Gaia

THE IONIAN ISLANDS

Kastos Village, Kastos

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

A unique proposition on the tiny island hideaway of Kastos: a wonderfully spacious lightfilled villa with dreamy sea-view terraces and a fabulous infinity pool.

Gaia offers an elusive mix of a fabulous villa set on an utterly tranquil Mediterranean island inhabited by just a few other lucky souls. Sitting in a supremely undisturbed and panoramic position, and just a short walk to a beach, Gaia also comes with a compact 4x4 car, making access to the picturesque little harbour and tavernas of Kastos village simplicity itself. All in all, Gaia is perfect for connoisseurs of life’s peaceful pleasures.

"For both the overall standard and quality of the property and the setting, grounds and views we give Gaia top marks." IW, UK, August 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)  6
  • Bedrooms  3
  • Double beds  2
  • Twins  1
  • Bathrooms  4
  • ... of which en suite  3
  • Daily maid service 
  • Infinity pool (LxW in metres) ¹ 8x4
  • Air cooling system ²
  • Safe 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • Satellite TV 
  • DVD player 
  • Satellite Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Car ³
  • Shopping service 
  • Restaurant meal delivery 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
  • Walking distance to beach(es) 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ single depth of 1.5m
² underfloor cooling
³ Gaia comes with a compact 4x4 (petrol costs not included), making it easy to get around and explore the island in its entirety. NB There is no car ferry to Kastos (only a foot passenger ferry) so you will not be able to take a car across
one of the local tavernas will be happy to prepare food for you, either for collection or to be delivered (depending on how busy they are). A complimentary meal will be delivered for your first night
the nearest beach is about 1km away (uphill on the way back)

 

Inside: accommodation at Gaia is all on one floor. The front door takes one immediately into a spacious, airy and luminous open-concept space hosting a comfy sofa-furnished living area, a large dining table, and a really well-equipped modern kitchen. Two sandy-coloured stone walls echo the property’s exterior, while large sliding glass doors open out onto a shady terrace and bring the remarkable sea views inside. A door near the dining area leads into the first bedroom, a spacious sea-view double with two sets of glass doors opening out onto a large furnished terrace, and a large en-suite bathroom featuring both a tub and a separate shower, as well as twin sinks. Back in the living area, a few steps take one into a hallway, off which is a guests shower room and the two remaining bedrooms: a large sea-view twin with a voluminous en-suite shower room, and a generously proportioned, luminous master double with lofty, vaulted, wood-beamed ceilings, a chill-out mezzanine and an en-suite bathroom with twin sinks and a large walk-in shower. Both of these bedrooms have French windows opening out onto a large, shaded sea-view terrace.

Outside: paved terraces wrap around Gaia, offering a great variety of al fresco areas in which to relax, recline, dine and swim. Two large sliding glass doors in the open-plan living area and kitchen-diner lead out onto a covered patio furnished for sitting and admiring the views. From here a couple of steps lead down to the main area of terrace, home to a fabulous pool with curvaceous infinity end and sea views and sun loungers. Looking over the pool from one side of this terrace is the shaded outdoor dining table, which is served by a large built-in barbecue and a sink. Here there is also a handily situated outdoor shower, the perfect way to freshen up on return from the sea. Slightly raised above the dining area is another large terrace area, accessed from the twin and the master bedrooms, while a few steps below the dining area is a small shaded look-out area with a curved stone bench. On the far side of the house is yet another lovely sea-view terrace accessed from the second double bedroom and via the a little path running from the pool area. Views from Gaia take in the tiny circular islet of Prasioni directly below, vast swathes of the Ionian Sea, the Greek mainland and a horizon of numerous islands. Nowhere are these views more bewitching than on the roof terrace, which is the perfect spot for yoga in the morning and sundowners in the evening.

 

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Gaia comes with a compact 4x4 (petrol costs not included), making it easy to get around and explore the island in its entirety. NB There is no car ferry to Kastos (only a foot passenger ferry) so you will not be able to take a car across.

On Kastos there are four tavernas, a few bars and, from the end of April to October, a mini-market-delicatessen. This latter sells bread, cheeses, cured meats, quality wines, traditional produce from the Lefkada area, and all the everyday essentials. If you would like to have a food hamper delivery for your arrival, please contact your Experience Specialist at least two weeks before your arrival. Further shopping orders can then be made once you're at the villa. Most of the tavernas and bars accept credit/debit cards but we recommend you take some cash just in case. There are no other amenities on the island (ie no banks, no ATMs, no chemist's, etc.).

Gaia features a fantastic infinity pool, offering swimmers stunning views while in the pool. There is a drop from the infinity edge so we recommend children are supervised at all times. Please refer to our general safety page if you would like more information about infinity pools.

Gaia has excellent eco-friendly credentials: the electricity, hot water and underfloor cooling system is powered by photovoltaic solar panels, while a large tank captures and stores rain water in the winter months.

Mitikas on the mainland is a 50-minute foot passenger ferry ride (approx.) from Kastos, and in the summer months there is generally one crossing a day, six days a week. If you would prefer to arrange a private boat transfer (about a 20-minute trip) on arrival/departure, please let us know well in advance.

Due to Gaia’s location on the island of Kastos and the number of ferry connections between Mitikas and Kastos (which might occasionally delayed or cancelled depending on weather conditions), we recommend that you book your flights to arrive either in the morning of your arrival day or the day before your stay at the villa. Similarly, for departure, we recommend you book either a late flight or a flight on the day after leaving the villa
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