Ondine

THE IONIAN ISLANDS

Vathi, Meganissi

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

A multifaceted seafront villa with pool, private sea access and within walking distance of shops and restaurants.

Ondine sits in a stunning position just above one of Meganissi's many secluded bays. Wonderful outdoor areas wrap around the pool and a path leads down to the villa's jetty, complete with watersports facilities and private bathing platform. Then, just a short walk away are the restaurants, bars and cafés of Vathi... All you could possibly want from a villa!

"Our holiday at Ondine was fantastic, thank you." JV, UK, 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  1
  • Flexible doubles/twins  1
  • Bathrooms  4
  • ... of which en suite  3
  • Daily maid service 
  • Cook 
  • Garden gate beach/sea access 
  • Pool (LxW in metres) ¹ 9x4
  • Air conditioning ²
  • Safe 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • Bluetooth speakers 
  • TV 
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • ADSL Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Table tennis 
  • Table football 
  • Yoga mats 
  • Private jetty/pontoon ³
  • Stand-up paddle boards 
  • Topper sailboats ³
  • Kayaks 
  • Mountain bikes 
  • Shopping service 
  • Transfers 
  • 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 
  • Private Mooring Buoy 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ single depth 1.5m. The pool has and electric-controlled cover, which makes the pool completely safe for unsupervised children playing in the grounds (it can even be walked on by children). In the Spring and Autumn closing the cover significantly helps to limit the loss of heat from the sun and keeps the pool clean
² air-conditioning in bedrooms and living room. Aircon heating
³ for experienced sailors. There is also one Topper Taz (1 person or 2 children). The Taz is specifically for kids and very easy to sail, even for a complete beginner. The jetty is shared with Al Olivar, Ondine's sister property

 

Inside: accommodation at Ondine is on two floors. The main access is into the spacious open concept living and dining area and well-equipped kitchen. Wall-length sliding glass doors in the living and dining area bring in the outside areas and offer views of the pool and the sea. The ground floor is also home to two light and airy bedrooms, a double with en-suite shower room and a twin with a shower room next door. Both have direct access to the pool terrace. On the first floor are two more bedrooms, a double and a double-twin, each with their own en-suite shower rooms and a shared balcony overlooking the pool and the sea. The double also opens onto a fully furnished, communal terrace with stunning views, which may also be accessed from the landing. All bedrooms and living area have ceiling fans as well as air-con.

Outside: sitting in around 1.25 acres of private gardens, Ondine's outside areas offer space, peace and privacy. The main terrace, directly accessed via the living and dining areas, comprises a large shaded area for al fresco meals and lounging around, and a wonderful pool overlooking the bay below. A wide, easy path leads from this terrace through the mature gardens down to the jetty where you can take out Ondine's four kayaks (two doubles and two singles) or one of the three sailing dinghies: Topper Magno (up to 4 people), a Topper Topaz (2 people) and a Topper Taz (1 person or 2 children). The Taz is specifically for children and very easy to sail, even for a complete beginner. These dinghies and the jetty are all shared with Al Olivar, the villa next door however each house has its own private boat mooring. Ondine and Al Olivar are the only villas in the area with their own jetty, and guests who hire a boat may moor it there during their stay (please check with us to ensure it's not too big to moor here), explore the island by water and even sail to Vathi for shopping or lunch!

To one side of the villa is a second panoramic terrace complete with barbecue and al fresco dining area. The upper floor bedrooms have their own panoramic terraces - perfect for sipping a cup of coffee in the morning - and for the evening sundowner, the first floor terrace is our favourite spot.

 

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The whole ground floor of Ondine is on one level without any steps (including the garages, terraces, pool, living room and 2 bedroom suites). The doors to the ground floor and bedrooms are wide enough to accommodate a (compact) wheelchair, making the villa suitable for guests with reduced mobility.

A short distance away, totally private yet close enough to be taken together with Ondine by larger groups or two families travelling together, is Al Olivar.

Neighbouring houses Ondine and Al Olivar have an incredible range of watersports equipment, including sailing dinghies, kayaks and paddle boards.

EOT Licence No. 2661039422
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