September 24 – October 1 2012
After reading some of these reviews, I wonder if we actually stayed at the same hotel, as we found our stay an absolutely relaxing experience, admittedly the initial drop off by the transfer coach was a little off putting, as we were left in front of the “Pink House” on the hill, but within 5-10 minutes the mini-bus from the hotel had arrived, and we were whisked to our destination, after firstly being shown the village of “Pelekas”.
Check in was smooth and our cases taken to our room, (room 4306) initial impression of not only the room but the layout of the hotel was very positive, not what we had been led to expect from several comments we had read from previous visitors.
The actual location of the hotel I would class as remote, and only suitable for abled bodied people, due to the steep paths and roads in the locale, car hire is an option to get about the island, or take several organised trips, but another alternative is to use the local bus service (2 euros to Corfu town, but only 1.5 if ticket purchased beforehand from the super market etc) the hotel provides a free shuttle service to Pelekas and the local bus stop, well worth using the shuttle, unless you like mountaineering, as we found out taking a local walk on the roads around.
Pelekas village and the back alleys well worth a walk around, and the views from "Kaisers Throne" was amazing, as you could see across to Corfu town, don't forget your binoculars and camera, although there is a fixed binocular up there.
Great little beach just past the small harbour below and left of the hotel, only ever saw two other people on it, but be careful actually getting on to it, as rocks are a little treacherous.
Ask at reception for any DVDs available, we only found out about that at the end of our visit, and with only two English news channels on the TV, it may be worth it, but as we did not go on holiday to stay in and watch TV, it was never an issue.
The animation team were very hard working and keen during the day’s sports/fun activities, and are worth watching in the amphitheatre at night where they are very entertaining. On the whole all the hotel staff were extremely helpful, informative and friendly, and rooms were kept very clean.
Meals were taken in the Pelagos restaurant, buffet style, and with over 300+ people to serve, the staff did marvellous to keep it all flowing, clearing crockery and utensils, yes the décor is very cafeteria like, but I think it has to be given the turnover of people, and practicalities of keeping everywhere clean, the food selection in our opinion was absolutely first class, plenty of variety and hot, with beef, pork, chicken, turkey, lamb and all kinds of sea food always available, with fresh vegetables, salad and fruit, and delicious desserts, one would have to be very finicky not to find something to their taste at each meal, vegetarian meals were on offer but limited, but every hotel we have been to has the same issue, drinks available included white, rose and red wine, local lager beer, all kinds of soft drinks and tea and coffee.
Bar drinks are free until 23:00 with nominal prices charged after this time, the snacks available from 16:00 between lunch and dinner, were unusual sometimes i.e. meatballs and potato croquettes, but sandwiches, chips and chocolate sponge cake were on offer too, and certainly satisfied any hunger pangs you may have till dinner.
Definitely book a sea-view, as the vista and sunsets are spectacular.
There is a mini market on site, but the range of goods limited, there is a very good super market within a 5 minute walking distance from the hotel, just turn left out the entrance, and prices are cheaper.
Regarding the sewerage smell, at certain times throughout the day, it is very noticeable, but as most if not all Greek islands work on the septic tank system, it is not too surprising, and don’t forget we all contribute to it :0)
To avoid the issue regarding cessation of all inclusive, I would recommend just booking better flight times, ours was 12:45 midday.
There are better 5* all inclusive packages out there, but at a lot more money, as we have found in the past, but this hotel, at this cost, provides excellent value for money, just compare, take your choice, and pay accordingly.
To summarise, everything is in place for a complete get away from it all, relaxing break, and no need for vast expenditure on any extras etc.
We would definitely recommend it to friends and family.
Gez & Poll Baker.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In a magical location, upon one of the best beaches of Corfu, Kontogialos Beach, the journey of your dreams is illuminated by the famous Greek sun and has the smell of the sea breeze. Luxurious comfort, top services and exclusive facilities compose a complete hospitality experience for every member of the family, in Mayor Pelekas Monastery. Our hotel consists of 189 rooms, most of which have a panoramic view of the Ionian Sea and the majestic sunset of Corfu. ... more less
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