Babu

THE IONIAN ISLANDS

Katomeri, Meganissi

  • 6 Sleeps
  • 3  Bedrooms
  • 3  Bathrooms
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About the Villa

A beguiling contemporary villa offering jaw-dropping views, a dreamy pool and luxurious accommodation.

With its curvaceous, nature-reflecting glass façade, Babu blends unobtrusively into the surrounding countryside. Also mirrored in its windows is the sparkling Ionian Sea, the electric blue waters of the gorgeous pool, and a camouflage of gently swaying olive trees. Step inside and chic, contemporary luxury abounds, all of which makes Babu a highly desirable proposition.

"We were delighted with Babu and the service and will certainly look to book through The Thinking Traveller again next year. Thank you making our holiday so enjoyable and stress free." RE, UK, August 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)  6
  • Bedrooms  3
  • Double beds  3
  • Bathrooms  3
  • ... of which en suite  3
  • Daily maid service ¹
  • Cook 
  • Pool (LxW in metres) ² 12x6
  • Air cooling system 
  • Open fireplace 
  • Safe 
  • Tumble dryer 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • Bluetooth speakers 
  • Satellite TV 
  • DVD player 
  • Satellite Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Sauna ³
  • Yoga mats 
  • Sea views 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹3 hours per day
²cleaned by salt electrolysis
³in the master suite bedroom

 

Inside: accommodation at Babu is spread over a central main house and two independent guest suites. The striking contemporary design of the property, which begins externally with the curvaceous concave façade, features walls of reflective, one-way glass (allowing occupants to remain unseen from the outside without curtains) interspersed with white geometric shapes that hint at more traditional white-washed Greek houses. Cool grey polished concrete flooring runs throughout, and quality is evident wherever you look, from the furnishings to the fittings. The main entrance takes one into a hallway which leads past a guest WC through to a spacious, luminous and inspiring open-concept communal area, comprising a fabulously equipped, charcoal grey bespoke kitchen, a dining table, and a stylish living area complete with designer hanging fireplace and voluminous L-shaped sofas. Floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors open up to let the outdoors in, blurring the conventional lines between indoor and al fresco living, and providing effortless access to the sea-view terraces and the pool area. To the left of the entrance hall is the master suite, a luxuriously and glamorously appointed space: a centrally positioned bed offers supine sea views through more of those floor-to-ceiling, one-way-view sliding glass doors. This marine panorama is shared by both the in-room glass shower and the sauna. A fireplace hints at romance to be enjoyed, a bank of wardrobes provides ample storage space, and a seductive en-suite bathroom with double sinks adds one final, pampering flourish.

Accommodation at Babu is completed by two guest suites situated on either side of, and slightly set back from the main house. Accessed independently from the terraces, both follow the example set by the master suite and feature centrally positioned double beds, in-room glass showers and sinks, en-suite bathrooms and garden and terrace views.

Outside: al fresco fun at Babu revolves around the large, south-facing terrace that is accessed from all the property's rooms via large sliding glass doors.. The smooth, polished concrete floors found inside flow outside, uniting the two spaces. Another unifying feature are the glorious views, which take in the tail of Meganissi, the deep blue waters of the Ionian Sea, the neighbouring island of Kalamos, and much more besides. The terrace is roughly divided into thirds: to the right is the irresistible pool; in the centre is a large shady pergola hosting a sitting area and a large dining table; to the left is an open area, furnished with outdoor furniture and perfect for soaking up the sun. A second, smaller pergola stands to one side of the pool. Equipped with a hammock, this is the ideal place for a rejuvenating siesta. One last surprise is in store for guests staying at Babu: a flight of steps lead up to the roof, whose decked area provides the perfect setting for yoga, meditation or just gazing at sublime 360-degree views. Bordered by low stone walls, aromatic plants and olive trees, the grounds of Babu merge seamlessly with the timeless countryside of Meganissi, bestowing an atmosphere of gentle calm on the whole.

 

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The decked area on the roof is accessed by a flight of external steps. It is a superb spot for yoga or just marvelling at the views, but please be aware that there no railings/barriers up there. The roof may be rendered off limits to children by securely closing the access gate to the steps.

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