Ionian Emerald Resort
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Ionian Emerald Resort

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4.5
#4 of 8 hotels in Sami
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.7 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.5 of 5 bubbles
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4.1 of 5 bubbles
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Ionian Emerald Hotel is a beautiful hotel in Karavomylos Sami in Kefalonia, offering a high standard of hospitality, in an environment where warmth and fine taste surround the guest from the moment they enter the hotel. This luxurious 5 star hotel in Kefalonia has panoramic views of the sea and the port of Sami. The exemplary service of Ionian Emerald Hotel & Resort will offer you moments, with exclusive amenities and facilities. The luxurious accommodation, with views over the Ionian Sea, the direct access to Agia Eythimia, lake Melissani, cave Drogkarati and other beautiful beaches, make it the ideal combination for magnificent holidays. Ionian Emerald Hotel & Resort is the ideal choice for a luxurious stay, whether you're on the island for business or pleasure. With its impeccable services and facilities, in this family-run hotel you will experience the ultimate relaxation and tranquility.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Beach
Airport transportation
Conference facilities
Wifi
Hot bath
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Sauna
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Poolside bar
Car hire
Meeting rooms
Spa
Facial treatments
Massage
Baggage storage
Concierge
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Room features
Air conditioning
Private beach
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Minibar
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
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HOTEL CLASS
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5.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Luxury
Quiet
Languages Spoken
English, Greek

Location

Karavomilos, Sami 280 80 Greece
Name/address in local language
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Argostolion Airport
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Tracey wrote a review Jul 2022
3 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in room 212 and had an amazing view of the sea and the pool area. If you want a very laid back, quiet and peaceful holiday this is the hotel for you. All of the staff could not do enough for us. The reception staff were totally fantastic when we needed their help. We were very grateful for their knowledge and professionalism and kindness. All staff made sure we really enjoyed our stay. The half board option was amazing. The food was delicious in the morning, and in the evening we had 4 courses and the food was totally mouthwatering! There was no sun lounger hogging, and we were able to find a free sunbed any time of the day, they were super comfy too! Our room was serviced daily to a very high standard and the air con was very quiet and effective.
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Date of stay: June 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Ask for a room which is not ground level, and a sea view is a must. Room 212 was excellent..
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Henry S wrote a review Sept 2022
Reading, United Kingdom248 contributions11 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
After reading a recent review , I felt compelled to add my own well over due review to hopefully put potential guests minds at rest.

The Ionian Emerald has lovely facilities, very friendly staff and is located right by the beach over looking Ithaca with an adjacent promenade providing the route for an easy stroll into Sami.

The Ionian Emerald shares it's facilities with the sister hotel next door the Athina
( not Arjuna !!)

In all my visits, I have never experienced any issues, conflict, or indeed noticeable differences between the two sets of guests.

To be totally transparent, I am well placed to review the Ionian Emerald, having used it's facilities over numerous years, know many of it's staff but I choose purely out of personal preference to stay at the Athina.

In simple terms, some people choose to pay more and stay at the Ionian Emerald enjoying more luxurious rooms, enhanced breakfast and convenient onsite restaurant. They are not paying for exclusive use of the facilities. Other's choose the simplicity and homely warm ambience of the Athina as is borne out by the many repeat guests from all walks of life.

Each to their own, the choice does not define a person.

So frankly for someone in a previous review to have an expectation on the type of guests that will stay at TUI 5 star I find quite ludicrous , narrow minded and shows a complete lack of understanding of the typical clientele that chose to stay at the Athina.

As the famous quote goes:

"Those that matter don't mind and those that mind don't matter"

Enjoy your stay
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Date of stay: September 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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SisHT wrote a review Sept 2022
West Sussex, United Kingdom9 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Spent a week at this hotel and had a lovely relaxing time.

Location is good with Sami just a 10-15 mins walk away. The walk is pleasant also with a path along the beach that takes you directly to the main tourist area where you can find lots of restaurants and small shops etc.

Breakfast was good with several options and fresh omelettes made to order. Be mindful of the wasps if sitting outside. The food in the restaurant was superb though much more expensive than the main restaurants in Sami - but good if you want a quiet night in.

Pool was clean with very comfortable sun loungers, towels are provided. The Beach had sun beds also but it’s quite a small area on a stoney beach so we stuck to the pool.

Rooms were extremely comfortable with daily housekeeping. Air con, fridge, hairdryer and a safe available in the room. 3 of us were staying in one room and the first room we were allocated was small with a fold out single bed, the receptionist recognised it was a bit tight for 3 people and moved us with no problem to a much better room with 3 beds and more space.

Staff were all attentive, helpful and friendly.
Having stayed in other 5* hotels I would say it’s probably 4* but still very nice, clean and pleasant.

Would recommend walking up to Melissani Cave which is a 15 min walk. Also would recommend a taxi (10 mins or so) to Antisamos Beach which is beautiful.

Quiet area with a relaxed vibe.
We would go back to this hotel, perhaps next time would also hire a car and see a little more of Kefalonia.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Stelan1 wrote a review Aug 2021
London, United Kingdom127 contributions60 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We were disappointed the moment we entered the hotel. It has the potential to be a 4 star but is run like a 3 star. Everything is very budgeted, not enough personal, cleaning service just barely manages with the rooms. No gym. The breakfast is poor. The biggest joke is that the hotel facilities are being at full capacity used by the next door 2 star Hotel Athina, the pool and sun loungers on the beach are 80% guests from Athina, I think actually the hotel is trying to please the 2 star hotel customers more. There were also 2-3 large families that seemed to be friends of the owner using the pool facilities. So all in all 90% of the facilities were not there to be used for the ‘5 Star’ hotel guests. During times of Covid, of course this is a joke and definitely disallowed by the health regulators in Greece (knowing from other hotels).
On a positive note, the setting is pretty. The personal is kind. The a/c is efficient and silent, the mattresses in our room were also good.
It could be much more if there was a certain professional management behind.
Basically none of the negative reviews have been taken on board to improve the hotel. It really is just as you read from the reviews.
Kefalonia this year is infested with bees (because of a mild winter) and we got stung a few times. Also the 2 little bridges on the promenade that are connecting the hotel to Sami, were not rebuild after the storm last year, so now it’s rather a walk in the sea partially.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Astrolavos1 wrote a review Aug 2021
London, United Kingdom9 contributions13 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
On the positive note the hotel personnel is very kind , attentive and tries its best to accomodate guests. Hotel setting is nice and quiet next to a stone beach easily accessible. Facilities are new , rooms are fresh , matresses and air conditioning all work well. What doesnt work is the way the owners run the business. There is a bone bare bed and breakfast next door which belongs to the same owners and they decided to allow the visitors of that place to fuy use the facilities of the 5 star next door. This way the disregard the 5 star customers and destroy the serenity as there is constantly an overwhelming B&B crowd that storms in. Quality control or crowd control is non existent and during covid that is quite peculiar. I shouldnt also forget to mention that the owners are cutting favors to some of their next in kind and outside visitors that dont stay either in the cheap next door Athena hotel or in the Ionian emerald , do appear. I believe i counted yesterday only 5 greek american families each one with 2 to 3 kids pkud local nunnies. So that is a 20 plus odd crowd appearing just because they are friends of the owner while Greek covid policy clearly states that no visitors are allowed. On other items , breakfast is very low quality . The products are not fresh , tomatoes and cucumber look half dead , feta is soggy and smelly. They mix waffles next to baked beans and sausages. All that reflect the poor attention and management style. Dinner menu is ok but over priced for the quality. Oh and the cook is a dj as well . Breakfast area is just a random arrangement of chairs and tables and super sticky as well. Overall they run it on a budget and it is a shame as there is potentiality there. They are clearly not hoteliers. Or to rephrase the owners are bed and breakfast hoteliers which build this up but have no clue how to run it. 4 star if it was properly run , 3 at it's current state. No masks where supplied for half our stay (5 days) and no cleaning was done in the common spaces. That tells yoy how much they care for their customer's serenity and peace of mind.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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271Louise wrote a review Aug 2023
Guildford, United Kingdom4 contributions4 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
On arrival it looked like a lovely quiet hotel, just what we needed for a peaceful break. As others have said, the breakfast is a little disappointing, the same every morning and juice and water runs out very quickly. The rooms were clean and serviced daily, but the bathroom was very dark and the shower leaked. It could do with updating and replacing with proper showers rather than a shower attachment over the bath. We weren’t aware when we booked that the guests at the more reasonably priced Athina hotel have free access to all the facilities at the Ionian Emerald. The pool became busy with large families who were noisy and dominated the use of sunbeds and the pool. The first day was perfect, quiet and relaxing. Then guests from the other hotel arrived and it all changed. You can see why people stay at the Athina hotel instead, all the same facilities at a fraction of the price.
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Date of stay: August 2023
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Stay at the Athina hotel next door for a cheaper stay but free access to all the facilities at...
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James wrote a review Aug 2021
89 contributions16 helpful votes
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Positives:
1. Staff are attentive and go the extra mile to help. Elena was able to arrange a hire car for me, delivered and picked up from the hotel. Staff behind the counter helped us book ferry tickets and transfers. Rather than telling us what to do, they did it all for us, which was very helpful.
2. Short cab ride into Sami, but in our opinion a very good location as visitors can choose between spending time by the pool or the quiet beach. There is also a very nice and affordable seafood restaurant a stone throw away from the hotel which we enjoyed more than any of the restaurants at Sami.
3. The hotel is small enough for you to to chat to the staff and get to know them over a few days. The experience felt more personal.

Development areas:
1. The hotel was nice and clean but didn’t exude luxury. Deck chairs were in the process of being upgraded which is a nice touch.
2. The breakfast buffet was fairly generic and relatively budget like. Waitresses at breakfast were nice.
3. My wife had a lovely spa experience. They should make this more known to guests apart from the sign on the front counter. We spoke to other guests who weren’t aware but would’ve been interested.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Dine at Karavomilos nearby. The hotel has a nice dinner restaurant, but Karavomilos was a nice...
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True view wrote a review Oct 2021
Bolton Abbey, United Kingdom4 contributions8 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Manager or so called owner from their next door hotel openly sends the 2 star guest to use the benifits of this one bring in drinks and food to eat by the pool. Taking up all the sunbeds . Then on sunday it filled up with his friends . Even the local fireman family. Food in hotel rubbish the chief would find it hard to get a job on a burger bar .
As for virus protection none .so find a better place we did after 2 nights .u
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Date of stay: August 2021
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Another hotel
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Bob M wrote a review Jun 2022
Bury, United Kingdom10 contributions17 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed as a couple for 10 days in June. Pleasant and friendly staff. Good location on a small shingle beach just a 20 minute walk to restaurants and cafes in the centre of Sami. Only used the hotel restaurant on one occasion and was pleased with the meal although the menu was limited and we would have struggled with choice for more than 4 or 5 nights. The major downside to the hotel is the ongoing policy of pool sharing as highlighted in other posts on this site. The guests from the sister hotel - no pool - are encouraged to utilise the facilities of the Emerald and obviously do so on a daily basis. Not a major issue to us but annoying when, on two occasions, we went out for the morning and returned just after lunch to be told that there were no towels available for about an hour. As I say, not a crisis and did not impact on our enjoyment of this beautiful island but my wife and I agreed that should we holiday in Sami in the future we would stay at the Athena. Same facilities at a much lower cost. I would suggest that management need to review the pool policy. In summary a pleasant stay helped by efficient and friendly staff but not leaving a 5 star review as I felt that we were subsidising other people’s holiday.
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Date of stay: June 2022
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Pete wrote a review Jul 2020
Melbourne, Australia1 contribution1 helpful vote
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Since booking, I have tried numerous times to contact the resort and not one email has been replied to. I even called and they palmed me off and hung up the call. This is the worst customer service I have ever dealt with. Digraceful for a supposedly 5 star resort!
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Date of stay: July 2020
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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danielle b asked a question Aug 2022
The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom40 contributions31 helpful votes
Can you buy cigarettes in Sami Kefalonia
Answer from DavidHGriffiths
Pontypridd, United Kingdom3 contributions1 helpful vote
Sorry, we are non smokers. However, I am sure that the local supermarkets sell cigarettes (as they do in UK). With regard to duty-frees, the airport in Kefalonia does have a decent section dedicated to tobacco products.
Jon I wrote a tip 21 May
Glasgow, United Kingdom170 contributions65 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms in upper level will have a glorious sea view !"
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doubledecker2 wrote a tip Sept 2023
43 contributions24 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"take beach shoes as the beach is a pebble beach"
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Bajulaiye A wrote a tip Sept 2023
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The pool side wasn’t too busy "
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271Louise wrote a tip Aug 2023
Guildford, United Kingdom4 contributions4 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Stay at the Athina hotel next door for a cheaper stay but free access to all the facilities at the Ionian Emerald"
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Claire M wrote a tip Aug 2023
19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Wonderful location, parking, "
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PRICE RANGE
£152 - £206 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
ionian emerald hotel sami
LOCATION
GreeceIonian IslandsKefaloniaSami
NUMBER OF ROOMS
38
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ionian Emerald Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Ionian Emerald Resort?
Nearby attractions include Melissani Cave (0.5 miles), Karavomilos Lake (0.2 miles), and Casa-Museo (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Ionian Emerald Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Ionian Emerald Resort?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Ionian Emerald Resort?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Ionian Emerald Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Ionian Emerald Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Deco Art Cuisine, Il Familia, and Karnagio.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Ionian Emerald Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness centre, and a sauna during their stay.
Does Ionian Emerald Resort have airport transportation?
Yes, Ionian Emerald Resort offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Ionian Emerald Resort?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Ionian Emerald Resort offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and conference facilities during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Ionian Emerald Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Greek.
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