Lilaea

THE IONIAN ISLANDS

Nikiana, Lefkada

  • 10 Sleeps
  • 5  Bedrooms
  • 5  Bathrooms
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About the Villa

A stunning contemporary villa with infinity pool perched in a panoramic position high above the sparkling Ionian Sea.

Lilaea is a contemporary villa whose design is at once eye-catching and practical. Panoramic sea-view terraces abound, an infinity pool with hydro-massage area offers endless watery pleasures and the interiors are finished to high standards. Despite your close proximity to the sea and the buzzing centres of Lefkada Town and Nidri, you may end up venturing out very rarely indeed.

"What did we enjoy most about our holiday? The view and Lilaea! Our holiday was just all the good things." Anon, 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)  10
  • Bedrooms  5
  • Double beds  3
  • Twins  2
  • Bathrooms  5
  • ... of which en suite  5
  • Daily maid service ¹
  • Cook 
  • Infinity pool (LxW in metres)  8x5
  • Plunge pool Jacuzzi 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Safe 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • TV 
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • ADSL Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Wood-burning pizza oven 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Shopping service 
  • Yoga instructor 
  • Cookery classes 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹Bookings for the use of 1 bedroom will include a mid-week clean and linen change.

 

Inside: accommodation at Lilaea is spread over three floors. The main floor is home to a large, luminous open-plan living area and kitchen-diner whose banks of glass doors bring in the fabulous sea views and provide access both to a large terrace running along the front of the house and the idyllic pool area, which is overlooked by the kitchen to one side. Beautifully finished and furnished, the living area features an ingenious natural air-cooling feature: a sensuously curvaceous opening in the ceiling allows warm air to rise through to the first floor and up to a window-panelled lantern-like structure at the very top of the house where it is released. Descending from the top of the lantern through the opening and into the living area is a designer light fitting. The modern kitchen is superbly equipped to serve the panoramic indoor and outdoor dining areas. A cosy double-twin room with en-suite bathroom and a guest bathroom complete the accommodation on this floor. A flight of stairs leads up from behind the living area to the upper floor landing, off which to the left is the master double bedroom, complete with en-suite bathroom with shower and tub. A corridor leads from the landing to the right, where there is a double (with small double bed) and a double-twin bedroom, each with its own en-suite shower room. All three bedrooms on this floor boast superb sea views and large glass doors opening onto a large communal super-panoramic sea-facing terrace that runs the length of the house. From the landing a door accesses an external walkway that leads down to the pool terrace. The fifth bedroom, a large double with en-suite bathroom with tub, is on the lower ground floor and has direct access to its own private sea-view terrace, from which a flight of steps takes one up to the pool area.

Outside: all three floors boast sea-view terraces running along the full length of the house and furnished for lounging, reading and sunbathing. It is on the middle floor, however, where the focus of your al fresco attentions will be, for here, accessed from the kitchen-diner, is the large, superbly designed pool area, featuring a sea-view infinity pool, a hydro-massage zone, a panoramically situated dining area with a dining table for four people and a large built-in cooking area with barbecue, wood-fired oven and sink. The terraced gardens surrounding Lilaea area criss-crossed by a series of paths that lead to a variety of panoramic vantage points, ensuring that everyone in your group can find a peaceful spot from which to contemplate the sea and their fortune at staying in such a property!

 

Think About

Lilaea features an infinity pool, offering swimmers stunning views while in the pool. There is a drop from the infinity edge (as well as a few others inside the property and around the grounds) so we recommend younger children are supervised by an adult at all times. Please refer to our general safety page if you would like more information about infinity pools and other features.

EOT Licence No. 0831K10000418701
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