After a very long search for a perfect holiday (one that includes both sightseeing and relaxing on a beach), my girlfriend and I decided to go to Kavala, and picked the Lucy hotel for our stay. We booked through a Serbian travel agency, at a very low price for this kind of accommodation. We booked a double sea-view room, on a half-board basis.
When we arrived, we received the keys to a room immediately, even though we were there early, and our check-in wasn't supposed to be for another two-three hours. The first impression of the hotel is very nice, the lobby is big and nicely decorated, the reception staff very polite and helpful. The room was exactly what we wanted, clean and nicely furnished, the bed big and comfortable, the bathroom spacious. One minor letdown was that there was only a low shower tub with a curtain instead of a bathtub, or at least a full shower cabin, which was why there were always puddles of water on the bathroom floor after taking a shower.
Everything else was quite amazing. The service at the hotel was superb, our room was cleaned at least once a day (sometimes even two times a day), towels changed daily, bed sheets changed daily or once in every two days. As for the food, it was very diverse, lots of salads, pastry, meat and sweets. Even though we were there on half-board, we were never hungry, and rarely ate between the breakfast and dinner we had at the hotel. The waiters are very friendly and always smiling, which ads to the overall feeling of being welcome. The hotel is situated at the outskirts of Kavala, but the city center is 5 minutes away if you take the bus which stops 50 meters away from the hotel.
The hotel is next to a public beach, but it has private sunbeds and umbrellas on a part of it nearest to the hotel. The beach itself is nice, and the water cleaner than we expected (for a big city with a port), although a bit cold at times. We usually went for the hotel pool instead, which is great, clean, and was never crowded while we were there. Towels for the pool and the beach are free to use for hotel guests.
There is also a private beach located at a small bay one bus stop away, called Batis. The entrance fee is 1 euro, which is ridiculously cheap for what you get - very clean and calm water, sunbeds and umbrellas, sports facilities, a pool, kids playgrounds - all included in that price. If you have a car, you can visit nearby places of Iraklitsa, Peramos and Ammolofoi, for nice beaches and relaxation at beach bars.
I warmly recommend the city sights if you are adventurous and want to see more than a beach and the sea. Checkout the home of Mohamed Ali pasha, and the old Kavala fortress, both on top of the center hill in the old part of town. It is a bit of a climb (especially the fortress) but absolutely worth it for the sights and the view you get. There is also a free public train that goes up the hill at every full hour until 2 PM, but note that it makes a full circle, so look for it's stop at the highest point possible as to not make it down the hill without getting off (speaking from experience on that one :))
All in all, it was a great holiday, and a superb hotel. I recommend it to both couples and families, you will feel very welcome, and as for us - I believe we will definitely come back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Uniquely located at the western end of the city of Kavala at the tip of cape Kalamitsa, our hotel offers a combination of spectacular sea views of the Aegean, elegantly decorated rooms and suites, a variety of dining facilities, superb meeting and event planning capabilities, an outdoor swimming pool, a blue flag sandy beach - a combination of a resort hotel within the city's reach. ... more less
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