Filoxenia

THE IONIAN ISLANDS

Gaios, Paxos

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

Majestically positioned on Paxos’ east coast, Filoxenia has all the components for a superb holiday experience.

Perched above the sea with far-reaching views towards the Greek mainland, Filoxenia combines a panoramic infinity pool with large expanses of terracing and comfortable, homely interiors. There is a lovely beach within a short walk of the villa but you’ll always be happy to get back to Filoxenia, your home from home!

"This was our second time at Filoxenia and we loved it just as much this time and we will certainly be back. It is in a fantastic position, with a few beaches in easy walking distances and just a short drive from Gaios and Loggos. The view would have to be one of the very best on the island and it takes your breath away. We spend most of our time on the extensive terraces, it is so beautiful and relaxing. The villa is equipped with everything you could want and it's even better than the photos. It is well maintained and spotlessly clean." Lynda Arnold, Australia, September 2019

Filoxenia in the press:
Gourmet Traveller, December 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  2
  • Bathrooms  4
  • ... of which en suite  4
  • Daily maid service ¹
  • Cook 
  • Infinity pool (LxW in metres)  11x5
  • Air conditioning ²
  • Safe 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Satellite TV 
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • 3G Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Transfers ³
  • Sea views 
  • Easy walk to beach/sea access 
  • Restaurant meal delivery 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ 6 days per week
² in the bedrooms
³ 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 Filoxenia

 

Inside: the main entrance at Filoxenia takes one into the large open plan living-dining room. Although it is spacious and comfortably furnished, the first thing you will notice, thanks to the floor-to-ceiling sliding windows, are the tremendous views of the sea and the Greek mainland. To the left of this lovely space is the kitchen which, along with the living area, accesses the huge main terrace overlooking the pool. To the right of the living area is a guest bathroom and the master double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with tub and shower attachment and access to the main terrace. A flight of stairs leads down from the living room to a large hall, off which are two twin bedrooms with en-suite shower rooms and a double with en-suite bathroom with tub and shower attachment. One of the twins accesses a panoramic sea-view terrace, while the double opens out into the gardens. Everything about the house is airy, spacious, practical and comfortable.

Outside: with its superb views, comfy rattan sofa and chairs and shaded dining table, the huge main terrace soon becomes the preferred gathering point for groups staying at Filoxenia. Steps lead down from here to a second terrace (also accessed by two of the bedrooms on the lower ground floor) and onto the infinity pool, which seems suspended above the sparkling sea. For those who enjoy a dip in the big blue, a 2-minute walk along the road will take you to the rocky coast and the crystal clear waters of the Ionian Sea.

 

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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 Filoxenia. 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.

Due to the relatively limited number of hydrofoil/ferry connections between Corfu and Paxos in the shoulder seasons, if you are travelling outside July or August, we recommend you book flights that arrive in the morning of your first day or fly in the day before and spend a night in gorgeous Corfu Town. Similarly, for the return leg, we recommend you book a late afternoon/evening flight or fly out the day after leaving the villa.

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