Al Olivar

THE IONIAN ISLANDS

Vathi, Meganissi

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

If location and facilities are important to you, then Al Olivar is hard to beat.

With its superb panoramic seafront position, its jetty and watersports facilities, its inviting pool and its close proximity on foot (or by boat) to the harbour tavernas of nearby Vathi, versatile Al Olivar has just about everything you could desire from a holiday villa in Greece!

"We loved the space in Al Olivar and the sheltered bay. We particularly loved the personalised arrival of a speed boat to our own jetty! Very glamorous!! We also loved the paddle boards and kayaks and the relatively easy route down from the villa to the sea.” Mark Sadler, UK, September 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
  • Twins  1
  • Flexible doubles/twins  1
  • Bathrooms  4
  • ... of which en suite  3
  • Daily maid service 
  • Cook 
  • Garden gate beach/sea access 
  • Pool (LxW in metres) ¹ 8x4
  • Air conditioning ²
  • Safe 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • Bluetooth speakers 
  • TV 
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • ADSL Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Table tennis 
  • Table football 
  • Yoga mats 
  • Private jetty/pontoon ³
  • Stand-up paddle boards 
  • Topper sailboats ³
  • Kayaks 
  • Mountain bikes 
  • Shopping service 
  • Transfers 
  • Babysitter 
  • Sea views 
  • Easy walk to beach/sea access 
  • Walking distance to restaurant(s) 
  • Walking distance to shop(s) 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
  • Private Mooring Buoy 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ single depth 1.5m. The pool has an electric-controlled cover, which makes the pool completely safe for unsupervised children playing in the grounds (it can even be walked on by children). In the Spring and Autumn closing the cover significantly helps to limit the loss of heat from the sun and keeps the pool clean and warm
² air-conditioning in bedrooms and living areas
³ for experienced sailors. There is also a Topper Topaz and a Topper Taz. The Taz is specifically for kids and very easy to sail, even for a complete beginner. The boat jetty is shared with Ondine, Al Olivar's sister property

 

Inside: Al Olivar encapsulates all that's best about contemporary holiday villa design. The main entrance leads into the spacious, open-plan living and dining areas and well-equipped kitchen. Wall-length sliding glass doors in the living area offer views of and access to the outdoor living and dining areas and the pool beyond. Also on the ground floor are two light and airy bedrooms, a double with an en-suite shower room, and a double-twin with a shower room next door to it, also accessed from the living area. Both these bedrooms feature French windows opening onto the pool terrace. Upstairs are two more bedrooms - a double and a twin - each with its own en-suite shower room. The double opens out onto and a large, comfortably furnished and extremely panoramic communal terrace, that is also accessible from the landing. All bedrooms and the living area have ceiling fans as well as air-con.

Outside: enclosed by its traditional Greek stone walls, Al Olivar offers total privacy and over 1.25 acres of space for fun, relaxation and summery pursuits. From the living area one accesses a fully furnished al fresco living and dining area looking over the pool, the gardens and the bay down below. An easy, wide path leads down through fragrant Mediterranean flora to the private seafront bathing platform from where you can swim in the clear waters of the Ionian, or head to the jetty and take out Al Olivar's four kayaks (two doubles and two singles), 4 SUP boards, or one of the three sailing dinghies: Topper Magno (up to 4 people), a Topper Topaz (2 people) and a Topper Taz (1 person or 2 children). The Taz is specifically for kids and very easy to sail, even for a complete beginner. These dinghies and the boat jetty are all shared with Ondine, the villa next door however each house has its own private boat mooring and bathing platform. Al Olivar and Ondine are the only villas in the area with their own moorings, and guests who own or hire a boat may moor it there during their stay (please check with us to ensure it's not too big to moor here), explore the island by water and even sail to Vathi for shopping or lunch!

A panoramic terrace to the side of the house is home to a barbecue and second al fresco dining area, while aperitifs can only be taken in one place: the first floor terrace, from which, as the sun goes down, you may toast your luck at being in such a special spot!

 

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The whole ground floor of Al Olivar is on one level without any steps (including the garages, terraces, pool, living room and 2 bedroom suites). The doors to the ground floor and master bedroom suite are wide enough to accommodate a (compact) wheelchair, all of which makes Al Olivar ideal for those with reduced mobility.

A short distance away, totally private yet close enough to be taken together with Al Olivar by larger groups or two families travelling together, is Ondine.

Neighbouring houses Al Olivar and Ondine, have an incredible range of watersports equipment, including sailing dinghies, kayaks and paddle boards.


EOT Licence No.266103763840


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