Haven't been yet, but well looking forward to the Pericles, can it possibly be as bad as some people make out ? Personally, all this bad mouthing of the Pericles is just making me look forward to it even more, I have this vision of Fawlty Towers, Greek Stylee ! ( and yes, that was a deliberate spelling mistake ! . I have bought my ear plugs and plasters, packed my corn flakes ( only joking, bread and jam will be fine by me ).
And can't wait to meet this Nikos geezer, who according to someone, 'doesn't like it up him ' ??? Whatever that means ??
Ah well, when in Greece .........
Isn't that the point of a holiday ? To enjoy your surroundings and a good stiff drink ( or two ) ?? Seems that Mr S enjoyed neither ?
Hello again, can anyone tell me if there is a cashpoint / ATM in Sami please ?
Loved it, loved it, loved it !! Hotel was fine, no bugs, no injuries, OK, yes - you can hear the farm animals at night, but just take some earplugs and you'll be fine. Nikos was a lovely man ( and did you know that he checks out this web site and has been most amused by SOME of the comments !! ). Sami is a charming town, lots of good restaurants ( we loved the Dolphin with live music some evenings - la la la ). Plenty to do and see in the surrounding area without hiring a car. Take the bus to Fiskado for 3 Euro, for a stylish day out !! Walk in the hills and see the stunning views and hear the goats !! Can't wait to go back .... and HELLO to Nikos when you read this !!!!
I went to Sami / Pericles last year and it was fab ! Most people hired a car to see the whole of the island but there are plenty of things you can do on foot / by bus. The Mellisani lake is a 30 min walk, as are the Caves. Anti Samos beach is about an hour walk. Although if your kids are very young this won't be an option as it's tough going. The hotel itself has a kids pool and small play area, and the beach in Sami although mainly shingle has some sandy bits that will suit the kids.
Don't be put off by some of the dross written on this site, the hotel is ace, really clean and the staff are lovely.
The only thing I would say is that it is very noisy at night, not from nightclubs etc but from the farm next door !! I took earplugs from Boots and they stopped the noise. As did a couple of bottles of local wine !
Hope you enjoy your holiday, leave a message if you want any more info.
The nearest beaches are in Sami itself which is about a 15 min walk from the hotel, there are 2 beaches in Sami, to the east and west of the harbour. Or you can walk to Anti-Samos beach which is about an hours walk. If you hire a car you have no problem.
The Sami beaches are mainly shingle with patches of sand so you need footwear on the beach.
Anti Samos beach has no sand. But you can hire loungers.
Nearest beach is Sami, actually there are 2 beaches, East and West of the harbour. It's about a 15 min walk from Pericles. Beaches are mainly shingle with some sand, so you need beach shoes !
Hope you enjoy your holiday.
Dunno about net site for Ithaca ferries, but they go from Sami harbour daily if that helps.
Breakfast is help yourself buffet style. Coffee, tea, orange juice, bread, butter, jam, ham, cheese, hard boiled eggs, cornflakes.
You can pay extra for cooked foods like bacon and fried eggs.
Some people were moaning about the breakfast which made me laugh, the food was lovely and fresh, you can have as much as you want, and if you take your plates out onto the balcony you can watch the sea whilst you eat ! Fab !!!
Good days out ??? I recommend the Sami Star boat trip to Ithaca from the harbour, and the Mellisani Caves. If you don't hire a car, you can take the bus to Fiskado or Argostoli - although make sure you know correct departure times as there is only 1 a day either way !! Walking to Anti Samos beach is pretty fab ...
There are lots of tavernas round the harbour, the food is lovely - lots of fresh fish and traditional Greek cuisine. You will find your favourite restaurant. Prices are OK, some tavernas sell local wine by the pint !!
Dunno about car hire as I didn't ! But some other guests at the hotel reckoned that the rep offered the best deal. There is a cash machine at the bank in Sami, so you can just withdraw money rather than faff about changing it. There are lots of nice tavernas round the harbour, my fave was the Dolphin, mainly cos it had live music some nights. The 2 things I would recommend you take are earplugs as it can get a bit noisy at night ( there's a farm next to the hotel with lots of mooing and barking ), and a little torch for that walk back to the hotel from the harbour. Enjoy your holiday !
Stuart . Amy
My top tip for a fab day out is to take the Sami Star boat trip to Ithaca from the harbour. It was 20 euros last year and well woth every euro ! You stop at Vathy and Kioni and if you're lucky you may catch sight of Odesseus !
Walk into Sami is about 15 mins, it's a flat walk.
I stayed at the Pericles last year and loved every minute of my holiday. Going back this year for 2 weeks but staying at nearby appartments. Noise from nearby farm WAS bad at night ( I thought ) but I took earplugs and drank loads of wine which sorted out the problem ! It didn't seem to bother some guests though, I suppose it depends on how light / heavily you sleep !
If you don't want to hire a car you can get the local bus to Fiskardo / Argostoli / other places although in most cases there is only one per day, so don't miss the return bus !
Sami is actually quite a big town ( for Kefalonia !! ) and there are plenty of restaurants and a few bars in the town. Night time action revolves around eating and drinking !!
When I stayed at the Pericles another guest was allowed to store medicines in the hotel fridge with no problem.
I'm veggie and stayed at Pericles last year, but only had brekkie there. I am sure that if you tell them they will cater for you ( although it may not be nouvelle cuisine !! ). The hotel is really friendly. If you eat fish you will be OK in the tavernas, if you don't then stick to places that do Pizza as well as meat / fish dishes. Many Greek starters are veggie. And the Dolphin restaurant in the harbour has special 'proper' veggie food !!
Hope you have a fab honeymoon !
Follow the harbour right the way round the marina, out of town, up the hill and you come to the Paradise Beach Restaurant - check out the chocolate souffle for 2 - divine !!!!
Kath, the lake is below ground and the ramp is quite steep ( I can't remember if there are steps or not ) and I do remember that there's only a rope type hand rail to hold on to. It's really beautiful, but not sure if it would be OK for hubby. You have to climb into the boats. Hope this helps.
Hiya, your best bet for a fantastic day trip to Ithaca to to take the Sami Star boat trip from Sami - it leaves several times a week at about 9.30 ( you would need to go to Sami to check the times ) and they take you to Vathy and Kioni and then stop off at some lovely coves for swimming.
Paul, the airport is small and can get a bit crowded on departure day, with all the UK flights going out at similar times however the reps try and organise things as best they can ( but this does mean quite a lot of queueing - take water and be patient )