I've searched for years for an unspoilt Greek island resort and this is it. Slaka Kallonis is a tiny pretty fishing village with good tavernas but without night clubs and karaoke bars. Bliss. The Kalloni Bay Hotel is a trifle jaded but with charming and enthusiastic staff who cannot do enough to make your stay a pleasure. The rooms are small but adequate and the bathrooms interesting - the shower is tiny, the shower curtain barely contains the water and a challenge for my 6' companion. Breakfast is OK and we ate out every night so I cannot comment on the evening buffet; but poolside tzatzika is the best in the resort - creamy Greek yoghurt, roughly grated cucumber and packed with garlic. The menus in the village tavernas are more or less identical but Sampo, Dionysos and Ambrosia are well worth a visit. A typical evening meal of a half-litre of local wine (quite often a litre), a litre of water, 4-5 mezze dishes is around 25 euros. Between us! Most places offer a free pudding - melon or pannacotta for example.
A previous reviewer has alluded to an incident in the hotel involving a puppy - one hopes it was a one-off but it was distasteful to many guests. The stray cats and dogs in the village hover around the tavernas and the beach and guests should be advised by hotel management not to feed them, however sorry you feel and some of them are horribly pathetic. A good spritz of insect repellent before venturing out at night helps keep fleas away.
Would I go again? Yes, before someone wakes up and realises Skala Kalloni is ripe for development and that would be a terrible shame.
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- Also Known As:
- Medsun Kalloni Ii lésbos
- The Kalloni Bay Hotel Lesbos, Greece - Skala Kallonis