My wife and I stayed for a week and just fell in love with the place.
The view from the balcony is magnificent, especially at sunset. The apartment is beautifully decorated, has all you need to cook, make coffee, wash your clothes. And the people who rent it out couldn't have been more accommodating and kind.
There are a few small beaches within walking distance, and plenty of hiking trails as well. My favorite thing to do was hike to this tiny platform on a nearby hill (about a 10-minute walk away), where you can dive off and swim in the amazingly blue and cool water. There are few better ways to start (or end) a day.
Back to beautiful Kastelli Blu for a perfect holiday. John and Liana were as warm and hospitable as ever; attentive to all our requests and leaving us with special treats to bring home a little bit of Kastelli Blu heaven. I simply can't recommend this beautiful villa enough with it's perfect location, and oh the climbing is spectacular!
Kastelli Blu is a beautiful, and beautifully decorated, haven on the tranquil island of Kalymnos. Whilst Kalymnos itself is fast becoming a destination for avid climbers (who make their base in the nearby town of Massouri), Kastelli Blu is a perfect compromise for non-climbers and climbers who don't want the constant bustle of scooters and bars in Massouri itself.
The house stands well back from the nearby road, and with the windows open directly out to the sea, the only noises you'll hear are the waves and the occasional visit from one of the sauntering packs of goats. John has set out with a clear vision for Kastelli Blu - to provide everything that's necessary for relaxing, while stripping away the noise and distractions of modern life. It suited us perfectly - with wifi and a washing machine, but no television to intrude on conversation.
The house is full of thoughtful touches which at once make it feel simple and luxurious. Kastelli Blu looks over the tiny island of Telendos and the ruins of the ancient fort of Kastelli. In the evenings, the sun sets directly into Telendos on the horizon, with the balcony offering stunning views which fast become a regular part of your stay.
If you are a climber, Kastelli Blu is within walking distance of some of the most well known sectors - Odyssey, Kastelli, Grande Grotta, Panorama. A car or scooter will be needed for others, like those in Arginonta, while a mountain bike will suffice for access to most. We walked to and from Massouri most days, but hired mountain bikes for a few days to speed up the 1.5km trip to the restaurants in Massouri.
If you're looking for easy walking distance access to bars, or are looking for a buzzing and vibrant atmosphere, you may be happier with a spot in Massouri itself. If, however, you value tranquillity and a real opportunity to relax, I can't recommend Kastelli Blu highly enough.
Just before arriving at this wonderful villa by the sea I was concerned about the bar on the main road above kastelli blu. I needn't have worried; the' big blue bar' looked like it had been empty for years. If you want a peaceful, relaxing holiday then this is the place with sumptuous furniture from different parts of the world that has been carefully selected by the owners. The overall effect is to create a wonderful ambience overlooking a tranquil expanse of sea that has some of the best sunsets I have ever seen. I would recommended that you get a boat to the island opposite the villa called Telandros and eat in one of the restaurants on the shore. There is no traffic at all apart from the odd bicycle- a blissful afternoon spent there eating good and drinking wine The nearest village to the villa is some 20 minutes walk away but well worth it where you will find plenty of bars and excellent restaurants, with some of the best vegetarian Greek food that I have come across. The main downside is the amount of rubbish on the island-I have never seen so much plastic and discarded cans that you come across dumped by the road. If you can put up with the latter then I would heartily recommend a stay at kastelli blu where I rediscovered what it mean to truly relax.
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If you wish to escape the rat race, visit Kastelli Blu. Spend your evenings bathed in the rays of the sinking sun on the magnificent balcony. It was a privilege to spend our holiday in this boutique styled house. Kalymnos is a lovely little island, very Greek, very friendly, very welcoming. One tip, take plenty of books and sink into a very slow paced way of life - brilliant! Ah! unless you drive around Porthia - hold onto your hat, close your eyes and drive!
What a perfect wedding and honeymoon we had at Kastelli Blu!We felt as though we were dreaming the entire time of our stay. From the beautifully accented decor to the panoramic views that draw you out to the balcony every morning and evening, we couldn't have asked for a more lovely place to have our wedding ceremony. My new husband and I sought out a simple yet breathtaking and serene place to hold our small wedding ceremony. After looking at several different places on the island, we chose the terrace of Kastelli Blu. It was the first wedding ceremony there, and we were honored to start a tradition of hopefully, many weddings to be had there. The homeowner, John, has become a friend through the process of planning our wedding. He helped us find a photographer, John Miniotis, and a makeup artist, Anna Chatz. He ensured that the garden and balcony were manicured to perfection for our wedding day. John also went the extra mile to help us find a minister to marry us. He went above and beyond for us, but the only regret is that we have yet to meet him in person to tell him our many thanks face to face. Liana, the property manager, was just as hospitable and wonderful as John. She met us at the airport and drove us through the villages on our way to Kastelli. She was available whenever we needed her or had a question. She came to clean the day before our wedding to make sure everything was tidy and in order. Not only did we have a memorable wedding day, we couldn't have had a better climbing trip! The house sits right under the climbing sectors, Odyssey, Olympic and Sea Breeze. You are just a 4 minute drive into town by way of scooter which is perfect for a quiet getaway but close enough to feel a part of the "city" life. Our stay at Kastelli Blu was worth every penny and it is evident in all of our wedding photos! Thank you to John and Liana and everyone who made our stay absolutely perfect.
All I can say is WOW.
My partner and I stayed here for about 10days and were here to climb. The location of Kastelli Blu is absolutely ideal as you can see the crag from the house, close drive to other crags- and a very short drive to Massouri the closest town. Adding to that, the place is amazing! I cannot rave enough about the detail of the house, and John and Liana! Oh my gosh, the hospitality was beyond what I had expected.
When arriving into Kalymnos (we took a plane from Athens to Kaylmnos - its propellor plane too!) , we were greeted by Johns friend who took us to his car shop while we organised a rent car and waited for John. John made us feel at ease straight away! He insisted on taking us to the grocery market to purchase supplies while he waited in his car for us, and then drove us to places he recommended for food! If you are hungry and love a great Greek meal, then head to IL Posto, my partner and I ate there EVERY NIGHT! Staff were so lovely too! It seems to be a trait on the island where everyone is so friendly. Oh and we even came back one evening to some baklava, bread and fruit. Could it get any better?
Do yourself a favour and ask John where this baklava place is. I haven't been able to find baklava that is even close to what I had in Greece. I'm not kidding.
Know, let me talk about the house. WOW. The views were just WOW. The interior design of the place was incredible. Everything so detailed. I loved the white and blue colours scheme, and L'occitane products in the bathroom? Talk about spoiling us John and Liana! More so, as a climber there was a Petzl harness bag reused to store the extra toilet papers - i found that to be really cute :) Lets add in the speakers where you can plug up your music, wifi to play some spotify, and all the utensils needed in the kitchen! (even some Jamie Oliver cutlery!) Oh, and you can wash your clothes in the washing machine and a clothes hanger and pegs all provided!
Only downside, if you plan on going climbing in March - its cold. House is cold. But that is all! Put on some thermals and you'll be okay. Even in the freezing weather, my partner and I still had all the doors open so we could watch the sun rise and listen to the sound of the waves. Also you get a lot of visits from the goats.
If you are going to Kalymnos to climb and want to go home to a nice comfy place, then book here. John and Liana will look after you. Although we didn't meet Liana, she did leave us a 'hello' note on a piece of paper for us. I think small things like this from both John and Liana made Kastelli Blu such a wonderful place.
I will be back for sure!