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Reviewed 15 June 2013

We were very lucky to find Porta Del Mar on google back in early 2012 and just over a year later had our wedding / honeymoon there. 1st June 2013.

These villas are spotless, each one individual in style but all beautifully decorated and maintained. We stayed in calypso for 2 weeks which had amazing views of the villa gardens and beach / sea and views across to kefalonia.

Tasos, Pavlina and Kostas along with George (the chef) and their pets big eyes and Tapa made our stay something quite incredible. Nothing was too much trouble. We wanted a unique relaxed place to get married and holiday with our young children's and celebrate the second week with our close family. We all had the time of our lives and became very attached to porta del mar and its owners. We were so upset to leave.

From email enquiries to organising the decorations and food nothing was too much trouble for this beautiful family. We had to not incredible 10 days leading to our wedding and the wedding day itself was just perfect. Even the cloud and rain on the actual day didn't dampen proceedings as we were so well looked after and the location and villas was just so fantastic,

We cannot recommend porta del mar enough, the accommodation, food at the bar, location, quality etc etc was all perfect and we hope to return again in the future with our children. It will hold a very special place in our hearts for the rest of our lives.

The immediate area of armoudi is very quiet with only a couple of tavernas and supermarket but you really do not need anything else. We had bbqs , a pizza night, freshly caught fish that Kostas and George went to town to buy early morning and we ate most days, morning noon and night at the villas. We had a few lively nights and it was great for us to spend time getting to know this lovely family.

The beach was great and for most days we were the only people around so it was completely safe for our toddlers to paddle and have fun.

We recommend you do not have any second thoughts, book now! But we hope porta del mar doesn't become too popular that we cannot return!!!!!!!

Please mail us if you want any further info, we would be only too happy to help out!

Dean, Victoria, Reuben, lila belle and family. Xxxx

Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
1  Thank deansmith83
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tasirigas, Owner at Porta del Mar Beach Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 25 June 2013

Thank you so much Dean n Victoria. We are so happy to read such comments! Your wedding was fantastic and very emotional!,
Special thanks also to all your group which prefer the tastes made by our chef George and Kostas.
Love to all and see you soon!
Tasos , Pavlina

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Reviewed 4 April 2013

The family at Porta Del Mar arranged and hosted our wedding in September 2012. Everything was perfect from start to finish and we couldn't have wished for a more amazing day.

On arrival we were met with a very warm welcome from Tasos and Pavlina and shown to our villas. The villas are absolutely beautiful with everything you could possibly need and kept immaculately clean by the friendly cleaner.

The location of PDM is absolutely breath taking, the views are spectacular, the grounds are so pretty and the beach is just at the bottom of the garden. The sea was lovely and calm and floats, canoes and loungers were provided for guests to use. There is also a decked area above the beach for sunbathing or plenty of space to loose yourself in the pretty gardens if looking for a little peace and tranquillity.

The food cooked mainly by Kostas was delicious and cooked freshly to order. We mainly ate breakfast at the complex which set us up for the day but did join in with the pizza night, baked by Tasos in their outdoor clay oven - they were lovely.

The Rigas family were wonderful and really went above and beyond to make our stay perfect, they were always on hand for a chat or to share local information, book taxis and arrange trips.

As I mentioned at the start our wedding organised mainly by the family was amazing, before we arrived all emails were handled by Kostas and he was always quick to respond to our many questions. The family also helped with the translation of our documents in Greek. On arrival we had a chat with Tasos who asked us what we expected from the day, what we wanted to eat, times and locations and we literally went away relaxed and enjoyed our holiday and two days later had our dream wedding.

We choose to get married on the veranda over looking the sea and that along with the grounds had been lovingly decorated by the family. They arranged the registrar, translation, our photographer, flowers, music, horse and carriage, food and drinks. The food was cooked by Tasos and was lovely though everyone ended up in bed early with full tummies! Also a special thanks to Tasos for the driving around he did for us after the wedding to collect our documents and have the documents translated into English.

Our cake was provided by Maria at Cupcake Fantasia, wonderful lady and would highly recommend and I had my hair styled by Paula at Paulas Salon in Tsillivi, again lovely lady and would definitely recommend.

Also a special thanks to Eleni for the wonderful food and service a few nights after our wedding. It was truly some of the nicest food we had during our stay and it was lovely to share in your company.

I am so late in writing this review it is only 7 weeks until we return. Happy days.

Please do not hesitate to consider PDM for your wedding or a holiday, you will not be disappointed, it truly is paradise found.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 April 2013

We were extremely fortunate to visit Kostas and his wonderful family for a total of 12 days last August /September. We were made unbelievably welcome and left as friends rather than paying guests. The two of us arrived first but a large number of our friends arrived within days, so we had the run of the place. In total there were 17 adults and 7 children in our group.
First of all, the location is exquisite - although it appears compact, there are so many terraces that everyone had sufficient space, if and when required. The views are utterly spectacular and the beach being only steps away feels every bit a private beach. The sea is clear, warm and safe and, strangely for the Mediterranean, had waves, especially in the afternoon, which adults and children enjoyed.
The safety of the location for children and the service laid on by Kostas and his family were second to none. We felt that we were in our private island and did not feel compelled to leave Porta del Mar at any time during our stay. We could not recommend more Porta del Mar for a completely relaxing holiday and we left totally refreshed, yet very sad, upon our departure. We look forward to our next visit in 2013.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank Mairi M
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Reviewed 13 January 2013

Last summer we`ve been to this marvelous place for the third time and we`ll come back also next summer.
Thanks to Family Rigas hospitality it`s always been a peaceful, easygoing time with lots of fun, good wine and food in the garden. Tasos and Kostas compete in pampering the guests with amazing amounts of fresh food (mostly selfgrown) for breakfast and lunch or delicious grilled meat and fish for dinner, and as a years highlight for our children " Tasos pizza".
In the warm and glassclear water just beneath the villa we were snorkling for hours, watching (and once our children even touched!) turtles, diving for shells, catching and releasing octopus and playing.
On the beach, which is clean and sandy our children built castles and transformed themselves into clay-monsters.
In one word, a summerparadise that cannot be topped for us. We`ll be back for sure!

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 November 2012

First of all apologies to the Kosta's, Taso's & Pavlina for taking so long to write this! We have had so many things going on.

Porta Del Mar is amazing, we spent one week here in May 12-19 2012, we got married on 16th May, it was a beautiful hot sunny day (we have included some wonderful pictures). In total there were 16 of us staying that week.

The Riga's family were very welcoming and made us and our own families feel part of their own. They went out of their way to provide us with everything we wanted. There is nothing we could provide a bad comment too, everything for us was made so special, we loved it and so did our families!! My wife Jana and I highly recommend Porta Del Mar to anyone wanting a Wedding to remember, or that special romantic break away.

Special thanks to Kostas for the late night bar, a special friend for me personally, no more tears! Also special thanks to Pavlina for all of the wedding planning and driving, we will never forget!

Hope to see you all soon,

The Reids!! David & Jana x

Room Tip: All rooms superb, you get what you pay for!
  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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