Posidonia

SICILY

Lipari, the Aeolian Islands

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

A superbly panoramic Aeolian villa with pool and easy access to restaurants, bars and beaches.

Sitting in a privileged position overlooking the sea and the historic castle and harbour of Lipari town, Posidonia is a typically Aeolian villa offering space, hypnotic views and that most rare of facilities on the islands: a stunning private pool.

"We give Posidonia a 5 out of 5. All the staff have been simply fantastic and the In villa cook was outstanding!" Marco Pierallini, Italy, August 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
  • Twins  2
  • Flexible doubles/twins  2
  • Bathrooms  7
  • ... of which en suite  7
  • Daily maid service ¹
  • Cook 
  • Breakfast preparation 
  • Pool (LxW in metres) ² 12x5,5
  • Air conditioning ³
  • Safe 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Satellite TV 
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • 3G Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Shopping service 
  • Sea views 
  • Easy walk to beach/sea access 
  • Walking distance to restaurant(s) 
  • Walking distance to shop(s) 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ up to 5 hours per day for groups of up to 10 people. Up to 7 hours per day for groups of between 11 and 14 people
² minimum depth 1.45m
³ in the bedrooms

 

Inside: accommodation at Posidonia is on two levels. The main floor has a variety of entrances, but for ease of this description we'll start from the French windows that access the centrally positioned open-plan living and dining area from the large shady sea-view terrace that runs along the entire façade of the villa. To the right a door opens onto one of the four bedrooms on this level, a double with en-suite shower room, wonderful sea views and direct access to the main terrace. To the left another door opens into a little hallway, off which are two more bedrooms, a double and a double-twin, each with its own en-suite shower room. The double has great sea views and direct access to the main terrace. At the back of the living and dining area, a door opens into a short corridor, off which is the well-equipped kitchen and a guest bathroom with shower. The kitchen opens out onto a shady side terrace, which has sinks and space for open-air food preparation. Accommodation on this main floor is completed by a guesthouse, home to a twin bedroom with en-suite shower room, accessed via a shady garden terrace to one side of the villa.

Steps lead down from the main terrace to the pool area, whose shady portico provides access to a double bedroom with en-suite shower room and porthole windows looking out to sea. Heading past the pool one comes to a second guesthouse which is home to one twin bedroom and one double-twin bedroom, each with its own en-suite shower room.

Outside: al fresco life at Posidonia centres on two main areas. First is the superbly panoramic, shady terrace that runs along the entire façade of the main floor, offering glorious views out to sea and over the port, castle and town of Lipari. Accessed from the living room, two of the bedrooms and the kitchen (via a side terrace), this is the spot where you will take your meals, relax with a drink in hand, snooze in the afternoon and chat late into the night. A curvaceous flight of steps leads directly from this terrace to the second focal spot: the lovely pool area, which boasts a well-furnished portico with bar, sea views and an extremely inviting, good-sized pool. At one end of the covered main terrace is a panoramic viewing point-cum-solarium which leads in turn to a shady side terrace, past a quiet garden sitting area near a little aviary and on to a flight of steps leading up to the large roof terrace, from where the views are bewitching. If all this weren't enough, a public path leads for a couple of hundred metres from the villa gates down to the seafront below Posidonia From here one can walk into town in about 15 minutes.

 

Think About

There is a terrace (pic 38) just past the entrance gate to the property which has fabulous views but is not fenced and has some high drops. Please ask us for more information if you have children in your group.

Lipari is quite a busy place in the high season and offers lots of activities and nightlife, including discos both in the main town and at Canneto. It might not, therefore, be the place for you in high season if you're looking for total peace and quiet.
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