We have just returned from Sami, and stayed in Villa Fedra for one week and Villa Nefeli for the second week. the villas are in a great location with beautiful surroundings and are well spaced out to enjoy some privacy.
The villas are well equipped with really good barbeques which is what you want. Fridge/freezer perfect size, great having dishwasher and washing machine. Having beach towels provided is a major plus on the packing as well.
On the down side, these 'luxury' villas have probably lost the luxury edge since they have been built. Clothes dryer broken, toilet roll holder kept falling off, outside dining tables broken, walls cracking, a sun lounger broken. The worst was probably the bathroom door in villa nefeli. It got stuck and could only be opened from the outside which left several of us banging on the bathroom door shouting for help. This can take a while when everyone else outside!
These are all very small things which can be easily be rectified.
We did have a lovely stay here, but I think that was probably more to do with being with all my family rather than the villas themselves.
When booking these villas I advised of our flight times, and was never given a time at which we could enter the villa or a time which we needed to vacate. Stupidly I assumed we would be able to stay in the villa until our departure. Unfortunately the night before our departure (our flight being 8pm) I was told we would have to vacate at 11.30am at the latest and the top floor needed to be cleared by 10.30am as there were people coming in at 1.30. I understand it is difficult to organise the departure and arrival times of leaving and arriving guests, but in my mind 11.30am is far too early.
It seemed to me that more care was taken over new arrivals rather than departing ones which is a real shame as now I do not feel like returning.
Luckily for us, we had relatives who had previously stayed at The Athena Beach Hotel, and the owners gave us a room and also allowed us to use the facilities of the Ionian Emerald Resort.
My advice - if you want luxury stay at the Ionian. If you want a typical Greek holiday with the most welcoming owners I have ever met, stay at The Athena Beach.