We have just returned from two idyllic weeks at the aptly named Utopia Hotel. Where to begin, except to say possibly the best holiday ever, with none of the problems encountered such as replenishment of breakfast items, which previous reviewers seem to have experienced. In fact, we felt there is almost too much choice at breakfast all of it to a high standard, although we do prefer our bacon crispy.
Yes, some of the drinks are expensive, but if you want a gin and tonic or a bottle of Sol in a 4-star hotel you’re going to have to pay top dollar for it! Having said that, I do feel there could be more of a choice of wines on offer, but you can bring in beers or a bottle of wine from the supermarket and have a sun downer on your balcony before dinner if you want. (No issues with using the fridge in your room now as was reported earlier on in the season). Plus, there’s always happy hour, 2-hours actually - amazing cocktails for 4 euros!!
We went to both the BBQ and Greek nights which we considered to be great value for the amount of excellent and abundant amount of food on offer, plus entertainment. However, It is a pity that the restaurant does not offer at least a couple of Greek dishes which we feel would be more appropriate than spaghetti bolognese or carbonara, plus the pool bar could offer a little more variety, like maybe a pizza and a greater variety of sandwiches.
Totally agree though with other reviewers regarding Jerrys Taverna (great value) and would recommend both Blue Sea and Lighthouse for amazing fresh fish.
The hotel is immaculately clean, bedding and towels are changed constantly and without exception all the staff are courteous and happy to help, amazingly so for so late in the season. Den in particular is tireless and always had a big smile on his face.
The pools and the surrounding pool area are stunning and so peaceful with nothing to offend the eye (no high rise buildings), just mountains and the sea.
We did not hire a car as this is our third visit to the Island, but we booked two excursions, both through Rhona at Panem who, in common with other reviewers, we found to be both informative and entertaining. The first trip we booked was the Ithica Tour, which we would thoroughly recommend. Both the driver, Dimitri, and the guide, Esme were brilliant, What Esme doesn’t know about Kefalonia and Ithica is not worth knowing and she gave a wonderfully informative commentary without being remotely patronising – pure class! The other excursion we took was the Ithica boat trip, which again, we would thoroughly recommend – the swim stops were fabulous – sea so clear you could see straight down to the sea bed.
Bearing in mind the Utopia has only been open for just over a year, there are bound to be some teething problems which I believe they are on to. It would be great to go back next year and see the restaurant buzzing in the evening just as it ought to be. (Needless to say, we are going back next year!).
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- Also Known As:
- Utopia Hotel Katelios
- Utopia Resort And Spa