Swimming Pool, Nine Muses Hotel, Scala, Kefalonia
This is a really lovely large sized swimming pool, complete with whirlpool . Stake your place early around it though if you want a sunbed and parasol!
This is a really lovely large sized swimming pool, complete with whirlpool . Stake your place early around it though if you want a sunbed and parasol!
This wonderful small hotel / complex consists of 38 air-conditioned rooms, 8 fully equipped studios plus 2 luxury suites with jacuzzis! I stayed in one of the studios and could not fault the cleanliness and facilities of the whole complex.
It is 2 minutes down the driveway to the very long sandy beach, and a 10 minute stroll to the town centre with a good selection of quality tavernas / restaurants.
The gardens are tended daily and the abundance of plants and flowers are a delight.
All the staff (Greek and English) were very helpful and friendly.
Be warned, this hotel gets booked very quickly. In England, First Choice Travel Company are the sole agents, but you can book direct with the hotel. I have noticed that recently the prices have increased considerably - obviously due to the excellent reputation it has built up since opening in 1999. The pool is a very good size with a lovely sunbathing area. It could do with being bigger as I hate to say, it was a 'grab a sunbed EARLY or go without' kind of place. There is a nice grassed area to lay flat out on though!
There is a restaurant but not directly attached. This is where guests on a board basis ate. We went there once soon after arriving, but I don't recall it being that special - we ate in the town every night for the rest of the holiday.
As you can see - the view from the pool is across the sea! A short stroll out of the complex takes you to the beach.
KEFALONIA,SKALA.The Aelos taverna at the Nine Muses hotel was our favourite eating place. Situated on the sea front. In the village The Pines restaurant was excellent as was the Mi Abeli both serving good food and an efficient service.Because of the heat the Aelos and The Pines were topping up our glasses with complimentary iced water. Nice touch.
We had good sea views at the Aelos Nine Muses till the sun set and the tables were far enough apart to ensure a fair degree of intimacy whereas some of the other tavernas were cramming in as many as possible.
The prices seemed consistent at all the eating places.Very good quality and value. Beef stiffado and Kefalonia meat pie are delicious.
With baklava as a must have sweet. The grilled chicken souvlaki and garlic mushrooms were heaven and the seasonal fruit salad was a good way to finish.
All washed down with a large Mythos and house wine.
Just returned from a week's holiday in Nine Muses, Skala. If you are planning to head to Kefalonia and want somewhere that is slightly more geared towards tourists than the more remote parts of the island (such as Lourdas) then this is the place for you. Personally I wouldn't have minded a little less focus on tourism and a bit more 'real Greece' but there are enough restaurants to choose from to try a different one each day for lunch and dinner. We bought food for breakfast and ate it on the balcony at the Nine Muses as there's a little kitchenette in the rooms. We had a lovely view of the mountains and could just about see the sea to the right but unfortunately there was a bit of building noise as there is a small hotel being constructed next door. it wasn't enough to be a problem but there was a bit of sawing, drilling and banging at random times such as 9:30pm one night. it really wasn't that bad though and never went on for very long and most days were quiet. it should soon be finished.
we ate in the restaurant at the front of the nine muses one evening and the food was delicious with fab sea views (you're practically on the beach at this hotel which is not the case for many other resorts).
Really would recommend getting a car or doing some trips as we did. We did the ithaka tour which was just gorgeous and really really enjoyable. Ithaka is absolutely idyllic and the boat journey is v.relaxing. Great opportunity to sunbathe. The island tour is also lovely with the lake tour and the caves, but Fiskardo really was the highlight. Amazing yachts, very sophisticated feel to the place and lovely people (oh, and reasonably priced ouzo!).
I have been as honest as I can about the holiday. Nothing is ever perfect, but we came away in love with the island, the people, the food and the staff at Nine Muses, including our rep Jackiey, were all lovely and very kind. The lady behind the bar taught me Greek as well - so it was good fun.
Have a fantastic time (i'm very jealous!)
We spent a really relaxing week at the 9 Muses Hotel, having booked at relatively short notice.
The hotel is really lovely comprising a small complex of buildings next to the beach just a few minutes walk from the village of Skala. The accommodation is good - our room had a small balcony with views over one of the pools and the beach.
There are two pools -one close to reception and one further up the hill behind a small chapel. Both have a bar serving drinks and snacks
staffed by friendly and incredibly helpful staff - Athine who looked after the upper pool during our stay was delightful.
Breakfast was good - with a selection of fruit salad, yoghurt, honey,
pastries, toast, hard-boiled eggs etc. Cooked English style breakfast
could be ordered at extra cost, but when in Greece......
The restaurant is also good with good views out to sea, a good choice
of food and once again friendly staff. There are also a good selection of tavernas and restaurants in Skala within a few minutes walk.
Things to note:
- If you want a double bed, book in good time and specify double not twin.
- the hotel provide a kettle and fridge but no tea, coffee or milk.
- if you book through a tour operator the rep will offer you various trips and tours which can be booked for about 10 euros per person less in the main street in Skala!
Overall an excellent hotel, in an excellent location with really helpful and friendly staff.
Just back from a week at the Nine Muses with my partner and we both loved it. The staff were the friedliest and most sincere I have ever come across at a hotel and I travel a lot. It was perfect for a relaxing break in a quality hotel on a beautiful island. A lot of the other people staying there were repeat guests and although the age profile was predomiantly older we still had a great time. Try the cocktails, they are lovely. I am not sure why anyone would worry about an internet connection in a place like this where R & R is the name of the game.
Just returned from a week at this beautiful hotel with my husband. We booked last minute, due to illness, and found the whole experience fantastic. From the smooth check in and flight, to the coach transfer and arrival procedure at the hotel, everything was amazing. Our rep, Jacky Harrison ,was superb. Always on hand to help and so enthusiastic, she was infectiuos.
The staff were the most helpful I have ever come across. We couldn't fault a thing. Angel , Maria and Mikey were what customer service is all about!
We are already planning to return as soon as possible and can't wait !
We stayed here in mid-August. The hotel is in a superb location, just over the road from the beach (which is a mixture of sand and shingle). The rooms are clean and (for Greece) reasonably well equipped and decorated. There is a restaurant overlooking the sea - excellent place to eat, with very friendly staff. Breakfast is average at best. The bar next to the pool is a nice enough place for a drink, and they serve excellent cocktails (there is an even better place in Skala for cocktails, Captain's Bar I think).
Skala is a pleasant resort, with plenty of good restaurants. The beach, although very pretty, is not that comfortable if you like sandy beaches. Highly recommended to get a car, and drive down the slightly alarming road to sandy, uncrowded Kamina beach (about 10 minutes away). If you do get a car, don't miss Myrtos beach (with an even more alarming road).
... Born of Semele and Zeus the handsome Greek god of wine Dionysus (Bacchus) was worshipped and attended with love and passion by mortals. Setting off from the Far-East, the region of biblical Eden, where grape-growing and wine-making had evidently originally appeared, he became a genuine Greek god, son of the heat (Zeus). His breeding was undertaken by the nymphs Hyades, viz "rain". This is why in the imagination of early people, wine-growing got a mythological expression, since it required a temperate climate (heat - water). He departed from mount Olympus, after having taught his fellow-gods, the beneficial wine-drinking, while at the same time he filled with enthusiasm the excited people and made them worship him.
Wandering from place to place, Dionysus planted wines and taught people wine-growing. He organized revelling and delightful feastings. Such an atmosphere of merrymaking, was brought to Athens by Ariadne after the slaying of Minotaur, and was replanted to the Attican earth by the Athenian hero, Theseus. In the following years the son of Hermes, Cephalus being persecuted by the gods left Athens. After having wandered to many places he finally established himsesf at a place called "Athenian Land", which had been Athens colony and was located in the middle of the sea, being attacked and harried by pirates, known by the name Televoes.
As soon as he set foot on the land, he planted into the soil the vine he had brought along, so that he might be reminded of his homeland. With the course of time the "Athenian Land" got the name of "Thenea Land" and was finally named "Thenia" while the island he had set foot on, was named Kefalonia, after him.
Since the original vine he had brought along was spread, and its growing occupied the whole island, the grapes developed into various colors such as white, yellow, red and black which produced excellent varieties of wine, such as "Moshato" (greta, beleive me...), "Vostilidi", "Theniatico", "Tsaousi", and above all the Divine wine "Robola", the vine of which requites thin soil, cool weather and plenty of sunshine all these prerequisites for bearing fruit.
The Robola grapes with their delicate flavor, their golden color with a fruit - like taste have rightfully made it to claim the name of "Nectar of Immortals or the wine of the gods". This is the bequest to the Cephalus descendants made by the omnipotent Dionysus. Three generations after Cephalus settlement, his grandson Laertis was born. He later became the father of the ingenious king of Ithaca Ulysses.
He really reigned in Ithaca, but virtually became the leader of Kefalonian people. In those days, wine constituted an expensive as well as a mush sought after present, capable of contracting new alliances, solve disputes and forge new bonds. In those days, wine constituted an expensive as well as a mush sought after present, capable of contracting new alliances, solve disputes and forge new bonds. Homeric times heroes used to drink wine produced in Kefalonia, while Ulysses using "Maronean wine" managed to mislead and finally subdue the mythical gigantic Cyclop Polyphemus, thus putting a successful end to his uneven struggle with him.
Consequently the famous Robola wine, has survived through the centuries and being constantly improved has reached the peak of perfection in our days. It is being strictly protected, by a special legislature, as an exceptional wine characterized by its superior quality origin. The restricted Robola zone consists of seven geographical communities; lying in the southern-central mountainous sector of the island they offer an ideal soil, with the most favour able climatological conditions. Over the past decade, the establishment of the Robola growers cooperative has greatly contributed to the expansion of the area cultivated, giving at the same time impetus to a better quality product.
The unique in its kind ROBOLA wine for "connoisseurs" has deservedly earned the appellation of High Quality Origin ranks among the best Greek wines. The higher quality of the cooperative Kefalonian Robola is guaranteed by the winegrowers themselves who make their wine - press machinery. The carefully and painful "Robola" cultivation process due to the grapes delicacy requires the at most care. It mainly grows in the well-known vine-fields of the Robola limited zone (area of rocky-soil hills). The cultivation done with the Robola producers thorough attention, yields restricted quantity grapes which safeguards the world famous excellent quantity. Drinking Robola wine, will harmoniously enhance the pleasure with satisfaction of the time of your life!
WHITE DRY TABLE WINE A high quality wine, coming from vine-fields cultivated in Kefalonia in a traditional way, under the strict supervision of the Robola-growers cooperative management. It is produced and controlled with the greatest care, under certain conditions and strict specifications. This special wine is produced in limited quantities that don't surpass the number of 10.000 registered bottles a year.
With the road high above Myrtos Bay you have the most stunning view of the white pebbly beach and the sea with its marvellous shades of blue. But be careful if you can’t swim or if you have small children. The beach shelves steeply the moment you step into the water and the currents are very strong!
The area around Poros is lush and green and many pretty villages close to Poros offer accommodation for tourists.
Poros is one of the three main ports of the island with daily connections to Killini on the Greek mainland. It is famous for its fish tavernas and cultural activities during the summer. Near the village of Tzannata the oldest monastery of the island, Theotokos-Atro, is situated. From there you have a marvellous view of Poros.
Skala, 12 km south of Poros, is a well-known tourist resort with a long pebbly beach. You can visit the site of an old Roman villa with a mosaic floor and inscriptions from the 3rd century A.D.
The village of Markopoulo is famous for the "miracle of the small snakes" which appear there every year in August.
Close by lies the village of Katelios and the beautiful beach of Kaminia (near the village of Ratzakli) with its protected sea turtles Caretta-Caretta
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Cephallonia did not play a major role in antiquity although several Mycenaean tombs have been discovered.
During the Middle Ages the island first belonged to the Norman kings of Sicily, one of whom, Robert Guiscard, died on Cephallonia in 1085.
Then it became the County of Cephallonia, one of the great fiefs of the Frankish principality of the Morea, and included Ithaca and Zakynthos.
For three hundred years it was ruled by Italian overlords: the Orsini from 1155 to 1356 and the Tocchi until 1478.
The Turks held the island for only twenty years; by 1500 the Venetians, assisted by the Spanish troops of Gonzales of Cordoba, the Great Captain, had recaptured the island and they held it until 1797.
After 1808 Cephallonia was occupied by the British, who promoted many improvements under the Residency of Sir Charles Nappier.
In 1823 Byron spent four months in a rented house in Metaxata near Argostoli before sailing to Messolonghi.
The island was finally returned to Greek control in 1864.
When Marshal Badoglio signed an armistice with the Allies in 1943, 9 000 Italians belonging to the "Acqui" Alpine division held out for 9 days against the German air and land attack.
When they finally surrendered, the survivors -- 341 officers and 4 750 soldiers -- were shot en masse on Hitler's orders; only 34 escaped.
In 1953 an earthquake caused severe damage throughout the island.
On the road to Fiscardo you turn left to the old fishing village of Assos with some nice tavernas and accommodation for tourists. Assos is famous for its (l6th century) Venetian fortress which is located outside the village on a little peninsula. Back on the main road you proceed to Fiscardo passing through traditional villages where one can still see houses spared by the 1953 earthquake.
Fiscardo was an important port during the Venetian Period. It was then that the first dwellings were built which you can still see today.
Fiscardo was named after the Norman Robert Guiscard who tried to conquer Cephalonia in 1085 and died here soon after landing on the island.
Fiscardo has a picturesque little port, many tavernas and cafes and various accommodation for visitors. Some Roman graves dating from the 2nd - 4th century can be visited. From Fiscardo you can also get the ferry boat to the islands of Ithaca and Lefkas.
For the last three decades "Tassia's Restaurant" is the undeniable attraction for an overwhelming tourist and local turnout. With the attractive port of Fiscardo as a background, the tables and chairs are in harmony with the environment, reflecting the colour of the sea, while the ceramic hue of the walls is a reflection of a more romantic past.
1 small lobster, 1 rock perch, 1 dragonet, 1 cod, 1 grouper (approximately 1/2 kg each), 1 bay leaf, a medium sized squid, 8 glasses water, juice of 3-4 lemons, 1 small ripe tomato, 1 medium onion, 2-3 cloves, garlic, unpeeled 2 medium carrots, celery, 5-6 medium potatoes, 1 glass olive oil.
Boil the water, olive oil and all the remaining ingredients except for the fish and lemon juice.After the vegetables have been boiling for 15 minutes add the fish allowing 5-6 minutes between each kind; the tougher ones first then the softer ones such as the cod. Do this so that all the fish are evenly cooked.The fish needs to be boiled for 20-25 minutes. Five minutes before turning off the heat, add the lemon juice.
Note: Kakavia is a dish made from various fish suitable for boiling. It is the most traditional dish for fishermen. I tried to give an indication of the kinds of fish that may be used.
Nine Muses Hotel
Skala Beach, Skala
Skala Beach, Skala
Skala, 28082, Greece
280 82 Skala, Skala
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