A holiday to remember
I don't know how to begin to explain my experience at villa octavius but let me start by saying it was the best holiday I have EVER had. The stunning villa sits right in the side of the mountains overlooking all the islands and the sea. Every day it brought me great joy to be able to lay by the pool and watch the the sun rise and set before me, all from the comfort of my new home. You feel a million miles away from anything in your safe haven. Although you are only fifteen minute walk from the village which is alive and buzzing with bars, tavernas, shops and even water sports on the bay. Villa octavius is impeccably designed giving a feeling of luxury but still the charm of traditional Greece. Every room has a beautiful view, it was hard to choose which one to stay in. Plenty of places to relax, you can even get a masseuse to come to the Villa and get a treatment in the hammock room which was sooooo good. Holiday highlight was a nighttime boat trip called 'sunset and stars' where you go out to another island and you could jump off the boat for a evening swim then climb back on chow down on some mouthwatering Greek food and guzzle down the wine and lay back and look to the stars and get lost in the Greek mythology and stories behind the constellations. A truly magical evening. All organised and performed by Steve himself.
In all honesty the nicest feeling of the villa is having Steve and Monica on hand at any point to make sure you have exactly what you want whenever you want and their attention to detail makes you feel at ease and at peace. Villa Octavius has given my family some beautiful memories and we talk about the villa as if it were a second home and we will definitely be returning :)
This Villa really was a dream come true. We originally succumbed to the photos on the website but the reality is even better, if that's possible! Steve and Monika have thought of every mod-con in terms of kitchen facilities, inside and outside lighting, music technology, hot tub etc etc and it all complements the lovely furnishings and stunning views across the bay.
Our family group of 6 stayed for the first week in September and unfortunately were subjected to unseasonal downpours and thunderstorms 5 days out of 7, so we made more use of the inside of the villa than we expected and sadly hardly got to use the outside seating at all. The pool has tiered steps at one end and is very deep at the other and was popular with us for a cool off at the end of the day. Both pool and beach towels are provided as well as bath towels, and all were changed mid-week.
We did get out on Steve's famous boat trip on our first full day which was thankfully sunny, and had a brilliant time exploring and meeting his rather irritable octopus friend, stopping off on another island for lunch. We also took up Steve's suggestions on local tavernas. The Barrel in Nidri was great on a wet evening. Kato Rahoula taverna 10mins walk down the hill from the villa had a much more interesting menu than the average taverna with a nice terrace, quality food and friendly staff and is a must visit despite the inland location.
Another of Steve's recommendations was Egremni beach, which we visited one warm sunny afternoon. Negotiating the 350 steps to this stunning beach is well worth the effort. We also enjoyed Mamma Mia taverna in Nidri's Greek night (good a la carte food but accompanied by complementary ouzo, the waiters dancing, customer participation and plate smashing) for a more lively evening. A standard taxi into Nidri from the villa cost around 8 euros. Make sure you mention Steve's name when eating out as it does seem to pull strings/bring out freebies!
Nidri waterfalls are close by for a change of scenery from pool/beach but best to drive to the car park as it is still a fair walk up from there. Even at this time of year there was a decent flow and it was busy with tourists, although due to the recent rains the pools were brown so no one was taking a dip in them.
Overall we had a wonderful holiday and would recommend this villa to anyone who appreciates quality and stunning scenery.
Tip: if you are flying in early at Preveza airport and have time to kill on route, given check-in is from 3pm, the Seven Islands taverna at Ligia is a lovely peaceful waterside spot for lunch, midway to the villa.
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Just back from a week at Villa Octavius. What can I say that hasn't been said already? This villa is outstanding. Sitting majestically on the hillside with stunning views all around. The decor is exquisite and so tasteful. The outdoor area nothing short of incredible. We felt like A list stars. It's the attention to the smallest details that really stood out for us. Steve and Monica have done a fantastic job here. We all loved the boat trip with Steve. He is such good fun and far more entertaining than the usual holiday pleasure cruise. We can't wait to go back and will definitely stay for longer this time.
Well my wife and I went back for a second visit which is most unusual for us as we seem to always find new places to visit, but the attraction here was too great.
This is surely one of the best villas around. Superbly appointed, looked after and managed. Everything you could want and such a good place to relax. The elevated position not only gives great views over Nidri but also benefits from a cool breeze to offset the Greek sun. Big enough to get lost and find some solitude to sleep, read or just contemplate life, but social enough to have drinks round the fire table or al fresco lunch and dinner of the BBQ. 5 minutes from the best taverna in the area makes this one hard to leave for too long. I fear against our normal traits we might be back there again next year.
This villa has it all. The location, the views, quality throughout and seclusion are incredible. Everything in the villa has been thought through for the perfect holiday experience. Outside is wonderful, the space, the pool and the seating allows you to relax and not be in each others pockets.
We'll be going back and I'll be promoting the villa to all that will listen.
You'll have a brilliant time!