Hippokampoi

THE IONIAN ISLANDS

Vathi, Meganissi

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

Enchanting sea views, a dreamy infinity pool and direct sea access at this spacious, practical holiday home.

Hippokampoi is set in 2.5 acres of olive groves directly above a quiet, picturesque bay in the north of Meganissi. Spectacular views take in the islands of Lefkada and Skorpios and the mountains of the mainland across the water. The villa's combination of clean modern lines, traditional stonework, an abundance of outdoor space, infinity pool, direct sea access and close proximity to beaches, shops and tavernas, all make for an extremely relaxing holiday experience.

"Hippokampoi was perfection." Michael Findlay, UK, June 2019

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
  • Flexible doubles/twins  1
  • Bathrooms  4
  • ... of which en suite  3
  • Daily maid service ¹
  • Cook 
  • Garden gate beach/sea access 
  • Infinity pool (LxW in metres) ² 10x3
  • Air conditioning ³
  • Heating ³
  • Safe 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • iPod docking station 
  • Satellite TV 
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • Satellite Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Table tennis 
  • Yoga mats 
  • Private jetty/pontoon 
  • Boat 
  • Transfers 
  • Boat trips 
  • Sea views 
  • Easy walk to beach/sea access 
  • Walking distance to restaurant(s) 
  • Walking distance to shop(s) 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
  • Boat mooring 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ from 10:00am to 12:00pm
²single depth 1.6m with wide steps for access
³ underfloor air-cooling and heating system throughout the villa
there is a taverna on the beach about 800m from the house and the seafront village of Vathi is a 30-minute walk away

 

Inside: accommodation at Hippokampoi is spread over two floors. A wide flight of steps leads up from the parking and pool area to the main entrance on the first floor. From here, a corridor runs the length of the villa giving access to the large, stylishly furnished living and dining areas, surrounded on three sides by floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors. These create a bright, airy atmosphere, bring the superb sea views inside and provide access to a large, shady panoramic terrace that wraps around the house. The dining area is separated from the living area by a semi-partition wall and shares the same sea views and terrace access. Across the corridor from the dining area is the bright, fully-equipped modern kitchen. A door between the dining area and kitchen leads outside and, via a couple of steps, to the upper terrace with a shady pergola and al fresco dining area. To the rear of the first floor are a study and a shower room. A sweeping staircase leads down to the cool ground floor, home to two double bedrooms and one double-twin bedroom, all spacious with sea views and French windows offering direct access to the pool area. Two have en-suite shower rooms and one has an en-suite bathroom with separate tub and shower. The two double bedrooms have separate dressing areas. Accommodation at Hippokampoi is completed by a fully-equipped laundry and utility room. Furnishings and fittings throughout are of a consistently high level.

Outside: al fresco activities at Hippokampoi revolve around the delightful pool area, which is blessed with intoxicating views of the bay and coastline down below, and a superb infinity pool. The grounds' 2.5 acres are planted with olive groves and, immediately around the house, a wide variety of Mediterranean flora. Meals are generally taken under the shady pergola outside the kitchen on the first floor and from here too the views are stunning. The covered terrace running along the entire façade of the house on the first floor is accessed directly from the living and dining areas and provides the ideal shady spot for reading, gazing out to sea, sipping on a morning coffee or planning the day's activities. Last, but certainly not least, a few minutes' walk down the driveway and across a little access road will get you to Hippokampoi's very own jetty and, 30m further on, to a small shingle beach. Guests who hire a boat may moor it at the jetty during their stay and explore the island's many quiet bays and seafront tavernas by water.

 

Think About

Hippokampoi features a fantastic infinity pool, offering swimmers stunning views while in the pool. There is a drop from the infinity edge (as well as a few others around the property) 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 and other features.

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