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“A little gem.” 5 of 5 stars
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Ranked #6 of 24 Hotels in Skala
Yeovil, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“A little gem.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Villa Costa. We stayed in Persephone and had a wonderful sea view. It was great to have tea and coffee-making facilities in the room, along with a fridge and a couple of plates and a few bits of cutlery so that we could make up a scratch lunch if we wanted to. Towels and sheets were changed every day by the lovely hard-working cleaner - a real luxury. She ensured that our rooms were spotless every day.
Breakfast and dinner were waiter-served by cheerful Theo, who got to know our normal breakfast choices by the end of the fortnight. The evening meals are always delicious and exquisitely served - Dimitris is a marvel in the kitchen. Portion sizes are small but we were replete after the three courses - it's not a burger, chips and trimmings sort of place! Our only minor criticisms are that the dinner menu is repeated for the second week and the breakfast choice is somewhat limited.
The highlight of the week is Mario's wine-tasting evening. Although the majority of us had little knowledge of wine, Mario explained the principles of wine-tasting and encouraged our views - it was a great social evening. The wine tasting was followed by the barbecue where everyone ate together with the tables laid out on the lawn.
We liked the intimacy of the small hotel and found everyone very friendly - no-one was forced to socialise but it came naturally with the set of people who were there.
Pool towels were provided on the sun-loungers every day and there were plenty of sun-loungers to accommodate all guests. The pool is quite small but this did not matter to us as we prefer the sea, which is just across the road. Most of the time the sea was glassy calm and a dream to swim in, although aqua-shoes are a good idea as the beach is pebbly as you enter the water. (These can be purchased locally if you don't have them.) There is also a lovely cove for snorkelling a mile up the road towards Poros. There were several trips on offer but we hired a car ourselves for a few days to explore the island at our own pace. Kefalonia really is beautiful and our most memorable moment is driving down the hill towards Myrtos beach - such an amazing view! Another place worth a visit is the quaint fishing-village of Assos.
One tip - if you haven't room in your suitcase for books, don't worry as there are lots at Villa Costa.
In summary, we had a fabulous time and would not hesitate to recommend it - we were very sorry to leave.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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English first
London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

We were eagerly awaiting our return trip to Villa Costa after a great time last year and we were not disappointed. As before and as every other review says the villa the atmosphere the food and cocktails are great but I can understand the comments from the August 9 review as their comments are accurate and well made, we did miss the welcome wine and we had the same room in need of a bit of tlc, probably only noticeable because of the excellence elsewhere. This in no way stopped us enjoying an excellent week and enjoying the company of the other residents and staff.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Derby, United Kingdom
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89 reviews 89 reviews
32 hotel reviews
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136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

Just back from our 3rd stay at the fantastic Villa Costa where we spent a fortnight relaxing and enjoying Mario's wonderful hospitality. I have reviewed twice before and there really isn't anything further to add other than this is a unique place to stay; for the fortnight we are there we feel that we have been welcomed into Mario & Sophia's family home which makes this very special. We have again met some wonderful people there (including a couple we met out at VC last year and lovely Caroline whose company we enjoyed immensly) and spent many a happy hour enjoying wonderfully tasty food cooked to perfection by Dimitris & Vassa; drinking the best ever cocktails made by Theo and tasting & drinking some truly amazing Greek wines recommended by Mario. Thankyou Mario and all the team - you have made our holiday one we will always remember xx

Room Tip: all rooms are lovely - but one is at the back and just has a garden view
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Spennymoor, United Kingdom
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16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

V ... Villa Costa......well what can I say ?
I ... Idyllic, immaculate and intimate hotel.
L ... Lounges or beach... What a decision!
L ... Local ingredients for for dinner including freshly picked herbs from their own garden
A ... Amazing attention to detail.

C ... Calm,chilled atmosphere
O ... Oh!, the food...superb food and drinks.Check out Theo's cocktails !!
S ... Skala is a short walk away.Its a pretty small village with plenty of restaurants and bars.
T ... Take a left turn from gates and walk about 500m to the Nautilus restaurant.Well worth a walk !!
A ... An overall, 1st class hotel !!

We stayed for 2 weeks in August 2013.The weather was wonderful, The hotel amazing.We had the garden room which is bigger than the others.It does not have a sea view but has a private patio that gets the last rays of the sun.I would certainly choose this room again
The jeep we hired for 3 days was worth every penny as Cephalonia is such a pretty island with lots to see.The whole island is within easy distance from the hotel. Try Fiscardo, its such a pretty port and has really good restaurants and quirky shops.
The boat trip to Ithaca was brilliant, good value with swimming stops.
Overall this was one of our most enjoyable holidays.
The Villa Costa is certainly the place to stay

Room Tip: We had the garden room. It has a private patio that gets the last rays of the sun.... perfect for a...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Romford, England, United Kingdom
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

Villa Costa was an excellent choice of holiday for us.It was easily the nicest place,we have stayed in.The accomodation was lovely and the food,was superb, like a first class restaurant.The atmosphere in the hotel was so friendly, which was important as being so tiny,everyone got along. We would return again one day in the future.We stayed for a week beginning August 18.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Derby
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

My husband and I have been to Villa Costa twice. Most recently being July. To be honest I don't usually review Villa Costa as I don't want everybody to know about it!, it's a little hidden gem that I want to keep for myself. We had an amazing time from start to finish. The food is amazing!. For breakfast you can have cereals, toast and preserves, juice, tea/ coffee, cooked breakfast, omelette or pancakes. The eggs are cooked to your preference. Dinner is three courses of the finest local ingredients. We never eat out as the food is just too nice at Villa Costa.

We've stayed in several of the rooms, they were all perfect for a quiet few weeks away. What I love about them is that they are a home from home. All light, airy and clean and have everything you need.

The location is perfect as it is just across the road to the beach which is lovely and quiet, the town is just a ten minute stroll along the front and there are plenty of car hire places within walking distance.

We went on a great little excursion arranged by Mario the owner. We spent half a day on a boat with a very knowledgeable local who took us along the coast and educated us on the history of the island. He then took us to a gorgeous cove where we relaxed on the beach with two other guests from Villa Costa and Mario, it was a great morning out so ask Mario about this.

The staff are all lovely and helpful. I do think the review written on the 9th August is a little personal, Mario is a great guy and is very welcoming, he works hard behind the scenes ensuring an excellent experience is had by guests in all areas. He had this villa built and has put years and years into developing it and growing it as a unique holiday experience. This is not a chain, this is one person running every aspect of a 5 star experience. Villa Costa is a calm environment to relax in and I don't think a host that was interrupting your sunbathing to have a chat every half an hour or a manager joining you for dinner would really be in keeping with what they are about. Reviews like that don't assist anybody in choosing a holiday destination and constructive criticism is surely better said to the manager when leaving.

Thank you so much for making my birthday special!.

We made some lovely friends and had a great holiday, hopefully we will be back in October.

Our only regret is that we missed Caroline this year!.

Venetia & Karl

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

We have just returned from our third annual holiday in a row at Villa Costa. And yes indeed, the living was very easy. Biggest decision of the day is probably 'pool or beach', although when the beach is literally across the road, a blend of the two each day is what we tend to prefer.
So much has been said of this place, it's hard to come up with something new - and perish the thought for some it seems of coming up with something verging on the critical. But here are a few thoughts which I think might be worth bearing in mind from someone with three holidays experience at Villa Costa.
Firstly, there is no doubting the high quality of the setting - the pool, the gardens, the dining area can make you sometimes feel you're a special guest at an ambassador's palace. There's no getting away from the high quality of food and drink either - cocktails superbly created by Theo, food exquisitely produced by Demetris. The fact that the chef regularly receives a round of applause as he leaves for home after his evening shift, probably gives you a good idea of how much his food is appreciated.
This year, though, we felt there was the odd chink in the armour of the one worn at the palace. Nothing major and probably nothing that will stop us returning but a few details which we feel might be worth considering for some.
Our room, though well appointed, was quite small for what is part of an upmarket offering. There were signs too that refurbishment might be a little overdue - sellotape around the bathroom hairdryer, chipped paint on the bathroom cupboard, a plug that didn't fit the sink, plates for casual eating worn and unsightly.
Then there was the occasional hint that cutbacks are at play here too - no welcome wine on arrival, no happy hour early evening, dressing gown but no slippers (not that I wear then but there you go).
Next is the fact that breakfast in particular can feel very samey - especially if eggs aren't your thing and especially if you like bread toasted and not dry and hard. Maybe a bit of variety in the bread basket might help, maybe a juice option as opposed to orange every day.
And then a couple of potentially more controversial issues, one regarding Mario himself, and one regarding the size of the establishment and how this works in practice.
In terms of Mario, for us he remains something of an enigma. He invites guests for a Greek night at 7 and starts cutting his lawn at ten to that hour. He is around all the time but usually this involves surveying his land and capturing stray leaves, as opposed to actively contributing to the service of food and drink. He comes to life as he talks of Greek wine but fades into the background as guests sit down to his excellent barbeque. He knows we've been before but only addresses us by name as we're about to leave in our taxi.
We love your palace Mario but maybe you could lighten up?!
Now to the number of guests resident at any one time - there are only seven rooms so you can do the maths. In previous years, just like this, we have met some lovely people, and without putting too fine a point on it, 'people like us'; often empty nesters and often professional types, some not even averse to paying 18 euros a bottle for house wine at Villa Costa.
But such a small establishment can leave some guests unsure as to how to behave when it comes to connecting with one another, whether at the pool or at the bar or dining. In previous years we have to come to talk to people gradually - a nod at breakfast, a tentative conversation at the pool, a more in-depth conversation after a glass of wine perhaps.
This year, though, things seemed to have moved on apace - at times it felt like one or two felt they were at a networking event as opposed to having a quiet holiday. You are, in a way, thrown together and people do act in different ways. But there were a couple of times on our stay when it felt like new arrivals were being seized upon in efforts to force fast 'friendships', and ones, let's face it, which are probably unlikely to stand the test of time.
I'm not knocking those people who are more extrovert in this way but sometimes it made us feel the need to retreat rather than 'go for it' at the bar pre-dinner.
A point of clarity here that the people who have recently contributed reviews on this site are not a part of what I'm describing - Nick, you're a star, Caroline, it was a pleasure, Wendy, I wish we'd spoken more and earlier in the week, you're wicked in both senses of the word.
So to sum up - fantastic holiday again. Brilliant setting, amazing evening meals, some lovely housemates. A room probably over-ripe for refurbishment, some evidence of cutbacks for a thrid-timer. A host that remains an enigma but oversees a quality experience for all his guests.
In the final analysis, if he allows us after this, we probably would like to return to Villa Costa in the future - this is an attempt to help improve on excellence - not exactly an easy objective to achieve.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Villa Costa

Address: Scala Beach, Skala, Greece
Location: Greece > Ionian Islands > Cephalonia > Skala
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Skala
Number of rooms: 6
Also Known As:
Villa Costa Hotel Skala
Costa Hotel Cephalonia

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