we came here for our honeymoon in september
and stayed in one of the rooms without a pool
it was stunning - very clean, lovely decoration, sauna and jacuzzi in the bathroom! huge bed, tv (though you probably wont want to watch it!)
the air conditioner isnt intrusive, though dont forget to check the mosquito screens if you'd prefer to open a window instead.
and the view was beautiful - we were facing right out onto the pool and restaurants with a lovely garden.
if you happen to be sat out on the patio at night be sure to look out for the tiny terratorial owl that seems to spend the evenings on the balconies - he's only about the size of a blackbird but has a terribly amusing expression.
there is so much wildlife even just in the resort - interesting lizards, large bats, the owl, funny little birds who come for a swim first thing in the morning and, of course, the very sweet dog who lives there.
mosquitos can be a problem especially after a storm but just check the screens and use the repellent and you'll be fine.
the food in the restaurants isnt that great but is more than made up for by the perfect service
all the staff speak english but were very kind about our mangled attempts at greek
breakfast is a sort of buffet arrangement, all of it lovely but does close rather early for such idle people as myself (my husband made it every day though so its quite doable)
i've since developed a taste for yoghurt and honey
i liked that you can eat out on the terrace near the pool and they are very accomodating if you want to eat somewhere else or require anything special.
at least one day ask for the room service breakfast - definitely worth the 5 euro charge.
i very much wanted to praise the waiter vassilis (hope i've spelt this right) who was just perfect, attentive without being intrusive, very polite and just made our stay so much more enjoyable!
the whole atmosphere is incredibly relaxed.
its only metres from the beach and you can ask to have your cocktails or food brought out to you!
we very much enjoyed wandering along to roda and acharavi its only about a mile or so though you can easily get a taxi.
one thing i'd suggest is stocking up on coffee or tea for your room from one of the shops since there are only two provided.
the spa staff were the stars of the show! we both had treatments in the rather beautiful underground spa and i've never been so relaxed.
they're so friendly and seem to know instinctively when you want to chat and when you just want to be quiet. i very much recommend the chocolate wrap!
the first day we arrived there was a terrible thunderstorm. high winds, lightening and buckets of rain! the restaurant had to be closed which we were slightly worried about at first but the way the staff dealt with it was impeccable, no fuss and with some help from some of us moved the chairs and tables to the bar and set up there. the service was spectacular even under such difficult circumstances and everyone had a rather marvelous time.
also the way they dealt with the blackouts was flawless, with no fuss they procured a generator and normal service resumed.
i was so impressed with how well they dealt with this.
the strawberries for the daquiris go fast though! so if you're interested get there quick. they were also very obliging about making non alcoholic cocktails if you ask and explain (its apparently very odd to request virgin mojitos!)
and dont forget to check out greek night! we unfortunately missed it since it was booked up before we'd even thought about it
but if you head down into roda a few of the hotels do them - totally unique experience and well worth doing.
the only real 'problem' was the coach transfer which took nearly two hours - its a nice way to see the island but if coaches aren't your thing i'd very much suggest getting a taxi for 50 euros or so which gets you there in about 40 minutes.
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- Also Known As:
- Restia Hotel Acharavi
- Restia Suites Acharavi, Corfu, Ionian Islands