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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Skala, Cephalonia, Ionian Islands

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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“A hidden gem”
Reviewed 16 September 2017 for a stay in September 2017
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We had such a lovely time here. It was all spot on the villa and the location. The villa is in a peaceful and private setting and was perfect for two - clean and nicely furnished with patio doors from both of the main areas (ie sleeping and living) on to the terrace and then the pool, making it conducive to a semi outdoors lifestyle. I enjoyed daily walks down a lovely path to the blue flag beach which is famous as a turtle nesting site. The beach was fabulous long, sandy and unspoilt. I enjoyed exploring it and discovering all sorts of (to me) exotic vegetation. The beach was never anywhere near being crowded and the route to the beach is a small/unmade circular road which was very quiet and hardly noticeable. There are just three buildings along the beach, spaced at equal intervals - a hotel, a taverna, and a beach bar which all provide (?free) beach umbrellas and beds.We particularly enjoyed eating at the taverna which is the middle establishment and set slightly up the hill from the beach, as well as sitting at the beach bar as the sun set. We had a lovely walk (sensible footwear needed) around the headland to Katelios which is a lovely little village with a good range of eateries including fish restaurants most with seating right next to the sea. Enjoyed a lovely swim there. Scala is the other, larger, village in the other direction from the villa along the coast. It is busier but still very pleasant and a very nice place to swim. We had a boat trip from there with " Lucky Cruises" to Zakynthinos stopping at the shipwreck beach which was an experience somewhat akin to the Normandy Landings! Then past the Blue Caves, near where we swam off the boat and then to Agios Nikolas a pretty little seaside village and had lunch at a taverna right next to the sea. In contrast to the other day cruises we saw, Lucky Cruises had a smaller, possibly more luxurious looking boat which made for a pleasanter experience I think. Overall Kefalonia is a gem, fantastic beaches and mountain scenery, seems very civilised, not too commercialised compared to other Mediterranean locations. After our week at the Villa we had 4 days at a hotel near Sami which is another nice location from where we explored the northern part of the island and particularly enjoyed the peninsula between Sami and Antisomas as well as Antisomas beach itself, as well as the stunningly located village of Asos. The roads around the island are not busy so you could make trips to the northern areas from the Caretta Beach Villa location. Just a couple of small bits of constructive feedback ;) perhaps the directions and signage to the villa could do with some improvement. Driving there (in the dark) we missed the landmark of the end of village sign (as per the instructions) as it was overgrown with vegetation and the "yard where boats are being repaired" is not easy to spot. This meant we missed the turning and turned around when we got as far as Scala. Coming back from that direction the signs off the main road to the Villas are not visible as they would be from the other direction. Furthermore the key safe to get the keys and gain entry to the villa was somewhat stiff and unfathomable (especially in the dark). The welcome pack was indeed very welcome (but might suggest some washing up liquid and a dishcloth) and we could have done with some instructions for the oven. Otherwise the information folders were very helpful and informative and much appreciated. As I said just a couple of constructive suggestions for what was a wonderful holiday. Thank you!

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