We have just returned from a lovely, relaxing two week holiday at the Kefalonia Palace Hotel with Portland Direct (26/9 to 10/10/02). We wanted a peaceful location, and that is exactly what we got. It is advisable to hire a car because of the isolated location. Buses into Lixouri were very infrequent; but taxis were available at 7 euros for the one way trip. The food was very good, with plenty of variety to suit all tastes. Rooms were clean and adequately if somewhat basically appointed. The air conditioning had been switched off in the middle of September and could have done to still be on for the first week of our holiday; but fans were available to hire (and definitely necessary). The bed linen seemed rather scratchy and worn at the time of our stay. The pool area is good; but for peace Sandy Xi beach adjoining the hotel was lovely. Swimming appeared safe in calm sea, which remained shallow for a long way out. The evening entertainment was decidedly unsophisticated, and could be better, with the hotel being so far out of town. For a change of scene there were hourly ferries between Lixouri and the capital, Argostoli. However the less able bodied would find these difficult as it is necessary to climb quite a lot of steps when boarding and disembarking. Travelling to and from the airport involved this ferry trip and taking one's own luggage on and off the boat. There were quite a lot of children staying the first week of our holiday, but by the second week the clientele was predominantly more middle aged (like us). Some people return to the hotel over and over; and we are very likely to book another stay.