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.
- Also Known As:
- Villa Costa Hotel Skala
- Costa Hotel Cephalonia