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Apollonion Resort & Spa Hotel
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Lixouri
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 12 July 2014

Just returned from 2 weeks holiday. Very impressed with hotel and staff. Modern, clean, good facilities, food good with a wide selection of dishes to choose from. Staff very friendly and helpful. Advice you rent a car as only one bus a day to lixouri . taxi 10 euro each way! Recommend antonella tavern just left out of hotel for lunch and also the captains table at petani beach, we discovered owned by married couple carol (English lady) runs the tavern at Xi beach and her husband George (Greek gentleman) has the tavern at petani. Menus very different but lovely Greek food. Hope to return to apologia next year.

Looked around the other hotel at xi beach the kefalonia palace would not recommend it unless you have small kids.

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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Ruthross517
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AlexandrosGM, General Manager at Apollonion Resort & Spa Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2014

Dear "Ruthross517",
Thank you very much for your very nice review.
I was pleased to read that your holiday was an enjoyable one.
It will be a privilege for us to welcome you back again.
Sincerely,
Alexandros Papanikolaou
General Manager

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Reviewed 12 July 2014

Stayed here for a week in July 2014, the rooms are superb, the staff are helpful but not annoying, the pool is excellent. The only thing it needs is a little supermarket nearby. The buffet food is very good for a buffet, happy hour drinks are well priced and not over the top outside of happy hour. Free wifi by the pool and in the rooms. Highly recommended

Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
2  Thank Sigainey
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AlexandrosGM, General Manager at Apollonion Resort & Spa Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2014

Dear "Sigainey",
Thank you very much for your very nice review.
We are pleased to read that your holiday was an enjoyable one.
Sincerely,
Alexandros Papanikolaou
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

Firstly, I'd like to say that my 3 friends and I are 18, therefore not the age group this hotel is geared towards. However, we're not into crazy parties and getting wasted, so this place was perfect!

We managed to book a maisonette with a private jacuzzi which was one of our best decisions as we could be together and go in our pool at whatever time we wanted. There isn't a lot of details about the maisonettes on Thomson where we booked our holiday, so basically: it's two floors, on the ground is the biggest bed in the world, separated from the lounge area by a shelving unit. There's a bathroom with shower, bath and separate toilet, and then outside is a corner sofa, sunloungers and of course the private pool which leads into a shared pool. Upstairs was two single beds, another huge bathroom and a balcony. The rooms were cleaned every day very well, and we were away from the bar so it was very peaceful. OH, and the safe and aircon are included at no extra cost! But wifi could only really be accessed at the bar area.

Next was the food. Personally, I'm an incredibly fussy eater, and I found there weren't a lot of plain foods at dinnertime. For example there'd be pasta, but with shrimps hidden within its depths. There were chips, but if that was all I ate I'd be a whale. However, my friends seemed to think the food was decent enough, so don't take my word for it! The bar was nice, although drinks were expensive, so we often opted for whatever the special cocktail was and then went to Antonello's for some cheap beer to get the job done. On one night they had Greek dancers which was really hilarious, however this was the only real entertainment out of the whole holiday. But being a five star hotel I guess the the entertainment that we want would lower their standards or something... For families with teenagers maybe they'd get a little bored, but we had each other to serve as entertainment, so all was well.

The staff were lovely, so helpful and friendly all the time. We were even jokingly offered a job to work there for the summer. Only now we wished we'd taken him up on it so we could go back!

Onto the island. We noticed a lot of people saying you must hire a car to get around, but I'd beg to differ. Maybe because we can't drive in the first place makes us more resourceful, but we managed to see the whole island without once hiring a car. We got the bus to Lixouri to have a wander, although there wasn't a lot to do there except eat. We also got the ferry to Argostoli to see the turtles, which we did and it was one of the best moments of the holiday. Transport around was pretty cheap, and the roads could get a little crazy so I was more than happy to let someone else do the hard work. The best way to see the island was the Premier Discover Kefalonia excursion. We got to see Melisanni Lake, a boat trip between Kefalonia and Ithaca where we also had a swim stop at a private beach, had a lovely three course meal and a wander around Fiskardo, and even got to see beautiful Assos (which had the most winding and terrifying roads I have ever been on!). Oh and of course a photo stop at Myrtos beach. It was only 82 euros each, and was really great value and not at all boring (although the tour guide did talk about olive oil for a little too long...)

Xi beach was the closest beach to the hotel, a tiny walk away. It wasn't quite what I expected, as there was a lot of debris littering the sand, and not a lot of room as most of the beach was taken up by sunloungers and parasols. However, we did go twice, and took some of the clay from the rocks back home. I've been using it since, and my skin is very soft! But I digress.

In conclusion, this was one of the best holidays I've been on, and I think the quality of the hotel really contributed to that. It is definitely geared toward couples looking for a relaxing holiday, but I think it is just as good for a group of friends wanting to get over the stress of their A-level exams! My only suggestions would be to maybe step up the food, and have better entertainment. The piano player, bless him, was great but wasn't really our style!

Thank you Apollonion Resort and Spa for having us, and I'm sure we'll be back!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank 7Rashman
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CRASAMET, General Manager at Apollonion Resort & Spa Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2014

Dear 7Rashman,

Thank you very much for the nice review and the valuable comments.
We are glad that we were able to make your holiday, an enjoyable one.

Sincerely,
Alexandros Papanikolaou
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Reviewed 8 July 2014

We stayed at the Apollonion between 1st and 8th July. Simply I would say this hotel is one of the best we've stayed at. From the moment of arrival the service provided was outstanding. The hotel itself is well presented, very clean and impressively sculptured. The room we had was spacious, clean and had a great balcony view of the gardens / pool and the coastline.

I had read some mixed reviews about the food but I can only say the food here was amazingly good, with a great selection of dishes each evening to choose from to cater for most tastes. Oh breakfast here was very good too!! needless to say we ate too much, so a week was enough! To round off the dining experience the service provided by the staff was very good.

Finally although the hotel was busy, it remained a place of relaxation - just what we wanted. We will be returning to this hotel next year.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Ciaran C
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AlexandrosGM, General Manager at Apollonion Resort & Spa Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2014

Dear "Ciaran C",
Thank you very much for your very nice review.
I was pleased to read that your enjoyed your holiday.
Sincerely,
Alexandros Papanikolaou
General Manager

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Reviewed 8 July 2014

We have just returned from this fabulous hotel and spa, we would like to state that this place is first class in every aspect, from management down to the cleaners, we have never been to a place which looked after our needs with no problems, everything was made easy for us.
The rooms were very clean and spacious, the pool was immaculate, the beach is a short stroll away passing a very good English speaking lady's taverna with good food. talking of food, this was also excellent and plenty of it, one person in the restaurant who was special was the Maitre'D Stoikos he was great fun every time we visited the restaurant and very professional.
Weather was fabulous as you would expect.
Two other people that need a special mention is the reception ladies Theodora and Dina, nothing was too much of a problem, my wife had to have a blood test done, this was arranged by the girls, they arranged for a taxi to pick us up and take us direct to the clinic which took the worry out of it as we didn't have a clue where to go.
We will definitely return.
Colin @ Margaret Cresswell

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank ColMargGuildford
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gm-apollonion, General Manager at Apollonion Resort & Spa Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2014

Dear ColMargGuildford,
Thank you very much for the nice review and comments.
We are happy that we were able to make your holiday an enjoyable one and that all your needs have been fulfilled.
We look forward to welcome you back again.
Alexandros Papanikolaou
General Manager

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Reviewed 7 July 2014

Great hotel, great service, great food, quiet location, large and comfortable rooms. location from where the fastest get to the most beautiful beaches. With three words, excellent relaxation vacation.

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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank TomazHren
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gm-apollonion, General Manager at Apollonion Resort & Spa Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2014

Dear Reviewer,
Thank you very much for your valuable comments.
We are glad, we that your holiday was an enjoyable one.
Sincerely,
Alexandros Papanikolaou
General Manager

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Reviewed 6 July 2014 via mobile

We have just returned and cannot emphasise enough how fantastic the hotel is. It surpassed our expectations. Both of us read lots of trip advisor reviews before we came which really helped but I have to say this is one of the best hotels we have ever stayed in and we have been to Maldives, Malaysia, carribean and so on.

The hotel is immaculate and beautifully presented. The rooms were great. We had a room in the pandora block with a sea view from the balcony which was lovely for the evenings. We had a lovely bottle of wine and fruit in the room on arrival which felt special. The staff at the hotel are all a credit to the hotel and I sincerely hope they are praised for the continual hard work, manners and professionalism!

The food was really good lots of options and cooked well. The only small areas of improvement i could mention would be for the tea and coffee faculties in the room and some more varied evening entertainment.

Thank you for helping us to create some wonderful memories of our honeymoon and we hope we can return again soon.

For anyone thinking of booking... Go for it! If you want a quiet relaxing luxurious holiday you will be very happy!!!

  • Stayed: July 2014
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gm-apollonion, General Manager at Apollonion Resort & Spa Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 2014

Dear "locationconfusion",
Thank you very much for your valuable comments.
We are glad, we that your holiday was an enjoyable one.
Sincerely,
Alexandros Papanikolaou
General Manager

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Additional Information about Apollonion Resort & Spa Hotel

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: £92 - £231 (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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