We returned to Restia Suites in June to celebrate our wedding anniversary there again. We were previously there in June 2012. We were greeted like old friends with a "welcome back" from Zafiros and Joanna, owners, and throughtout our 10 days stay, as with every guest, you were made to feel completely welcome by everyone. With some 30 small villa style rooms, Restia is intimate, quiet and extremely relaxing. All the staff have fixed shifts and work non stop for 6 months on these shifts so you get to know them all very well and vice versa.
We had a problem with our pool. Within an hour of mentioning this, maintenance had been to inspect it and had fitted a new part to the pump/filter. The water needed to filter continously thereafter for a few days to ensure it cleared. This was arranged with us in mind so as to avoid too much noise. We have nothing but praise for the efficiency and speed of the maintenance team. Throughout all this, Zafiros and his reception team were aware and were involved in ensuring minimal noise and inconvenience to us. The pool actually cleared within 24 hours, but the increased filtering programme continued discreetly throughout our stay. Fantastic. Be assured Restia's maintenance team are excellent and so efficient, if you need them.
The chef is new this year. We didn't think it would be possible to improve on what was excellent before, but it was utterly fantastic. Delicious food, fabulous evening choice in either restaurant along with an excellent wine selection. The Greek Night was wonderful again, but one tip, if you have a small appetite just have a taster of the numerous starters that arrive over the first hour because you won't survive to try the main meat dishes! Traditional greek dancers entertained towards the end of the evening with no insistence on guests getting up and dancing around tables which for us is always the anticipated nightmare!
We did not use the beach area during our 1st visit, but it was so hot whilst we were there and with little breeze around our private pool we decided to head down to the beach for the sea breeze. Yes, you do cross a narrow rural road from Restia to the beach area, but there is very little passing traffic so it is peaceful with a wonderful sea view. There is now decking and discreet sectioning plus a pathway. Zafiros continues to be present during breakfast and dinner and will often chat with guests without being intrusive. He advised us how Restia has owned the beach area for many years but has struggled with the greek version of local authorities and planning to develop the area. The decking has taken years to achieve, but it is great to learn that they didn't give up and continue to have other improvement plans in mind. It is not the best beach area, there is no denying that, however it should not be missed as what is there has been cleared beautifully to create a delightful area. There are ample beach beds and umbrellas and the staff pop down throughout the day to take orders for drinks. Beach shoes or flip flops are needed to walk down to the water. As you enter the water, there are large but very shallow flat rocks to walk over initially with fine, almost confetti sized seaweed pieces at the edges. Then you reach soft sand. At 5ft 5" I could still stand easily when 15-20ft out and whilst the water is not crystal ice clear, it is clear enough to see your feet and the sand below and was very warm in June.
Vivienne on reception arranged car hire for us before we arrived. A note here, contacting Restia directly by email before you arrive is welcomed. The car hire company, Green Motion, delivered to and collected from Restia, but we chose to drop it back to Acharavi and finalise the paperwork as we did a bit of shopping. We did not have to walk back however, one of the car hire staff drove us back! The rates were competitive at 30E per day. We had researched ourselves and hadn't found anything less than 40E so we recommend asking Restia to organise if you would like a car. Apart from joining friends over a couple of days in Corfu town to do some sailing from Govia Marina, we didn't actually do as much sightseeing as originally planned as we were just so relaxed and chilled at Restia again. Our friends introduced us to a fantastic family run taverna called Glyfa Taverna just on the outskirts of Corfu town where we enjoyed a lunch and an evening meal there. Set low down from the road, the taverna has spectacular sea views and the most delicious choice of tapas style dishes and seafood. We can highly recommend the taverna if you have a car and head out that way to explore. We had planned to find more tavernas for evening meals, but apart from those days with friends, Restia's menu, the chef and the choice of wine found us wanting to stay and enjoy both lunch and dinner at Restia!
It's always a concern that if you return to a previous fantastic destination that you'll be disappointed. It didn't happen at Restia for us and judging by the number of return guests, it is extremely unlikely to ever happen.
Thank you so much to everyone at Restia. We had a fantastic 10 days and we very much look forward to seeing you all again very soon. Donna & Tony.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Quietly located near Acharavi village, along the three-mile stretch of Almiros bay with white sand and a sea of crystal blue water, lies “Restia Suites” Exclusive Resort, the epitome of simplicity, elegance and style. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Restia Hotel Acharavi
- Restia Suites Acharavi, Corfu, Ionian Islands