Villa Saracena

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Costa Saracena

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

A cliff-top villa with stunning views, direct sea access and much more besides...

With views stretching across the Bay of Catania to Mount Etna and the Calabrian coast beyond, Villa Saracena occupies an enviable position. The sauna, Jacuzzi and pool make it a perfect destination for a relaxing break away from the stresses of daily life while the daily service means you will rarely have to lift a finger! If you can tear yourself up from your sunlounger, Syracuse is just down the road…

“Villa Saracena and its views was a great positive surprise! The staff were excellent and helped to make our stay excellent.” RM, US, June 2019




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  1
  • Flexible doubles/twins  6
  • Bathrooms  6
  • ... of which en suite  4
  • Daily maid service ¹
  • Cook 
  • Breakfast preparation 
  • Garden gate beach/sea access 
  • Pool (LxW in metres)  15x6
  • Air conditioning 
  • Heating 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • iPhone/iPad/iPod connector 
  • TV 
  • Satellite TV 
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • Satellite Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Hot tub 
  • Sauna 
  • Table tennis 
  • Shopping service 
  • Boat trips ²
  • Sea views 
  • Easy walk to beach/sea access 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ 3 hours in the morning, mid-week change of linen and towels
² a complimentary boat trip with the owner in his Starfisher 840 is included (subject to availability) for guests staying at Villa Saracena in May, June, July and September. The boat can take up to 10 passengers. If there are more than 10 people in your group, two half-day trips may be requested. If the boat trip is not possible due to bad weather all week, it can be substituted with an in-villa dinner

 

Inside: accommodation at Villa Saracena is all on one floor. The front door leads into a large open-plan living and dining area area with superb sea views and access to two panoramic terraces, one of which is furnished for lounging, the other for dining. The spacious, well-equipped kitchen is accessed from near the dining table and also has a glass door accessing a shady area where you might take breakfast. To one side of the house there are three bedrooms: a double with en-suite bathroom with tub and shower and access to a lovely sea-view terrace, and two double-twins, each with its own en-suite shower room. To the other side of the house are four double-twin bedrooms. One has an en-suite shower room, one a shower room next door, and the final two share a shower room.

Outside: after passing through the gate towards the ample parking area at the rear of the house, the first view of the villa is of white arches, green lawns and the turquoise Mediterranean Sea. Walking around the front of the house, over lawns and stone cut by Greeks over 2,500 years ago to the stunning pool, you will look out at the view of Mount Etna and the bay of Catania. Turning back to the house, the main living floor and terraces are accessed either from the ground floor level to the rear or directly from the pool via a staircase. The lower terraces, with comfortable seating, a sauna and Jacuzzi, enjoy the same fabulous view and is perfect for an aperitif. A private beach, down at the bottom of the cliff is accessed by a path winding down under fig trees.

 

Think About

The grounds and balconies of Villa Saracena have some drops and we recommend that younger children are supervised by an adult when exploring the property. Access to the private beach is at your own risk, and involves a 10 rung ladder.

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