I have now had to resubmit my review as Trip Advisor said i did not adhere to their guidelines.
Firstly for those that has never been Lesvos. The airport is the size of a postage stamp and although getting in was not too bad; leaving was a nightmare of queuing in the heat and waiting.
The coach transfer is over an hour and a half which I was not expecting and there is not a highway on the island. Only twisty roads and mountain passes but we got there OK.
The resort of Petra is very nice but you must understand it’s a working Greek village not a purpose built fun resort so all the sounds and activity that goes on in a village you will hear and see. Some find that quite nice. I found the man selling chickens and shouting over his megaphone very early in the morning was slowly getting on my nerves especially as it set of a poor basset hound that was tied up to a tree so he then barked for about a half hour every time. Not to mention the donkey at 4 am.
The coach drops the cases off at the main road before it gets right into the village and a small truck picks them up and takes them to the various hotels or apartments. The coach then drops the people off.
In respect of Nikellis you get dropped off on the sea front just on the outskirts of Petra and the tour rep walks you up a long lane past various houses, farms, olive groves and chicken coups and eventually you arrive. It is quite a stroll.
Upon arrival you will be drawn to the pool which I gotta say is lovely. No crowds and plenty of beds and umbrellas.
The owner meets you and gives you a key and gives you a quick run down on how to turn the electric on and how to open patio doors etc.
The rooms are so basic but I guess your not gonna spend a lot of time in them. I’m not so sure about self catering as there was only 2 rings a fridge and a kettle. No oven or toaster. Very basic.
The bathroom did not have a curtain around the shower so it gets quite wet in there. My wife had to hold the shower as it does not have a wall bracket. A bit of a pain.
There is no proper bar to sit around and chat to people and chill. What does happen is if Nick is about he will get you a drink from his office come bar and you can either take it to the pool or sit on the terrace nr the office. Its not like having a proper bar with music and snacks.
You can’t take your own food and drink from your room to the pool.
The owner was very nice. The Greeks when talking to one and other sound as if they are arguing/shouting but its just their animated way so you just have to get used to that. He was very nice to me.
The complex is small with only 10 rooms and the place attracts mainly older people who like to chill in peace around the pool and when hot take a nice cool dip. I rather think It would not suit young families with kids that would obviously like to run about and jump in the pool. You would get looks of disapproval, especially from those who have been going the same place year on year.
It just did not suit me as it was a bit too quiet. It may well suit others very much if they are getting on a bit.
The town of Petra is small and once you have walked it a few times it becomes a bit like ground hog day.
No peddleows or windsurfing to do on the beach. Nothing that gets the pulse racing a bit just quiet Tavernier’s which I must say serve the loveliest food. Recommend the Marina tavern which is on the way out of the village keeping the beach to your left and you will come across it on your right 100 yrs after the football pitch. And opposite the kebab stall as you go into the village from the apartments. Cant think of its name but it’s under vines and trees and it does the most lovely stiff ado kebabs.
So would I go again NO.? Not because it was bad, it was because it was not my age group at the apartments. The town was a tad too quiet and the coach transfer was a bit on the long side. But I must stress Nick was a very nice fella as was his wife and daughter.
- Also Known As:
- Nakellis Hotel Petra
- Nakellis Hotel lésbos
- Nakellis Petra, Lesbos, Greece