Saia

SICILY

Noto

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

A contemporary, architect-designed villa with pool that sits harmoniously in the gentle countryside outside Noto.

Looking out over a peaceful valley planted with olive groves and citrus orchards, Saia thrums to the calming rhythms of country life. If, after a couple of days enjoying all this by your pool, you're ready to explore further afield, it's good to know that the fascinating towns and the long sandy beaches of the Val di Noto are just a short drive away.

"Saia is a lovely property, you can tell the owner is an architect." Anon, 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  4
  • Flexible doubles/twins  1
  • Bathrooms  5
  • ... of which en suite  3
  • Daily maid service ¹
  • Cook 
  • Breakfast preparation 
  • Infinity pool (LxW in metres) ² 14x3
  • Air conditioning ³
  • Safe 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • Bluetooth speakers 
  • Satellite TV 
  • DVD player 
  • ADSL Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Yoga instructor 
  • Sea views 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ Monday to Saturday
² single depth 1.5m
³ in the bedrooms
includes Sky Movies

 

Inside: accommodation at Saia is spread over two floors and two sections connected by a covered walkway. The main entrance takes one into a spacious living area with creamy stone flooring, comfy sofas and armchairs, a TV, and a pair of large sliding windows opening out onto a panoramic lounge and dining terrace above the pool. To the right of the living area is the sleek, contemporary kitchen-diner, which also opens out onto the al fresco dining area. Heading back through the living area, a door leads outside, where there is a shower room with wc and a flight of steps. Go down, and one arrives at the pool area. Head up, and one comes to the main sleeping quarters: three bedrooms, each accessed independently from a covered walkway. The first, the master double has an en-suite shower room and its own large terrace with views over the pool, the gardens, the surrounding countryside, and, in the distance, the sea. The middle bedroom is a double with en-suite shower room and its own shady terrace to the side. The third bedroom is also a double. It has an en-suite WC, an external shower and a little private terrace. Back in the entrance hall of the main building, stairs lead down to the lower ground floor, which is home to a double bedroom, a twin bedroom with French beds, and a bathroom with tub. Both bedrooms have access to a terrace from which a path leads up through the gardens to the pool area.

Outside: most of your waking hours at Saia will be spend in two main areas outside. The first is the extensive terrace accessed from the kitchen, hallway and living area. Here there is a large, shaded al fresco dining area, offering views over the pool, the surrounding countryside and out to sea. The second is the pool area itself, flanked by three old olive trees and a stretch of lawn on one side, and wooden decking, aromatic plants and cacti on the others. Paths of local stone fan out from the pool area, connecting the communal al fresco areas to the private terraces of the bedrooms and delimiting the low-lying shrubbery and rock gardens that surround the house. One path leads to a viewing point, whose wide-open vistas take in the olive and citrus-planted plain stretching into the distance and out to sea.

 

Think About

One of the bedroom's en-suite bathrooms has an al fresco shower (the w/c and sink inside).

There is a neighbouring property about 50m away from Saia on the other side of the car parking area. It is occasionally occupied during the summer but doesn't overlook any of Saia's outdoor areas (ie the al fresco dining area, the pool area or the gardens).
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