Sighilli

SICILY

Vendicari Nature Reserve

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

An extraordinary villa with an irresistible heatable pool immersed in seven hectares of private sea-view nature reserve.

Sighilli occupies an enviable position at the heart of Vendicari Nature Reserve, whose sublime seafront habitat comprises salt lakes, sandy beaches, vineyards, a wide variety of coastal flora, and an internationally-tinted range of fauna, including flamingos and sea turtles. All in all a truly unique context for Sighilli’s very own brand of Epicurean luxury.

"Our family of 14 happy adults stayed at Sighilli for 4 weeks of unadulterated bliss! We’ve been making these special celebratory get-togethers every other year for ages and we’ve unanimously agreed that The Thinking Traveler created the perfect time for all of us. To begin - gorgeous Sighilli is supremely situated within a lovely nature reserve, ensuring both total privacy and absolutely stunning beauty. Orchards, vineyards, sea and beautiful birds all created a sense of serenity. But the most glorious part was the extraordinary villa itself. Complete with the most advanced technical advantages (such as electronically controlled sliding glass doors, to beautiful, unusual furnishings, this home is just that — it’s a HOME, not a house to be rented out. Every touch reflects love and care by an astute owner who obviously has created his dream. The staff is absolutely unbelievable. They couldn’t do enough for us. Each one treated us as though we were their invited guests. The meals were fantastic - prepared exquisitely and deliciously to our tastes each day. They even took delight is gifting us with ever-so-special treats, such as a sublime carrot cake a Moroccan tagine. They also seemed to delight in surprising us with bowls of shelled almonds from Sighill’s own orchard.
The beach retreat was a real knock-out… our own private lido, fitted with showers, bathrooms, loungers, umbrellas, grills, refrigerators and even wonderful gazebos and tents so we could spend all day.
I could probably continue for another dozen pages, but may I just conclude with the statement that NEVER have any of us ever enjoyed a totally luxurious, beautiful vacation as this was."
Margo Lewis, US, October 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  4
  • Flexible doubles/twins  3
  • Bathrooms  7
  • ... of which en suite  7
  • Daily maid service ¹
  • Cook 
  • Breakfast preparation ²
  • Staff/owner on the grounds 
  • Private beach house ³
  • Heatable outdoor pool (LxW in m)  16x4
  • Air conditioning 
  • Heating 
  • Safe 
  • Washing machine 
  • iPod docking station 
  • Satellite TV 
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • Satellite Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Hot tub 
  • Exercise bike 
  • Hammam/steam room 
  • Table tennis 
  • Table football 
  • Treadmill 
  • Shopping service 
  • Telescope 
  • Sea views 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ 5 hours a day, 7 days a week
² breakfast preparation includes the purchase of fresh breakfast products to be paid for by clients on presentation of receipts
³ the beach retreat is available from 25th May to 27th September and is included in the rental price. Extra services, drinks, snacks and meals should be arranged in advance locally and paid for locally. The beach retreat is located about a 20-minute drive from the villa on the south coast
pool heating costs €630 per week and should be requested and paid for in advance
includes Sky Movies and Sky Sport for the TV in the main house living area. Each bedroom has its own TV but these do not have SKY packages
most of the en-suite bathrooms have Jacuzzis
in the master suite's en-suite bathroom

3 of the bedrooms at Sighilli have double beds plus an additional single bed meaning that these could be prepared as a twin on request or for a child (within the maximum occupancy of the villa).

 

Inside: accommodation at Sighilli is spread over the main house and a guesthouse. Much of the ground floor in the main house is given over to the sumptuously furnished living areas, which include a large conservatory overlooking and accessing, via enormous sliding glass doors, the dreamy pool area. To one side of the living areas is the large indoor dining room, served by a well-equipped kitchen. The ground floor is also home to three of the main house's four suites, each of which has its own "hammamesque" en-suite bathroom. The first, a double, offers an in-bedroom sunken Jacuzzi bath, a walk-through rain forest shower room, a separate WC and access to the gardens via sliding glass doors. The second and third suites both comprise a double bedroom, a sitting area, a bathroom with Jacuzzi bath and separate shower, and large sliding glass windows accessing the surrounding gardens. The fourth suite in the main house - the master suite - is situated on the first floor and accessed via an external staircase and a terrace with small gym. On entering this bedroom, one's eye is immediately drawn to the floor-to-ceiling, wall-length sliding glass doors that lead out to a private terrace with stunning views over the surrounding vineyards, the salt lakes and out to sea. Apart from its impressive bed, the master suite is furnished with sofas from which to watch TV or gaze out at the views (you'll probably end up doing the latter!). Its en-suite bathroom, which would make an Ottoman Emperor proud, includes a Jacuzzi tub, a separate walk-in shower and a Turkish bath. Decoration, fittings and furnishings throughout the main house are a combination of the opulent and the exotic, an eclectic mix of Moroccan mother-of-pearl inlayed objets d'art, Chinese porcelain, original oil masters, deep, cushion-laden sofas, enveloping, oversized armchairs and Byzantium-inspired bathrooms.

The guesthouse, which is about 150m from the main house, is simpler in style but equally comfortable and welcoming. There is a large living area opening out onto a shaded panoramic terrace surrounded by the vineyard, a practical kitchen and three spacious double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. Two are on the ground floor and feature a day bed and a bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub and separate shower. The master bedroom, which is accessed via a spiral staircase from the living area, has a four poster bed, comfy sofas from which to watch TV or enjoy the views, and a very large, top-spec bathroom with walk-in shower.

Outside: the main gate opens onto a long palm-lined drive that leads towards the house. Once parked, the final approach passes under a pergola avenue of fragrant Mediterranean climbers. Lawned gardens, planted with numerous varieties of trees, shrubs and flowers fan out around the property on three sides, eventually giving way to the wilder nature of the reserve, a vineyard and other cultivated land. The gardens offer numerous spots of sitting, reclining, gazing out to sea, dining, chatting and playing games (including table tennis and table football). The main house opens out on to a gorgeous, decked terrace with irresistible pool (which can be heated in spring and autumn) and plenty of space for soaking up the sun and taking in the hypnotic views. To the left of the pool, immersed in the gardens, is a large pergola with dining table, while to the right, the decking continues almost like a boardwalk down to a large sail-shaded outdoor living area and a second dining area. Beautifully illuminated at night, this is a magical spot for long convivial dinners and nightcaps under the moon and stars. The guesthouse has its own large furnished terrace. Lastly, on the first floor terrace outside the main house master suite, there is a gym with a treadmill and cyclette.

Once you've explored Sighilli's grounds and gardens, swum in the pool and been transfixed by the views, you will find it extremely difficult to leave the tranquillity of what is indeed a sublime oasis. Unless, that is, you wish to spend some time on the beach. Sighilli has this eventuality covered too: a twenty-minute drive to the coast below Pachino will take you to the property's gorgeous, fully equipped private beach retreat (available from May to the end of September and included in the rental during this period).

 

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This is a truly unique property in a unique setting, the like of which we have not seen anywhere else in the Mediterranean.

Please note that the private beach retreat is available between May and the end of September.
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