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Livadaki Village Hotel
Ranked #14 of 23 Hotels in Skala
Certificate of Excellence
2 reviews
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“The most peaceful, relaxing break you could ask for.”
Reviewed September 1, 2012

We had a wonderful 2 week stay at the Livadaki. We were a little disappointed with the first room we were allocated, so we paid 100 euros to be upgraded to a fantastic room which was much bigger and more private. We had a stunning sea view and the bed and pillows were really comfy. The room was spotless and cleaned daily. Sophia, the hotel manager is a really lovely lady who made us feel very welcome during our stay. All the staff were very friendly. The size of the hotel meant that it never felt busy or noisy which is just what we wanted - it almost felt like a spa break because the place is so relaxed and peaceful. The pool is bigger than it looks in the photos, and we never had a problem getting a sunbed. The beach is lovely and there are enough tavernas a short walk away to eat out somewhere different every night during a two week stay. The Pines was one of our favourite places to eat, really lovely food. Overall we had a wonderful, relaxing holiday and would highly recommend the Livadaki to anyone.

  • Stayed July 2012
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Bridgwater, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 29, 2012

Having never been to Kefalonia before we were unsure of what to expect. Sophia and her staff at Livadaki could not have made it more welcoming. We had a fabulous week, the weather was amazing and the view from poolside was amazing too! The hotel is beautifully clean and nothing is too much trouble for Sophia. Would highly recommend Livadaki to anyone. The only thing I would say is the climb up the hill from the beach back to the hotel is not recommended in the midday sun. A taxi back is only 5 euros!!.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 29, 2012

Skala on Kefalonia is a great beach based village, with a selection of fantastic taverna's and a lovely beach. The Livadaki Village Hotel is based a short walk away from the beach and village on the hillside overlooking the sea and backed by mountains.
The hotel is design is very clever with a great reception area, bar and terrace with a gorgeous pool with fantastic views. The gardens of the hotel are stunning and enhance the Livadaki buildings. The rooms are beautifully appointed, spotlessly clean and very comfortable. Our room had an exposed pine ceiling, sea view and big comfortable double bed. The best thing though is the spirit of the place which is the embodiment of Sophia the owner; a great host, caring, interesting and passionate about making sure our holiday was special. Sophia leads a team that clearly take pride in the place and in you having a good holiday. It was hard to tear ourselves away from the pool and the people we got to know, however an excursion to the beach was a must. It was fantastic and lunching at Sophia's husband hotel the Tara beach made it easy.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Berkshire
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Reviewed August 29, 2012

Have just spent 2 weeks at the Livadaki, booked through Thomson and want to provide an honest, balanced view.

Room – We were in a ground floor room which had a good view of the sea (only limitations were a lime and olive tree). The room was spotless and cleaned every day. Sheets and towels were changed about 4 times during our stay. Shower was powerful and my wife found it perfect for cleaning her hair. There is a hair dryer in the room but no kettle. We had a terrace which was lovely to sit in during the evening. I read somewhere on here that there was some problems with noise from next door rooms. We didn’t have any problems with this, only when someone walked in heals in the room above but not an issue. Air conditioning is in this room but this is at a charge at 45 Euros per week. We did try to go without but after the first night of no sleep, we had to get it. There is a also a fridge in the room.

Hotel Location – Excellent location away from the main resort of Skala. There is the hill to tackle. We measured (very sad I know!!) that it was half a mile from the hotel down to the main road and beach. It is about a quarter of mile from here to the main resort with restaurants and shops. We walked back up the hill every night and never got a Taxi. It is ok and a good way to burn of those calories from your meal!! It does get steep just before you reach the hotel. You can get a taxi from the resort for 4 Euros if you prefer. It is lovely to be away from the whole hussle and bussle of the main resort and it is very very quiet which amazing views over the Ionian Sea.

Swimming Pool – Clean in the morning but does get lots of dead wasps and bugs in the afternoon. Can’t say we ever saw a member of staff come to clean this, but other guests got the net out to pick them out. Should not be advertised as a Whirlpool as although it is, this was only put on a couple of times during our two week stay for about 5 minutes. It is an infinity pool though and it is very relaxing to sit looking across the sea. The outside area of the pool was ok. Not very clean at times such as dirty plasters and bottles left under sunbeds for a couple of days. There was never a problem with getting sunbeds in the morning. Always enough available and no need to jump out of bed first thing in the morning to get your towel down!!! It was always very quiet around the pool and very relaxing.

Breakfast – As with most continental hotels, breakfast was repetitive. Bread (at times very dry), jam and butter. There is a toaster. Processed cheese and ham, tomato, greek yoghurt, honey and two types of dry cereal. There is a coffee machine which was fine. I never had a cup of tea so cannot comment on earlier comments regarding this. After two weeks, it was very dull and we know some people that bought their own cereals from the shops in town because the hotel’s were too dry and stale. You could purchase a cooked breakfast for about 5 Euro.

Lunch – For the first week, we had lunch at the hotel. A bottle of water, sandwich and greek salad would cost about 12 Euro. They were ok but decided to buy some bits in town the night before for lunch during the second week.

Hotel – It was really lovely. The grounds themselves were well kept with some beautiful flowers, olive and lime trees. There is a small chapel on the grounds. We are both teachers so on booking were looking for something quiet and away from children where possible. This hotel fitted the bill perfectly. There were some children at points during the stay but no problems whatsoever.

Hotel Library – Thomson brochure states ‘And make sure you check out the hotel’s library’. Oh boy – a few books stacked up on a table and on the windowsill this is a library to die for!!! It is embarrassing that it is even mentioned in the literature of the hotel. I have stayed in hotels before that have the same thing where people just leave behind their books once read – they didn’t have the audacity to sell it as a ‘library’.

Big Brother – This is an honest review so I feel I have to mention that there were a couple of serious (in our opinion) negatives to staying here which is why I haven’t awarded 5 stars. This is due to the management. We felt that it was perhaps just a disliking taken to us (for whatever reason), but we heard so many people saying the same thing throughout our stay. We just cannot believe how rude and unapproachable the manager was. We witnessed her rudeness to other guests which was very uncomfortable to watch. It is not fair for me to comment on other people’s issues but I would say, beware if you pay for a room upgrade to first floor with a full sea view. She did not allocate these rooms to guests and then blamed Thomson for selling upgrades on rooms which she doesn’t offer and doesn’t receive money for. The rep had to get involved on this one. The rooms have an electric key card and on arrival you are given strict instructions not to remove the card from the key. She can watch from her screen on her laptop if you have left the card in (not that we did) but we saw a few tellings off for guests, some innocent because they had forgotten their key and left it in the room when walking out. The same applies to air conditioning. She watches on her screen if you are in your room or not and have left the air con on. If you open the door in your room and the air con is on, an alarm will go off so she will switch it off. Bit annoying when you just open the back door for 2 seconds to put your towel out to dry. Just beware that she is watching you all the time!! However all the other staff were absolutely wonderful, in particular the blonde lady who worked during the day. We did feel sorry for her however as when you purchase anything from the bar, she is not allowed to take money so you have to wait till the manager is available to come over and take the money from you!! In all our dealings with the manager whether it was at the bar or on arrival, we never saw a single smile, looked at you like dirt and she certainly wasn’t what we expected from a ‘small and friendly’ hotel.

Overall – Despite the last part of my review, we did have an absolutely lovely time away. It was very relaxing and quiet. A lot of reviews mention on here how excellent and helpful the manager was so perhaps it was just a bad time for her. There are some fantastic restaurants to go to, Paspalis which is at the bottom of the hill being one of our favourites. The most we spent on a meal was 57 Euros which was for three courses, beer and a bottle of wine. This was at the 5* Regina hotel which we highly recommend as it is up high and provides amazing views. Most nights however our meals were about 35 Euro. Would also recommend 9 Muses which holds a fantastic Greek night (beware about being pulled up to dance!!).
Would also recommend the Thomson tours. We did Discover Kefalonia and Southern Explorer instead of hiring a car because this was our first time for the island and wanted to have a guide that told us about it. If we had hired a car, we would have missed out on some fantastic history and stories of Kefalonia.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Lavenham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

We booked our trip with Thompson on the Friday and flew out to Kefalonia on the following Tuesday, spending a marvellous week based at Sophia's superb establishment. Everybody at Livadaki Village Hotel obviously works hard to maintain a very high standard of accomodation and the marmalade at breakfast time is highly recommended! The gardens attract some pretty spectacular butterflies and my early morning walks out with the binoculars were rewarded with daily encounters with a large flock of colourful Bee-eaters.We've just had our pictures developed and having looked at them, we'd both like to jump on a plane tomorrow and go back. Myrtos Beach, the bar amongst the rocks at Poros harbour, moussaka at Makis restaurant in Skala, the taverna up at Old Skala, the water taxi ride with Captain Kostis to Katelios... just some of the highlights and its been a privilege to have met Sophia, whose book 'The Promised Journey' is well worth reading... Pete & Jacqui Hobbs

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 30, 2012

Had a great week at the Hotel Livadaki Village. Our room was very clean and comfortable. Sophia and her staff are most friendly and helpful. Yes, the hill up from the beach and resort centre is steep but it if wasn't you wouldn't have the stunning views from the lovely infinity pool of the sea and mountains. The hotel also has very pretty well kept gardens. The buffet breakfast was good and there was plenty of it. We went on the Thompson premier discovery tour of Kefalonia and this was excellent value. It covered all the major attractions and points of interest on the island and the guide, Marina, was very interesting, friendly and knowledgeable. It was well worth the extra for a lovely 3 course lunch by the harbour in the pretty fishing village of Fiskardo and the wine tasting. I would thoroughly recommend the white aspro !! The restaurants in the resort were also lovely and we did not have a bad meal. Our favourite being Aquarius.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 13, 2012

Lovely hotel, beautiful location great place to relax for a week. Not for party animals! Room was spotless and lovely gardens. Had a scooter for the week great way to see the island and beaches, would go back.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Livadaki Village Hotel
Address: Skala | Kefalonia, Skala 28 082, Greece
Location: Greece > Ionian Islands > Cephalonia > Skala
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #14 of 23 Hotels in Skala
Hotel Class:3 star — Livadaki Village Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Livadaki Village Hotel is located near Skala, (900 m.) on top of a hill, away from noise and traffic, yet close enough to reach the beach on foot(600 m.). It has been built in grounds planted with olive trees, flowers and vegetables, with great views of the Ionian Sea and the mainland. Its architectural style brings memories of the traditional atmosphere of old Kefalonia, while it offers all modern facilities.There are two suites, and 23 twin/double rooms, 7 triple rooms, with sea view or garden view balconies or terraces, nicely furnished, beds with anatomical matresses, satelite TV, direct dial telephone, internet access, fridge, air con, WC, shower.Lounge with great views, satelite TV, Bar, snack bar, reception, free WF, library. Extended verandas where breakfast is served in the morning, snacks and drinks later on. Breakfast is continental buffet style.Pool with great views, with children's section and jacuzzi, with sun beds and parasols around.Parking Area.Small, picturesque chapel on top of the hill,with great views, nice for marriage ceremonies ... more   less 

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