Pikermi

THE IONIAN ISLANDS

Mikros Gialos, Lefkada

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

Views to die for at this charming, über panoramic villa on Lefkada island.

Sitting high above the little bay and village of Mikros Gialos, Pikermi's gorgeous views take in the south of Lefkada, vast tracts of the Ionian Sea and even the islands of Ithaca and Cephalonia... and that's whether you're sitting on the terraces or swimming in the infinity pool!

“We loved Pikermi, it was really great, better than the photos even.” SR, 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)  6
  • Bedrooms  3
  • Double beds  1
  • Twins  1
  • Flexible doubles/twins  1
  • Bathrooms  3
  • ... of which en suite  3
  • Daily maid service 
  • Cook 
  • Breakfast preparation 
  • Infinity pool (LxW in metres) ¹ 12x5
  • Air conditioning 
  • Safe 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • Satellite TV 
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • Satellite Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Boat 
  • Cookery classes 
  • Boat trips 
  • Sea views 
  • Walking distance to restaurant(s) ²
  • Walking distance to shop(s) ²
  • Walking distance to beach(es) ²
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ single depth 1.5m with wide steps for access
² the beach, tavernas, bars and shops of Mikros Gialos are just over 1km away. A 15-minute walk downhill will get you there. The walk back is uphill, quite steep and takes about 20 minutes

 

Inside: accommodation at Pikermi is spread over two floors. The main entrance leads into a large, functional open plan living, dining, kitchen area which is extremely luminous thanks to the two sets of French windows leading out to the main panoramic terrace, and to the white walls and light-coloured furnishings. To the right is a utility room, a guest bathroom and finally a beautiful, bright double bedroom with a spacious en-suite bathroom (with separate shower and tub), stunning views of the sea and direct access to the terrace and garden. Stairs lead up to the first floor, where there are two spacious bedrooms, a twin and a double-twin, both with en-suite shower rooms and double-sized sliding glass doors that serve both to bring the stunning sea views and light inside and to provide seamless access to dreamy little terraces.

Outside: just outside the living and dining area is a large supremely panoramic terrace that runs the length of the house and features a shady outdoor lounge and dining area. To the side, easily accessible from the kitchen, is the barbecue and wood-burning stove. Steps lead down to the stunning infinity pool, which is hard to drag oneself away from, and its large surrounding terrace, also offering good shade.

 

Think About

Part of the road up to Pikermi is unpaved and a little rough. Other sections are steep and have some tight bends. We therefore strongly recommend guests hire a 4-wheel drive car.

A 15-minute walk downhill will get you to the beach, tavernas and shops of Mikros Gialos. The walk back is uphill, quite steep and takes about 20 minutes.

Pikermi features a fantastic infinity pool, offering swimmers stunning views while in the pool. There is a drop from the infinity edge 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.

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