Alati Bay

THE IONIAN ISLANDS

Alati Bay, Paxos

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

A luxurious, refined and generously proportioned villa with direct access to a secluded beach.

Arrival at Alati Bay is akin to being transported into a magical, privileged world: mature, shady grounds fan out around the impressively designed villa, enchanting sea views entice you to explore the beach at the bottom of the garden, and a sense of peace and well-being immediately puts you at ease. During your stay, this carefree feeling will grow, thanks in no small part to the staff, whose discreet ministrations mean you can lie back and enjoy your holiday to the full.

"Alati Bay was beautiful as always." Simon Yencken, US, July 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)  14
  • Bedrooms  7
  • Double beds  5
  • Twins  1
  • Quad beds  1
  • Bathrooms  7
  • ... of which en suite  6
  • Daily maid service ¹
  • Cook ²
  • Breakfast preparation ²
  • Garden gate beach/sea access 
  • Staff/owner on the grounds 
  • Heatable plunge pool ³ 3.4x3.4
  • Air conditioning 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • Satellite TV 
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • ADSL Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Wood-burning pizza oven 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Mooring buoy 
  • Kayaks 
  • Children's play area 
  • Transfers 
  • Sea views 
  • Easy walk to beach/sea access 
  • Restaurant meal delivery 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
  • Private Mooring Buoy 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ 4 hours maid service per day except on Wednesdays, plus a mid-stay change of linen and towels on Thursdays
² a cook is included from 27th June to 25th July and will prepare breakfast and a choice of either lunch or dinner. Please note that the cost of ingredients is not included and should be paid upon presentation of receipts. For other months, depending on availability, guests may request the service of a cook at an extra cost. The cook has a day off on Wednesdays
³ heated on request (at no extra cost)
Alati Bay comes with its own mooring buoy. If you would like to charter a boat for your week(s), our supplier will be glad to drop off a boat at the buoy each morning and collect it each evening (it is not possible to moor overnight). The buoy is slightly off shore, so a member of your group would have to swim out to bring the boat into the shallows so that everyone else can hop on board
a taxi transfer from Corfu Airport to Corfu New Port and the hydrofoil crossing from Corfu New Port to Gaios on Paxos are included in the rental fee for clients staying at Alati Bay

 

Inside: accommodation at Alati Bay is spread over three floors. Luxuriously finished to exactingly high standards, the quality of the design, the workmanship and the materials used is evident at every turn: cool, polished concrete floors run throughout, as do light, wood-beamed ceilings; wall-length windows and sliding glass doors make the most of the ubiquitous sea views and bring in the light; beds and seating seem an organic, moulded extension of the floors and walls; furnishings, decorative elements and lighting have been carefully selected to create a coherent but eclectic whole, where contemporary elements blend harmoniously with hints of Byzantine splendour, Italian sophistication and Greek warmth.

The ground floor of the property has two sections. One is given over to two lovely double bedrooms situated and accessed from either side of a large outdoor sitting area. Both feature sea views and an en-suite shower room. A separate entrance takes one into the ground floor proper and a roomy sea-view dining area, which is served, via a short corridor, by the large, superbly equipped kitchen. A second dining table here is perfect for breakfast or for communal cooking sessions. A door from the kitchen leads out to the al fresco dining area and barbecue. Back in the dining area, a door leads to the remaining ground floor sleeping quarters, comprising a children's bedroom with two bunk beds and two built-in single beds, a separate bathroom with double showers, and a smaller twin bedroom (suitable for children or a nanny) with en-suite shower room and external access.

Stairs from the dining room lead up to first floor and into a gorgeous, sea-view sitting room featuring a contemporary fireplace, large sofas, and a wall-length window that brings in the splendid panoramas and the Greek sunshine. Just off the living area is a guest bathroom and a landing with access to a panoramic terrace looking out to sea. At each end of the living area is a double bedroom. Both have fabulous sea views, a dressing area with sink, a w/c and a luxuriously fitted walk-in shower. One also has its own panoramic terrace.

Another flight of stairs leads from the first floor living area to the second floor, which is given over to the majestic master suite, boasting enchanting sea views, a luxurious shower, a semi-open en-suite bathroom and, the cherry on the cake, access on both sides to panoramic terraces with comfortably cushioned sitting areas. Steps from one of these terraces take one down to a path leading to the breathtaking Jacuzzi area.

Outside: Alati Bay's mature gardens feature shady Mediterranean pines, cypress trees, an abundance of flowering plants and aromatic shrubs, and a series of paths linking a variety of sitting and games areas (think table tennis and a little children's play area with pirate boat). In terms of al fresco dining, pride of place is given to a large, sea-view table situated amongst the trees and served by a barbecue, a wood-fired oven and the indoor kitchen. Surrounded on three sides by the ground floor accommodation, and overlooked by the indoor dining room, is a large, sheltered sitting area with built-in cushioned sofas. A relaxing spot at any time of day, this area really comes into its own as a venue for post-prandial drinks under the stars. The two most well-trodden paths winding through the gardens lead in one direction to a seductive sea-view Jacuzzi and in another to the bottom of the garden from where you may access a little white pebble beach and the limpid waters of the Ionian Sea.

 

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Alati Bay comes with its own mooring buoy. If you would like to charter a boat for your week(s), our supplier will be glad to drop off a boat at the buoy each morning and collect it each evening (it is not possible to moor overnight). The buoy is slightly off shore, so a member of your group would have to swim out to bring the boat into the shallows so that everyone else can hop on board.

Although Alati Bay technically sleeps 18, the maximum number of guests is limited to 14 (including children).

As some of the staircases at Alati Bay do not have banisters, and bearing in mind that there are some drops around the property, toddlers and young children should be supervised at all times when exploring the grounds and the house. Please ask us for more information if you would like to know more about these aspects of the property.

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