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Kefalosbay Residence
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Reviewed October 23, 2011

We stayed at Kefalos Bay Residence from 8-15 October 2011. In spite of 3 days of stormy weather we enjoyed our apartment so much. The panoramic views are superb, wonderful in good weather but equally magnificent watching the forked lightning and high seas across the bay on our first day.

The approach to the remote site is from a sharp bend on the main road up to the old Kefalos village, along a very rough and stony track, but once you arrive you will find perfectly manicured gardens, with immaculate lawns and flower beds. The photos on the website are exactly as it is, and when we arrived we almost felt that we had been there before, everything was just as we had expected.

The owners were there to welcome us, showed us into the apartment and ran through how everything worked. They were on hand throughout our week there to help if needed, but were not intrusive at all and left us entirely alone to enjoy our time there. They also invited us to their home on site for an hour on our first evening to share aperitifs and to tell us about the geography of the island.

The apartments themselves are extremely well equipped and everything is good quality, clean and fresh. We had the top floor apartment on the swimming pool level, which we thought was the best one, but they were all similarly equipped. They are very light and airy, and have double patio doors in both the lounge area and in the bedroom, so wherever you are you can always keep your eye on that beautiful view!

The kitchen has a good size fridge/freezer and there was a bottle of water provided for our arrival. There is a microwave, a full-size electric kettle, an electric oven with timer and space for two saucepans on the hob. There is also an electric toaster, plenty of crockery, cutlery, glassware, tea-towels etc. We did find the wine bottle opener a little difficult so made a note to bring one from home next time we visit. The lounge area has satellite TV, DVD player and internet access. The seating was comfortable, and on arrival there was even a fresh rose left on the coffee table for us, which was replaced during our stay.

Similarly, the bathroom was as good as being at home. There is plenty of storage space with a floor-to-ceiling cupboard and another double cupboard under the washbasin with a laundry basket incorporated. There is a full-size bath and this is totally enclosed with complete shower screening, making wet floors in the bathroom a thing of the past. Good-quality soap, shower gel and shampoo/conditioner were provided, also a hairdryer, shower mats and bath mats. There was a plentiful supply of toilet rolls, and no need for the “paper in the bin” here!

The bathroom towels and bed linen are changed every other day. In the bedroom there is a dressing table with mirror over, a range of floor-to-ceiling wardrobes with ample storage space and a full-length mirror. Clothes hangers are provided, plus extra pillows and blankets etc. The beds are extremely comfortable with very supportive mattresses. There are reading lamps on the bedside cabinets, and the lighting throughout the apartment is excellent, with the option of very bright lighting for reading/cooking etc, or more subdued for eating/watching TV (if that's what you want to do!). The lights on the balcony are also good for late-night reading.

The water supply is obviously filtered in some way as there is no residue left behind (as in some Greek hotels). There is also electric water heating available if, like us, you should get 3 days with no sunshine, so no need to go without a hot shower at any time. There is also air conditioning in both rooms, which we did not use but would probably be essential during mid-summer.

All in all, this apartment was everything we could have wished for, and because there are only four apartments in total it was very quiet and peaceful there. The owners had gone out of their way to make sure we were very comfortable and well provided for. They even made arrangements for car hire for us (and unless you are keen walkers a car is probably a necessity here), and on our last day we were able to take the car back to the airport and leave it there to be collected, which saved the cost of a taxi and made life so much easier for us at the end of our stay. So thank you, Kostas and Lionel – we had a fabulous holiday in an apartment which was as good as being in a private villa!
Yia Mas!! Derek & Sally Chapman.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 11, 2011

We stayed here for one week in September. The residence is in a lovely location with stunning views over the bay, along the coast and towards the hills. It was great to lie in bed and watch the boats in the harbour and see the sunrise over the bay. Costas and Lionel are the perfect hosts, welcoming and hospitable, knowledgeable about the area but respectful of their guest's privacy. Our apartment (ground floor) was comfortable, well designed, well equipped and quiet. The gardens are beautiful with amazing views and a lovely pool, great for lounging and soaking up the peace and tranquility. We hired a car for half the week and there are some great beaches and scenery nearby but you don't need transport as long as you don't mind the walk up the hill. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 25, 2011

It is a wonderful place to be! Very good apartments and very nice people. It was the Third time we were here and we'll come back again. Relaxing time, very nice swimming pool. What more can we say. Try it yourself!

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 20, 2011

What wonderful & accomodating people Costas & Lionel are. Their beautiful, peaceful, paradise draws you into total relaxation. Our ground floor apartment was all that we were hoping for, and we spent many enjoyable afternoons around the amazing pool.

It is impossible to fault the kindness and helpfulness of the owners. They were available at your every request, and were genuinely pleased to help. I can't find any faults at all, and would highly recommend this locale to all.

We hired a car as part of the deal. It was waiting at the airport for us, and we were underway less than 10 minutes after leaving the plane. Again just a demonstration of the owners silk proven operation.

If you are a party animal, this is not for you, but if require quality time and relaxation, I can think of no better. It is no wonder that all of the reviews are superb. Quite simply, they are all correct.

Room Tip: Book early
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Reviewed September 11, 2011

We spent a relaxing holiday in Kefalosbay Residence enjoying the magnificent scenery and beautiful garden. The owners, Konstantinos and Lionel are very hospitable and frienly. The location is excellent and the place is very peaceful and so optimum to spend a relaxing holiday!
Big thanks for everything - we hope to see you again.
Merci beaucoup - Paljon kiitoksia!
Jaana & Jari from Finland

Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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