Yes, this is my first review of a holiday, so you may wonder why I would care/bother to do review now. However, after our first overseas trip as a family I was compelled to do something that would help reflect this resort in the glory it so deserves.
A hidden gem of a resort, recommended by friends and whilst somewhat skeptical at first, my hubby and I decided we were ready to travel with 3 children aged 7, 6 & 3.
Even before children I've never wanted to be in a 'kids club' resort, and now that I have 3 of my own, I still have no desire to be. 2 weeks at Avithos only validated that we don't need any clubs.
Booked almost 12 months ago, I have listened to many comments from fellow parents on how the children will tire, and how we 'must be mad' not to book the children into a kids club. However, we work full time and juggle a busy life, children at school and preschool, so a perfect opportunity to relax and spend time together. This is the perfect balance of retreat for adults, Greek culture, and fun for the children. Why?
Well, retreat wise, Avithos is a very peaceful resort mixing all ages, nationalities of families. For parents, the pool and its well maintained cleanliness is a haven for both parents and children. My daughters 'took off' in the pool which has a mix of shallow areas and deep alike. Plus a satisfying 'baby pool' for my 3 year old when not in the larger pool with us. I was amazed at the cleanliness of the pool area - which was clearly cleaned daily.
I never thought I could enjoy a pool with 3 children, but the amount of sun beds and seated areas around the pool make it easy to be safe whilst all ages enjoy the pool itself.
The pool area hosts a bar which serves food ample for children and adults alike. Angela's french fries are amazing, and the drinks are well priced to keep you cool.
As a family of 5 we chose a maisonette which was shown to us upon arrival by Christina. I was shocked at how pretty the interior was, boasting much space for 5 of us, including large sofa beds for the children, a table and chair area, and a large master bedroom upstairs. Also there was a lot of outdoor space with 2 sun loungers and table and chairs.
I was pleased to see a large fridge in a family apartment. The maisonette was serviced daily with extended services every 3rd day or more upon request.
Avithos is impeccably maintained, the garden areas and walk way's are immaculate. Nothing is too much trouble for Nikos, (and also Christina) who are there to help and make you feel like its your first holiday ever.
We've already booked for 2014 as I truly believe its popularity will only improve.
Its a great base for exploring the island too. Surrounded by beaches, the lively (though certainly no Faliraki) Lassi (try Sirtaki for food and a lovely chill out garden), and capital Argostoli (try CaptTable just of the main square for a good deal on lovely food) make Avithos a good balance of peace but access to other parts of the island.
Sami - an hour on a stunning drive over the mountains to see some of the most breath taking views. The caves there where interesting, cool in temperature, and all children loved it. (boy/girl). Sami port was quiet, and stunning.
A slightly challenging drive to Antisamos beach which was pebbly but not affecting any enjoyment at all. Laying in the gentle waves looking at the scenic view and surrounding was fantastic.
Overall, I cannot recommend Avithos enough. Its a true hidden diamond, and almost want to keep it to yourself to protect the haven in the sun.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Avithos resort is an apartment style hotel built in the traditional Kefalonian style, set in spacious gardens and grouped around a large freshwater swimming pool. The resort is located in southern Kefalonia close to Avithos beach, 10km away from Argostoli. This is a lovely, fertile region where olive trees and citrus orchards abound. The coastline faces the tiny island of Dias and offers magnificent views to the island of Zakynthos across the channel. The resort's location makes an ideal setting for a peaceful and tranquil holiday. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Avithos Hotel Svoronata
- Avithos Resort Svoronata