We have just returned from a wonderful week in Skala and stayed at the Livadaki Village Hotel. We were apprehensive about its location before we went but on arrival we were really surprised and pleased to find such a lovely hotel in a perfect setting - lovely grounds, wonderful pool with superb views over Skala. Our room (number 6) was really lovely - it was described as a partial sea view but had a great vista overlooking the gardens and countryside. Everything was lovely and clean - the towels were really fluffy and white and changed every day and the bedding was also changed regularly. The walk into Skala was quite lovely - it was so nice walking through the countryside and certainly downhill it only took around 10 minutes at the most to get into the town. Yes, it was hot walking back in the afternoon but never too much trouble. The pool area was lovely and relaxing with nice beds and being an infinity pool had great views.
The reason for my statement "own goal" is the way the way the hotel lets itself down with the abysmal breakfast - absolutely no effort, thought or imagination in the way the food was presented. Yes, it was pretty basic - that wasn't the issue. It was the frugal way in which the food was presented (a couple of slices of tomatoes on a plate, a few slices of processed cheese, packet ham and cheap sliced bread, powdered orange juice and no water to drink unless you paid extra). What a ridiculous way to let this otherwise perfect hotel down.
Skala town was so enjoyable and the island overall was absolutely beautiful. We would recommend taking the Panem coach tour around the island and hopefully meet their wonderful guide Esme who made the trip so memorable with her vast local knowledge and personality.
We loved the Captains Bar in town and also Georgious restaurant (not sure of the spelling) near the church in town.
- 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