L'Olivastro

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Fontane Bianche

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

Chic elegance, a heatable pool and direct sea access…

L’Olivastro is a splendid sea-front villa that has been cleverly designed to maximize its wonderful panoramic position. Surrounded by a luxuriant Mediterranean garden and terracotta-tiled terraces, its gates will lead you directly into the limpid, translucent waters of the Mediterranean Sea... unless, of course, you prefer the heatable pool and its hydromassage corner!

“L'Olivastro was even better than we thought it would be: absolutely perfect, wonderfully comfortable and in a glorious position. We’d follow you anywhere you offer. The most important thing to us is that you always keep your amazing service, it really is what sets you apart from other companies.” JW, UK, August 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
  • Twins  1
  • Flexible doubles/twins  3
  • Bathrooms  4
  • ... of which en suite  1
  • Daily maid service ¹
  • Cook 
  • Garden gate beach/sea access 
  • Heatable pool (LxW in metres) ² 7.5x4
  • Air conditioning ³
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • iPod docking station 
  • TV 
  • Satellite TV 
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • ADSL Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Shopping service 
  • 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 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ 3 hours daily maid service from Monday to Friday plus a mid-week linen change
² there is an extra charge of €425 per week for heating the pool, if requested, payable in advance
³ in the bedrooms
about a 20-minute walk away in Fontane Bianche

 

Inside: accommodation at L'Olivastro is spread over the main house and an adjacent guesthouse. In the main house, a hallway leads directly into the generously proportioned and effortlessly elegant living room with decorative fireplace. A series of French windows bring in the fabulous sea views and provide access to a large, shady terrace that looks over the pool and the sea. Connected to the living area is the light, airy dining room and a lovely kitchen with yet more inspiring sea views. Towards the other end of the house are two welcoming, bright and spacious bedrooms, two double-twin bedrooms. One has an en-suite shower room, the other a shower room next door. The guesthouse, which is accessed independently from the gardens, has a living area with day bed, a double-twin bedroom and a shower room on the ground floor, and a smaller twin bedroom with adjacent shower room on the mezzanine. This latter is suitable for younger members of your group. A lower level of the main house accesses two large terraces and contains changing rooms and showers for those re-entering after a hard day’s swimming and sunbathing!

Outside: a luxuriant, perfumed Mediterranean garden featuring numerous varieties of palms, yuccas, cactuses, bougainvillea and jasmine surrounds Villa L’Olivastro, giving way to large expanses of inviting terracotta-paved terraces that are perfect for soaking up the sun during the day and dining al fresco by night. Just 20 metres away lies the sea! A pool on the lowest, sea-facing terraced makes this villa truly complete.

 

Think About

For practical reasons - lots of stairs and some drops - we don't recommend this villa for young children. The small mezzanine twin room in the dependence is under a sloping roof and is suitable for more independent children / adolescents rather than adults.
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