We have just returned from a 7-night stay in the Emelisse Art Hotel in Fiskardo. A work colleague of mine who had visited the hotel a couple of years ago and actually got married out there recommended us the hotel. I was particularly impressed with his reviews of the hotel and staff. I was delighted to hear he had kept in touch with some of the wonderful staff he had met out there near on 2 years ago. I was surprised to find that 2 years on the team are the same group of people - great continuity.
Well, in simple terms the recommendation from my work colleague was one which I appreciated and we had an absolutely fantastic stay. It is evident that the hotel prides itself on its very personal service and high standards.
We arrived and were immediately greeted in the lobby by Emma. She met us with a smile and quickly provided us with an ice cold drink and cool towels. She walked us around the hotel and showed us where everything was including walking us to our room. I found this a very nice touch, as we were able to quickly find our bearings and also ask any questions.
Upon our arrival to our room, it was exceptionally clean and very well presented. The room had a king sized bed, flat screen TV, DVD player, Nespresso coffee maker and even a JBL iPod dock which meant we could charge our phones without getting the travel adapter out. The standard of the room was great and we had clean bathrobes, towels and Korres products supplied. The air conditioning was fantastic in the room and took the edge of the mid 30's temparature quite comfortably. The only improvement could have been the view - we had a side sea view room and the view to the sea was rather limited - albeit we did have a sea view. Perhaps a balcony room would have met my expectation a little better - but this is not a fault of the hotel at all - instead a poor description by my travel agents.
The hotel has an excellent gym, probably one of the best I have seen in Greece in all my stays to date. It has branded equipment, which includes 3 running machines, 2 cross trainers, 2 rowers and various weights systems - both machine and free. It has a cold water machine and also a small hifi where you can bring your own CD's to help you workout. I will say however, that it is very hot and if you expect to arrive and workout hard, you may want to think again.
The general areas of the hotel are excellent. The lobby is bright and airy with a beautiful view out to the Ionian Sea. It has a billiard table, coffee machine and comfortable sofa's where you can relax and read a through a book from the lobby's extensive book library. Adjoining to the lobby is a small bar area where you can enjoy some complimentary homemade cake and use the various laptops to catch up with your emails or Internet.
In terms of restaurants the hotel boats a small eating area behind the lobby, which includes a wood fired pizza oven and al fresco seating area. Looks really nice and contemporary, however we did not spend any time in this area at all.
There is a nice eating area just by the swimming pool which by day provides a simple but very high quality lunch menu and then by night transforms into a lovely restaurant serving excellent food. We had lunch at the hotel every single day and the food was excellent, whether you want a salad, grilled meat, traditional pie or a sandwich you will not be disappointed.
We ate in the more formal restaurant on a special Greek night, which the hotel hosted. The atmosphere was brilliant with a live band and the food was fantastic. I know a previous reviewer has commented the food was not that great, I couldn’t disagree more - the food is good quality, freshly cooked and tasty. My wife and I are both fussy eaters and we did not complain once - honestly we loved it. The previous reviewer talked about Michelin star - this is not a Michelin star rated restaurant - instead it provides fresh cooked food with locally sourced products - look on the side of the pool area and you will see a small allotment area where they grow some produce for use in the kitchen.
The area where you lounge in the sun is excellent. It is modern and exceptionally clean. The beds are wooden framed and have very comfortable padding. Each and every morning you can walk into the area and be greeted by a mountain of fresh, clean towels and then simply walk over to your bed to enjoy a relaxing day in the sun. If you don’t wish to sit on a sun lounger then instead grab a comfortable sofa in the shade. The infinity pool is awesome and looks out to the Ionian Sea where you will see many yachts, boats and cruise ships moving past throughout the day - a beautiful sight. The backdrop to the sea are some mountains, which really make you feel like you are sat somewhere special. The pool is clean, the area is generally quiet and you will be more than happy to sit here and relax for the day and sink into a book or have a snooze.
Yes, there are some wasps, but like a previous reviewers commented I do not agree you can blame the hotel. The hotel is not responsible for nature and therefore I don't think that the wasps listened when the Emelisse asked them to not fly past the hotel. Its not that bad, the hotel provides anyone at request with a tray of burning coffee which keeps the wasps away if you are that bothered.
One of the things I really liked was the fact that you are not bothered when sat by the pool. The staff are attentive and happy to serve you, but they do not approach you asking you if you want a drink. This is a classy hotel and they do not need to constantly approach you to increase the poolside bar revenue. When you want a drink, stick your arm up or walk over to the bar and you will be served a lovely cocktail with a smile.
The hotel has its own private area where you can walk down and swim in the sea. The area is a little rocky and therefore beach shoes may be a good idea, however the sea is crystal clear and a dream to swim in. I have not seen water this blue and clear in a long time...........
The hotel is close to the Fiskardo port. The hotel operates an efficient shuttle bus, which drops you off or collects you at designated times. The drive takes about 5 minutes, of which 2 minutes will be driving out of the hotel grounds. The shuttle service is brilliant and means you are free to explore the bars and restaurants in the port. We missed the last bus back every night and with a quick phone call to the reception we were happily collected from the port whether it was 12am or 1am - no problem.
On a final note what makes the Emelisse if you are not convinced with the fact it is clean, high in standards, with fresh home cooked food and all the necessary comforts - it is the team that cares for you during your stay.
I would like to thank Eleanor, Maria, Emma, Petros, Leki, and Nikoleta. They were all brilliant in making us feel welcome and ensured that we had a nice stay. I would also like to say a special thank you to Haris who is the owner. You will not find a hotel owner like him. He is there every single day and greets all his guests’ everyday as they walk to breakfast. Haris is everywhere and ensuring his guests are happy is clearly a passion for him. During the Greek themed night he was serving guests and not afraid to collect plates; hand out napkins or simply chitchat with his customers. Haris you are a legend and it is clear why the Emelisse is so special, because you have made it your mission to delight customers.
Overall, a fantastic hotel and I will be going back one day real soon. Thanks to everyone at 'TEAM EMELISSE".
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- THE HOTELSituated above Emplisis bay overlooking a unique painting of nature, this resort is hidden out of sight, among cedars and cypress trees. From an architect’s point of view a finely tuned pallet of multicultural influence creates an environment of high aesthetics and post-modern design. Space consultant Sophocles Maraveyas has combined an ambience of serenity with original pieces of furniture and local architecture elements. Note that this is the only establishment in Greece to use teak wood items to furnish rooms, all painted in subtle pale shades, and decorated with pictures from artwork photographer Tatiana Karapanagioti, highlighted by the cleverly hidden support lights.HOTEL LOCATIONHotel is located above Emplisis bay, close to the picturesque port and fishing village of Fiskardo, which is within close proximity; it will take not more than 15 minutes to reach, walking distance. The hotel lies just 1h 15m away from Cephalonia airport and the ferry port of Sami is just 50 minutes away. It is 60klm from Poros port, your destination port if you travel from Kyllini. It takes less than an hour to go to the capital of the island, Argostoli. Many magnificent beaches to choose, closest is just 100m far from the reception area.HOTEL FACILITIES & SERVICESCatering services could not be an exception to the quality that characterizes all the services offered. • Welcome cucumber water and iced towel on arrival• Two swimming pools, sun beds, pool towels, shower• Children swimming pool• Pool bar• Lobby bar• Indoor restaurant• Riza restaurant with Greek traditional and local delicacies• Votsalo restaurant, an open kitchen restaurant serving special Mediterranean flavors• All day room service• Laundry service• Business services, business center, meetings up to 50 people, audio visual equipment• Event facilities, church for wedding and Christian ceremonies• DVD selection• Book Library• Early check in upon availability without charge• Late check out upon request/ availability; until 14:00 free of charge, until 18:00 30% surcharge on the room rate, after 18:00 100% charge• Fitness room, fully equipped, free of charge• Complimentary shuttle bus service to/ from Fiskardo village• Water taxi service• Transfers upon request (private taxi transfer)• Porter service• Parking area, up to 25 spaces, 100m far from the reception area, transportation is done by club cars• Tennis court (rackets and balls are provided by Reception free of charge)• Baby sitting upon request, baby monitors, baby chairs, baby cots• Elemis Spa• Billiard, free of charge• Gift shop• Playground• Scuba diving• Boat trips to the islands of Lefkada, Ithaca, Scorpios, Meganisi with our brand new speedboat Princess V50• Speedboat, private daily cruises• Bicycles, are available for hire, free of charge• Cinema is available without charge, by the reception area• Excursions to villages, beaches, sights with our brand new and luxurious Mercedes Viano!• Daily cruises to Perantzada Hotel• Car Rental arrangements• Wireless Internet access• Club cars’ transportation within the hotel area, from/ to the Emplisis Bay• Hairdresser upon request• Housekeeping is provided twice a day• Special evenings every week (Greek night, Pizza night, Barbecue)• Weekend events for children, Spa treatments, sport events, yoga ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Emelisse Art
- Emelisse Art Fiscardo
- Emelisse Hotel Kefalonia