I have just returned from the Apostolata, having spent 2 weeks there during which my daughter got married. Firstly I have been trying to imagine what superior and toffee nosed planet ‘moorhey’ lives on; and also whether they are even reviewing the same hotel that I have been in for the last 2 weeks? I have been here as a party of some 40 people who have stayed to attend the wedding, many of whom were young professional people – and yes most of us were all inclusive. Many of us were at the pool very early, and were usually some of the last to leave – we were more likely to be the last to dinner not the first.
I saw no distinction whatsoever between the behaviour of the AI guests as opposed to those who chose to not to book AI, and I am not sure how on earth anyone would possibly distinguish these, as there is no ‘wrist band’ system in operation here at all – in fact some people who were not AI even used this lack of identification to occasionally blag their drinks and meals for free, even when not AI, because the staff just often didn’t know. On the very small number of occasions I saw people with drinks at the side of the pool (and I might add never whilst walking around in the pool) it was never solely the domain of the ‘unwashed’ AI guests, but clearly our earlier mentioned contributor believes that a guests social status is lowered by paying up front for your food and drink.
Anyway to the hotel itself. As reported endlessly on here, there are lots of steps or hills to climb, but the electric cart systems works pretty well and most of our party who were a little inform or who had young children managed to make their way around the place quite well. The hotel does have very nice, modern rooms with instant hot water and quiet but efficient air conditioning. The pool is fantastic, and the hydrotherapy jets are a wonderful way of getting a quick massage – the salt water, and whatever other chemicals are in the water for cleansing purposes, do have the habit of quickly stripping off any sun lotion whether it’s water resistant or not, so keep re-applying.
If I had to be critical it would be things like the cost of wireless internet access; which despite tempting you with a physical network connections in most rooms, is only actually working and available in the reception area – there is a PC available I believe FOC, but there is often a queue. The cost of a safe key is also rather expensive at 20 Euros per week, for something the size of a shoe box. One oddity about most of the rooms was the sliding door and glass window that allowed you to view into the bathroom from the bed area, and then the glass door on the toilet section - this allowed to to watch someone sat on the loo from the balcony if you so desired??? The staff were in the main excellent, although some of the restaurant waiters were a little grumpier than elsewhere in the complex – Bogdan, George, Nikos and Dimitra were all particularly helpful and friendly.
The location is wonderful – great views of the sea, and far enough out of town so no noise or rowdiness, but unless you had a car you would be struggling to eat out at night if you weren’t AI. I won’t bore you with repeating much of the similar comments of previous guests, but please take some of the criticisms with a pinch of salt – the place has a variety of guests – young and old, various nationalities and clearly guests with various opinions of their social standing – but it is a very nice hotel and worth a visit if you can cope with the stairs. We were also extremely lucky as we saw not one cloud in 2 weeks, and had mid 30’s temperatures which apparently are more akin to August than June. I usually like to dive while on vacation but the nearest diving to here is some 1.5 hours drive away – that said I would be happy to visit again and I have many happy memories of this holiday.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surrender to comfort at the Apostolata Island Resort & Spa. Beautifully situated on a hillside slopping gently to the sea allowing dazzling Mediterranean views. Enjoy pampering spa treatments, sailing, swimming, followed by delicious meals. Visit the village of Scala, famous for its Roman Villa or explore the village of Poros all within easy reach of our Kefalonia hotel. Discover the personal service and amenities of this hidden gem, a perfect retreat for a relaxing holiday. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mareblue Apostolata Hotel Skala
- Mareblue Apostolata Resort And Spa