Mia

PUGLIA

Maruggio/Manduria

  • 8 Sleeps
  • 4  Bedrooms
  • 4  Bathrooms
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About the Villa

A contemporary country hideaway with pool just a couple of kilometres from the sandy beaches of the Ionian coast.

Beautifully finished and designed, Mia exudes an intimate atmosphere that makes it a real home away from home. Spend your time by the pool, reposing amongst the whispering olive groves or head to the lovely beaches and translucent waters of the Ionian Sea... The choice is yours!

"Mia was lovely. I just wished we had longer!! We had a lovely holiday and could not complain about anything. We would not hesitate to book through yourselves again as the quality of the villas has so far always exceeded expectations whilst the local support team and experience specialists mean if anything does happen it is quick and easy to sort out with no worries and no impact on your holiday. ” KF, UK, July 2017

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)  8
  • Bedrooms  4
  • Double beds  3
  • Flexible doubles/twins  1
  • Bathrooms  4
  • ... of which en suite  3
  • Daily maid service 
  • Cook 
  • Heatable pool (LxW in metres) ¹ 12x6
  • Air conditioning 
  • Heating 
  • Open fireplace 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • iPod docking station 
  • Satellite TV ²
  • DVD player 
  • ADSL Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Shopping service 
  • Masseur 
  • Beautician 
  • Cookery classes 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ single depth 1.5m, this is a chlorine-free pool. If you would like the pool to be heated there is an extra charge of €525 per week paid in advance. The pool is open from end of March to end of October
² includes Sky Cinema and Sky Sports

 

Inside: accommodation at Mia is spread over a main house and a garden guesthouse. Accessed via a shady pergola, the main house opens into a triple aspect, open concept living, dining and kitchen area. The comfy sofa, armchairs and fireplace are separated from the bright modern kitchen by a raised dining and prep table. French windows at each end lead out to the terraces and gardens. Turning left from the main entrance, one comes to the sleeping area, comprising a double bedroom with en-suite shower room and a double-twin bedroom, with shower room next door. Both bedrooms have direct access to the shady outdoor terraces and the gardens beyond.

To one side of the pool, about 20m from the main house, is the garden guesthouse. Here there are two large, luxuriously appointed suites with double beds, showers and en-suite bathrooms. One has a small kitchen area with induction hobs and a sink, the other a fireplace. Both access a shady terrace, which is equipped for lounging, dining and cooking simple meals.

Outside: Mia is surrounded by well-tended lawned gardens, dotted with olive trees, shrubs and colourful flowers and delimited by low dry-stone walls. At the front of the house is a shady lounging pergola, accessed from one of the bedrooms and the living area, and to the rear is another, larger covered terrace where guests spend most of their time. Fully furnished for outdoor living and dining and accessed directly from the kitchen and the en-suite bedroom, this latter terrace overlooks the pool and is kept cool by gently billowing curtains. A few steps away is the lovely pool, surrounded by large shaded double daybeds, the perfect spot for re-energising after a hard year's work. Near the pool and within easy reach of the kitchen and the al fresco dining area, is a large barbecue. Also in the garden is a small construction housing the pool bathroom and a laundry room. The garden guesthouse has its own shaded terrace complete with an area for dining and cooking simple meals.

 

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There is limited cell phone reception at Mia.
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