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Apollonion Resort & Spa Hotel
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Lixouri
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

Firstly I would like to thank our Thomson rep Anthony and tour guide on the premier kefalonia discovery katalina both exemplary and assets to there companies! Very chatty genuine people who are passionate about there guests experience!

Secondly the bar and waiting staff are so nice and attentive it really makes a difference. I would also like to thank the receptionist that is really into her art she was great when she checked us in and looked around the gallery.

The hotel itself is beautiful, about 10mins from the local town and a short 20 min trip to argostoli it is the perfect; unspoilt location for a relaxing holiday. It cost about 15 euros each way to get to get to argostoli so this could get expensive. I would strongly recommend the hotel start running a shuttle bus for guest convenience.

Rooms are clean, spacious and generally all have good views. The pool is a good size and again clean and the grounds of the hotel are well kept. My only criticism again would be that there maybe a need to get some more sun lounges.

Outdoor cinema was really good and gave you something to do on An evening (because there's no night life), unfortunately the bar entertainment was a bit poor.

Would recommended hotel to anyone it's great!

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gm-apollonion, General Manager at Apollonion Resort & Spa Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 2 June 2014

Dear Guest,
Thank you very much for your valuable comments.
The feedback we receive is very important source of reliable information motivating us to improve our services and facilities.
Regarding the transportation to Lixouri, we kindly notify you that soon a public bus will do the service, twice every day at a very small fee. This is a standard service during the pick months (June, July, August & half September)
We are glad, we were able to make you holiday, an enjoyable one.

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Alexandros Papanikolaou
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Reviewed 31 May 2014

We stayed at the Apollonion Resort & Spa Hotel in May 2014, comprising two adults and two children (aged 14 and 12 yrs) staying in a family duplex room.
Hotel description: The hotel is situated in a very quiet countryside location. The Apollonion seemed relatively unaffected by the earthquakes which hit in February 2014 whereas the neighbouring Cephalonia Palace was having a severe remodelling and patching up with new balconies and roof. We felt two earth tremors whilst in the hotel, one at night which woke us up as the mirror wardrobe doors started to rattle and the other whilst we were walking near the pool which felt like a London tube train running underneath you. The hotel is very clean and modern and ALL the staff were very friendly and made you feel welcome and your stay very comfortable. Facilities (further detailed below) include spa (payable extra), pool, outdoor cinema, tennis court of good quality, games room, and poolside taverna. The beach is a 5 minute walk from the hotel. The hotel grounds had well -kept gardens with flowering plants and shrubs including lots of powerful scented Jasmine.

Rooms: Various room types but ours was a family duplex room, twins beds pushed together downstairs to make the master bed and two single beds in the bedroom on a mezzanine floor accessed via nice dark wood stairs with brushed steel decorative bannister. The room was of a good size and beds very comfortable with nice linens. The room was cleaned daily to a high standard. A small fridge but sadly no tea/coffee making facilities so take a travel kettle for a late night cuppa. Also included is a laptop safe, good air conditioning, hairdryer and lovely soft bathroom towels. TV has one UK news channel. Yellow pool towels can be obtained from reception free of charge. Room Tip: I couldn’t really see the advantage of the rooms with private pools as the pools are actually joined to all the other private pools so in effect, you have a smaller communal pool away from the main pool. Rooms in the Aphrodite block are over the bar area and therefore experience some music until midnight although not that loud when you have doors closed, plus nice to sit on the enclosed balcony and have music to listen to. Garden rooms are away from the main socialising area and so very quiet.

Restaurants: The main restaurant serves buffet breakfast from 0730 – 1000hrs and had pastries, bread, cakes, fruit, cereals, hot food of bacon, eggs, sausages, beans and omelettes made to order. Dinner is served from 1900 – 2100 hrs. The white house wine was nice at 12 Euro’s per bottle. I didn’t like the red at all. Bottled water was 2.25 Euros. All drinks can be signed for and charged to your room to avoid handling cash.
The open air Pagoda restaurant is adjacent to the pool and server lunch time meals (payable).

Art gallery: Attached to hotel and the only art gallery on the island. It offers free entry and is open from 2000-2200hrs and worth a visit.

Outdoor cinema: A great idea with seating for about 30 watching a selection of good quality films including Captain Correlli’s Mandolin (filmed in Kefalonia). Watching films under the stairs very appealing and blankets available from reception if the nights are chilly.

Entertainment: Keyboard player / DJ playing mix of genres over three nights a week. No organised activities for children as such although there were two small playgrounds (suitable for under 7’s) and a basement arcade with pool, air hockey, internet (all chargeable extras). Free wi-fi is advertised but in reality, we found it very hit and miss with regular disconnection. There is a LAN point in all rooms so may well be worth taking a cable to hook up laptops but as for wifi devices, don’t count on uninterrupted connection.

Bar: Comfortable seating with evening entertainment in the form of either DJ playing various genres, keyboard player. Happy hour is between 4pm and 6pm with half price alcoholic drinks and cocktails. Normal prices for cocktails were 8 Euros each and beer 5 Euros so budget carefully or go out to the tavernas where they are half the price.

Pool: Main pool is a reasonable size and has a depth of 1.5 m shallowing to 1m with a small kids pool adjacent. Enough sun loungers whilst we were there but it was starting to fill up as we left. Not sure if any other sunbeds were being held in reserve. Free pool towels from reception and books could be borrowed from the small library in the basement.

Spa/ small gym: My wife had a pedicure for 34 Euro’s (which she said was equivalent to UK) and the spa offered other treatments ranging from 30 – 80 Euros.

Resort location: Overall, Xi Beach is a VERY quiet location, hardly a village and has Xi Beach (pronounced Zee) just a five minute stroll away from the hotel but was nothing special. No bars or clubs and one beach taverna and another opposite the Kefalonia Palace Hotel which is called Antonio’s and is owned by a very friendly, polite and chatty English woman and her Greek husband. Good food and good prices. Another taverna on the beach also serves good snacks at a reasonable price but is open during the day only. Some fifty yards from this taverna is a small shop selling snacks, beer and water which is ideal especially as the 1 ½ litre bottles of water are only 60 cents compared with 2.25 Euros in the hotel. Car hire is available next to hotel but there is NO BUS SERVICE so have to get taxi’s to main ports. Taxis into Lixouri were 10 Euro each way and they took you to the main square and ferry port. We had an evening in Lixouri but to be honest, not really worthy of the cost of the taxi as we found of interest apart from the large central square with bars.
Ferry to Argostolli: Leaves Lixouri on the hour up until about 10pm and costs 2.50 Euros per person each way and takes about 20 mins to cross the water. Tickets purchased on board but again, not a lot to see in Argostolli. I also share the view of others that the hotel should consider providing a shuttle service into Lixouri for a small charge at various times of the day and evening, maybe teaming up with the car hire company next door to provide the service. No cashpoint in hotel or resort but you are able to sign all expenditure to your room and pay in one go on departure.

The price we paid booking through Thomson was just £1440 for seven nights half board with daytime flights and transfers for two adults and two children.

Although classed as a 5 star hotel, compared with the UK standard it would be a 4 star. I would also suggest it is aimed at couple or families with older children. I think that if your children were a little roudy, they would stand out.

In summary …. A lovely hotel but in a remote location on the far side of the island to all the sights and excursions. Perfect for those seeking a relaxing hotel with good food and guests happy to stay locally in resort with little to do. A 7-10 day stay would be plenty.

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gm-apollonion, General Manager at Apollonion Resort & Spa Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 1 June 2014

Dear Guest,
Thank you very much for your valuable comments.
The feedback we receive is very important source of reliable information motivating us to improve our services and facilities.
We are glad, we were able to make you holiday, an enjoyable one.

Sincerely,
Alexandros Papanikolaou
General Manager

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Reviewed 31 May 2014

On arrival at the hotel, it was obvious this was a fairly new and modern hotel. We arrived late in the evening and were greeted with a refreshing drink, check in was quick and we were made to feel very welcome. On arrival in our room there was some nice sandwiches, a bottle of water and some fruit, a nice touch after a long day.

During our stay we found every single staff member to be friendly and welcoming, from the reception staff, dining staff, bar staff, cleaners, each one a credit to the hotel. The managers / owners were also there during the evening and again very welcoming and polite.

There was plenty of choice in the restaurant both in the morning and at night, the chefs were always visible, they were only too happy to get more food if something was missing, I believe they went above and beyond!

The pool area was always clean and there was plenty of sun beds and umbrellas, though my personal opinion was that the pool wasn't particularly big. There was quite a few children there during our stay but they weren't too noisy as per a previous comment, kids are on holiday and they want to have a good time!

The only negative about the hotel is I thought the drinks were expensive. A cocktail was from €8 - €12 euro and they were never filled to the top and a pint of local beer was €5, though they did have happy hour between 4pm and 6pm and a daily half price cocktail, though this wasn't well advertised and only discovered this the evening before we left!

If you are looking for an active holiday then this isn't the place for you, other than 2 small tavernas there isn't anything else to do.

We travelled with Thomson and went on the island discovery excursion and this is the best trip I have ever been on from all my holidays, we went to so many beautiful places on the island and they didn't take you to any local winery or olive oil factory to try and sell you things......a nice change!

For a nice relaxing holiday then I would have no hesitation in recommending this hotel, enjoy!

Room Tip: We were on ground floor and were very happy with this
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gm-apollonion, General Manager at Apollonion Resort & Spa Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 1 June 2014

Dear Guest,
Thank you very much for your valuable comments.
The feedback we receive is very important source of reliable information motivating us to improve our services and facilities.
We are glad, we were able to make you holiday, an enjoyable one.

Sincerely,
Alexandros Papanikolaou
General Manager

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Reviewed 30 May 2014

I stayed here from the 22nd-29th May 2014, with my husband and two teenage girls, on a half board basis. The hotel is spotlessly clean, and the facilities are run efficiently. Service is excellent all round, and staff are friendly. We had a large duplex family room, with a mezzine room above, which was well laid out. A decent sized fridge was available, though no tea/coffee making facilities were in the room. There was a good range of buffet style food each evening, and we didn't eat the same thing twice (though we could have done if we'd wanted to). I recommend trying the different Greek dishes each night. Food was plentiful, and breakfasts also included a good range of hot and cold options. Happy hour is from 4-6pm, where cocktails are half price (4 Euros instead of 8 Euros). This was a great part of the late afternoon to look forward to, with a drink by the lovely pool. We had read the reviews before booking, and realised that the location of the hotel could put people off the hotel, so we hired a car from Avis at the airport, and were at the hotel within 70 minutes. I would suggest that you do hire a car if you are confident with some of the hair pin bends, so that you can see the island, otherwise you will be reliant on taxis. Xi Beach isn't worth the visit, so if you are after a beach holiday with no driving, then you should stay near Myrtos, Sami, AntiSamos or Skala, as there are more facilities here. Myrtos is about a 40 minute drive, and AntiSamos an hour from the hotel, and both are must sees. There are plenty of tavernas en route, where you can eat great fresh produce for a fraction of the price as a holiday in Spain or Turkey. Evening entertainment consisted of various singers, outdoor cinema, a basement games room (free table tennis - airhockey and billiards is a Euro or two), art gallery and a very small gym.
My only suggestions to the hotel are that the price of the drinks could be reduced in the evenings, so that more people will go and enjoy the music, as a few evenings were a bit quiet and so lacked atmosphere. The bar area wasn't that busy, as families were understandably bringing their own beers and enjoying the games room, or visiting one of the two local tavernas. The taverna on the hill (five minute walk), owned by the lady from Luton, was a great find - fantastic sea views, and great prices. Four Euros for four glasses of wine!!
A final suggestion might be having tea/coffee making, ironing facilities etc in the room, in line with a 4/5 star hotel.

Room Tip: All rooms have a good view, either of the mountains or the sea.
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gm-apollonion, General Manager at Apollonion Resort & Spa Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 1 June 2014

Dear Guest,
Thank you very much for your valuable comments.
The feedback we receive is very important source of reliable information motivating us to improve our services and facilities.
We are glad, we were able to make you holiday, an enjoyable one.

Sincerely,
Alexandros Papanikolaou
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Reviewed 30 May 2014

We stayed here between 22-29th May. The hotel was brilliant, 5 star service and facilities and wonderful staff. Nothing was too much trouble for any member of staff, we were made to feel special throughout our stay. The food was excellent & plenty of choice, any one who knows me will know how fussy I am but I found plenty to eat. The rooms were lovely & you didn't have to worry about bath robes & slippers or towels for the pool (ask at reception) as they were all provided. They provide light weight blankets for the evenings if you were watching a film in the open air cinema & it is a bit cold again ask at reception. The art gallery is well worth the visit, it is next to the cinema. Once again thanks to all for a great holiday, & a special thanks to Fay in the restaurant who looked after us so well. The Thomson reps were very helpful on all occasions. Had a great day on the discovery Kefalonia trip with special thanks to Jackie the rep for her help as I was struggling to walk in some parts with my walking stick. The area surrounding the hotel is very quiet, so if you want lively don't come here, but on saying that it is a wonderful place to relax & chill out.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Dear Guest,
Thank you very much for your valuable comments.
The feedback we receive is very important source of reliable information motivating us to improve our services and facilities.
We are glad, we were able to make you holiday, an enjoyable one.

Sincerely,
Alexandros Papanikolaou
General Manager

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Reviewed 29 May 2014

We stayed here between 20-27th May. The hotel was amazing, 5 star service and facilities and an amazing room. We stayed in a room overlooking the resort and the sea and it was well worth paying a little more for. The balcony was huge and we were shielded from the wind in the evenings.

We were by the pool a couple of days and although it was nice, there were a lot of children around and it wasn't at all peaceful. The pool was big though and there was always a lot of sun loungers free. It made a nice change not to be greeted by 100 empty sunbeds all with towels and books on them but no people.

When we visited the beach it wasn't quite what we expected when we were faced with 2 options of getting onto the beach, a very steep drop or walking down a once serviceable ramp, which was now missing many slats and was at a steep slant, what would be condemned in the UK. The beach was lovely though (once we got down to it) and it was usually almost empty. There was a taverna on the beach to the right which has sunbeds outside of it which were only 3 Euros a day each and the waiter came down and served drinks / food as you requested but he was not at all pushy and it was a lovely atmosphere (always a lot more peaceful than in the resort).

Just up the the road from the taverna is a small... tiny shop which sells snacks, beer and water which is ideal. Very cheap and the beers are E1.20 whereas they are E5.00 in the hotel so well worth it.

Where this resort was remote there was a car hire place next door and we wanted to hire one but you have to be at least 25 to do this so we couldn't.

Taxis into Lixouri were only E10 each way and they took you to the main square which was close to the ferry port. We had an evening in Lixouri and found it very lovely but was too early in the season and very quiet, although this was not a bad thing as everything was open and the bars and restaurants we visited were lovely.

One day we got a ferry to Argostolli and we stayed there for an hour, and came back. There is nothing there different to Lixouiri, apart from a few more shops and restaurants but not worth seeing in my opinion.

The ferry takes 25 minutes to cross and is E2.50 per person so reasonably cheap but not a lot to see in the 'capital' of the island.

Earthquakes... we felt a few tremors whilst we were there and although a little scary at first, weren't too bad. Apollonion seemed relatively unaffected by the quakes apart from a lot of cracked plaster which had all been filled in and painted. The hotel next door however was having its balconies and stairs stuck back on which made me thankful we had chosen a nice new hotel which was clearly built to modern standards which was reassuring.

In summary, an amazing island, perfect hotel (minus the screaming kids at dinner!) and would love to come back. Would recommend this to everyone, 7-10 days would be plenty.

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gm-apollonion, General Manager at Apollonion Resort & Spa Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2014

Dear Guest,
Thank you very much for your valuable comments.
The feedback we receive is very important source of reliable information motivating us to improve our services and facilities.I trust that your detailed descriptions about the greater area and the hotel services will be a remarkable source of reliable information to future readers
We are glad, we were able to make you holiday, an enjoyable one.
Sincerely,
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

Very fortunate to be offered this hotel by Thomson Holidays due to damage to our previously booked hotel. We have just returned and do not have a bad word to say about the hotel and service received during our stay. I did read the previous posted reports and I understand the issue with some warm veg during the evening meal, but this was only a very small issue and there was enough other choices for this not to be a problem. I also understand the moans about the piano player, but he is a very good musician and just sings the songs in his own unique way which just added to the entertainment value. I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel to anyone and if anyone else is as lucky as we were I am sure that they too would have enjoyed the experience.

Room Tip: Definitely hire a car as the hotel is a bit remote, but you also need to see the whole island and in...
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gm-apollonion, General Manager at Apollonion Resort & Spa Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2014

Dear Guest,
Thank you very much for your valuable comments.
The feedback we receive is very important source of reliable information motivating us to improve our services and facilities.
We are glad, we were able to make you holiday, an enjoyable one.

Sincerely,
Alexandros Papanikolaou
General Manager

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Address: Xi Beach, Lixouri 282 00, Greece
Region: Greece > Ionian Islands > Cephalonia > Lixouri
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Lixouri
#1 Family Hotel in Lixouri
#1 Luxury Hotel in Lixouri
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Lixouri
Price Range: £103 - £288 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Apollonion Resort & Spa Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 127
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Apollonion Resort & Spa is a newly built 5* hotel. It is located in Lixouri of Kefalonia, in the region Xi, well known for its long golden sand beach. The excellent range of facilities at our Luxury Hotel is complemented by the high standard services from the professionally trained friendly staff. The unique architecture, the stylish lounge with genuine pieces of contemporary art, reflect the glamor of this Luxury Kefalonian resort. The Art Gallery hosts unique painting exhibitions throughout the Summer season. ... more   less 
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