Marea

SICILY

Marza (Ispica)

  • 6 Sleeps
  • 3  Bedrooms
  • 3  Bathrooms
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About the Villa

A luminous, stylish villa with sea views and direct access to a quiet sandy beach.

At Marea, bright elegant interiors spill out onto a long shady verandah from where you may happily survey emerald green lawns and the tempting turquoise sea. These two elements are linked via a path leading from the garden down to a glorious sandy beach, winner of successive Blue Flag awards. All in all, an exemplary family summer house.

"Marea was amazing and the beach at the end of the garden was amazing.” CM, UK, October 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)  6
  • Bedrooms  3
  • Double beds  2
  • Bunk beds  1
  • Bathrooms  3
  • ... of which en suite  2
  • Daily maid service 
  • Cook 
  • Garden gate beach/sea access 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Satellite TV ¹
  • Stereo 
  • iPod docking station 
  • Satellite Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Shopping service 
  • Sea views 
  • Easy walk to beach/sea access 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ includes Sky Movies

 

Inside: accommodation at Marea is all on one level. The main entrance takes one directly into a large welcoming living area, whose high white-beamed ceilings, comfy sofas and wall-to-wall sliding glass doors accessing the shady verandah combine to create an extremely airy and light-filled atmosphere. At one end of the living area is the spacious, well-equipped kitchen-diner, which seamlessly connects to the main al fresco dining area. A door at the opposite end of the living room opens into the master bedroom with a four-poster bed, in-room shower and en-suite bathroom. Another door in the living area leads to a hallway, which acts as the main hub for the rest of the accommodation at Marea: a shower room, a bright double bedroom and a children's room with bunk beds and en-suite shower room. Furnishings and decorative elements are at once eclectic and unfussy, subtly underscoring Marea's beach house soul.

Outside: any description of Marea's outdoor areas must begin with the long shady verandah that runs along the entire façade of the house. Here, accessed from both the living room and the kitchen-diner, are some superbly comfortable day beds for reclining, snoozing, reading or gazing out to sea, and a large dining table for leisurely breakfasts, lunches and dinners. To the front and on one side of the house is a large lawn surrounding a proud, centuries-old olive tree. Marea's magical added value begins at the end of the garden, where an easy path takes you down a long, wide expanse of sand, lapped by the enticing, shallow waters of the azure Mediterranean Sea.

 

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Marea is located opposite a beautiful stretch of beach at the tip of Sicily’s southern coast and this is particularly appealing to families thanks to its generally calm and shallow waters. The beaches in the area of Pozzallo and Ispica (including the beach outside the house) have received several consecutive "Bandiere Blu", attesting to the cleanliness of the water and their general ecological excellence. The path to the beach passes along the property and is accessible directly from the garden gate.

A road runs behind the property allowing easy access to the nearby towns and facilities.
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