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Apostolata Island Resort & Spa

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Porou Skalas Kafalonica, Skala 280 86 Greece
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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Surrender to comfort at the Apostolata Island Resort & Spa. Beautifully situated on a hillside slopping gently to the sea allowing dazzling Mediterranean views. Enjoy pampering spa treatments, sailing, swimming, followed by delicious meals. Visit the village of Scala, famous for its Roman Villa or explore the village of Poros all within easy reach of our Kefalonia hotel. Discover the personal service and amenities of this hidden gem, a perfect retreat for a relaxing holiday.
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Free parking
Free internet
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Tennis court
Darts
Airport transportation
Internet
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Indoor pool
Outdoor pool
Poolside bar
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Rooftop bar
Evening entertainment
Table tennis
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Meeting rooms
Spa
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Rooftop terrace
Concierge
Convenience store
Sun terrace
24-hour front desk
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Air conditioning
Private beach
Private balcony
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English, French, Greek
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Helen W wrote a review Nov 12
Twickenham, United Kingdom60 contributions1 helpful vote
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We on the spur of the moment booked this hotel while we were on a beach in Mykonos. We decided we were not ready to leave Greece to go back to the UK, so booked to go to Kefalonia. This hotel was rated as 5 star and had good reviews. The hotel was quite big with a large pool and large bedrooms which were basic but clean. There was a lovely sunbathing area a short walk down towards the sea which was a bit of a secret. The staff were lovely and very helpful. The only criticism was the food which was buffet style but not a great standard. The breakfast was OK and we had always planned to eat outside of the hotel for lunch and dinner, so this worked well. I would recommend this hotel but check out other reviews as there is an all inclusive option which I personally wouldn’t recommend. The hotel was set up quite high so there were great views but you need a car or taxi which were readily available and cheap to get to the beaches. The hotel also provided an hourly shuttle box to and from the beach which was a good option. I walked down to the closest beach one day and it took about an hour although it was a nice walk. We had a lovely time and I would highly recommend Skala as a great village to stay in.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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tc1967 wrote a review Sep 2020
Manchester, United Kingdom4 contributions1 helpful vote
I have just returned from a week in Kefelonia with my hubby. We arrived about 10pm on Weds night and was provided with a plate of food and several bottles of water ( much needed and appreciated) the room was really clean although I felt it was very basic and a bit dated . Unfortunately the next morning a cyclone hit the island and the hotel was without electricity ( just some minimum emergency lighting via a generator) (As much as this was no fault of the hotels the nobody came to speak to guests about what was happening and we had no contact from our Jet2 rep ) We went to our room to find we actually did not even have the emergency lighting so our room was in total blackout, I spoke to the manager who immediately gave me a key to another room , I was gobsmacked when I arrived at a room which was twice the size and had s private pool , obviously no good during the cyclone however the next morning we were told we could stay in this room for the duration of our holiday !! I cannot tell you how happy I was , especially when the cyclone passed ( unfortunately we had no electricity till sunday morning) We could not use the indoor pool or the spa ( due to covid) which was a bit of a disappointment as we were not aware of this when before arrived , but understood that taking a holiday during a global pandemic meant certain restrictions were going to be in place so was not overly surprised. We spent the rest of the holiday in our upgraded room which was amazing and the manager even moved our friends to the room next door as it was vacant . The staff throughout the hotel were amazing, very friendly and could not do enough ! The guy who drives the bus was a star, we got mixed up with our days ( as you do on holiday) and waited for the bus on a Sunday, the bus does not run on s Sunday but he still took us to Skala .. in his car ! Food - I really enjoyed the food , always something different . During powercut food was only lukewarm but this was not the hotels fault and I feel they did there very best given the situation. I feel the staff did the hotel proud under very difficult circumstances. ! (As soon as power was back on the food was hot again ) Due to covid staff are having to serve people which was not an issue, you could have as much as you wanted and even go up for more if you wished ( and I did a couple of times has the food was that good) , it got quite busy on occasions but again the staff did there best and were so friendly. The views from this hotel are amazing . There is a very steep walk down to the sea but is well worth it, we swam here a couple of days ( terraces with sunbeds down here too) This hotel would not be suitable for someone with mobility issues due to steep hills and lots of steps . The grounds are amazing with s lovely tiny church. We even saw dolphins one night which was lovely. Bus to and from the beach/Skala but no bars / tavernas close to the hotel which was a bit if s disappointment as we usually would go for an evening walk and a few drinks, however hotel was nice enough to spend the evening in so was not a night issue . Skala - lovely island with amazing views but there is not a lot close by , I would love to visit again ( when we are not in a pandemic and without the cyclone) however would definitely hire a car so I could see more of the island. Would I visit this hotel again - most definately , the management should be very proud of their staff, they do an amazing job ! Wish I knew the name of the manager who sorted our rooms out , he was amazing and could not do enough to help ! Thank you for s lovely stay !
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Nicky4116 wrote a review Sep 2020
Newmarket, United Kingdom186 contributions103 helpful votes
The Hotel Put simply, this hotel is not 5 star, I would say its more of a 3.5. The hotel is in a nice spot overlooking the sea. Note, it’s on the side of a hill so there are lots of different levels meaning lots of stairs. Don’t go to this hotel if you aren’t very mobile. In terms of what is around the hotel, the simple answer is nothing. So, if you want somewhere where you can walk to local restaurants, this probably isn’t the hotel for you. They do offer a free mini bus service several times a day to and from Skala, and once a day to Poros so you can get out an about without spending a fortune on taxis and there is a bus stop opposite the hotel, although we never saw a local bus while we were there, but they may have been due to Covid. It is possible to walk into Skala which is about 3.5Km away and there is a path all the way. It’d downhill going to Skala so if you want to do it one way, get the taxi or bus for the return journey! The hotel was clean and they’d taken good steps in terms of Covid protection. There were plenty of bottles of hand sanitizer everywhere and indicators about maintaining 2m distance. There were a few slip ups i.e. a member of staff serving without facemask/screen on and allowing guests with kids to let the kids run around the restaurant. Arrival We arrived quite late at about 10.20pm (coach transfer from the airport took about 1.5 hours) and, as we were the only couple arriving, check in was quick. There was quite a bit of paperwork to fill out, some of it for Covid, but that was not a major problem. Some basics of the hotel were explained and we were given a handout explaining the all-inclusive service (I am guessing this replaced what you would normally get in the room). The staff were friendly and the provided us with plates of food to take to our room. We appreciated the gesture, but it didn’t look nice! We were taken to our room on the electric golf carts they use to get around the complex. It was quite an experience trying to balance a chicken dinner on your lap while sitting on the back of a golf buggy! We didn't try the indoor pool as it was closed and we didn't explore the Spa option either. I am not even sure if this was open. The room The main observation about our room was that it had a fantastic view over the pool and the sea. It was a large room and an extremely large balcony – we could have had a party out there! The décor of the room was positively dated and everything just looked tired and in need a refurb. The bathroom had a bath with shower over plus a separate shower and toilet cubical. Again, there was plenty of room, but it also needed a bit of a refit. The beds were two twins pushed together, which meant we just kept falling down the middle and the sheets didn’t fit the mattresses (too small) so you woke up every morning sleeping directly on the mattress and the sheets in complete disarray. The pillows were also quite cheap and not very comfortable. On the positive side, the bed was very comfortable, probably one of the most comfortable hotel mattresses I have had. Usually they are as hard as rock or so soft you are swallowed up in them. This one was just right. The room had particularly good aircon and it was quiet, so it was OK to have it on at night. There was a small (and I mean small) safe in the room which you could hire a key for 3 Euros a day – which we thought was a bit of a rip off given most hotels these days have safes with combination locks and don’t charge for them. There was a fridge but nothing in it and no tea and coffee making facilities due to Covid. Cleaning was done every other day which was fine and, to be honest, all hotels should do it to save costs. The Food We were on the all-inclusive package so we could dine in the main buffet restaurant for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. We also had the option of one meal in the a la carte restaurant (more on this later) and we could eat in the poolside snack bar but not between 12.30pm and 2.30pm (or there abouts) which was just weird. Given the Covid situation, I think the hotel handled the buffets pretty well. You weren’t allowed to serve yourself so had to indicate to the staff what you wanted and they served you. This was generally OK although there were a few times where there weren’t enough staff serving. However, in the hotel’s defence, the number of people who seemed to be in the hotel seemed to change daily so staffing must have been a nightmare. The buffet was more limited than what you would normally expect but the food was edible and comparable with other all-inclusive buffets I’ve had. I would say, I think that because there were fewer dishes, there were more Greek dishes, or at least there appeared to be, which was a dramatic improvement over most other all inclusive buffets that seem to go out of their way not to serve local food. The Moussaka was particularly good. Lunch in the pool snack bar (well, late breakfast or late lunch given it wasn’t open at lunch time?) was a basic offering of salad, pizza and a range of sandwiches. It was all cooked in the main restaurant and brought down to the snack bar rather than using the kitchen down there. Again, this was obviously because of Covid and that the hotel wasn’t full. It was OK food wise but nothing to write home about and it was nice to sit by the pool rather than up in the restaurant. We did manage to go to the A la Carte restaurant, but to be honest, it wasn’t very good. I think the day we went was the only day it was open the whole time we were there and we think it was only open because the hotel Manager was entertaining some sort of big cheese. You had a choice of two menus, all-inclusive and then a larger menu which was extra. The extra menu wasn’t any more appealing than all-inclusive, so we stuck with that. There was no choice for dessert as well, but as it turned out, this was the best part of the meal. The food in general was poor and you could get better in the buffet. Style over substance comes to mind with this restaurant. The good thing about all the restaurants was that you could sit outside and overlook the sea. Also, although there was a dress code for dinner, it was relaxed and the men could wear long shorts. The Drink The all-inclusive drinks were fine. They had a good selection of wines for an all-inclusive option and they didn’t mind serving you the bottle rather than doing it by glass as a lot of all-inclusive place insist on. The cocktails, I don’t know as I don’t like cocktails. The biggest disappointment was that Metaxa Greek brandy wasn’t on the all inclusive ☹ The pool The pool area was nice and the pool is very large (although incredibly cold) with lovely views over the sea. The pool was cleaned every day and there were plenty of loungers to choose from given the hotel wasn’t full. It didn’t matter what time you went to the pool; you could get a lounger so there’s no need to get up at the crack of dawn! The main problem with the pool area was the decking which was, quite frankly, dangerous in places. As with the rooms, this area of the hotel needs a complete refurb. The decking was uneven, warped and there were sections that were a real trip hazard. Equally, the tiling on the outside of the pool was in a poor way with lots of missing tiles. The service I have seen mention on other reviews of this hotel that the staff were a bit grumpy. We did find that, particularly among the male restaurant staff. The star member of staff was “Dimi” who ran the pool bar. She is a complete star and the hotel should give her a pay rise and ask her to train all the staff in how to interact with customers. She was friendly, learnt and remembered our names and chatted away to us. When we needed to know something, she was the first person to ask. She also ran the snack bar and it was the only place you could guarantee there would be olive oil at the table. This was served in sachets because of Covid, but she made sure there was some on each table, unlike in the main restaurant where it was hit and miss, mainly miss and you ended up having to wait an age to get the attention of one of the staff to ask for it. We did see the manager several times during our stay, but he didn’t appear to make any attempt to talk to the guests. Says a lot really. Communication was an area that I think the hotel could improve on. This became particularly apparent when the island was hit with a Cyclone which took out the power for over 48 hours. We weren’t really told much or kept informed of the situation other than a single typed sheet on reception and the staff at reception didn’t seem to want to answer our questions. Would I go back? No, probably not, but despite that, we had a lovely holiday and I think they did a great job of making our holiday feel as normal as possible.
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Shelly wrote a review Sep 2020
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Having returned from the lovely island of Kefalonia, we found this hotel not a five star as it states. However, it was very clean with beautiful views, requested & received a top floor quiet room, we also felt Covid safe. We were in the Superior room which needed decorating & sealant around bathroom fittings. Hairdryer was defected & I had to buy a Travel hairdryer at the resort. No iron in the room, had to keep requesting reception for the hotel iron! Safe in the room which you have to pay for. We stayed B&B, breakfast was very bland, but, they are lots of Taverns & Restaurants that serve good quality food at reasonable prices, much cheaper than the hotel. Hotel reception staff where very friendly, professional & efficient. Gentle reminder - don’t forget to budget for your hotel tax, this hotel charges 4 euros per night, hotel bills you at the end of your stay.
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Kim O wrote a review Sep 2020
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We enjoyed our stay here . Although the hotel might be better described as 4+ star but, the staff and the service, no doubt make it 5 star. From the moment you enter the hotel you are greeted with a most friendly reception staff and that friendly service followed us through the stay. The views from the hotel are stunning, the food is very good, though there could be more choice. The swimming pool is very good with lovely view. All in all, this is very nice place, with a most friendly and professional reception staff.
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Date of stay: August 2020
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Frequently Asked Questions about Apostolata Island Resort & Spa
Which popular attractions are close to Apostolata Island Resort & Spa?
Nearby attractions include Akri Seaside Bar (2.5 miles), Captain's Bar (2.4 miles), and Beach Bar (4.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Apostolata Island Resort & Spa?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, a rooftop bar, and free breakfast.
Which room amenities are available at Apostolata Island Resort & Spa?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Apostolata Island Resort & Spa?
Guests can enjoy a rooftop bar, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Apostolata Island Resort & Spa?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Apostolata Island Resort & Spa?
Conveniently located restaurants include Sugaro pastry shop, Sugar & Lemon, and Main Streat Local Eatery.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Apostolata Island Resort & Spa?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool and a fitness center during their stay.
Does Apostolata Island Resort & Spa have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Apostolata Island Resort & Spa offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Apostolata Island Resort & Spa?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Apostolata Island Resort & Spa offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and conference facilities.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Apostolata Island Resort & Spa?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, and Greek.