My husband and I and our two children have just come back from a week's holiday at Anthoula's.
Basically you get what you pay for and we needed a reasonable holiday to fit in with our budget. In a nutshell: the hotel was clean and rooms cleaned daily, linen and towels replaced every two days. Bedrooms and shower rooms are basic but as we view it... you only wash and sleep there, no real time is spent in your room as you are out and about.
You have to pay extra (5e) daily for air conditioning so it's there if you need it. When we were there the weather was very hot and if you keep the patio doors open the mopeds can keep you awake but it was our choice to save on the money.
There is an extra charge for the safe but we didn't feel it was needed, it was a small, family run place and we felt our belongings were safe without it.
The cleaner is very sweet and was so very grateful of a tip at the end of the week which we felt she had earned as she does all the rooms on her own.
The breakfast IS very basic, just a bread roll with a slice of cheese and pot of jam but if you are prepared to pay extra (e.g. I asked for Greek yoghurt and honey daily as the bread roll was too heavy for me) then Anthoula is happy to sell it to you. She was very unhappy however when we took water and ice creams from a local shop to the poolside (trying to save on the pennies) as she explained that the proceeds from the pool bar food and drinks is the way she pays for the expensive running costs of the swimming pool - fair comment. But be prepared that taking outside purchases in is not appreciated.
It is only a 10 minute walk down to the beach and we found it very enjoyable, especially after dinner to walk it off, but her minibus that goes down to the beach and back several times a day is very handy and at times welcome especially when the weather was very hot.
The waiting staff in the Stamatia restaurant were lovely and the food is very, very good. It was the only restaurant we found that local Greeks ate at regularly which is a good testament to their food. It was fresh and well-cooked and you MUST try the desert Ekmek which is deliciously sickly and gooey and homemade by Katerina, the waitress there.
We made an effort to learn some basic Greek words and phrases before going which the locals really seemed to appreciate (which we do with any country we go to, just out of courtesy as we find it so rude when Brits presume all other nationalities will speak English in their own countries).
You must take the speedboat trip (5e per person return) over to Paradise and Bubble Beach (15 min each way). It leaves at 10.30 and returns at 5.30. It is well worth it, the boat trip is fun (especially is young George drives you back again as he drives like he stole it!). Paradise beach is clean and sandy and has a lovely beach café and many water sports (a little more expensive than at Kefalos beach however) and they have a childrens' water bouncy castle come water park in the sea on the beach which looked fun for them).
At Kefalos beach the Poseidon water sports family run business take out an inflatable 'sofa' which is great fun. 25e per person if just two of you, but 10e each for us 4.
We found it a very enjoyable place to spend a week in the sun. Basic but you get what you pay for.
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