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“Excellent value and a stunning location”
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Albouro Apartments
Cephalonia, Greece
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15 reviews
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“Excellent value and a stunning location”
Reviewed June 15, 2013

I always research possible places to stay very carefully which is why I rarely end up giving a bad review, but really struck lucky here as I only had a couple of days in which to find somewhere suitable to stay. I decided on the last minute to take a quick one week's break in Kefalonia to escape the British weather, found a cheap flight, and then researched the internet for a good place to stay in Katelios. I usually stay up the road in Skala, but fancied a change for this quick trip. This place is all about location - an absolutely stunning position right on Kato Katelios beach. To the right from the property are the tavernas of Kato Katelios, to the left a wonderful beach and a lovely place to swim. Although these are basic traditional self-catering apartments, for the price paid I thought they were excellent which is why I give them 5 stars. Breakfast was included in the price, and this was taken right on the beach - a magical spot in which to enjoy a leisurely breakfast. Fresh rolls, fruit, pancakes with honey, different meats and cheeses, yoghurt, cereal, tea, coffee, orange juice. A nice way to start the day. It is a peaceful quiet spot, which suited exactly. The apartments are simple, but comfortable and always very clean. They are cleaned every day and the bins emptied, and the towels and bed linen (sparkling white) were changed half way through the week's stay. The family who run these apartments are so welcoming and friendly, and cannot do enough for you. The owner Nontas had a cancellation on an upstairs apartment with huge balcony, and even an upstairs bedroom, and offered to upgrade us to this apartment free of charge. The views from the balcony were just wonderful and many a happy hour was spent there, glass of wine in hand, just smiling from ear to ear and taking in the peace, tranquillity and the sea views.

It was a lovely week, and a big "thank you" to the ever smiling and helpful Nontas and his family! I will be back in the future for certain and can thoroughly recommend these apartments if you are looking for traditional style self-catering accommodation with friendly, helpful and welcoming hosts.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 4, 2013

Having read all of the previous reviews I found it quite difficult to believe how wonderful this place appeared to be. My reservations were entirely unfounded. This really was the best holiday ever. I totally agree with all other reviews of the Albouro Apartments - quite brilliant in every respect. The apartment, leading out onto a large balcony, was clean, comfortable, bright and airy. To our surprise it was cleaned and beds were made up every day. Bed-linen and towels were changed during our week-long stay. It really is in a brilliant location, less than 5 minutes walk either around the small road or, better still, along the peaceful beach to the restaurants etc. but far enough out to remain very private and quiet.

What really sold the Albouro Apartments for us was the opportunity to have breakfast "on the beach". We were not disappointed. Each morning we enjoyed a good buffet-style breakfast in the sunshine looking out over the calm blue sea to the bay, the island of Zante some miles away, and mainland Greece in the distance. Nontas, the proprietor was courteous, friendly, knowledgable and extremely helpful. We were made to feel so welcome, not just within the apartments but in general in Katelios and throughout our visit. We rented a car for a couple of days from "Venus", about 10 minutes walk from the apartments, and once again experienced such courtesy and friendly attitude. We drove through Skala to Poros on one day and then to Sami and the stunning beach location of Antisamos (where parts of Captain Corelli's Mandolin were filmed) and back across the mountains the next day. What a wonderful experience!

On arrival at the airport we were met by a "local" taxi driver from Katelios (kindly also arranged for me by Nontas when I booked the apartment). He too was wonderful, friendly, polite and considerate. Similarly so when he took us back.

This is only my second visit to Greece. I'm so glad it was to Kefalonia and, in particular, the Albouro apartments. Everything came together quite perfectly to provide my wife and I with a truly memorable and relaxing holiday on this beautiful island.

Thank you Nontas (and the friendly cleaning lady whose name I didn't get!).

We genuinely CANNOT WAIT TO RETURN!

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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essex
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Reviewed May 17, 2013

Just back from our first trip to Kefalonia and it definitely won't be our last !!
We felt completely at home at the Albouro Apartments from the minute we arrived and were really happy with ouI apartment and its fantastic location. Everything was close to hand and with a handful of excellent tavernas and beach bars one side, the crystal clear sea straight ahead & a stretch of stunning beach the other we really didn't need to move very far from base.
We didn't have a car and so decided to book with Panem tours (located in the village as you head towards the beach front) for the Island tour and were so glad we did it being excellent value at 27 euros pp. We visited all the places we had on our "must see" list including Fiscardo, Assos , Myrtos beach ,Melissani lake , Drogarati cave with an unexpected wine tasting & more.
Our guide was the best we've ever had on any trip we've been on and she completely blew us away with her knowledge of the Island.She added wit And humour to every subject from the devastating earthquake to the flora & wildlife & held everyone's attention, brilliant & highly recommended !!!!
The resort of Katelios seems to bring together lots of like minded people & we chatted to lots of returning guests. When (not if) we return to Katelios then the Albouro apartments will be where we will stay again. I would label this as one of our best holidays ever !!.....Thank you Nondas & Monica for making us so welcome we can't wait to return ......

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bátorliget
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Reviewed March 10, 2013

I’m a return visitor to Albouro Apartments. The whole experience was fabulous from start to finish again! The apartment has excellent location, practically on the beach. It's perfectly placed between the best beach with crystal clear water on the left and the restaurants on the right. You can have an outstanding breakfast every morning right by the sea. The breakfasts were tasty and varied. The rooms are very large and well equipped, and there is a real feeling of space and privacy. All the staff without exception were extremely friendly and went out of their way at all times to make our stay perfect. And the village is a relaxed, little bit silent, but very friendly place, especially perfect for a beach-based holiday. Don't hesitate to go there!

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Windsor, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed July 19, 2012

I booked our 14 day holiday at the Albouro apartments from the last week of June to the 10th July because my husband and I were long overdue for a truly relaxing holiday away from traffic, noise and crowds. We were more interested in honest comfort and convenience than pretentious excess. We weren't disappointed! Ideally situated on the mid-section of Katelios beach, the Albouro apartments delivered exactly what they promised. Nondas, Monica and their dear cleaning lady provided a welcoming and spotlessly clean apartment that was perfectly suited to our needs. Every morning we were served a wonderful spread of greek yogurt & honey, fruits, cereals, meats, cheeses and warmly baked breads and pastry delights right next to the clear Ionian waters. We could sit and enjoy our coffee watching the water lap up onto a quiet beach and then collapse onto our own private sunbeds on our own part of the beach.When we wanted to swim in the turquoise waters we simply walked a few metres down the beach. We loved it! Our apartment was beautifully cleaned daily and our crisp white towels and linen changed every 3rd day. In the evenings we'd relax with a glass of wine on our balcony to enjoy the sunset and birdsong before setting off for the short walk to the numerous and delightful tavernas where every taste was catered to. Our most memorable evening was spent with Captain Nick (Nondas' father) and his friend George, Nondas and Monica, when he invited us to go fishing on his boat. When we returned at sunset he set up a barbeque in the marina next to the boat and insisted we join them for a fish barbeque. More friends and other fishermen spontanoeusly joined bringing salads, bread and home brewed wine. We watched as Captain NIck cleaned 6kg of fish, and our new friend Billy grilled them to perfection on the coals. What we enjoyed that night money can't buy. We felt the warmth and generosity of the Greek people in their own space. We were made to feel so welcome and for once felt the real spirit of joy and friendship that exists here in the simplicity of eating together with friends. We laughed a lot and after eating two of the most delicious fish I'd ever tasted (my husband was convinced to have 3) we stumbled home just before midnight. We felt deeply touched and quite overwhelmed by the openness and generosity we had been shown. I've never returned to previously visited places, but next time we will. The Albouro apartments and Katelios offer the perfect holiday for us. Kefalonia is a beautiful island but the enduring memory is of the people we met there. Thank you, Nondas, Monica and Captain Nick. We will be back!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Chester, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
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Reviewed March 7, 2012

Lovely roomy apartments within a few yards of Katelios beach. We have stayed here at least a dozen times and each time just got better and better. Katelios village itself is only 3 or 4 minutes away, with restaurants and a couple of bars, a lovely peaceful place where you can just sit and watch the world go by. This is of course Greece, so don't expect 5 star standards, the rooms are comfortable and clean, with a fridge, kettle and small electric oven with a couple of rings. TV in the living room, and a shower / wc. The best bits are the balconies, with views over the families taverna /restaurant to the sea and Zakynthos beyond. Fantastic.

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Bath, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed January 5, 2012

Went to the apartments with my husband last July. It was a very peaceful stay. The apartments are a stones throw away from the beach but set away from the main centre. I've never been anywhere before in late July where you could sit on the balcony and not here a thing - bliss! The apartments are a really good size and the balcony was too. Kefalonia is so beautiful it really was the perfect break away.

  • Stayed July 2011
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Property: Albouro Apartments
Address: Kateleios, Katelios 281 00, Greece
Location: Greece > Ionian Islands > Cephalonia > Katelios
Amenities:
Beach Kitchenette Restaurant Suites
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Ranked #7 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Katelios
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 7
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