Think it's all been pretty much said before about how stunning the Olive Press is (and Velliantatika Retreat, all managed by Pam and Keith & Adam).
We were first time visitors to Paxos and the Olive Press last May (2012) and fell in love with the Olive Press and Paxos - I think I must apologise for not posting the thanks for such a lovely holiday before now.
We enjoyed our stay so much last year that we returned again end of May this year. Plus we have already booked for 2014 - which says it all !
We are well travelled and fortunate to be able to have 3 holidays a year, having been to some wonderful locations in the world before (and hopefully many more in future). However, we feel like we've found 'home' in Paxos and the Olive Press - an idyllic Greek Island and lovely spot in the world.
Pam & Keith, a lovely couple, originally from north of England, are friendly and welcoming, while also being unobtrusive hosts for us at the Olive Press; being there when you want them and not when you don't. Other's have mentioned their hospitality, so I don't need to repeat what kind, thoughtful and generous people they are. Trust in all the 5* reviews - they are worthy!!
Practical stuff: In previous 2 years we've flown in to Corfu on the Sunday and taken ferry/hydrofoil to Paxos 8.15am on the Monday (Mon seems to be change over day in Paxos/has several ferries per day). Last year we stayed the Sunday night at at Bella Venezia in Corfu town and this time we stayed at Corfu Mare, nearer the ferry port - both being good/recommended. Bella Venezia was better, central location (for Sunday) but Corfu Mare had lovely outdoor pool area, which was welcome on hot afternoon. We get our hydrofoil tickets from Bouas Travel in Corfu.
Back to the Olive Press; as mentioned by others, simple 15 minute walk to Gaios, where there are lots nice restaurants (our personal favourite being Mambo's) and bars.
You can always hop on hourly boat to Anti-Paxos (sandy beaches) or rent your own powerboat, from one of several vendors in Gaios, for around 35-40 euros per day, plus fuel - which includes lesson if you don't have experience. Completely recommend this - even if you don't have much boat experience. There lovely little spots all along Paxos coast to drop anchor on your way to north of island, DO visit LAKKA - which has large but calm bay/inlet at north point, just drop anchor, eat picnic lunch and swim in turquoise water, or moor up in small harbour for lunch/drink in couple of restaurants there.
Though more tricky to get to Paxos than many other locations in the Med, it's worth the effort and ensures you share this experience with other more discerning travellers.
We look forward to being back in the Olive Press in 2014.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Boutique Guest House ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Vellianitatika Retreat Paxos/Gaios