Archive for February, 2014

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Kefalonian Flights

Sunday, February 16th, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We frequently get comments from our our customers that they are finding it difficult to find reasonably priced flights. In this post, I will explain to you, our valued guests, why this has historically been the case, how this is changing and how to find the best prices.

Why has this been the case?

Tourism developed in Kefalonia far later than the other Ionian Islands, namely Corfu and Zante (Zakynthos). This was primarily one of the effects of the 1953 Earthquake, as many people left the island to go abroad to make money to help their families during the post earthquake period. This meant that tourism developed far later, only really in the 90′s. If you compare arrival statistics, Corfu, Zante, and Kefalonia, have almost 1,000,000, 500,000 and 180,000 arriving at their airports respectively each year. Considering Kefalonia is physically the largest of these three islands it becomes apparent that Kefalonia’s historical events have played a major role in how it has developed as a destination.

Coupled with this, the local population is relatively small (between 30,000 and 40,000 inhabitants), so there was not a large need for a large number of domestic flight routes. Based on these factors tourism originally developed with the help of tour operators who had their own fleets of aircraft that they could charter on a route directly to the island from UK (and European) based airports for the Summer Season. Demand for flight seats has historically been high relative to the capacity available.

How is this changing?

As tourism has continued to develop on the island, a number of new properties have become available to rent, this has increased the popularity of Kefalonia and the island now has a wide variety of tourists from all over Europe that come to visit it every year. Recent years has seen the genesis of the Low Cost Carrier, infamously EasyJet and Ryanair. As traffic increased to the island, they took note and now there are a number of these flights flying to the island during the season every week.

This has increased the capacity of seats to the island but demand to visit beautiful Kefalonia has grown at a much faster pace! Therefore, although we have almost 70 flights a week to the island, the planes are still relatively full, especially in the peak months of July and August.

This compounded by the fact that the domestic route via Athens, is still a small twin-prop Bombardier, has meant that demand far outweighs the supply of seats to the island.

It goes without saying that the additional routes put on to the airport have helped somewhat. It was also recently announced that now some of the domestic routes within Greece will be run by Ryanair, so this should make connections within Greece considerably easier and cheaper.

How to find the cheapest prices?

Unfortunately, there is no secret formula here. The fact still remains that the best way to ensure cheaper tickets is to book early. In some cases, if you know which dates you will have available to travel on, it may be better to secure the flights in advance and then shop around for accommodation afterwards.

Due to the demand to the island, the airlines usually fill up their flights and so any remaining last minute seats are relatively expensive. It is very rarely the case that flight prices have dropped if customers have left the booking to the last minute.

Although in the future, the total number of flights to the island is sure to increase, in the short term this will not have an effect on the prices for this year. Our advice is, where possible, book early to avoid disappointment!

For a list of airlines that are flying to Kefalonia, you can visit our FAQ.

Regards

The Unique Villas Team



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Website Transition

Friday, February 14th, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You may have noticed some changes to the website. It is currently going through a transition and should end up with a new and improved look and feel.

Everything should remain functional during the transition, so bookings can still be made.

If you do have any issues during this period, please feel free to send us an email at feedback@uniquevillas.co.uk and we will have it looked at as soon as possible.

We hope you have a great weekend.

Regards

The Unique Villas Team



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Pool Heating

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello,

Once again in response to your comments and suggestions from last year, we are delighted to add another improvement to some of our villas. A number of them will now have heated pools in place, ready for the coming summer season.

Now you can enjoy your infinity edge swimming pool with stunning sea views in even more comfort.

Don’t be alarmed, the swimming pools are generally warm, the heating is primarily used in April, May and October when things are beginning to heat up and the pool can sometimes be slightly cooler.

You can find all the properties with pool heating here.

For more information on what to expect from the pool heaters, you can read our FAQ.

The photo is for some Friday motivation, the weekend is just around the corner!

Regards,

The Unique Villas Team



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Levante Photography

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The photography for Levante cottage, our newest property, have been updated.

Levante is a 2 bedroom villa (sleeps 4), but with the additional benefit of having Villa Meltemi next door. This means that it can be rented as either a 2 bedroom villa or as a 4 bedroom (sleeps 8) villa with Meltemi next door.

The decoration and furnishings are warm & inviting – in the style of a traditional Kefalonian stone cottage.

The views are simply breathtaking from here, you can see Lefkas, Meganisi, and Ithaca in the distance, with views as well over the entrance of Fiscardo’s harbour, where, in the high season summer months,  you can watch the yachts of the rich and famous come and go.

Regards

The Unique Villas Team



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Social-Media fans

Friday, February 7th, 2014

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    For those of you that are active on social media, I am pleased to announce that we now have a number of new avenues for you to follow us on

    Our facebook page has now been running for over a year. There are regular updates here about things that are happening on the island and some ideas for your next visit to the island. There are so many things to see & do on the island and it is great to hear from our guests, when I speak to them and they inform me that they have been coming to the island for over 10 years and have still not done everything!

    I am also pleased to announce that we recently surpassed 3500 likes on our page. This is a great place for people who love the island to meet and share their passion.

    For those of you that prefer Pinterest, you can find our pinterest page here. I will be uploading my latest set of photos that I have from around the island. Winter and Spring time are a great time to visit the island as you can go on long walks and really appreciate the natural beauty without being under the constant gaze of the summer sun.

    I have spoken to a number of our property owners on the island who have confessed that Spring time is their favourite.

    You can also now follow us on twitter, our handle (@VillasUnique).

    Follow us and keep up to date with your Kefalonian News.

    Regards,

    The Unique Villas Team



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Upgrade Photos

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As we promised in our previous post the first group of photos have arrived for Marina and Olivia.

The other properties are currently undergoing a number of more extensive changes, so photography will come later for those.

We hope you enjoy the new look of these villas as much as we do.

Regards

The Unique Villas Team



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“The Kefalonian Shake”

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of you may have heard recently about a series of earthquakes that occurred close to the second largest town in Kefalonia, Lixouri.

Don’t worry, we are still here! Kefalonia has a long history with earthquakes, the most notable of these occurred on 12th. August 1953. You can find more information here.

A short time after this earthquake, the Greek construction laws became extremely strict and every new building had to go through a thorough review by a number of engineers to ensure structural integrity during an earthquake. All properties on the island are built with reinforced concrete, literally tonnes of steel go into the building, whilst it is being erected.

All of these buildings are built to withstand an earthquake above 9 on the Richter Scale.

Earthquakes are a regular occurrence on the island and we get 1000′s of these shakes every year. Obviously most of them are not felt as they are so small. the recent earthquake was around 6.1 on the Richter scale and these occur around once every 2 years, with their associated aftershocks.

I am happy to report that there is no damage to report from our villas.

If you are the type of person that likes to track these kinds of events, there is a great free resource that is available here.

Regards

The Unique Villas Team