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“Best holiday ever!!!!!”

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Welcome to Villa Octavius
Your first view of  Villa Octavius
Easy walk in pool
View from the air
Large Kitchen
Octagonal Lounge
Dinning Room
Super King Blue Room
Red Room
White Room
Dancing camels bedroom (twin)
Master bathroom
Hammock Tower
Main shaded terrace
Warm evenings
Shaded patio and Hammock Tower
Fire Table lounge under the stars
Ideal place to unwind
Enjoy the sea view from the Fire table lounge
View from the Red Bedroom Balcony
Super yachts in the bay! You have the best view
Enjoy Star filled nights from the Hot Tub
The pool eye
Cozy Jacuzzi seating area
Villa Octavius the ........Hilltop Retreat
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4 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Nidri, Lefkada, Ionian Islands

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Cape Town, South Africa
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Best holiday ever!!!!!”
Reviewed 1 July 2015 for a stay in June 2015
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Gorgeous villa with stunning views over Nidri and the islands. Steve and Monica are the perfect hosts. The villa has absolutely everything one could need, including a lovely swimming pool and a jacuzzi.

The highlight of the week by far was the boat trip with Steve and Monica which included a close encounter with an octopus, viewing a pod of dolphins, a trip into a massive cave where a Greek submarine used to hide during WW2, a stunning snorkel into a cave filled with bats and a wonderful lunch on the nearby island of Meganisi.

The villa is walking distance (or a short scooter ride) from the town of Nidri which has everything one needs including restaurants and supermarkets. The villa is also close to a valley with a gorgeous waterfall at the end of a short walk. A short distance away is the stunning Desimi beach.

Thank you Monica and Steve for the best holiday ever!

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George M
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Villa Octavius is exceptional”
Reviewed 30 June 2015 for a stay in June 2015
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Our week in Villa Octavius was one of the most enjoyable weeks of my life.

The property, which is luxurious without being ostentatious, is set on a hilltop high above the town of Nidri. The views stretch in all directions and the gardens are lush. It is close to town, but extremely quiet and private.

Steve and Monica are excellent hosts who went well beyond the call of duty to make sure that all our needs were met. We will definitely return.

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Your age range 25-34
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Beth D
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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“Great house, fantastic location, excellent hosts”
Reviewed 19 June 2015 for a stay in June 2015

Myself, my partner and our one-year-old stayed at Villa Octavius for a week at the start of June. The house is beautiful - tastefully and luxuriously decorated yet unpretentious and homely. The pool and outdoor area are pristine. The views are stunning and the location is really convenient - easy drive from Preveza airport and close to the town of Nidri.

Steve and Monica are exceptional hosts. Due to a fraught time at the airport, we'd left our little one's pushchair behind accidentally. Within five minutes of explaining our dilemma, Steve had procured one for us to borrow for the week - a life-saver! And on one day Steve took us out on a boat, finding shady beaches, good snorkelling spots, a baby octopus to play with and even some dolphins!

The house is great for children - cot and highchair were supplied and Steve had toddler-proofed the outdoor area so ours couldn't escape (obviously there's still a pool so you can't just let them play outside alone). The hammock tower makes a great shady playroom. All the restaurants were really child-friendly too, though not everywhere had highchairs. In terms of temperatures for children - we went the first week of June and it reached 35C in full sun so we were grateful for the shaded areas at Villa Octavius.

The taverna down the road is easy walking distance and serves great food. Nidri at a 20 minute walk or 5 minute drive is full of nice places to eat and drink. If you don't want to go out, you can even get great restaurant food delivered straight to the villa.

We're definitely considering going again and taking more people with us, although having Villa Octavius all to ourselves was really quite a treat.

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Liked best: The views and the outdoor lifestyle
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Absf66
London, United Kingdom
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“Villa Octavius to the rescue”
Reviewed 18 January 2015 for a stay in July 2014
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Our holiday did not start well. Not that that was anything to do with Villa Octavius, I should quickly add. Firstly, the priority plane seats we'd paid extra for failed to materialise and we ended up in duff seats, despite the additional cost. Then the hire car company at Preveza airport didn't have the car we'd booked and the replacement we were offered turned out to have an engine with the power of a faulty hairdryer - which made navigating Lefkada's steep, island roads a bit of a lottery. But the final straw was when we arrived at the original villa we had booked (sod's law, independently) and found it to be infested with a massive swarm of equally massive wasps that rendered it uninhabitable. Never mind that the air was full of the little buzzers; the thick black ring around the edge of the pool was a bit of a giveaway, too. Turned out it wasn't dirt but literally hundreds if not thousands of the evil critters having a mid-afternoon dip. With no tour operator or holiday rep to scream at/come to our rescue with alternative accommodation, our holiday looked like ending before it had even got started.

So, what do you do if you arrive on Lefkada to find you haven't got a roof over your heads - or at least one where you won't end up stung to smithereens? What you do is you ring Steve, the fabulous owner of the equally fabulous Villa Octavius, and pray to the heavens that you will luck out and find that the villa isn't booked for the two weeks that you are on the island. So that's exactly what we did.

Fortunately for us, we'd met Steve about ten years ago on a previous visit to Lefkada, way back when he was running commercial "marine adventure" boat trips. We'd had such a great day out that, in the run up to our 2014 trip, we'd tracked him down and arranged a private day's boating with him. In doing so we'd learned about Villa Octavius that he rented out - just a little something he'd knocked up in the intervening years since we'd met! Sadly, we'd just agreed the rental of a nice (or so we thought - they didn't mention the wasps) villa on the other side of the island, otherwise we would have splashed out and booked Villa Octavius straight away, so gorgeous did it look. And yes, the wasp-infested villa we'd originally booked that shall not be named was smaller, less luxurious and not as well situated... And yes, we were a bit miffed that we hadn't found Villa Octavius first, but, hey, we were going to have a great holiday regardless, right?

And thanks to those blooming great wasps at the villa we'd originally booked that shall not be named, we did have a phenomenal holiday - because in desperation we called Steve, and roughly one hour later we were settling into what has to be one of the finest holiday homes we have ever stayed in: the phenomenal Villa Octavius.

Beautifully furnished and superbly equipped, the house itself is a joy to live in and just oozes laid back, luxury living. Think fabulously chilled-out hammock tower (how could I have ever survived this long on this planet without my own hammock tower?); ridiculously well-equipped hi-tech kitchen; stunning bedrooms including a magnificent master bedroom suite with uber-opulent bathroom and a vast sitting room with giant, supremely comfy sofas for late-night lazes. Wonderfully stylish and full of character, it's a hugely happy and easy home to hang out in. Add to that Sonos; wifi and giant plasma, and, incredibly, even the teenager was sated. Frankly, you'd have to be a right difficult so and so to find things to complain about here, because we wanted for nothing... and we are fussy beggars. Little gifts of fruit and vegetables from the garden were an unexpected, lovely extra touch, too.

But best of all was the outdoor living - the sprawling terraces; lovingly-tended gardens; exquisite pool complete with swooping swallow displays; hot tub and fire pit - and that astonishing view over the Bay of Nidri. Seriously, I'd rent VO for that view alone. Much as I love a lie-in on holiday, the lure of watching that scene come alive as the sun came up was almost impossible to resist. Beyond beautiful.

The location is great. Go to the waterfalls. Eat out down the hill at the local taverna or down in Nidri. Head to Lefkada town for a night or two. Explore the beaches around the island - there are some absolute stunners on both sides of the island, although some are a vertiginous drive to get to. Take at least one boat trip with Steve to find octopi and see how Onassis once lived - and make sure to ask him to bring his enormous telescope up to the house so you can spend an evening spotting stars, and even the rings of Saturn. This is a magical place run by the loveliest and most helpful of hosts, who live right below you - not that you'd ever notice - and seem always on hand to help.

That we ended up here is proof that every cloud has a silver lining and that even nightmares can turn into the stuff of dreams. Wasps - we cannot thank you enough.

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“A holiday of a lifetime!”
Reviewed 4 October 2014 for a stay in August 2014
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person found this review helpful

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 :)

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