Tour operator is 'First Choice'.
These apartments are newly built and set in a tranquil setting within a mountain backdrop and pine trees. If it is a quiet relaxing holiday you want, then look no further than these apartments. Although not fully completed when we visited in June 2002 they were still very comfortable with all amenities working. No expense has been spared on the construction of these apartments or the grounds. When we were there last June a small fortune was being spent on plants around the perimeter of the pool and buildings, which must look fantastic by now. The apartments are set just on the outskirts of Skala’s small town at the top of a steep incline, possibly making these apartments unsuitable for anyone with walking difficulties. Having said that, local car hire would overcome this. More about that further on.
The rooms are all a very good size and tastefully decorated with ample storage space. We had a 'One Room', which is another word they use for an 'Apartment'. The benefit of these rooms are that they are bigger and have the addition of a table and four chairs and an extra sofa bed. There are twin beds, fridge, two cooking rings, toaster and kettle along with all the basic cooking utensils you will need. All rooms have air conditioning, controlled via your room remote and payable locally. There is also a telephone and a TV in all rooms (limited channels). Most rooms have a good sized balcony overlooking either the pool or surronding countryside. There are also terrace rooms available should you prefer. Saftey deposit boxes are available at reception for a small charge.
The bathroom is a decent size comprising of WC, bath with overhead shower attachment.
There is a pool bar and large patio area with plenty of tables, chairs and parasols. A large satalite screen is set to one side of the patio area for all you sport and film enthusiasts. At the time we were there bar meals were unavailable, but was assured this would be rectified for next season (2003). On the level below. There is a large attractive fresh water pool with a round Jacuzzi pool attached at one end for relaxing those muscles. There are plenty of sun beds and umbrellas to go round. Although all of the clients staying at the ‘Nirithes apartments were British when we were there, we still all tended to act like the Germans, and mark our spot for the day - if you know what I mean……!!
The staff, who are also the owners, are very pleasant and helpful. The owners son 'Napoleon' has his own car rental business called V.L.M a little way down the road on the left. He offers very good rates for clients staying at the 'Nirithes', much cheaper than the holiday company prices. Funnily enough they don't mention this in the brochure!!...
A short strole of 5-10 minutes will take you into Skala’s main street where you will find a good variety of bars restaurants and one night club. A further five minutes will take you to the end of the street and the beach. Not the best beach in the world, very fine shingle. But there are sandy beaches nearby, reached within 10-15 minutes by car.
Overall, we liked Skala and the island of Kefalonia with its beautiful scenery and beaches and especially the ‘Nirithes’ apartments where you could enjoy a relaxing peaceful holiday but also with a little bit of night life not too far away. If you’re looking for frantic night life, then this resort is probably not for you.
I would say my only gripe is, since Greece has gone over from the Drachma to the Euro we did notice a significant rise in prices.
We will be back again one day, but will probably try and arrange it ourselves and book direct through Napoleon if possible and then get a cheap flight. We have done this before on a holiday to Zante, saved almost half brochure price. All it takes is a bit of searching on the web. It’s not rocket science.
Have a great holiday.
If anyone would like to see my digital photo's of the 'Nirithes' complex and Kefalonia, just copy and paste the web address below into your normal address bar.
There are also 'Links' to more holiday destinations we have visited and photographed on the same web site I built.
It's a basic site, but gives you a brief look at a few holiday destinations before you travel.
Does anyone have a contact phone number for the 'Nirithes' apartments please.