Antanitsa Apartments

Accommodation in Lourdas

Michele T           

Add your comment here We stayed at Antonitsa last summer and had a brilliant time. Views are stunning from the rear of the property, the owner speaks very little english but is very friendly. We really want to go again this year but cannot find the accomodation listed in the olympic brochure this year. Can anyone help? Has another tour operator taken over this accomodation?

If anyone can advise we would be grateful.
Michele

Pete D           

We booked an "allocated on arrival" holiday to Kefalonia with Olympic Holidays, and the Antanitsa Apartments are where we ended up. Situated on the main road through Vlahata village, about 2km from Lourdas itself, they are the "self catering" type of a pleasant design on 3 floors, and there are 24 apartments altogether. We were allocated apartment 22 on the ground floor, which means descending a few marble steps into a very echo-y corridor. The room was basic, but served our needs. There's a small kitchenette with fridge and 2-ring hob. There were few utensils provided causing a 10 metre walk to the nearest supermarket to buy essentials like a couple of souvenir mugs for a brew.
We arrived in the afternoon, and the view from the patio doors was stunning. Travellers arriving in darkness will be pleasantly surprised when opening the curtains the next day! I've posted a picture of the view. The beds were comfortable but there was nowhere comfy to sit. The bathroom had the usual, but typical of Greece (it seems) the shower head is fixed at waist height. Hot water is always available. The terrace had a plastic table and 2 chairs, and it was lovely to sit with a drink and look at the views.
The apartments are quite new, and there are unconnected wires and pipes sticking out of the walls and floors - I did not try to check if they were live! In fact, health and safety appears to be non-existant, as the cleaners would leave the marble steps soaking wet and there are no handrails so it would be very easy to slip. We were always careful on the steps - especially after a few drinks! There is a lovely pool terrace at the back - very easy to reach from the ground floor by walking across the lawn - with sunbeds, a bar and an incredible view. Like many of the pools in Vlahata, it's open to anyone who cares to visit, but it never got too crowded. It seems to get windy in the afternoons, which means all the parasols get taken down. The bar serves the usual drinks, ices and snacks, but is a little pricey. The bar plays relaxing local music, but more often than not it's drowned out by the "music" from the Marianna next door. The sunbeds are the white resin type with no cushions provided, so even lying on a towel gets a bit sore after a while.
Can't fault the location, with 5 supermarkets, 6 or 7 restaurants, car and bike hire places, a music bar and other shops all within 10 minutes walk - all on the same level. Vlahata is situated on a very steep hill, and I did not envy the climbs people who were staying in accommodation above or below the main road would have to make! If you fancy a walk down to the beach, forget it unless you're very fit. It's about a 2km walk down the steep hill - and taxis refuse to pick people up from the beach! You could try and make your way back up along one of the cliff paths, but make sure you have plenty of water! The best bet is to hire a car or bike, or cadge a lift off a neighbour. Be warned though, the car and bike hire places won't do rental periods less than 3 days. Kefalonia is such a beautiful island though, that transport is essential to see more of it. The public bus leaves at 11am to the capital, Argostoli, but returns at 2pm, leaving only an hour to explore. Expect to pay around 20 for a taxi there and back (18km). If you miss the transfer to the airport (like we did!) a taxi will cost you 30 for a trip of 5km. The only down points were the corridor outside the door echoed so much that you could hear every word of conversations, and a door closing was like a gunshot. You're also sharing a room with a fridge, which gets noisy at night, and the extractor fan in the bathroom seemed to pump in other people's odours, rather than get rid of ours! Nevertheless, we enjoyed our stay, and wouldn't mind staying at Antanitsa again.

Pete D           

We booked an "allocated on arrival" holiday to Kefalonia with Olympic Holidays, and the Antanitsa Apartments are where we ended up. They are situated on the main road through Vlahata village, about 2km from Lourdas itself. They are the "self catering" type of a pleasant design on 3 floors, there are 24 apartments altogether. We were allocated apartment 22 on the ground floor, which means going down quite a few marble steps into a very noisy corridor. The room was basic, but served our needs. There's a kitchenette with sink (constant hot water), fridge and 2-ring hob. There were 3 plates, 1 wine glass, 1 beer glass, 1 fork, 2 knives and a metal pan (just big enough to boil enough water for 2 cups of tea) provided. A quick visit to the nearest supermarket, all of a 10 metre walk, enabled us to buy essentials and a couple of souvenir mugs for a brew. We arrived in the afternoon, and the view from the patio doors was stunning. I imagine travellers arriving at night must be very pleasantly surprised when opening the curtains the next day! I've posted a picture of the view. The patio doors can open from the top about 20 cm, allowing ventilation but keeping the room secure. There were 2 comfortable single beds, a dining table with 2 chairs, a wardrobe and dressing table but nowhere comfy to sit. The bathroom had the usual, but typical of Greece the shower head is fixed at waist height (why?). The terrace had 2 chairs and table. The apartments appear to be quite new, as there are wires and pipes sticking out of the walls and floors - I did not try to check if they were live! In fact, health and safety appears to be non-existant, as the cleaners would leave the marble steps soaking wet and there are no handrails so it would be very easy to slip and fall which could end up in a serious injury. We were always extremely careful on the steps - especially after a few drinks! There is a lovely pool, about 8 metres x 5 - very easy to reach from the ground floor by walking straight out of the room and across the lawn - with sunbeds, a pool bar and the incredible view. The pool is open to anyone who cares to visit, but it never got crowded. The bar serves all the usual drinks, ices and snacks, but is a little pricey, and the fact it's staffed by a very young girl (about 14) during the day is a bit off-putting (she does make good chips though!) The bar plays some decent relaxing music, but more often than not is drowned out by the "music" from the pool bar at the Marianna next door. The sunbeds are the white resin type with no cushions provided, so even lying on a towel gets a bit sore after a while. Can't fault the location, with 5 supermarkets, 6 or 7 restaurants, car and bike hire places, a music bar and other shops all within 10 minutes walk - all on the same level. Vlahata is situated on a very steep hill, and I did not envy the climbs people who were staying in accommodation above or below the main road would have to make! If you fancy a walk down to the beach, forget it unless you're very fit. It's about a 2km walk down the steep hill - and taxis refuse to pick people up from the beach! You could try and make your way along one of the cliff paths, but make sure you have plenty of water! The best bet is to hire a car or a bike, or cadge a lift off a neighbour. Be warned though, the car and bike hire places won't do rental periods less than 3 days. Kefalonia is such a beautiful island though, that transport is essential to see more of it. The public bus leaves at 11am to the capital, Argostoli, but returns at 2pm, leaving only an hour to explore. Expect to pay around 20 for a taxi there or back (18km). If you miss the transfer to the airport (like we did!) a taxi will cost you 30 for a trip of 5km. The only down points were the corridor outside the door echoed so much that you could hear other conversations, and a door closing was like a gunshot. The woman in the apartment above us seemed to wear stiletto heels constantly, so trying to sleep while she paced around her tiled floor was impossible. You are also sharing a room with a fridge, which seems to get noisy at night, and the extractor fan in the bathroom seemed to pump in other people's smells, rather than get rid of ours! Beware, too, that the cleaners open your doors and leave them open, even if you're out for the day, so take all your valuables with you. Nevertheless, we enjoyed our stay, and wouldn't mind staying at Antanitsa again.