Just arrived back yesterday, and missing Kamari already. A little apprehensive after reading some poor reviews. Firstly, remember what you are paying for your holiday, if you are used to staying in four or five star hotels, then don't book Kamari and be prepared to pay 2 or 3 times more money!!
The apartments, are great for the money we paid. Had a 1 bedroomed for 4 people which had a double bedroom and then 2 single beds in the lounge/kitchen area. Had a massive balcony accessible from both rooms and wooden shutter doors that allowed the room to be shaded and kept it cool without paying for aircon.
We were welcomed by Eva on arrival who was very friendly and helpful throughout the holiday as was her husband Zak and daughter. Never found Zak grumpy as per some reviewers have said. Food and drink very reasonable, soft drinks 1.5 euros, and beer (Mythos) only 2 euros for a large glass. You can even buy cocktails for 4 euros, but be warned, Greek cocktails are STRONG!!!
Great swimming pool, though chlorine does tend to turn white things, slightly green :)
Free sun loungers, though very frustrating that some people (all Brits!), leave towels on sun loungers 24/7 during their holiday!!! Managed to find sun loungers but had to get up early to ensure we got one.
Free wifi round the bar (as is the case in many Acharavi bars)
TV in rooms (can get CNN and Sky News in English)
In the area:-
Turn right out of Kamari and head up the slope to the main road to Acharavi. Turn left onto the main road and you will see Sbikes, a mini Market and your bus stop to Sidari/Corfu town. Cross the road and wait for a bus to get to Kassiopi. Acharavi town is about 10 mins walk down the road, the first park of which is poorly lit so take a torch!!
Turn left out of Kamari and you will end up at the beach, which is pebbly. When you are facing the sea, you can turn left to Roda (about 15 mins) or right to Acharavi's beach bars. The road particularly to Roda is pretty worn out but vehicles still use it, so watch for cars/mopeds. Also the road to Roda is poorly lit so again take a torch!!
Things to beware of:-
1) Mosquitoes!! Most are more like we in GB call Gnats, but they are vicious little creatures. I got attacked the first night walking to Roda, and had a bad night with around 30 bites! Subsequently we sprayed with repellant at least every 2 hours!! Repellant and plug in repellers are NOT optional. On this note, if you do get bitten and your bites swell up (as mine did), get to a Pharmacy ASAP and get Celesoderm-V with Garamycin. They will have to see your bites before they give it to you as it's a steriod/anti-biotic cream (that would probably need prescription here), but the 6 euros it cost was well worth it.
Food ripoffs!! - Food is generally fairly cheap as is drink, however watch the below!!
Yoghurt - a couple of places you can get a yoghurt pot and fill it up with yoghurt/smarties/nuts etc, however, this will cost you 2 euros per 100 grams or about 7 euros a full pot!!
Mini cakes - In Corfu town, bakeries often have very nice looking mini cakes. If you order they put them in a foil container and then saturate in nuts/Nutella and charge you 25 euros per KG!!
Waffles - 1 scoop or ice cream and nutella around 6 - 7 euros!!
Buses - Only went to Corfu, bus (aircon coach), 10 minutes late and then was full!! Driver said another was on the way and 20 mins later it finally arrived. Eventually got to Corfu town (which is very busy particularly crossing roads). Got the 6.30pm bus back and when we arrived at the bus station, the man there told us the Sidari bus would call at Acharavi too, so got on the bus as did far too many other people until 20 or so were standing!! They then decided that the Sidari bus would become just the Acharavi and Roda bus, so anyone wanting Sidari now had to get off!!! Fortunately that meant we got a seat thought there were still half a dozen standing for the 1 hour bendy trip back to Acharavi.!
Excursions - Tour operators excursions ARE expensive!! Walk into Acharavi and towards to far end of town you will find the British run Castaway travel. A Corfu by night on a boat will cost you 18 euros. The same trip with your tour operator is about double!!
Toilets - Be aware you CANNOT flush toilet paper etc down the toilet!! To us Brits this is a bit disgusting but on Corfu/Crete the sewers can't cope with it so loo roll goes in the bin next to the toilet. Also be aware that public loos don't generally exist. If you need the loo you will probably have to but a drink in a bar and use theirs!!!
Water - Whilst the water in Corfu is OK, it's generally not recommended for drinking. Personally we cleaned our teeth with it and made hot drinks, but otherwise used bottled water which even from mini markets is only around 2 euros for 6 x 1.5 litre bottles.
Thomas Cook - Booked with Thomas Cook and everything went smoothly. Plane, 757, very poor legroom (worse than 737), but had inflight movies on shared screens. The tip is buy your headphone adapters BEFORE travelling and bring headphones, I bought 4 from Ebay for 3 quid. Thomas Cook charges about £2 each + another £3 or so for headphones. Thomas Cook reps were "functional"! Lady on the bus, didn't seem to know much about Corfu or where abouts we were. Sian, our onsite rep was again "functional", but not particularly friendly and the same applied to the lady on the bus back.
All in all we loved Corfu and will definitely return. We also loved Kamari and the great hosts, Zak and Eva. Kamari isn't a 5* hotel but they are great value apartments for a great price with great hosts and also smack bang between Roda and Acharavi.
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