Just returned yesterday from a fortnight on this beautiful island. The
hotel was as described, relatively remote, but in a lovely setting.
The standard of accommodation was very good, with clean and comfortable rooms (Greek standards). Food was varied with plenty of
choice, if not particularly exciting. Essential to hire a car at least
for 7 days if you're staying the fortnight, (we used Greekstones, and would recommend them), in order to appreciate the surrounding areas - Petani Beach on Lixouri Peninsula; Myrtos Beach; Assos (which is stunning); and Fiskardo ( up-market), are all worth a visit.
If travelling to other parts, be sure to take the Lixouri - Argostoli
ferry, which saves both time and fuel, with a crossing of only 20 mins and costs 6 Euros for car plus two people.
Hotel staff worthy of a mention are certainly Francesco (Restaurant Manager) always very friendly and fluent in many languages; Dina, the
ever-bubbly Bar waitress who never failed to impress with her friendly
manner and beautiful smile; and the "Entertainer" / Deck-chair attendant at Xi Beach who hailed from the UK, and despite his best endeavours was never going to be the perfect compere in the evenings,
but spent his days collecting 6 Euros for loungers and umbrellas on the beach! His wife in the meantime, positioned herself in the Bar every evening, operating the computerised and complicated till procedure (apparently she was the only one who could operate it!) -
nice way to spend your retirement : some people have all the luck!
Around the swimming pool were what we called "cocoons", which were
quickly snapped up in the mornings for some protection from the heat, however none of these appeared to have the rejuvenating powers
of the similarly named objects in the well-known film!! Enjoy your holiday - we certainly did!
Lovely little up-market resort, where traffic is banned from the tiny
streets or the harbour-side - most entertaining episode of our visit
were the antics of the yuppie "Sunsail" holiday sailors, attempting to park their craft in the tiny harbour. All was going well until the
catamaran arrived, and decided to get its' propellor caught up in the
mooring ropes on the "Sunsail" crowd! The antics were better than any
Monty Python film - and even more enjoyable, sitting on the glorious
harbour-side, with a refreshing glass of Mythos!
Gorgeous beach on the Lixouri peninsula, and just 20 minutes by car from the town. Steep descent with many hairpins, but well worth the trip. Two nice beach restaurants with comprehensive menus to suit all tastes, and a pleasant relaxing atmosphere on the beach itself. This is a must to visit if you're staying on the Lixouri peninsula! Watch for the incoming tide however, as the weather can be unpredictable
with regard to sea-swell (particular in July / August), and you could find the sea lapping around your sun-lounger!
We rented a Jimny from Greekstones in Argostoli, and would recommend
this relatively young Company to any visitors. The little Jeep was delivered to our Hotel on time, and collected as agreed. It performed
admirably over the weeks' rental, and after seeing some of the "B" roads, would recommend the extra cost of the convertible Jeep over the
Fiat Seicentos and Peugeot 106s, which were having a real hard time climbing the many hills on the island, and coping with the rough road
surfaces. Fuel consumption was exceptionally good, and the difference with Greekstones, was that they supplied the Jeep full of fuel, and you returned it accordingly. Excellent holiday transport!