Having read other reviews on this site I was quite convinced that the Galini Apartments would be as described and a safe and comfortable place for me and my teenager daughter to have a holiday - and I wasn't dissappointed with the comparisons to reality
The apartment accommodation was excellent spatially and very clean and well maintained. The pool was lovely, one of the nicest ones in the area, the bar was well stocked and attractive, internet access was available at reasonable charge and there was a large LCD/Plasma TV for general use (though sport predominated as everyone seems to think that all that English people want to watch is soccer)
The staff were very competent, welcoming and very friendly and helpful indeed, spoke good english and mostly were from England. Taking a 14 year old daughter abroad can be a little worrying - (is the area safe? - is the accommodation safe?) and on these grounds I can thoroughly recommend the Galini, and Katelios as a whole, though if you are looking for lively nightlife, then this isn't the place.
But if you are looking for a safe and comfortable relaxing holiday in superb scenery with friendly locals in an atmosphere that isn't yet over commercialised then this is the place.
The only downside for us, and a major one, was the lack of air-conditioning or comfort cooling in the apartment. The place was stifling at night and because of the external balcony access the windows to the lounge/living area could not be properly opened at night.
Even when they were, both the living area and the bedroom were exceptionally noisy as the main road serving katelios and the skala resort was only about 50 feet away and the traffic noise in the early hours of the morning was very disturbing.
Fans were available but having to pay to hire them on top of suffering the lack of proper ventilation added insult to injury, and despite the fans I cannot remember having such disturbed sleep anywhere (Egypt, Turkey, Tunisia and Florida included all at high season).
The owners need to invest some funds to provide portable air-conditioning units rather than just fans, or to install proper packaged air-conditioning units and then this place would be very much better.
Other apartments however do offer air-conditioning, so initially I felt quite annoyed, but on checking further, these other places charged quite astronomical prices to 'switch it on' so unless someone is willing to pay quite a lot more for aircon, then I suppose it is unfair really to criticise the Galini for not having it - it would just have been nice to have the option and pay the extra on some nights.
We hired a car from Kostas at Venus car hire (150m from the Galini) and toured the island and this is well worth doing (reasonable rates, no deposit required, and almost brand new car) - and the aircon in the car was a huge benefit. A VERY professional hire company and so nice to hire from local and not a multi-national
Local restaurants serve a range of cuisine including english based dishes but for those like us who like to sample local food, then the seafood and greek dishes (albeit a little westernised) were excellent - and after trying several restaurants on the first few days we settled on Captain Jerry's on the beach edge and didn't bother going anywhere else... the seafood was sublime, the location similar, and the service superb
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