10p holds it at two star according to the “Hotel Stars Union” a European umbrella body.
I have considered this review for a couple of weeks. The hotel welcomes you with a spectacular lobby and very friendly staff, true there was a whiff of sewage in the air the evening we arrived but it soon cleared with an offshore wind.
The first thing to strike you in the lobby is a friendly and helpful staff and the inset glass panels in the floor through which you could see the gymnasium spa swimming pool – two way glass though - as a member of the party said you must consider your underwear if you come to the bar in a skirt.
The rooms are large, luxurious and well air conditioned, true as usual you must check the patio door is shut if you turn the a/c on but there were several bottles of water and ample tea, coffee and milk etc for “in room drinks”.
The hotel is built on a hillside, in Greek terms a gentle slope but a pathway connects the front door of the lobby to the dining room ground level entrance whilst at the back of the lobby is a lift taking you down two floors to the same dining room.
As we had arrived in the evening after a quick shower we headed for the buffet dining room (All Inclusive) where there was a good choice of well prepared delicious food though unusually waiter served wine and after a meal repaired to the comfortable bar.
The hotel is luxuriously styled and exquisitely clean with extremely helpful staff but lacks the extra for more stars. Ask the staff and most things are available but don’t look for a sewing kit – the 10p holdup - or spare blanket or pillow in the room, you have to get them from reception which can be difficult if you wake up cold at 2am.
Accessibility is a problem. Within the hotel the connecting paths are very typically Greek, steep and crumbling (slightly) concrete, single steps abound, between our room and the dining room were seven and if you leave the hotel it is on top of a headland and 4 kilometres from Skala. The hotel operates a courtesy bus to Skala which stops at 5.30 pm so if you fancy a meal at a Taverna you will need a reception to get you a taxi or walk. The next town in the other direction is 7 kilometres away and again when we visited we had to phone for a taxi to get back. The site is remote and in Septembet there are few taxis around.
Not suitable for the older traveller.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surrender to comfort at the Apostolata Island Resort & Spa. Beautifully situated on a hillside slopping gently to the sea allowing dazzling Mediterranean views. Enjoy pampering spa treatments, sailing, swimming, followed by delicious meals. Visit the village of Scala, famous for its Roman Villa or explore the village of Poros all within easy reach of our Kefalonia hotel. Discover the personal service and amenities of this hidden gem, a perfect retreat for a relaxing holiday. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mareblue Apostolata Hotel Skala
- Mareblue Apostolata Resort And Spa