This is a very nice hotel, with a beautiful pool, beautiful grounds and some stunning views. It is however VERY quiet, I'm not sure if this is because we visited out of season in mid September, but there wasn't much life at the hotel at all. We didn't want anything lively by any stretch of the imagination, however as a relatively young couple (aged 25 & 28) it would've been nice if perhaps there was a little more life. There is a small pool bar at the hotel which offers a good range of light dishes, snacks, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages, all very well priced, but there is no light entertainment of any sort and the family that run the hotel aren't as friendly as is typically the Greek way.
The hotel is a 30 minute walk into Skala, which caused no problems for us, and we did this during the day- to get to the beach, and in the evening too. A taxi, however, is only 5 Euros each way, although, as the temperature was a little cooler when we visited Skala, we found the walk quite enjoyable. Do bear in mind though, that if you are travelling back to the hotel late at night, or after dark, you probably will need to get a taxi as there are several long stretches of road along the way that are completely unlit.
Skala is a very quiet resort with a good selection of restaurants, however possibly better suited to those slightly older, as it is particularly quiet with only the one bar. We certainly weren't looking for an 18-30's holiday in any way, shape or form, however we did anticipate there may be more entertainment than just the one bar we found!- (Veto bar). Saying that, the restaurants in Skala were fantastic; we ate out every night and had some amazing food. The Old Village is definitely one of the best in my opinion, although there are numerous other traditional Greek Tavern's serving fantastic food.
We had a great holiday overall, and can't wait to return to Greece, but possibly next time maybe to another resort. This hotel will suit anybody looking to chill out completely, because it is a really nice hotel, just very, very quiet. The rooms inside are rather basic, however this is typically the case in most Greek hotels. What makes this hotel is its beautifully manicured gardens, great pool and beautiful views, as aforementioned. It is a little out of the way but if you don't mind walking or paying a mere 5 Euros for a taxi, this wouldn't cause you many problems. Be aware, however, the hotel is a 2 hour transfer from the airport, which is spent on rather bumpy, uneven and bendy mountainous roads, which may not be the most enjoyable for anyone who suffers from travel sickness- Unfortunately I was quite sick on the way back, although when we were going it actually only took us just over 1 hour, as we travelled direct on arrival, which was fine, but the 2 hours on departure was a little too much for me.
If you wish to see a little more of Kefalonia and explore further I would recommend a hire car, although we decided not to go for this option because there are some very scary drivers in Greece! The combination of bumpy Greek roads and the speed some drivers travel on them is a little unsettling... if you don't mind this then I would definitely recommend a hire car to get around Skala- This seems to be very commonplace.
Skala is very family friendly, so particularly good for families and older couples. It has lots of rustic rural charm and we spotted lots of animals wandering freely.
Skala beach is mainly shingle, however if you walk a little further up it does become slightly more sandy, and again there are some lovely views. There is a small snorkelling beach very close by (in the opposite direction to the centre) where the waters are crystal clear, but this beach is very stony, so not made for sunbathing!
There is also a small harbour close by (which you can see when peering over the hotel grounds), and there are lots of other very pretty things to look at.
In terms of the hotel I would rate the Apollo 7/10, a nice stay, possibly just a little too quiet, but that's personal preference, I think. Very good value for money though.
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