Maistros

THE SPORADES ISLANDS

Glossa, Skopelos

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

An idyllic, dramatically positioned retreat with all the right ingredients to exceed your expectations.

Designed by the famous French architect Marc Held and set in one hectare of land, Maistros could be said to have it all: breathtaking sea views, private access to a beach, a heated pool, chic, high-quality furnishings and even an adorable donkey, Kukulitza. Add to this the dedicated, welcoming staff and your holiday will want for nothing.

"Everyone loved the trip and the services provided." EH, Iceland, June 2019

Maistros in the press:
The Times, 6 May 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)  14
  • Bedrooms  7
  • Double beds  4
  • Twins  3
  • Bathrooms  7
  • ... of which en suite  7
  • Daily maid service ¹
  • Cook 
  • Breakfast preparation ²
  • Garden gate beach/sea access ³
  • Heatable pool (LxW in metres)  10x6
  • Gated pool (LxW in metres) 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Heating 
  • Open fireplace 
  • Safe 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • Sonos wireless music system 
  • Satellite TV 
  • DVD player 
  • Satellite Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Sauna 
  • Shopping service 
  • Transfers 
  • Yoga instructor 
  • Sea views 
  • Easy walk to beach/sea access 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ 4 hours daily in the morning.
² ingredients not included and payable by guests on presentation of receipts
³ 375 steps lead from the garden down to a sandy-shingle beach
salt water. Heatable pool on a complimentary basis throughout the season (in July and August it is not necessary), if you would like the pool to be heated, please inform us at least a week in advance.
a return taxi transfer from Skiathos airport to the port, and a hydrofoil/ferry to the port on Skopelos 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 Maistros is spread over three separate buildings – the impressive main house and two smaller guesthouses– the Kalivi and the Studio. The main entrance takes one into the indoor dining area, whose wood-covered walls and white-painted vaulted ceilings give one the slight sensation of having boarded a luxurious boat. This feeling is confirmed as one heads into the long well-equipped kitchen with its banks of windows, high ceilings and large range cooker. The dining room also flows into the voluminous living area, which has two separate sitting areas, one gathered round a fireplace, the other a built-in sofa following the contour of one of the room's corners. Numerous windows bring in the light and the sea views, white-painted brick walls give way to an impressive wood-beamed ceiling, and doors lead out on to the wrap-around, shady decked terrace. Off the left of the living room is a small bedroom with bunk beds, en-suite shower room and access to the surrounding terrace. Next to this bedroom, a spiral staircase takes one down to the lower floor, which is home to the main sleeping quarters of the main house: a large master double with a unique en-suite bathroom with tub and separate shower, a twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and a further bunk-bed room; also with en-suite shower room. Both the master bedroom and the bunk room have their own independent access to the surrounding gardens. The fifth bedroom of the main house, a double with a small en-suite shower room, is accessed externally from the lower floor terrace. Accommodation on the lower level of the main house is completed by a sauna.

The Kalivi, meaning ‘small farm’ in Greek, is the smaller of the two guesthouses. It is situated about 80m from the main house and comprises a bright double bedroom, en-suite shower room and a terrace with spectacular sea views.

The Studio, the second guesthouse, comprises a voluminous double bedroom with curvaceous free-standing bath and a sitting area, and an en-suite shower room. It too has its own tranquil terrace looking out to the property's luxuriant gardens.

Outside: the extensive grounds of Maistros occupy around one hectare of Skopelos' achingly beautiful coastline. The houses nestle amongst a shady canopy of Mediterranean pines, cypress and olive trees and from the outside the main house has something of a tropical lodge about it. A wide variety of panoramic sitting areas dot the grounds, meaning that guests can spread out and find their own favourite spot for reflection, contemplation, reading and view-watching. Running round three sides of the main house is a decked terrace furnished for dining and relaxing. Steps lead down from here to a circular, fabulously panoramic terrace, which will possibly become your spot of choice for aperitifs and long dinners under the stars. On the fourth side of the main house is a vine-shaded al fresco dining area served by a wood-fired oven. A short walk from the main house and close to the Studio is the inviting gated and heated pool, surrounded by sun loungers and shady corners. Most of the bedrooms in the main house have their own independent access to the gardens and it is from the viewing point near the master bedroom that one may begin one's descent to the beautiful sandy-shingle beach and transparent waters below the house. While heading down the 375 steps, devotees of Mamma Mia! the movie might notice a familiar sight in the distance: the chapel of Agios Ioannis, setting for the famous wedding scene.

 

Think About

No other houses have access to the beach below Maistros, though boats may occasionally drop anchor there.

The final 2km of the road to Maistros is unpaved and rather bumpy, so a 4-wheel drive car is essential.

Due to Maistros' location on the island of Skopelos and the limited number of hydrofoil/ferry connections between Skiathos and Skopelos (which might occasionally delayed or cancelled due to bad weather), we recommend that you book your flights to arrive either the day before your stay at the villa or in the morning of your arrival day. Similarly, for departure, we recommend you book either a late flight or a flight on the day after leaving the villa.

A return taxi transfer from Skiathos airport to the port and a hydrofoil/ferry to the port on Skopelos are included on the first and last day of the booking. In the unlikely event that your flight arrives in Skiathos after the last ferry/hydrofoil to Skopelos has left, a taxi from Skiathos airport to the port is included but private sea taxis are not (however, we would be happy to organise one for you where possible). In this case, the return leg from the port on Skopelos to Skiathos airport for your flight home is of course still included.

Alternatively, why not arrive in style by helicopter via Athens International Airport? Find out more here.

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