My boyfriend and I spent 2 weeks at the Pacifae in August and had the most wonderful time. We both have very hectic jobs in London and wanted to escape to somewhere quiet for a long awaited break - our only requirements were to have a quiet beach, good fresh and local food and a pool ( no big resort, English bars or Chinese restaurants) and a self imposed no phone, blackberry or Facebook rule.
The Pacifae was all that we could have hoped for. Sakis and his family were wonderful hosts and really made us feel at home. We spent most days lying by the pool, playing chess and enjoying the home cooked food and cold beer. We stayed in one of the self catering bungalows which was basic but cleaned daily and quite acceptable (who spends anytime inside when you are somewhere as hot as Greece?) and as for the aircon we are not fans as its cold enough in England but it is available if you want it. We didn't hire a car but made use of the local cab and water taxis service to Skala on a couple of occasions but really only to get cash as we preferred the quiet life of Katelios. We also took a trip to Ithaka but be warned it is a 2 hour transfer both ways to the ferrry and by the end of the day we had had enough of sitting on a coach.
Make no mistake, life is quiet in Katelios, so this isn't the place for anyone looking for loud night life, shopping malls, or the dreaded Golden Arches but it is ideal for anyone, like us, who wants to escape and properly chill out.
We tried pretty much all the taverna's on the sea front and the fresh fish was superb. Persa's, just down the hill from Pacifae, was also great. There is also a fantastic little beach bar in the middle of the 'strip' run by the wonderful Dinos who now knows how to make a mean Espresso Martini!
Pacifae is about a 15/20 minute leisurely walk to the beach and main village but this didn't bother us at all - I guess it just depends on what suits you and how averse you are to a little light exercise.
We had a really wonderful time in Katelios and are definitely going to stay at Pacifae again. I really can't understand some of the negative comments that have been posted by other reviewers - I guess we always expect to be treated by others as we treat them, and we hit it off with Sakis and his family strait away...
And as for the gardens - it was 40 degrees when we were there and wild fires were a daily occurrence. If you want manicured gardens and lush grass maybe this isn't the place for you but it is traditional Greece and for us it was just perfect
Thank you Sakis and sorry it's taken us so long to post this review :-)
Best wishes Naomi and Danny xxx
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