Kolokithi Bay

THE SPORADES ISLANDS

Steni Vala, Alonissos

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

Fabulous contemporary design, luxurious accommodation, glorious sea views, a dreamy infinity pool and direct access to the translucent waters of the Aegean.

Rising discreetly in its privileged seafront position on the east coast of Alonissos, Kolokithi Bay is a feast of architectural ingenuity, an aesthetically inspiring jewellery box of design that never ceases to delight. With so much to explore and enjoy both inside and out, a week or two spent at Kolokithi Bay will never feel enough.

"Kolokithi Bay is an amazing villa in an amazing setting with views to die for. It's better equipped than my home and has plenty for teens to do." JP, UK, August 2018

Kolokithi Bay in the press:
Porter, 18th September 2018
Ba High Life, July 2018
First Living, April 2018
Porter, April 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  6
  • Twins  1
  • Bathrooms  6
  • ... of which en suite  5
  • Daily maid service ¹
  • Cook ²
  • Breakfast preparation ²
  • Garden gate beach/sea access 
  • Infinity pool (LxW in metres)  14x4
  • Air conditioning 
  • Safe 
  • Tumble dryer 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • Sonos wireless music system 
  • Satellite Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Table tennis 
  • Stand-up paddle boards 
  • Private jetty/pontoon ³
  • Kayaks 
  • Shopping service 
  • Transfers 
  • Sea views 
  • Easy walk to beach/sea access 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ 4 hours a day from 9.00am to 1.00pm, Monday to Saturday. The maid is also the cook, so after her cleaning hours she will dedicate some time to preparations for dinner
² breakfast and dinner, 6 days a week (ingredients are not included and should be paid by guests on presentation of receipts)
³ it is possible to moor a boat of up to 7m at the jetty (securing the bow to a buoy and the stern to the jetty). NB If high winds are forecast, boats should be moved to Steni Vala or Votsi. Please check with us first if you are planning to moor a boat below the house
return taxi transfer from Skiathos airport to the port, and a hydrofoil/ferry to the port on Alonissos are included on the first and last day of the booking for clients whose flights arrive in time to catch the last crossing

 

Inside: accommodation at Kolokithi Bay is spread over a main house and a garden house. The property’s vivacious contemporary design fuses an inspiring architectural concept with quality fittings, materials and furnishings to create an inspiring, luxurious ambiance. The main house is divided into four distinct sections. The first is home to a voluminous open-concept communal space, featuring an enormous L-shaped sofa, a dining area, and a fabulously equipped bespoke kitchen. A series of floor-to-ceiling, multi-aspect picture windows on two sides frame the green, tree-carpeted surrounds, while on the third, a pair of outsize glass doors open onto the main terrace and bring in fabulous views of the sea. The airy, luminous feel of this communal space is further enhanced by polished cement floors and lofty, white-beamed vaulted ceilings, all architectural motifs that run throughout the property.

A few steps lead from near the kitchen into a hallway and the second section of the house. Here there is the first bedroom, a spacious, multi-aspect double with sea views and access to a furnished terrace. A flight of stairs (without bannister) leads from the hallway up to the second bedroom, another double, also with sea views and access to a wonderfully panoramic terrace. These two bedrooms share a shower room located next door to the first bedroom. Continuing along the hallway, one comes to the third section of the main house, home to the master bedroom, a spacious double, with large picture windows, sea views, a glass door leading out onto a furnished private terrace, an en-suite WC, and a stone feature wall dividing the bed from a voluptuously luxurious bathroom with tub looking out onto a walled ornamental garden, and a separate walk-in shower. The fourth and final section of the main house is on a lower ground floor, accessed externally via a wooden boardwalk. Here there is a sea-view double bedroom with en-suite shower room and private terrace, and a laundry room.

The garden house is located in the grounds just a short amble from the main house. The entrance opens into a comfortably furnished living area, off which one accesses two double bedrooms, each with an en-suite shower room. Stairs lead up from the living area to an open mezzanine loft, home to a twin bedroom with a small en-suite shower room.

Outside: the accommodation at Kolokithi Bay sits amidst extensive grounds, which have been landscaped ingeniously to make the most of the property's glorious setting above the sea. A weave of paths crisscross the fragrant gardens, connecting the two houses, a convivial, panoramic al fresco dining area (served by an outdoor kitchen with barbecue), the fabulous infinity sea-view pool with its shaded deck, and the sea access below. The main house has a series of connected boardwalk terraces that run the full length of the sea-facing façade. The largest area is accessed from the open-concept living and dining area and kitchen, and is comfortably equipped with sofas, chairs, a dining table, shade and an outdoor fireplace. A few steps lead up from here to the more shady terraces, accessed from the two ground floor bedrooms. The bedroom on the first floor, and the one on the lower ground floor also have private terraces.

 

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For guests arriving in Skiathos on a morning flight, a taxi transfer to the port and ferry/hydrofoil crossing Alonissos are included in the rental fee for clients staying at Kolokithi. If your flight arrives in Skiathos in the afternoon/evening after the last ferry/hydrofoil has left, a taxi from the airport to the port is still included, but a private sea taxi is not (however, we would be happy to organise for you). In this case, the return leg from Alonissos to Skiathos Airport for your flight home is of course still included.

Kolokithi Bay has some stairs and steps without banisters or handrails and several drops. For this reason we do not usually accept bookings for Kolokithi Bay for groups with children under the age of 8. For more information, please get in touch.

Kolokithi Bay features a fantastic infinity pool, offering swimmers stunning sea views while in the pool. There is a drop from the infinity edge so we recommend children are supervised at all times when using the pool. Please refer to our general safety page if you would like more information about infinity pools.

Kolokithi Bay has an excellent ecological pedigree: as water is very much a precious commodity on Alonissos, the villa has a small desalination unit used in the high season. Water is also harvested from the roof when it rains and collected in tanks under the house. The water is twice filtered and finally treated with an ultra violet purifier before being sent to the taps.

EOT Licence No. ABNB461006
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