Kyvos

PUGLIA

Santa Maria di Leuca

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

A welcoming, stylish retreat with pool near the sandy beaches of southern Salento.

Tucked away in a garden of centuries-old olive trees and enclosed by traditional dry stone walls, pure white Kyvos is an engaging mix of rural idyll, contemporary design and alluring sea views.

"Kyvos was wonderful. It was clean and beautiful and well-furnished. We really loved the peace and quiet and space at Kyvos and had a fabulous time!" PG, 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)  10
  • Bedrooms  5
  • Double beds  5
  • Bathrooms  5
  • ... of which en suite  5
  • Daily maid service ¹
  • Cook 
  • Breakfast preparation 
  • Pool (LxW in metres)  12x6
  • Air conditioning 
  • Heating 
  • Safe 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • iPod docking station 
  • Satellite TV ²
  • ADSL Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Outdoor kitchen ³
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Table tennis 
  • Shopping service 
  • Masseur 
  • Personal trainer 
  • Yoga instructor 
  • Pilates instructor 
  • Babysitter 
  • Cookery classes 
  • Sea views 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ there is cleaning on Mondays and Wednesdays included in the rental. On Wednesdays there is also a change of linen
²including Sky Cinema, sports, football and Family
³including a gas barbecue, hobs, a sink and a large fridge

 

Inside: accommodation at Kyvos is spread over two floors that are unconnected internally. On the main floor, large sliding glass doors take one into the open-plan dining and living room, which features a designer table and chairs, a TV, a fireplace, polished concrete floors, a sandstone vaulted ceiling and a large built-in corner sofa. Two more sets of glass doors lead out to the surrounding terraces and gardens and offer views out to sea. To the right of the dining area, a short corridor leads to the well-equipped kitchen, which has direct access to a shady al fresco dining area and the outdoor kitchen (where most guests cook during the summer). On the other side of the dining area another short corridor leads to the main floor's sleeping quarters, which comprises two double bedrooms, each with its own en-suite shower room and direct access to the surrounding terraces. The remaining accommodation at Kyvos, three more double bedrooms with en-suite shower rooms, are located on the lower ground floor, which is accessed via an external staircase. Separating these rooms is a small hall with mini kitchenette. The décor at Kyvos is a study in white minimalist modernism contrasted by the occasional splash of gold and the sandy beige of the stone-vaulted ceilings and polished concrete floors.

Outside: three sides of Kyvos are given over to well-furnished shady terraces, accessed from the living and dining area, the kitchen and the ground floor bedrooms. The one outside the kitchen is where you will take most of your meals and, perhaps, do most of your cooking, thanks to the presence of an al fresco kitchen area, including a gas barbecue, hobs, a sink and a large fridge. The terraces look out over the olive groves down to sea and give way to the garden. Here, a series of paths weave around centuries-old olive trees, converging at the large cobalt pool, which is immersed in an emerald green lawn. The lower ground floor rooms have their own furnished patio hewn out of the rock, but this is certainly trumped by the gorgeously panoramic roof terrace, accessed from near the main entrance and equipped with a shady pergola and comfy seating. From here the sea views are at their best and we particularly recommend you head up there with your aperitivi to watch the sun melt into the Ionian Sea.

 

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The sunset from Kyvos is a thing of beauty. We recommend an evening ritual of a roof-top aperitif as the fiery orb melts into the Ionian Sea.

When booking the property in lower season for smaller groups with two bedrooms, please note that only the two bedrooms on the upper floor will be prepared and all other rooms will be closed.
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