Althea

THE IONIAN ISLANDS

Dolphin Point, Lefkada

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

Gorgeous views, a panoramic infinity pool, direct sea access, walking distance to tavernas and dolphin shows!

The owner's choice of Dolphin Point as the location for his villa was an inspired one! Set in over four acres of fragrant Mediterranean coastal gardens, with far-reaching views over the Ionian archipelago and direct sea access to where the dolphins come to play, it is no wonder that guests staying here never want to leave!

"Althea was stunning with a beautiful location." PM, UK, July 2019

Althea in the press:
Myself, May 2014

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)  4
  • Bedrooms  2
  • Flexible doubles/twins  2
  • Bathrooms  2
  • ... of which en suite  2
  • Daily maid service 
  • Cook 
  • Garden gate beach/sea access 
  • Infinity pool (LxW in metres)  8x4
  • Air conditioning 
  • Safe 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • TV 
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • ADSL Internet [i] 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Shopping service 
  • Cookery classes 
  • Sea views 
  • Easy walk to beach/sea access 
  • Walking distance to restaurant(s) ¹
  • Walking distance to shop(s) ¹
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ The downhill walk to the nearby village of Sivota takes around 20 minutes. Coming back uphill takes a little longer, especially if you've had a long lunch!

 

Inside: the main entrance to Althea is from the parking area. From here a flight of stairs leads down to the ground floor, whose high ceilings and large windows make for a light, airy atmosphere. The open-plan lounge, dining and kitchen area is both cosy and functional and is designed to maximise the views of the pool and the sea, whether you're reclining on a sofa or having breakfast at the dining table. French windows open onto the outside terraces and swimming pool, making for a seamless indoor-outdoor experience. The ground floor is also home to a double-twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and a very romantic panoramic terrace overlooking the sea. Stairs lead down to the lower floor, where there is another double-twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and access to a lovely corner of the garden, complete with sea views. A guest bathroom on this floor completes the accommodation. The two bedrooms are similar in terms of size and views, making Althea also perfect for two couples travelling together.

Outside: the outdoor areas at Althea have been created to make the most of the villa's inspiring panoramic position on the southern coast of Lefkada. The well-tended landscaped gardens and rugged coastal maquis set a backdrop for the majestic views will become the key ingredient of your stay: whether you are out by (or in!) the infinity pool, sitting in the shady gazebo sipping an iced drink, taking breakfast on your balcony or dining al fresco near the barbecue area, you will find yourself mesmerised by the chromatic depth of colour, from the deep azure sea to the intense green of Lefkada's flourishing flora. A 5-minute downhill walk through the grounds will take you to your very own private bathing area, complete with loungers and umbrellas, from where you may dive into the translucent waters or wait the arrival of the dolphins that come to feed and frolic in the bay!

 

Think About

The extensive grounds and terraces of Althea include some drops and we recommend that younger children are always supervised by an adult when exploring the property. Similarly, the splendid pool has a drop off the infinity side, so precautions should be taken here as well. . Please refer to our general safety page if you would like more information about infinity pools.

EOT Licence No. 0831K10K415500

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