The Kontokali Bay has many good things going for it. The beach and pool are lovely and it was always possible to find sunbeds even though the hotel was full. We particularly liked the beach area to the right as you came out of the hotel as it was smaller, less busy and more relaxing.
The pool was also lovely with a great view out to see but was overrun with small kids with no area for a more relaxing swim, so you need to be prepared for getting bombed or a wayward ball hitting you on the head.
The main disappointment was the rooms which were not of the standard one would expect in terms of size, quality or comfort. The beds are extremely hard giving both my wife and I sore backs and not a good nights sleep. Toiletries were also pretty poor quality. Fortunately we had brought our own, but this does not reflect well on their attention to quality and detail. Also, the water was seldom hot enough for a bath.
I had emailed ahead to request a double and twin room next to one another which they said should be okay. However having checked in we had 2 doubles which were 3 rooms apart which was somewhat disappointing.
Free wifi is advertised as being available throughout the hotel but the signal and speed in our room made it almost unusable.
Breakfast was chaos and not of the quality you would expect. At busy times there were just far to many people trying to access too small a buffet area so you have to be prepared for a struggle to negotiate the buffet area. A five star hotel should serve fresh fruit juice, but these were pretty undrinkable postmix. There was a pretty wide variety of food but again quality was not always great and by the end of our stay it had become pretty monotonous.
Service at breakfast was extremely friendly as was the case throughout the hotel creating a good atmosphere.
We had hoping there would be some nightlife walkable from the hotel to keep our teenage children entertained in the evening, but unfortunately this was limited to a few restaurants which was fine for eating but hardly buzzing.
We hired a car which I would recommend as there are so many nice places to visit. We also rented a boat for the day and had a great time, finding some beautiful bays and coves.
Corfu town is well worth a visit with some fantastic buildings and streets and is lovely to wander around but can be pretty oacked in the evenings and the shops in the old town just sell the same tat everywhere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- KONTOKALI BAY RESORT & SPA is a Hotel-Bungalow complex on the central eastern shoreline of the emerald Isle of Corfu, situated only 6 kms. from the island’s capital, Corfu Town. Built on a densely wooded peninsula and on a natural incline, the main building of the Kontokali Bay overlooks both the sparkling blue waters of the Ionian Sea that separates Corfu from the taupe, coastal mountains of the Greek mainland and the Gouvia Marina. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kontokali Bay Hotel Kontokali
- Kontokali Bay Hotel Corfu
- Kontokali Bay Resort And Spa Corfu