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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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SteveByfi...
Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Staying here guarantees you countless memories that will remain with you for life!”
Reviewed 15 September 2012 for a stay in May 2012
1
person found this review helpful

It is unusual for me to be moved to write a review of a holiday destination as my take on the world is as subjective as the next person. The fact that I have is in itself testament to the sheer delight that is Villa Octavius.

If you are reading this having ploughed through villa after villa trying to find that one place that really stands out then I can empathise - my wife and I found ourselves in the same predicament last year when we were choosing the dream destination for our honeymoon - that is until, after about 1,000 other villas, we chanced upon Villa Octavius.

There are times in our lives that we will remember to our dying day; those formative experiences that were more than just a point in time; moments when your outlook on life matured, was revitalised or irrecoverably changed for the better. Villa Octavius, unashamed in its grandeur and confident in its conception, provides a truly stunning environment that sweeps you off your feet and takes your breath away.

The attention to detail is everywhere - the villa and grounds are clearly labours of love, stuffed to the brim with character and surprises. Every element stands out in its own right and yet the villa is more than the sum of its parts. Its thoughtful design has created countless vistas both inside and outside of the villa and it capitaises on its position at the top of a hillside with panoramic views of the bay, neighbouring islands, and the mountains to the rear.

Inside the villa, the sense of space can not fail to calm even the most frazzled of nerves with room after room offering its own unique story through its immaculate decor and furnishings. Everything is set out to offer the best in luxurious comfort; from the central sound system that controls the music simultaneously across different zones in the villa (including the exterior) to the tranquility of the astonishing hammock room with its absorbing views.

Outside, a vast expanse of patio beckons with fire table, large shaded dining area and swimming pool. This is such a pleasant space that it is almost a bind to leave it to explore the island. Many an hour was spent contemplating our navels and watching the swallows dance their merry dance as they swooped over the pool to drink. Passing the pool, around to the side of the villa, the patio descends into a stone walled terrace leading to the hot tub in a secluded terraced fragrant garden. (It is even accompanied by a fully functional bathroom secreted away). This is the ideal spot to enjoy a spot of champagne whilst the sun sinks below the mountain tops to be replaced by the moon, stars and planets.

And if you should want to see the moon or planets then Steve, the villa's owner, will introduce you without hesitation to his 10'' telescope. After setting it up on the terrace and providing you with instruction, he will then leave you to your own devices. We certainly didn't expect to have pictures of Saturn amongst our holiday photos!

A good point to mention Steve, and his partner Monica. Expect the warmest of welcomes from a beautiful couple who are hell bent on ensuring that everything is perfect. Extremely knowledgeable of the local geography, history and services, they are on hand to advise and to organise. Take advantage of a trip with them to a deserted and secluded beach on Steve's old Greek fishing boat - once there, you will enjoy the cuisine prepared by them on a wood fire, learning to snorkle with Steve and even get to know an octupus up close should you wish!

Steve and Monica live in a lower level to the villa but you wouldn't know it as they pride themselves on respecting the privacy of guests. Rest assured by the end of your stay you will have gained two more friends! Known in the nearby town of Nidri, the mention of Villa Octavius in the restaurants will most often result in the best and friendliest service with the odd desert thrown in too - especially at the excellent local taverna at the foot of the hillside!

Of the island itself, Lefkada offers a plethora of activities and places to visit. A short walk from the villa are the beautiful Nidri waterfalls and the nearby harbour town of Nidri offers a vibrant and cosmopolitan collection of restaurants. A short drive away are the picture perfect beaches of Mikros Gialos and (for the more adventurous and mobile) Agiofili - there isn't a superlative that could adequately portray the beauty of this second location. The island is also connected to the mainland via a floating bridge and the longer trips to the ancient Roman ruined city of Nikopolis and to the Necromanteion are worth investing time in. Take the opportunity to hire a boat in Nidri and sail around the coast before snorkelling into the bat cave - this requires a little resolve but the rewards are priceless! You won't need to hire snorkelling gear as Steve will readily provide what you need.

An attractive alternative however would be to make the most of Villa Octavius - there is a real danger that you will not want to leave for the entirety of your stay! Be in no doubt that this exclusive villa should quite rightly be on the top of anyone's list - if you do indeed choose to stay here then (i) you will not be disappointed, and (ii) I am going to be just that little bit jealous.

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Liked best: The terrace with its stunning views, fire table, shaded dining area and swimming pool
Liked least: There wasn't a single thing to dislike
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
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hans97031...
Hamme, Belgium
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“SAD TO LEAVE”
Reviewed 2 August 2012 for a stay in July 2012
1
person found this review helpful

We rented Villa Octavius for 2 weeks, along with our 4 children (3 teenagers and one child of 4 yrs). At first we were a bit worried knowing that the owners were living in a appartment underneath the villa, but we can assure that this was never a problem, quite the contrary. Monica and Steve respected our privacy at any time, and they provided us with many tips that make the visit and stay on Lefkada so much more a great value : the finest restaurants, the best boat and sailing lessons, the most interesting trips and, on request, as a bonus, Steve accompagnied us on a unforgettable snorkeling trip.
And then there is the amazing villa on a exceptional position, on a rock, overlooking the stunning bay of Nidri.
This visit was worth every euro and, if all goes well, we will certainly come back. Book it.

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Liked best: the views, the genuine hospitality of the owners and the the impeccable and comfortable villa
Liked least: the return
Travelling group: Teenagers
Your age range 35-49
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Oldshep3
Southampton, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Villa Paradise”
Reviewed 26 June 2012 for a stay in June 2012
4
people found this review helpful

This was our first visit to Lefkas and we fell in love with it. Villa Octavius is the best villa we have ever stayed in and this was our fifth villa holiday. The owners live on the property and couldn't have been more friendly and helpful, they made our holiday very special. The extra touches such as candles round the hot tub and on the stairs when we came back at night meant so much. The villa is spacious and luxurious with everything you could want and the hammock tower made it so different from anything we have experienced before. I had a luxurious holiday with my two sisters but this would be an ideal location for 4 couples to celebrate a special occasion or just have a great group holiday.

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Liked best: The stunning views
Liked least: nothing
Travelling group: Other
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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Janet T
Manchester, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“GOING BACK AGAIN”
Reviewed 13 June 2012 for a stay in May 2012
3
people found this review helpful

Wow, where do you start, from arrival to leaving Steve & Monica made us most welcome. The villa is absolutely fantastic - the best one we've ever stayed in - The views are stunning. The villa with it's fantastic views, layout with hammock tower and hot tub (on a clear night you can sit there and watch the stars in the sky). Go see and enjoy the rest of the island and you will agree you have chosen the best villa on the island. Go on Steve's boat trip or rent a boat and explore the surrounding islands - Totally enjoyable and relaxing holiday - we are going back in September with friends.

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Liked best: The villa with those fantastic views
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Family with Young Children
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
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