Alati Cove

THE IONIAN ISLANDS

Alati Bay, Paxos

  • 10 Sleeps
  • 5  Bedrooms
  • 5  Bathrooms
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About the Villa

An immaculately designed, luxurious villa with pool, glorious sea views and direct beach access.

Alati Cove combines beautiful, imaginatively designed interiors, ingeniously conceived outdoor areas, a unique, repose-inspiring pool area, and direct access to a secluded pebbly beach and the limpid waters of the Ionian Sea. Mature shady grounds wrap around the property, creating a tranquil cocoon in which guests may truly relax and unwind.

"We had a lovely time at Alati Cove. Everything, including the onsite concierge and staff, was great! " Paula Cronin, Australia, July 2019





Alati Cove in the press:
First Living, April 2018
The Times, 29 April 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)  10
  • Bedrooms  5
  • Double beds  4
  • Twins  1
  • Bathrooms  5
  • ... of which en suite  5
  • Daily maid service ¹
  • Cook ²
  • Breakfast preparation ²
  • Garden gate beach/sea access 
  • Pool (LxW in metres) ³ 9.8x4.5
  • Air conditioning 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • Satellite TV 
  • DVD player 
  • ADSL Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Barbecue 
  • Mooring buoy 
  • Kayaks 
  • 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 for bookings in 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 single depth 1.40m. The pool is chlorine-free and uses salt-water
Alati Cove 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 a boat off 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 Cove

 

Inside: accommodation at Alati Cove is spread over two floors. The main entrance takes one into an impressive, generously proportioned and elegantly furnished living area, whose enormous picture window offers superb views out to sea. A doorway leads from the living space into a central hallway, the hub of the house, off which and via a corridor the rest of the ground floor accommodation is accessed. There is a splendid sea-view dining room, a double bedroom with en-suite shower room and views out to sea, a children’s twin room (no natural light) with en-suite shower room, and a guest bathroom. The corridor leads from the hallway to the contemporary kitchen and a double bedroom with en-suite shower room and more of those gorgeous sea views. At the end of the corridor, a door opens out onto the spectacular shaded pool area, of which more in the "outside" section below. A staircase leads from the hallway to the first floor, which is home to two dreamy double bedrooms, each with its own gorgeous shower room. One boasts spectacular sea views.

In terms of architecture and interior design, Alati Cove oozes charm, creativity and understated luxury: creamy polished concrete floors and wood-beamed ceilings run throughout, uniting the spaces in a cohesive whole; in the bedrooms, colourfully shaded suspended lights hang low, providing not only suffused illumination but also a distinctive decorative motif; in the bathrooms, ornately framed mirrors sit above geometric steel sinks, and elegantly curvaceous tubes bloom with sensuously shaped shower heads; joyful flashes of colour lift the mood and imbue a unique character to each individual space; walls are adorned with an eclectic and exotic mix of art and decorative objects.

Outside: with its natural stone walls and low-rise design, Alati Cove sits unobtrusively in a mature garden of tall shady pine trees, aromatic shrubs and Mediterranean flora. To the front of the property are a couple of panoramic sitting areas, from where one may gaze out to sea, catch up with one’s reading or sip on an aperitif as the sun sets. Just outside the main entrance is a huge round table served by a built-in barbecue area, offering the ideal setting for convivial al fresco dining. Impressive as this area might be, it is at the other side of the property, accessed via the gardens or internally from the ground floor corridor, that one finds the pièce de résistance: a theatrically designed, sea-view pool area, featuring a half-moon pool mirrored by a semi-circular covered lounge area with built-in, brightly cushioned daybeds. If all this were not enough, a short walk through the gardens will take you down to the transparent waters of the Ionian Sea and a secluded, white pebble beach shared with just one other villa.

 

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Alati Cove 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 a boat off 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.

As some of the staircases at Alati Cove 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.

The last part of the access road to Alati Cove is along a track so we recommend guests hire a 4x4 car.

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 Cove. 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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