Casa Luza

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  • 12 Sleeps
  • 6  Bedrooms
  • 7  Bathrooms
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About the Villa

A chic, stylish, top-level villa boasting an infinity pool, lawned gardens and views out to sea.

Casa Luza is an irresistible blend of contemporary design, traditional architectural features, quality local materials and impeccable craftsmanship. All the requirements of contemporary living are catered for while the ambience is at once welcoming and refined.

"We had an absolutely fantastic time at Casa Luza! It was so beautiful and all the amenities were exceptional! Our holidays was wonderful and we will recommend the Thinking experience to everyone of our friends!" LK, US, June 2019





Casa Luza in the press:
Stylist, August 2017

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)  12
  • Bedrooms  6
  • Double beds  4
  • Flexible doubles/twins  2
  • Bathrooms  7
  • ... of which en suite  6
  • Daily maid service ¹
  • Cook 
  • Breakfast preparation ²
  • Heatable infinity pool (LxW in m) ³ 17x6
  • Pool changing room 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Heating 
  • Open fireplace 
  • Safe 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • Satellite TV 
  • DVD player 
  • Integrated sound system 
  • Satellite Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Outdoor kitchen 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Gym 
  • Shopping service 
  • Sea views 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ five hours a day from Monday to Saturday from 8am to 1pm, including breakfast preparation. Breakfast preparation is also included on Sundays. Mid-week change of linen
² cost of ingredients not included
³ there is an extra charge of €525 per week for heating the pool, if requested, payable in advance. Chlorine-free - a saline filtration system is used
in the bedrooms and the kitchen
includes Sky Movies

 

Inside: accommodation at Casa Luza is all on one floor. Furnishings and fittings throughout are of a very high quality and the subtle colour scheme of greys, whites, blacks and natural wood creates a serene, restful ambience. The sleeping quarters are situated in two wings, on either side of a generously proportioned communal living and dining area with high white beamed ceilings, large sink-in sofas, a fireplace, a study area and a series of French windows providing access to terraces on both sides of the house. To one end of this area, looking over and opening onto the main al fresco dining area, is the superbly equipped kitchen, with large central island, professional range, double-fronted fridge-freezer, wine fridge and pretty much everything else a chef could need for inspiration. The flooring throughout is in gorgeous local petrol-grey pietra pece, a feature that continues into the two sleeping quarters. To one end of the living area a door opens into a short corridor, off which are three bedrooms: the first is the master double, complete with walk-in wardrobe, large en-suite bathroom with separate tub and shower, decorative fireplace and large French windows accessing a private panoramic terrace; the second is a double bedroom with views out over the countryside and an en-suite shower room; the third is a double-twin with access to the surrounding terraces and an en-suite bathroom with small tub and shower connection. This wing is also home to a guest bathroom. The second sleeping wing, also accessed via a corridor from the living area comprises another three bedrooms: two doubles and a double-twin, each boasting its own en-suite shower room and access to the surrounding terraces (one looks out and accesses the pool area). Last, but not least, on the lower ground floor, accessed from grounds and with views of the surrounding countryside, is a fully equipped gym, a pool changing room and a bathroom with shower.

Outside: arrival at Casa Luza is via a large sun-soaked terrace, at the centre of which is an olive tree. Furnished with a table and chairs, this area is accessed by two of the bedrooms. The main focus of your al fresco life at Casa Luza, however, is on the other side, where extensive terraces, furnished for dining, barbecuing and lounging, and a pristine triangle of green grass give way to the inviting cobalt waters of the infinity pool and the olive-specked countryside beyond. Accessed from multiple doors in the living room, dining room, kitchen and several of the bedrooms, this area really is the villa's oasis, a secluded, private hideaway blessed with views of the surrounding countryside and the sparkling sea on the horizon.

 

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The two separate bedroom wings at Casa Luza makes it ideal for two families travelling together.
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