests by adding a 7th bedroom, a double with en-suite shower room on the first floor of the second guesthouse. Please note that this bedroom is under the sloping eaves and some of the beams are quite low. It is not ideal for adults but perfect for younger members of your group.

Guests staying at Oliva have privileged access to Planeta's exclusive Beach Club at nearby Lido Fiori (entrance fees apply).

Cycling in the Menfi area is a very pleasurable pastime, thanks to both the quiet back roads and the purpose-built cycle track along and around the old railway line between Menfi, Porto Palo and Sciacca (running very close to Oliva). We’d be delighted to have bikes delivered to your villa and, if anyone in your group is an inveterate pedaller, arrange for a local guide to show them the best routes.
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