Agalia

THE IONIAN ISLANDS

Loutses, Corfu

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

Sleek, architect-designed chic, fabulous views and an infinity pool to die for.

Wearing its contemporary design credentials with pride and located within easy reach of all that's great about northern Corfu, including Agios Spiridon's Blue Flag beach and nature reserve, Agalia offers guests the best of both worlds: space, style and serenity when at home, diversion, fun and bustle when exploring the surrounding area - all the right ingredients for a hedonistic holiday.

"We loved Agalia." KH, UK, August 2018

Agalia in the press:
Escapism, February, 2019
Gourmet Traveller, December 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)  8
  • Bedrooms  4
  • Double beds  2
  • Flexible doubles/twins  2
  • Bathrooms  4
  • ... of which en suite  4
  • Daily maid service 
  • Cook 
  • Infinity pool (LxW in metres) ¹ 10x3
  • Air cooling system ²
  • Washing machine ³
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • iPod docking station 
  • Satellite TV 
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • Satellite Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Outdoor kitchen 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Table tennis 
  • Gym 
  • Boat 
  • Laundry service 
  • Yoga instructor 
  • Boat trips 
  • Sea views 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ single depth of 1.4m
² an integrated cooling system runs throughout the house except on the lower ground floor (gym, TV room and bar)
³ available during the maid's hours (for three hours a day from around 10:00am)
a plancha grill, fridge and sink
a plancha grill
including treadmill, exercise bike, yoga mats and Swiss ball
available on request at a small extra charge


 

Inside: accommodation at Agalia is spread over three floors. The design, work of a well-known Parisian architect, is a winning mix of crisp, clean lines, minimalist practicality, ingenious perspectives, prestigious materials and natural, organic flow between indoor and outdoor areas. The main entrance is on the ground floor, which is dedicated to repose and relaxation. Here there are four equal sized bedrooms (two doubles and two double-twins) each with its own en-suite shower room and access to a panoramic communal terrace that looks out to the sea. Marble-clad stairs lead up from the ground floor hallway to the first floor, where one finds a luminous living area, with a balcony overlooking the pool, and a luxurious dining area. These two areas are separated by a contemporary galley kitchen and all three spaces open out via a vast wall of glass doors onto a large, vista-plenty terrace, furnished for sea-view al fresco dining and sitting. Accommodation on the first floor is completed by a guest WC.

Last, but certainly not least, is the lower ground floor, which is accessed via a staircase from the ground floor. Here, space is given to diversion, recreation and fitness, thanks to the presence of a gym, a TV room, a bar and, on a terrace outside, a table tennis table.

Outside: possibly the most alluring section of the outdoor areas is the beautifully designed infinity pool, which offers views over the surrounding countryside and out to sea. The pool is flanked by sun-drenched and naturally shaded terraces and an al fresco dining area served by its own outdoor kitchen. An alternative al fresco dining and sitting area is the large terrace accessed from all parts of the first floor, and it is here where you might naturally gravitate after a day lounging by the pool. Aperitifs, however, might be best served on the roof terrace, accessed via a flight of steps from the balcony off the living area. From here the 360-degree views are extraordinary, especially as the sun melts into the western seas. Furnished with large double day beds, the roof terrace is also an excellent option for those working on their tan. The gardens and grounds, which gradually give way to the unspoilt countryside of Mount Pantokrator's lower flanks, also include a large naturally shaded communal terrace accessed from the four bedrooms.

 

Think About

A local taverna, Harry's, will deliver directly to Agalia, a great alternative to cooking or dining out.

Agalia is one of a triptych of stunning contemporary villas designed by Paris-based architect Fabrice Bejjani. Why not take a look at the other two: Trullo Pinnacolo in Puglia and Adesso in Sicily. Booking two or all three of them would make for a super chic holiday!

Please refer to our general safety page if you would like more information about infinity pools.

Agalia has one neighbour, but none of the property’s common areas or bedrooms are overlooked.

EOT Licence No. 0829K10000528201
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