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“Fabulous 2nd visit” 5 of 5 stars
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Restia Suites
Almyros, Acharavi 49100, Greece   |  
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“Fabulous 2nd visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

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.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Gillingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

I am sitting on the patio of room 111, it's 11-30am and another perfect day. This is our fourth year at the restia and has there been any changes? Yes indeed.
Joanna has returned which has made zafiras look a lot less stressed, but there are also other changes.
We have a new decked area by the beach which looks 100 per cent better. The restaurant has lost its old chairs and have been replaced by newer models together with partitions which at first I thought looked odd but give the place a spacier feel.
At this point I would ask all reviewers that have been here before one simple question. Why has nobody mentioned the fact that Charlotte has gone. She has been part of restia for the past 5 years but as of July last year is living and working in Surrey, England, a significant fact that no one has decided to pass on. Charlotte, we miss you.
This year has seemed a lot quieter without the Walsh family in room 108 although the present occupier did find herself locked in by the gardener and was found dehydrated hanging over her back gate looking for help. She has since been released.
There has obviously with the loss of Charlotte been 2 New members of staff.
Firstly we have Maria. They say good things can come in small packages and Maria certainly fits the mold. Always a friendly face behind the bar and nothing is ever too much trouble.
The other new face we have is the gorgeous Anna. Strangely enough Anna is in a relationship with Charlottes brother. It may also be helpful to know Anna during the winter months is also training to be a nurse, so if you find you have a medical problem and cannot get to the hospital you can always try Anna at the bar. As well as being charming and helpful Anna really loves her job and we hope she is here for many years to come.
The rest of the staff are much the same. The cleaners and gardeners work tirelessly to keep everything up to scratch as do the cooks and the other kitchen staff. The ladies in reception are always on hand with a friendly smile.
My wife this year having arrived totally stressed out is gradually working her way through every massage the spa has to offer and says Vicky is lovely and after a week is almost back to her old self.
Just to go back a bit. It would be helpful if the management could arrange a set time for the cleaners to do the private pool suites as times change greatly on a daily basis and this is the second time they have almost caught me naked in the last 4 days and after the spa charges I cannot afford to pay for them to have counceling. Just a small point.
Back to the rest of the staff that you see on a daily basis.
Wendy as always is in charge of breakfast, and may we add what a lovely job she does. In case you don't already know Wendy is the mother of Nikkos.
We then have Mario. Always alive and cheerful providing he has had at least 10 hours sleep although you may want to be careful if going out the back gate towards the beach around 9am as he may be arriving in one of his many cars at the speed of light.
Carlitto or Costa. Professional at all times and a perfect gentleman.
Finally we come to Nikkos. A legend in his own lunchtime. Some people thought that with the departure of Charlotte that nikkos would go to pieces, but not this man. After several months in rehab and finally managing to get in touch with his true feelings he has found religion. This has nothing to do with visiting the emerates stadium or the fact that last year he was calling himself Nick almighty. He can now be found most mornings with his prayer mat facing Mecca on Roda beachfront. It is also rumoured he is looking for alternative lodgings as Wendy badly wants his room to convert into a walk in wardrobe.
Finally, we would just like to thank everyone at Restia for another perfect holiday and would only add that the rumours of our eating with Anna's mum each night because we are skint are totally untrue.

Room Tip: All rooms are excellent
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Farnborough, United Kingdom
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Whilst.not stayed at the suites themselves, I have just returned from.my 5th visit to this wonderful restaurant. The food is sublime and the service is second to.none. They even allow non residents to book .If you want perfection choose the Restia Suites.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Glastonbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We returned to Restia Suites for the fourth time in June and our stay was fantastic. I won't repeat all the details from previous reviews as I think that everything has been said but I would like to confirm the comments about the staff who without exception are brilliant and are so helpful. Having travelled extensively I can honestly say that the customer service here is the best that we've ever received.

If you want a relaxing chill out holiday then you would struggle to find anywhere better than Restia Suites.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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northern ireland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Me and my wife stayed here in early June for 2 weeks. We had a fantastic time and could not fault the hotel. To all the staff thank you for making our holiday so special we really enjoyed ourselves so much, the rooms are gorgeous and grounds maintained to the highest standard

Stayed June 2014
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Rochester, United Kingdom
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 via mobile

All the reviews are true!special thanks to ALL the staff who make this hotel truly special.Book a poolroom if you can then you will have the best of both worlds,your own pool,main pool and the beach a step across the road.we have rebooked for next year something we have never done before!Take a trip to Corfu town and kassiopi sit by the harbour and sip a cocktail.recommend a massage very reasonable price.

Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Norwich, United Kingdom
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This review is a little overdue as we were the first guests to arrive for the new season. This was our second visit to this beautiful hotel and things were even better than before. As all the other reviews say, Zafiris and Joanna are really lovely and all of the staff are amazing and always have a warm smile and offer the very best service. The food even though great before is now amazing and for me being veggie is incredible as the chef cooked special delights for me every evening of our 2 week stay. What more could you ask for nothing is too much trouble. You will get to know the staff by name from the reception Vivienne and Jackie who are great to the restaurant staff Nicos, Mario, Anna with the drinks and Maria with her amazing cocktails and not forgetting Wendy and Mario at breakfast. It is true that it is a little remote but if you are looking to chill out and feel like you are in paradise then this is the place to go. The beach although it could do with some tlc is still beautiful and offers a lovely walk in both directions. Yes the rooms are stunning especially with a private pool and garden and the main pool and gardens are stunning too. Every member of staff works really hard and it shows so would we go back for a third visit? YES we have already booked.
Thank you again to everyone who made our holiday so enjoyable we can't wait to see you next year. XXX to Ira (their gorgeous dog). Ps we didn't use the spa but heard really good reviews.
Garry and Mel (101)

Room Tip: All rooms are stunning but a private pool is the icing on the cake!
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  • Stayed May 2014, 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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Address: Almyros, Acharavi 49100, Greece
Location: Greece > Ionian Islands > Corfu > Acharavi
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 28 Specialty Lodging in Acharavi
Number of rooms: 30
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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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