My girlfriend and I were attending a beach wedding in the idyllic town of Skala, so we decided to make this our main holiday of the year. We booked 2 weeks at the Apollo apartments, following the bride and grooms recommendation from staying here the year before.
We booked through Thomas Cook and everything ran very, very smoothly. We had checked the reviews and location of the place, we had set our preferences with regards to our room, which was high floor room and a double bed (not much to ask) and we were ready to go.
When we arrived after a long days travel we were greeted by Thanos at the pool bar where we stopped to have a light late night dinner. The late night menu was small, but everything was made fresh and the Greek salad with a side of fries is exactly what we needed to get the holiday started. After that Thanos kindly showed us to our room where we set down our cases and checked out our stay for the next 14 nights. It was ground floor, the only room level with the pool, it was right next to the bar which stayed open until the last guest leaves and we had two single beds pushed together. Not in the slightest in accordance to our preferences we had set with Thomas Cook.
After speaking to Thanos, unfortunately this was the only room they currently had to offer. Which, in hindsight worked out hugely in our favor. Being able to nip in and out of our room from the pool was fantastic. No need to lug everything down to the poolside and back again. We could just get what we needed when we wanted it. Also, when it came to coming in from an evening out in Skala it was great to be able to pop in to the bar for a nightcap or two and just swoop round the corner and straight into bed.
On the first night though, we set up camp. Unpacking only the essentials as we may be moved to a more suited residence for the rest of the week. But in the morning, before breakfast, stepping onto our own little patio and then straight into the pool was heaven. The bathroom and kitchen facilities were basic but it was just what we needed for our breakfast and lunches, seeming we ate out most of the time. I don't know why people are raving about rooms 15 and 16 when at this point we were settled and didn't even want to move to a different room. It was clearly the best room they had.
A 15 minute (20 minutes on a hot day, take water!) walk away were the shops which have everything you need. The walk takes you past some beautiful views and fantastic scenery. A taxi ride could have been arranged but we found it easy enough just to walk it and at times the manageress Lana had even offered to give us a lift to the shop in her car. Which was extremely friendly of her.
After trying many of the local restaurants and bars in Skala we found that there are just enough to try a new one every evening for two weeks without running out of option and all of them are great. Some better than others, but mostly authentic Greek style food with plenty to choose from. Personally, we really enjoyed the Italian themed restaurant. The food and the cocktails were amazing and with a bit of planning you can even catch the happy hour.
Our Rep Kerry was as good as can get. She was friendly, funny and really very helpful. She made our holiday even more enjoyable than it already was with her recommendations and helpful tips and tricks of getting the most out of Skala and Kefalonia. A credit to the company.
Lana, her mother who occasionally helps out in the kitchen and Thanos run the place extremely well. It seemed very relaxed, laid back and it really reflected in the feel and the atmosphere of the place. Overall, we had a stunning time with no worries over sunbed availability, with fantastic hosts and the occasional fun themed evening to join in if you like, lots of friendly and talkative guests who we got to know really well and an absolutely idyllic setting.
I would recommend Apollo Apartments to anyone, young or old, couple or family. It is a great place to stay.
- Also Known As:
- Apollo Apartments Skala Hotel Skala