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Emelisse Art Hotel
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Fiscardo
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 28, 2014

Absolutely beautiful hotel in an equally beautiful location. Incredibly helpful and friendly staff (nothing is too much to ask). Rooms are lovely with very comfortable beds and a good selection of pillows. Bathroom is stocked daily with luscious Korres products. Lots of little nooks all around the hotel grounds so you can choose your own private spot or sit around the communal infinity pool and soak in the stunning views. If you are feeling active there is a good size air-conditioned gym, a tennis court and a squash court or if you want to relax you can have a massage or treatment in the spa. If you fancy a day out then you can book a chauffeur driven tour or jump on one of the speedboat excursions to the surrounding islands or even charter the speedboat privately for an extra special day.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Bridget M
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Reviewed May 11, 2014

Stayed here for 2 weeks some year ago , Had a great holiday , The rooms were great we had a shared pool with another 3 rooms and as it was early season we more or less has the pool to ourselves , they had a shuttle to take us to the local bars in Fiscardo , great place to eat and drink , Go and enjoy ONLY GO HERE IF YOU HAVE GOOD TASTE.

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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Patrick R
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Reviewed May 6, 2014 via mobile

We were exhausted when we arrived at emelisse and were delighted to be greeted by lovely people with cucumber water and a snack. The place is elegant with little surprises overlooking the water. Nothing is too much trouble, indeed 3 people mended our tv. You can play tennis, squash, eat wonderful artichoke pie and sleep in comfy beds. The best thing is the staff though. Really helpful and friendly, we will be back

Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
3  Thank CorkyMc
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Reviewed May 6, 2014

The Emelisse offers an excellent environment for a relaxing vacation. The surroundings as well as the view are amazing. The hotel is only a short walk from the village of Fiscardo. Hotel staff are very polite and always available. The hotel restaurants are also really nice serving mediterrenean food.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Ftelia
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Reviewed April 30, 2014

I absolutely loved this hotel. I was here on a Hellenic Healthy Holidays fitness break (which was also superb) but could imagine coming here for a more sybaritic break as well.

The staff are truly lovely - friendly and warm - you feel more like a valued family member than a paying guest. Reception is a desk tucked away in a corner, so it feels very relaxed.
Accommodation is in a series of blocks - some of the rooms are a little on the small side but they're spotless and it's great to see Korres excellent bath products in the bathrooms (note - very few rooms have baths, it's all showers).

Everything is hugely comfortable yet there's a quirky, playful style about it. I loved that you can either be 'one of the crowd', hanging out by the main pool or on the sofas in the main building, or hide away in any one of the many hidden terraces.
There's a great sunbathing (or wild swimming) spot down on the rocks (with full body beanbags) but equally a gorgeous sandy cove is just a five minute stroll away.

Excellent facilities too - tennis court, squash court, table football, table tennis, snooker (or is it billiards? Never know the difference) table, as well as a well-equipped gym. You can borrow bikes free of charge and there's also a courtesy bus to ferry you back and forth from nearby Fiskardo (though it's only a short walk).

The spa is lovely and I had superb deep therapeutic massages from both Sotiris and Bessie. Other treatments and the usual facials, wraps, rituals, mani-pedis are available (Elemis is the house brand - shame they couldn't have continued the Korres theme).

We had our own chef on the retreat so I didn't get to try the usual hotel menu but it looked and smelled pretty good! Our chef, Alan, is guest chefing for the next few months and would advise going while he's on duty - his cooking is divine.

Truly, there's very little to gripe about here. I'm stunned at the negative review that said the hotel was 'cold' - truly, it's one of the most warm-hearted places I've ever stayed in. The owner is very much hands-on (he and his dog accompanied us on our walks) and ensures that everyone is superbly well looked after.

The weather was a little uncertain when I visited (April) which was a shame and I'd love to come back and take full advantage of the glorious setting in full sun.

They have a wood-fired oven outside the main building and also show movies outdoors. There's even a really sweet outdoor chapel should you feel the urge to get married! Actually, it would be a truly lovely venue for a wedding.

Great walks all around (hiking maps available from reception).
Really can't praise it highly enough.

Room Tip: Some rooms share private pools - there's a block which would make a great block booking for seve...
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  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled solo
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1  Thank Jane A
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Reviewed April 20, 2014

This was our 3rd trip to the Hotel Emelisse & our expectations were fully met. The staff are friendly & and discreet. The standard rooms look small, although we have never used them, however, the sea view suites, which we stay in are a good size, with a balcony or terrace overlooking the Ionian. The bathrooms are a good size and are in the fashion of a wet room, with Korres toiletries supplied on a daily basis. The terraces are great, plenty of room, one of them has an infinity pool overlooking the sea. The loungers are wooden & have sumptuous cushions to lie back on. Pool towels are plentiful, large and deep pile. There are large sofas dotted around at the back of the terrace for reclining with a cocktail or two ! The restaurant is fabulous, lunch can be taken outside in an area away from the pool, again with fabulous views of the sea. Attentive staff wait on you, and fresh fish is always available, along with homemade burgers if required. Dinner can also be had in the restaurant, again good choice of menu & excellent service, however, we tend to flit between the hotel restaurant & the restaurants down by the harbour in Fiskardo. This Year we also went for a day trip in the hotel owner's speed boat, which was a fun experience, cruising round some of the small surrounding islands and mooring up for a fish lunch, drinks and fruit are supplied as part of the trip. The local village of Fiscardo has a lovely harbour with all types of luxury yachts & speed boats moored up, the shops are mainly individual gift shops, boutiques and restaurants, fabulous for one off clothes to purchase ! This little village has a great atmosphere, fab to wonder down (5/10 minute walk from the hotel) and have an aperitif, before choosing a restaurant in which to have dinner (the hotel does provide courtesy buses if people choose not to walk). This boutique hotel is small & friendly, with excellent service and a great atmosphere, perfect for 10 days winding down, we will definitely be returning for a 4th visit in the next couple of years.

Room Tip: Sea view suites, to the side of the pool terrace area are a great choice.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 3, 2014

Stay maybe influenced by rain 5 days out if 7. The type of hotel with seperate blocks meant a drenching as soon as you stepped out of room and our room was dark cold and gloomy. Pool area lovely but hardly got a chance to use it and plagued with wasps. Wasps too at breakfast if eating outside. Pretty place but no warmth in its ambience or staff. Loved Fiskardo but would not stay at this hotel again.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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5  Thank rickbear1
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Address: Emblissi Bay, Fiscardo 280 84, Greece
Location: Greece > Ionian Islands > Cephalonia > Fiscardo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Fiscardo
Price Range: $222 - $505 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Emelisse Art Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 62
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
THE HOTELSituated above Emplisis bay overlooking a unique painting of nature, this resort is hidden out of sight, among cedars and cypress trees. From an architect’s point of view a finely tuned pallet of multicultural influence creates an environment of high aesthetics and post-modern design. Space consultant Sophocles Maraveyas has combined an ambience of serenity with original pieces of furniture and local architecture elements. Note that this is the only establishment in Greece to use teak wood items to furnish rooms, all painted in subtle pale shades, and decorated with pictures from artwork photographer Tatiana Karapanagioti, highlighted by the cleverly hidden support lights.HOTEL LOCATIONHotel is located above Emplisis bay, close to the picturesque port and fishing village of Fiskardo, which is within close proximity; it will take not more than 15 minutes to reach, walking distance. The hotel lies just 1h 15m away from Cephalonia airport and the ferry port of Sami is just 50 minutes away. It is 60klm from Poros port, your destination port if you travel from Kyllini. It takes less than an hour to go to the capital of the island, Argostoli. Many magnificent beaches to choose, closest is just 100m far from the reception area.HOTEL FACILITIES & SERVICESCatering services could not be an exception to the quality that characterizes all the services offered. • Welcome cucumber water and iced towel on arrival• Two swimming pools, sun beds, pool towels, shower• Children swimming pool• Pool bar• Lobby bar• Indoor restaurant• Riza restaurant with Greek traditional and local delicacies• Votsalo restaurant, an open kitchen restaurant serving special Mediterranean flavors• All day room service• Laundry service• Business services, business center, meetings up to 50 people, audio visual equipment• Event facilities, church for wedding and Christian ceremonies• DVD selection• Book Library• Early check in upon availability without charge• Late check out upon request/ availability; until 14:00 free of charge, until 18:00 30% surcharge on the room rate, after 18:00 100% charge• Fitness room, fully equipped, free of charge• Complimentary shuttle bus service to/ from Fiskardo village• Water taxi service• Transfers upon request (private taxi transfer)• Porter service• Parking area, up to 25 spaces, 100m far from the reception area, transportation is done by club cars• Tennis court (rackets and balls are provided by Reception free of charge)• Baby sitting upon request, baby monitors, baby chairs, baby cots• Elemis Spa• Billiard, free of charge• Gift shop• Playground• Scuba diving• Boat trips to the islands of Lefkada, Ithaca, Scorpios, Meganisi with our brand new speedboat Princess V50• Speedboat, private daily cruises• Bicycles, are available for hire, free of charge• Cinema is available without charge, by the reception area• Excursions to villages, beaches, sights with our brand new and luxurious Mercedes Viano!• Daily cruises to Perantzada Hotel• Car Rental arrangements• Wireless Internet access• Club cars’ transportation within the hotel area, from/ to the Emplisis Bay• Hairdresser upon request• Housekeeping is provided twice a day• Special evenings every week (Greek night, Pizza night, Barbecue)• Weekend events for children, Spa treatments, sport events, yoga ... more   less 
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Hotel Emelisse Art
Emelisse Art Fiscardo
Emelisse Hotel Kefalonia

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