How do you describe a hotel that you should not be at, due to the original hotel being cancelled 48 hours earlier and all Thomas Cook guests transferred to the Ionian Sea?
Arriving late at night 10:00pm welcome meal waiting for us, and shown to the room which was more than agreeable, from the start the staff were great and friendly nothing was a bother, the main cliental are mainly polish and east European but don’t let this put you off, The few English were the ones transferred from the KGV. It is all inclusive but you need to watch as there are two options, soft and hard, soft has no alcohol apart with meals and hard is alcohol all day, drinks package is very good one beer and 5 cocktails plus local spirits,, there is only one bar, at the pool drinks served in plastic cups, but don’t be shy to ask for a glass instead,, the glass size is a gill, so you will at least 3 to make a pint. Wine and beer served with all meals.
Restaurant is all buffet service and caters for the east European market as the food tends to be warm to cold, but help is on hand with a microwave, which was used mainly by the English each meal time.
Overall there were plenty of choice 4 different meats each sitting as well as salads, veg, a small selection of desserts, the manager kept everything filled with fresh food. So no issues, no reports of tummy upsets, or illness which is a good thing,
Entertainment is again geared towards the east European market, again I don’t think they were excepting the English to be there, one Greek night, one guest singer which turned into a disco for the kids, please note the hotel is a child friendly hotel with most of the children from new born to under 5,s, so be warned, if you are trying to escape the grandkids don’t go, The animation team work extremely hard to keep the kids entertained all day. The beach is a short walk but don’t except something special, there is also the aqua park which is free to use, again geared up for the kids.
We received a 5 bed room for the two of us so plenty of space, cleaned daily fresh sheets etc., did not use the TV as you receive free Wi-Fi 24 hours a day so used that instead. Bathroom basic, shower, small bath, no plugs but the hotel soap fits perfectly, plenty of hot water, air con on, as it is worked by your key card, we just took the card off the key and left it in to keep air con on thought the day.
Overall would recommend the hotel for families with young children, or if you want to just chill out away from everything, bearing in mind there is nothing outside the hotel, I mean nothing the nearest town Luxori is a taxi away, but the hotel has everything for you to chill out, pool, relax.
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We stayed in this hotel from 4th. of June to the 11th. of June! It was a pleasant stay! The staff were friendly, helpful and always smiling. The small poolbar has got some great souvlaki' s so make sure you try them! The hotel is in a great spot, with only 3 mins walk to Antonio beach, 6 mins to the long beach and 8 mins to the Lassi strip! One day I went jogging and ran into Argostoli and saw the turtles. It only took 18 mins, beat that ;) Would recommend this hotel :)
It's price and central position!
For two years in a row i am visiting Cefalonia. The island is a paradise for people that want to spend couple of days in beautifull sea!!! Last year i booked a week in Villa Emily! The price was reasonable and worth every cent! The villa is located in northen Cefalonia 3km from Fiskardo port! Everything was perfect, Costas and Oxia was there for me like a family with lot of humour and kindness! I recommend this villa to everyone!!!
Villa Emily has a big clean pool in front of her! The pool is like an oasis in the August! The view wasn't the best but was ok. The place was too quite and that i was looking for!!!
On Cefallonia, it was not always easy to find a suitable place to spend the night. This one was almost perfect, at the dead end of a short stony dirt road, with a platform wide enough to stay out of the road, which, anyway, had no traffic from 6PM to 9 AM. During the day, we drove and explored the whole island but it was such a good place that we came back, three nights in a row.
It is not that often that I have to do last minute arrangements for vacation and in these cases I do not expect to get a very good result. I was more than surprised to find this amount of luxury and care in probably the best spot for family vacations on the island: Isolated from noise and crowds yet very close to Fiscardo and some of the most beautiful destinations in Cefalonia. Spectacular view of the Ionian Sea, friendly service and, most important, your-own-house grade cleanness. Rooms are spacy and comfortable and the pool excellent.
- Magnificent view over the sea
- large rooms
- friendly service
- Luxury at reasonable price
Antonia Studios are a small collection of apartments located just above the Lassi 'strip'. The location is excellent - Makris Gialos and Antonio beaches are a short walk away, and some of the island's best tavernas are a stone's throw away.
The accommodation is basic - that said, our apartment was cleaned regularly by the slightly eccentric Antonia, and the sea view we had from our balcony was gorgeous - a guaranteed sunset every night.
Air conditioning is 35 Euros per-week. Unfortunately for us, this was not made clear by the holiday company or our representative. We were told by Antonia (the joint-owner as well as the cleaner), who doesn't speak any English. After speaking to out rep, we were told that this is pretty good value for money.
There is no reception at the accommodation, but it does feel safe. It's located along a quiet, secluded road leading uphill from Lassi, amongst similar accommodations.
Rooms are of an adequate size, as is the bathroom. Cooking facilities are extremely basic, just one hob - and I wouldn't fancy using it. Knifes and forks were pretty filthy. We stayed for fourteen nights and chose to eat out every night.
There is pool use at Antonia - it's at a hotel five minutes away. With the excellent beaches close by, we found no need to go there.
The location is Antonia's selling point. Try and get an apartment on the upper floor. As well as having a private balcony (the lower balconies are shared), you'll get fantastic sunsets every night on top of an impressive sea view.
This was self-catering with all the benefits of a hotel! Full Maid service which surprised us (and them - we made our beds and emptied our own bins on the first day!) Tea coffee and sweets provided in the studio.
The decor was very attractive - teracotta, cream and gold co-ordinating and matching bedlinen, curtains and furnishings, comfortable beds, dining table and chairs, occasional table and arm chair, wardrobe and dressing table were more than ample in this spacios studio. The kitchennette was a design inspiration! A self-contained unit with Fridge (and complimentary bottled water) Microwave, 2 ring hob, toaster, kettle and useful crockery, cutlery, pans and utensils! The tea-towels even matched the room decor! When not in use it was tucked out of site by pulling down a roller door to hide it - marvellous! Bathroom was tasteful and included plenty of towels (very big and fluffy!) a hairdryer and shaver point, bath and over bath shower, toilet and sink - increadibly clean - cleaned daily by the maids - even on Sunday!
The resort itself was very fine - nice pool area and terrace area with top-notch garden furniture and loungers etc. Pool bar was manned by the lovely Nikos and his family and provided hot and cold drinks and toasted snacks.
The villas were set on the hillside about 500m from the beach and 600m from the village centre - all down hill on the way there, but a bit of a trek on the way back - not far, but all up hill! So car rental is advisable - particularly if you are elderly or have difficulty walking. If you are young or agile this wouldn't be a problem at all and makes the villa resort private and unspoilt!
We were made to feel very welcome and they seemed genuinely sad to see us leave!
10 out of 10 for this lovely new resort!
This was very luxurious by Kefalonian standards. Spacious rooms, pool area was pristine with gardeners coming in each day. I know Nikos has plans for an indoor bar and a mini market which would make this a self contained self catering resort.
The attention to detail was wonderful - we were even provided with plug in mosquito repellant and there was air conditioning in the rooms (payable locally)
All rooms have a balcony with either sea or mountain view - we were lucky enough to have both! And were cleverly designed so that you weren't really overlooked by the other studios. There is stylish balcony furniture (with a co-ordinating ash tray!!) and even a little basket of pegs!
The rooms were home from home and were not full of ''DO NOT'' signs - the only one being please do not smoke in the rooms - and quite right too! And a safety sign in the opool area.
There were also beautifully clean changing and shower rooms near the poolside.
The Crystal Palace is brand new for the 2007 season and blew us away with the luxury and decor!
Set in mountainside 600m from Skala village, Crystal Palace is a cluster of pretty apartments. With a pool, terrace and reception area this was something different - self-catering with full maid service. (We have never experienced a daily Maid service in self catering before - I think it probably surprised the maids becuause we had made our beds and emptied the bins on the first day!)
Very tastefully decorated in teracotta, gold and cream, with all soft furnishings and furniture matching. Every detail had been thought of - there was even a plug in mosquito repellant supplied. Bottled water in the fridge, tea, coffee and sweets in a dish, plasma screen TV with world news and sports. Even the ash-tray and tea towels matched the colour scheme! Bathroom had a bath, over bath shower, sink and toilet with a hairdryer and shaver point and a telephone to reception!
Studio was large and comfortable with patio doors leading to a big balcony with wrought iron table and chairs - stunning views, sea to the front and mountains to the side, cleverly built so that you are not directly overlooked by neighbours, unless you lean far out to get a look!
The kitchenette was hidden inside a large 'wardrobe' which slid open revealed a fitted sink, 2 ring hob, microwave, kettle and toaster, cooking utensils, cutlery and crockery were all provided there was even washing up liquid!
Nikos and his family were very pleasant, the pool bar was reasonably priced and sold some toasted snacks etc. Atmosphere was very relaxing, loungers and terrace furniture around the pool were stylish and comfortable. The whole complex was kept immaculately clean and tidy.
I know Nikos has plans for an indoor bar and mini market which would make it completely self sufficient. Very useful as Village and beach are a 10 minutes stroll down hill (but, by default, up hill coming back!) We hired a car and it was easy to zip up and down the newly laid roads.
From the pool terrace you can look out over the sea. Pool and whole terrace area was kept immaculate - including the daily gardener.
Nikos and his family were exceptional hosts, without being obsequious, they made you feel welcome and seemed genuinely sorry to see us leave.
Pool bar was reasonably priced - virtually all drinks were the same price as in the village bars which made us feel valued customers as we have often felt 'ripped off' when you are charged inflated prices in the hotels.
Looking over the balcony to see the herds of goats munching on the shrubbery for breakfast was cute and amusing.
Close to 'Old Skala' the deserted village abandoned after the 1953 earthquake. Is an excellent location for anyone enjoying walking.
The only other thing I would have wanted was an extra set of drawers in the bedroom - that was more to do with my over-packing than lack of facilities though!
I would give the Crystal Palace a 4 star rating!
No beach! The brochures say "...300m from the beach" but they don't say that you have to fly for 300m: there are cliffs between the hotel and the beach and the road to the beach is much longer than 300m (something like 1.5km).
The "buffet" breakfast which was included in the price was a joke. Some tea and coffeebags, some pieces of (long ago baked) cake, some cornflakes and packaged juice. After anything finished noone bothered to fill the bowls again.
I was tired, had nowhere to stay and thought this hotel was the answer to my prayers, but, the receptionists attitude (no friendly at all) made my misery complete.
This hotel became a family joke and we remember it as a price we had to pay for not being wise enough to book beforehand. Although this could have happened anyway.
Because time has passed things might have change. But, after this experience, I should find a really low price offer to include this hotel, for me to consider staying there again...
The pool I guess. And the balcony view was beautiful.
I've been travelling to Skala resort in Kefalonia Island for more than 5 years so believe me I really love the place. So since I've just booked for this summer I decides to let the rookies in on the details. Good restaurants all over the place, mini markets, supermarkets & no huge multistory buildings. Now that I found the Anassa Hotel, just across the middle of Skala's beach, there is nothing more that I want from my holidays. The hole setting is fabulous and spotless clean with a fanatastic infinity pool and jacuzzi, the service, the facilities and the most of all the people couldn't be better. I'd rather you didn't check it out so I can keep it to myself but on the other hand I really feel back keeping all the good news to myself.
Great views from almost anywhere in the hotel.
Infinity pool & jacuzzi with waterfall.
Giant projector screen in the evenings over the pool.
Very very clean.
Warm hearted people.
For those who are really in a desperate budget, I found this quiet basic hut on a tree right by the beach. No toilet facilities, no A/C, no Room Service though, LOL.
This hotel about 1km out of Sami has a nice swimming pool and terrace and is located right by the beach too. It seemed a pleasant mid-range option in Cefallonia.
I didn't stay overnight in Sami, arrived early in the morning from Ithaki and left in the evening, but I passed by this nice camping while walking along the beach, so I thought it would be a good idea to put it here, as a good budget option. It seemed big and clean from the outside and is located right by the beach of Sami.
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