Just returned from a two week stay at the very end of the season. First impressions are of a small but impressively laid out hotel, and the charming owner and his trusty dog are there to greet you. The hotel is well designed, with nowhere far to walk between amenities and rooms. The location is quite remote in terms of walking out, and although there are a few nearby tavernas, going anywhere else on foot means walking along the path-free main road, which is a bit alien to us Brits. The owner will run you into Acharavi (5-10 mins) at set times during the day, and taxis are readily available for the return journey. Local buses linking Sidari, Roda, Acharavi and Kassiopi (from the main road near the Supermarket) are easy to use and reasonably priced, and a bus to Corfu town calls at the hotel's beach entrance at 10-10:15 and is much better value than an excursion.
The rooms are spacious and our upstairs sea view one had good views of Almyros Beach and beyond. The bed was large and comfortable, there was ample wardrobe space (though a few more hangers would have been useful), and there was a large bathroom with dual taps but a shared sink. The wet room had a very good shower and loads of room (it doubled as a steam room, and a voluminous hydro-massage bath.
The pool area was well supplied with sun beds, although some of the parasols needed a good clean and the small tables were in poor condition (most were removed during our stay). Both the pools had algae on the floor surfaces, and we saw no evidence of them being cleaned while we were there. The beach had a few hotel owned sun beds and straw parasols, the latter much in need of some TLC. The beach itself was a mix of shingle and sand, and providing you picked your spot, the water was easy to get in and out of and despite other comments, we didn't see the need for swim shoes. Once in, the water was shallow and the bottom sandy, and the temperature much warmer than the unheated pool.
The food, whether it was breakfast, lunch or dinner, was consistently good, and the upstairs restaurant had a different menu to the main one downstairs. After two weeks, the menu got a bit "samey", but most nights there was a special main course choice. We sampled the speciality evenings upstairs with Greek or Meze menus and either traditional dancing or music, which allowed us to try some of the more adventurous local food and drink.
There is a very well stocked library near reception, so there is no fear of running out of reading material. The best part of the holiday was being made to feel genuinely welcome by the excellent and friendly staff, who went out of their way to make your stay memorable. While this review reflects a very "end of season" feel, which may not reflect on the experience at any other time of the year, the guests pay a lot of money to stay there and standards should be maintained for any hotel branded 5 Star until the very last day of opening. Having said that, we would have no hesitation in returning to the Restia Suites and would recommend it for a totally relaxing break.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Quietly located near Acharavi village, along the three-mile stretch of Almiros bay with white sand and a sea of crystal blue water, lies "Restia Suites" Exclusive Resort, the epitome of simplicity, elegance and style. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Restia Hotel Acharavi
- Restia Suites Exclusive Resort Acharavi, Corfu, Ionian Islands