Having visited all of the resorts on the island on a 2 week holiday,this was without a doubt the least appealing for charm and most expensive for shopping. The beaches "looked" nice, but were small and crowded compared to the many excellent beaches to be found on the island. Can't comment on the nightlife because we didnt stay around long enough to find out.
We didn't stay at the hotel, but if this is the restaurant that I think it is, on the main square in Argostoli, than I cannot recommend the food highly enough. The meal was absolutely superb. My partner is veggie and she was a little restricted for choice on the island, but the saganaki(fried cheese) starter and vegetable souvlaki main course were unequalled. My saffron mushroom starter and pork scallopino main course was of haute cuisne, top notch, A1, db standard. With free house wine and free dessert, and a greek Russell Crowe head waiter(apparently), we just couldnt go wrong. Go there!
one of the things I was looking forward to on my return to the Ionian Islands, was a traditional Greek Meze. I opted for the vegetarian Meze as a starter, only to be presented with half a plate of chips, a small amount of traditional fare, and a large dollop of houmous. Very disappointing. My main course of Kebab also came accompanied by chips! My parter had ordered a meal that should have been accompanied by rice, but that also came with chips, minus the rice. We always enjoy local food when abroad and avoid chips like the plague, so this was disappointing. The staff were however very friendly and Spiros gave the odd Greek lesson. The local dog and cat also visited!
Lourdas is slightly enigmatic, aspiring to be a resort, but retaining Greek atmosphere by really just being a number of studios and appartments spread over a slice of Kefalonia countryside not too far(if you have a car) from some nice beaches. You will also need a car to visit the other resorts and places of interest, unless you want to wake up very early to catch the buses which only run twice a day.(cheap though). All in all a very relaxing and beguiling place to stay.
Lourdas beach is ok but if you want soft sand and shallow bathing then you MUST go to Trapezaki, a real gem of a beach!!
Walk down the beach past the sunbeds and you'll enjoy peaceful sunbathing with rarely anyone within 20 yards of you, or so it was in May. The sea was clear and excellent for "bobbing" as we poor swimmers are most likely to do. However if you do walk there and take the "short-cut" path back up from the beach to Lourdas, then take a stick with you for support as the path is steep and rough, plenty of bamboo-like canes lying around on the beach. These are also useful for building little beach huts too. Hours of fun :-)
Just had to amend my previous rating.
It's no huge theme park, just a site of extreme beauty. The sun 's reflection shimmering from the crystal clear water on to the cavern walls in which the lake is situated is magical. The amazing colour and depth of the water is marvellous. The singing Greek boatman is amusing, (leave a nice tip). Use your imagination to marvel at the forces of nature that resulted in this lake, enjoy the unique experience for what it is, and you won't be disappointed.
Maybe not so easy to do if the sun isnt shining, if you have been queuing for 30 mins or if there is a large and loud party of tourists present, but still worth the cost, including souvenir booklet, just to say you have been there.