Jasmine

THE IONIAN ISLANDS

Kalami, Corfu

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

Stunning sea views, heatable pool and easy access on foot to the beach, tavernas and shops of charming Kalami: Jasmine in a nutshell!

Jasmine encapsulates all that is desirable in a holiday villa. Its many charms, not least its enchanting sea views and abundance of shady terraces, invite repose and relaxation, while the proximity of Kalami, just a few minutes' walk away down the hill, throws up a couple of delicious dilemmas: lounge by the pool or on the beach, eat in or dine out at one of the village's seafront tavernas. It's good to have such choices.

"A+ all around. We loved Jasmine so much. I loved the old world quality of the house but with updated and modern amenities. Loved it!!” Tessa White, US, July 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)  8
  • Bedrooms  4
  • Double beds  2
  • Twins  2
  • Bathrooms  4
  • ... of which en suite  4
  • Daily maid service ¹
  • Cook 
  • Heatable pool (LxW in metres) ² 11x5
  • Air conditioning  ³
  • Safe 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • iPod docking station 
  • Internet TV 
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • ADSL Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • 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 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ 3 hours maid service twice during the week. Midweek change of linen and bathroom towels
²heatable pool available in May, June, September and October. Please contact us for more information
³ in the bedrooms
the beach of Kalami is about 150m away

 

Inside: accommodation at Jasmine is spread over three principal floors. The main entrance takes one in to the comfortable open-plan living and dining area with traditional flagstone flooring and French windows leading out onto a large shady terrace overlooking the sea and Kalami down below. To one end of the living and dining area is the luminous kitchen, which accesses the front terrace and barbecue area. A few stairs lead from the living area to the first bedroom, a light, airy twin with en-suite bathroom with tub and its own private terrace looking over and accessing the pool. The stairs continue from outside this room up to the first floor landing, off which are two more bedrooms, a double with en-suite bathroom with tub and shower attachment, and a twin with en-suite shower room. These bedrooms have access to a shared, shady, sea-view terrace with steps down to the pool area. Back on the landing, another flight of stairs takes one up to the second floor, which is home to a large double bedroom, with en-suite shower room, and a balcony with stunning views.

Outside accessed from the indoor reception room is a large covered sea-view terrace equipped for dining. From here it is but a hop. skip and a jump to the stone-paved pool area, which also boasts excellent views of the Ionian Sea and coastline around Kalami. The heatable pool makes bathing possible even in the off-season months. To the other side of the house, is the barbecue area, conveniently accessed from the kitchen and al fresco dining area on the main terrace. The well-thought-out design of Jasmine, means that the bedrooms on the mezzanine floor and the first floor all have shady outside space where guests can read, relax, drink in the wonderful panoramas or, thanks to steps that lead to the pool area, quickly nip down for a swim. The second floor bedroom has its own balcony, which, while not as spacious as the terraces below, boasts the best views.

 

Think About

The walk from Jasmine down to Kalami takes just a couple of minutes. The walk back is uphill and so takes a little longer (and a little more effort!).

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