Maristella

THE IONIAN ISLANDS

Sivota, Lefkada

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

If you have a soft spot for sea views and infinity pools, Maristella might just be the villa for you.

Thanks to Maristella’s enviable location on a wooded hillside over the sea and the awe-inspiring panoramas that you will never tire of, guests staying here tend to do little or no sightseeing! Homely and welcoming interiors give way to the sea-view infinity pool area, which is the heart of the villa and not easy to tear yourself away from.

"The views, location and setting of Maristella were amazing and the property was really nice." NK, US, September 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)  4
  • Bedrooms  2
  • Double beds  1
  • Flexible doubles/twins  1
  • Bathrooms  2
  • ... of which en suite  2
  • Cook 
  • Infinity pool (LxW in metres)  10x5
  • Air conditioning 
  • Safe 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • TV 
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • 3G Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Cookery classes 
  • Sea views 
  • Walking distance to restaurant(s) ¹
  • Walking distance to shop(s) ¹
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ the village and harbour of Sivota is about 20-30 mins walk, downhill on the way, uphill on the way back.

 

Inside: the main entrance leads into a bright, open-plan living and dining area and kitchen with panoramic windows looking out over the sea and the neighbouring islands. A panel of glass doors in the living area open onto the gorgeous pool terrace, making indoor and outdoor living a seamless experience. A few steps take you down into a guest bathroom and a flight of stairs lead up to the first floor, which is home to the master double bedroom with its en-suite shower room and sliding doors opening onto a spectacularly panoramic terrace, and a double/twin bedroom, also with en-suite shower room. The furnishings are comfortable and informal and the décor's palette of cream, olive green and blue echoes the colours of the surrounding countryside and the sea views.

Outside: Maristella and its sister villa, Filoniki, are situated on a private country estate that includes private forestry land. The focal point of outdoor life at Maristella is certainly the panoramic infinity pool and its large surrounding terrace, accessed from the living area via a shaded al fresco dining and sitting area. Those fortunate enough to stay in the master bedroom might find it hard to leave their spacious balcony, which also offers breathtaking views.

 

Think About

Maristella and its sister villa, Filoniki, share an 8,000m2 plot in a prime coastal location. The two houses are separated by a large communal terrace but face away from each other, thus guaranteeing total privacy. Neither villa overlooks the other and each has its own large and totally private pool area. If your group has more than four people, however, and depending on availability, the villas can be taken together to sleep up to 8 guests. In this case, they are ideal for two families or groups of friends travelling together but looking for separate accommodation.

Maristella features a fantastic infinity pool, offering swimmers stunning views while in the pool. There is quite a large drop and some low walls on the infinity side, however, so precautions should be taken here. Please refer to our general safety page if you would like more information about infinity pools.

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