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“Nice villa pity about location” 2 of 5 stars
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Dolphin Villas
Kathisma Road | Aghios Nikitas, Greece   |  
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Ranked #136 of 223 Specialty lodging in Lefkada
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“Nice villa pity about location”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2009

This is an good looking villa which disappoints on closer inspection. The villa and surroundings are pristine, but the location is very very noisy and vibration from lorries and whine from scooters is unpleasant in the high season with the main coast road running only metres from the garden/pool area. It is a bit of a trek into the village and with the parking on both sides of the road and on pavements it is not a pleasant stroll, You really need transport as the local (sandy) beach (1 km plus) is jam packed yet within 5km either way are some great beaches with real sand. The entertainment equipment is ancient and just functional. The main bed was very poor, the sofa bed was more comfortable. The maid service is just about OK. The gardener/pool service excellent.

The other side of the island is much quieter, has better restaurants and more interest.

The Greek Options Rep was good and not pushy.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2009

Dolphin Villas are rented out through Greek Options. We had used the company last year, so booked with them again. We booked last minute, about a week prior to leaving, by looking at the special offers on their website. We paid £499 per person, but I believe it is more than this when you book at a normal time.

I'm not normally one to complain, but for this trip I felt I really had to write out all the good and bad points so people can make objective decisions.

First of all the travel company Greek Options - I feel that when you pay to have a rep around, they should be accessible. When we arrived at the airport, he wasn't there. I could see reps from every other company but not him until about 15 minutes later. Considering out flight had left Gatwick at 5.45am, and as such we'd woken up about 1am, when you are that tired, you really want everything just ready. Beyond this, we never saw the rep again - this is slightly our own fault, because we were unable to get up in time for the welcome meeting which was at a different venue (about 1km away) at 9.30am, which was 7.30am by English times, and after the hours we were up the day before, we felt this to be ridiculous. His office was in Lefkada town, and we were situation in Ag. Nikios (12km away). So really I wanted to say, if you really do want a rep to advise you on your holiday about what to do etc, this isn't really the place. You would want to be directly in Leftkada town.

The Villas themselves were ok. You get your own pool which is nice. If you are able to choose which one you get because you book early, Villa one is the best looking (from the outside, so garden, pool etc), then villa two... going down to villa four. You do get a lot inside the villa, tv, dvd player, washing machine, ironing board, balcony outside, sunbeds, all pots and pans you would need to cook, dishwasher (but its tiny!), oh and there is a BBQ outside. Bedroom is fine. All basically furnished, but bed was comfortable. There is a mini balcony outside the bedroom too. Only thing is, there isn't really a view of anything other than your pool - trees are grown into a bit of a forest. The distance of the villas from the main little bit where there are 3 mini supermarkets (fine for buying drinks, jam, pasta, washing up liquid, ice creams, that sort of thing, NOT for any meat etc if you wanted to cook, or have a bbq), and a handful of restaurants, and the beach that is closest to you is about 1km I believe. Its downhill going to it, and uphill coming back (incase you have a buggy/weak knees). Problems with the villa we had were: the maid was pretty rubbish. She is due to come three times a week, but she didnt change towels in the week we were there, she just emptied the bins. We thought this a bit of a useless service. Also the bath in our bathroom is about 30cm away from the wall. This meant that when the shower head was in its cradle on the wall, water dripped out everywhere onto the floor. There was a drain in the middle of the floor, but exiting the bath was like stepping into a small swimming pool (flip flops certainly required). It just left the bathroom very wet for ages, as smelling of damp. There is also a boiler or something which randomly goes on whenever it fancies during the night, waking you up with an almighty sound (but earplugs helped aleviate this problem for us). We also woke up to the shock of our lives twice thinking we were being broken into (it turned out to be animals on the roof, though which sort we do not know!)

Ok so the last thing is the location. Pretty much, there isn't any point coming in here if you cannot rent some sort of transport. There are cars, scooters, motorbikes and quadbikes available. We chose a scooter as it was the cheapest - its 12 euros a day, but if you take it out for more than one day it can be 9/10 euros, depending on the number of days. I'm not sure how much a car is. We filled the scooter full for under 5 euros and that lasted us the whole time we rented it (5 days). Budget was the cheaper rental place (instead of Europcar).

This enabled us to go to the best beach we found nearby, called Kathisma. To get here, you turn left out of the villas and go up the road until you see signs for Kathisma which point right and up a slope. Follow that road to get there. It's about 5 minutes away. It's a beautiful beach, not very busy, there are beds for rent, sea is gorgeous. There are a couple of cool restaurant/bars which has beautiful swimming pools in them that you can use if you order a drink. They don't offer much greek food - its club sandwiches (which are fab), burgers, salads etc.

Another wonderful beach was called Milos. You have to climb a lot of steps up and then down to get here. It was pretty hard as we were in flip flops rather than walking shoes. We saw a lot of people had brought trainers on the beach. It's quite a hard walk on the knees. There is also nothing there, so make sure you bring enough water etc. There aren't any sunbeds to rent either if you need them. It's hard to carry items such as a lilo down as the walk is very bushy. The instructions of how to get there are in the Greek Options file in the villa. They are very clear so its easy to find. It takes about 10-15 minutes to walk to it I would guess.

We found the local beach itself to be alright but considering how much better Kathisma is, not really worth it. Which is why not having transport is a bit of a bugger. There is another beach in the opposite direction, as if you are heading into Lefkada town. It has a couple of tavernas etc. We saw a lot of people snorkelling here, but other than that, we thought this beach pretty rubbish. It's quite hard to walk along in the first place to get your spot, and then the rocks are fairly un-comfy to lie on, lots of seaweed around. I believe the beach begins with a P but I've forgotten the name.

The restaurants in the area did not wow us at all. The first night we went to Poseidon. We both ordered a Moussakka, which was worse than a packet one from Tesco. The meat was certainly uncooked - I'm pretty sure you aren't suppose to have mince that's red. So that was a big let down, especially as it was their special of the day. Starters were fine (greek salad and baked feta). We tried the Dolphin restaurant further down - this was appauling. I feel bad because the owner is clearly keen to get business in (he gave us cards at the end of the meal, asking us to tell all our friends to go there). But about 4 things we wanted to order he didnt have in - easy things, like Moussakka, kebabas, steak. So we chose the pork souvlaki and the chicken souvlaki in the end. My boyfriend didn't like his pork one, and my chicken was very dry and burnt. one skewer was completely inedible it was literally black. (I fed it to the stray cat under the table, but even he was having none of it).

So both of the above were pretty disappointing considering the food was certainly below standard, but the meals cost between 30-40 euros each. And when the pound and euro are almost one for one, this is making a pizza express or zizzis look like gordan ramsay cuisine! We did however have one pretty good meal - we've forgotten the name but it is the one opposite Poseidon. Basically the first one on your right as you walk down the hill. Staff here were excellent, very quick (not very common for greece), food lovely too. We ordered baked feta, some sort of aubergine dish which was baked aubergines with tomatoes and cheese (gorgeous), and then grilled prawns, and a moussakka (yes my boyfriend is obsessed with the moussakka). This place was also a bit cheaper so even after ordering prawns, we paid about 25 euros. Excellent.

We found a very nice restaurant in Lefkada town on the Marina itself. It began with a B (forgotten the name) but it's a grill restaurant. Easy to spot really. It was lovely. We had an excellent mixed grill for 21 euros there. Staff also lovely and very attentive. Highly recommend this. If you are going to go there on the bike like us, I'd advise taking a jumper and scarf to wear on the way home as it gets very cold, as you zoom along in the dark the 12km back. (we were lucky it was freezing in london when we left that we happened to have these!)

Ok so overall, area is pretty quiet, not a lot there. Alright for one week, not so much for two. We brought a couple of DVD's with us (glad we did), as not a lot in the evenings. We cooked a couple of evenings. This was great. I brought a couple of bits from England (like a fajita kit, and some basil and a stock cube for a bolognaise) and then got the veg and meat from a large supermarket in Lefkada town. To get to the supermarket (incase you like us have to find it on your own), once you get into lefkada town, the road seems to go that you can go sort of straight to get to the marina (where nice restaurant is) or turn right, and then right again. this is where we found a big supermarket. The sign is red, and it is part of the Carrefour brand (French supermarkets), though in Greek but this is the symbol to look for. Helped us to make dinner for 10 euros, and help cancel out the expensive and tasteless dinners we had.

I believe that you need to be able to afford and also know how to drive to come to this area. It's very quiet, not great for young couples but it is nice for families, and older people. But I don't think Dolphin Villas is the place to stay. I think you could get far better value at another property. I just think it is very over priced for what you get. But if you do come, try to get villa one or two.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Kathisma Road | Aghios Nikitas, Greece
Location: Greece > Ionian Islands > Lefkada
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Ranked #136 of 223 Specialty lodging in Lefkada

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