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Apostolata Island Resort & Spa
Ranked #9 of 23 Hotels in Skala
Certificate of Excellence
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Loved the hotel, would stay again”
Reviewed 23 February 2014 via mobile

The staff were so friendly and helpful. The hotel was beautiful and we were very happy and comfortable. We were one of five rooms that had access to a pool which was always empty so we felt as if it were our own pool. Parking our car (which is a must in kefelonia) was easy and always right outside our room. I feel I have high standards and was more than happy here. The entertainment in the hotel wasn't really my bag but we were out into the local skala most nights. We went half board and I found the food was the same every night or lunch, my boyfriend loved all the deserts though. Would probably only do breakfast next time as it's not genuine Greek food in the hotel and you get a bottle of water in your room every day for free. Pools weren't heated but this didn't matter; views are totally spectacular. Much better than Ionian blue down the road with the swimming pool facing the road. Loved it. The Ionian emerald hotel looked fantastic but not in a nice area of the island, better to stay here.

Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 January 2014 via mobile

Myself and my fiance stayed here and had an amazing holiday. We had an upgraded room which had great views over the sea. Pool was a little cold but we didn't mind as it was nice to cool off. Food was lovely and fresh, slightly repetitive but we always found something to enjoy. Loved the fact corona and smirnoff ice were on the all inclusive and the white wine was nice too. All in all would definitely recommend and return

Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 October 2013

That was a nice resort but not for a 5 star level. It was pretty clean, great breakfast, very good dinner. The staff were helpful and kind. I saw some flaws at the pool area but minor in front of the big picture. Not noises at all and no weird smells. Overall was good enough and in a nice location (near Skala and Poros both with ports).

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Barrow-in-Furness, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2013

We stayed here for a week in mid-September 2013. We were moved to this hotel after Olympic had mixed up our initial booking, however they did upgrade us to a superior sea view room, and all inclusive, so we can't really complain!

As we've become used to in Greece, all the staff were extremely friendly, hard-working, and helpful. Our 'superior' room was excellent, plenty of space and well-appointed. In-room safe was 20 euro for the week which we thought was a little steep; it's free if you're in the really high-end rooms however (there are some suites with private pools). Air con was free, and worked well (and quietly!) The room had a large balcony with a superb view out to sea. No problems with the hot water at any points during the day.

The food was also of a pretty high standard. Ok so its a buffet, but the meals were generally pretty good and varied, plenty of healthy options if you wanted them, and a few theme nights. Breakfast was exactly as you would expect, with lots of choice ranging from cereals, pastries, and fruit through to the full egg/bacon/beans/mushrooms, with other nice touches such as freshly made crepes. Compared to other places we have stayed in Greece, this was at the higher end of the scale. The only minor issue we encountered was that the dining room was very busy at peak times (9-9.30am and 7-8pm), and although seating was never a problem, service did slow down. The staff were all working flat-out; they really needed two or three more staff around these times. That said, we were told that the hotel was full while we were there, and hence everywhere was about as busy as it could be!

There is also a separate a la carte restaurant but we didn't eat here, preferring instead to eat in Skala when the buffet became a bit tiresome, but we did look at the menu - definitely high-end, lots of steaks, but we did struggle to find any starters we liked the look of. By the pool is a small snack bar providing greek salads, pizza, toasted sandwiches etc., all of the same standard as the main buffet restaurant. There is also a small ice cream bar (which we visited several times!) and a small pool bar serving alcoholic and soft drinks, as well as quality coffees ranging from espressos to iced cappuccino!

We spent most evenings sat in the outside seating area at the back of the large reception and main bar. This was a pleasant place to spend the evening, with a great sea view and table service. Again, seating wasn't a problem. Live entertainment was provided most nights, typically singers/pianists, who were all good and enjoyable to listen to.

The pool area is large with plenty of sunbeds, but was usually pretty full by early afternoon. The pool itself was seawater, but filtered and very clean. At certain points in the day, Chad from the Animation team would run stretching and aqua-robics sessions, and occasional pool volleyball. People who prefer ultra-quiet pool areas may be put off a little by this, but the activities were all light-hearted and fun, and there was no pressure at all to join in.

The hotel is right on the coast, however there is no directly adjacent beach. There is however a small rocky cove nearby (couple of hundred yards walk downhill) with a few sunbeds and steps into the sea, which has features for avid snorkelers (although the sea was a little rough as the small bay is not massively sheltered).

Like an increasing number of hotels the Apostalata offers free wireless internet in most areas. The service is a little patchy and seems to slow down at certain points, presumably when overloaded with users, but was available most of the time and was generally usable.

The Apostolata is located up the coast from Skala, we walked into town a couple of times and it took us 50 minutes - its all downhill or flat on the way into town, and quite a pleasant walk once the sun dips behind the mountains and the temperature drops, but we took a taxi back. Taxis were 6 euro each way, rising to 8 after midnight, and these were plentiful.

There is much to recommend about the Apostolata, and overall it is a high quality hotel with good facilities and friendly, helpful staff. The only potential negatives for some might be it's location a fairly long walk from town, and the lack of a nearby beach, however this won't put off people who like a decent walk before an evening meal (like ourselves) or those who are renting a car. It is also worth noting that since the hotel is on a hillside, there are a considerable number of steps to negotiate to get to both the pool, and certain rooms - like the sea view ones at the back of the hotel near the pool, which cannot be reached using a lift.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2013

I recently stayed at the Apostolata Resort and spa hotel as part of a Saga tour of Kefalonia and Zakynthos. Hotel in dramatic setting, high on the hillside in an isolated position, but beware there are steps everywhere. Do not stay in room 125....nothing wrong with the room but next to the lift shaft and metal steps to the upper and lower floors which were very noisy. Cases being pulled along the tiled corridor at all times of the day.
From room 125 to the swimming pool there are 108 steps. You can get a "golf buggy" (at reception) to run you down to the swimming pool and the extremely steep path to the sea, where there is a small concreted area with a few sun beds and metal steps into the water for snorkling. There is a courtesy bus to the next village every hour where there is a beach you can sit and relax on. Food buffet style, but could have had a bigger selection, staff very friendly and helpful and rooms clean. Excellent value for the money we paid. There was varied entertainment every evening in the lounge. Weather hot and sunny.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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30 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2013

10p holds it at two star according to the “Hotel Stars Union” a European umbrella body.
I have considered this review for a couple of weeks. The hotel welcomes you with a spectacular lobby and very friendly staff, true there was a whiff of sewage in the air the evening we arrived but it soon cleared with an offshore wind.
The first thing to strike you in the lobby is a friendly and helpful staff and the inset glass panels in the floor through which you could see the gymnasium spa swimming pool – two way glass though - as a member of the party said you must consider your underwear if you come to the bar in a skirt.
The rooms are large, luxurious and well air conditioned, true as usual you must check the patio door is shut if you turn the a/c on but there were several bottles of water and ample tea, coffee and milk etc for “in room drinks”.
The hotel is built on a hillside, in Greek terms a gentle slope but a pathway connects the front door of the lobby to the dining room ground level entrance whilst at the back of the lobby is a lift taking you down two floors to the same dining room.
As we had arrived in the evening after a quick shower we headed for the buffet dining room (All Inclusive) where there was a good choice of well prepared delicious food though unusually waiter served wine and after a meal repaired to the comfortable bar.
The hotel is luxuriously styled and exquisitely clean with extremely helpful staff but lacks the extra for more stars. Ask the staff and most things are available but don’t look for a sewing kit – the 10p holdup - or spare blanket or pillow in the room, you have to get them from reception which can be difficult if you wake up cold at 2am.
Accessibility is a problem. Within the hotel the connecting paths are very typically Greek, steep and crumbling (slightly) concrete, single steps abound, between our room and the dining room were seven and if you leave the hotel it is on top of a headland and 4 kilometres from Skala. The hotel operates a courtesy bus to Skala which stops at 5.30 pm so if you fancy a meal at a Taverna you will need a reception to get you a taxi or walk. The next town in the other direction is 7 kilometres away and again when we visited we had to phone for a taxi to get back. The site is remote and in Septembet there are few taxis around.
Not suitable for the older traveller.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2013

This was my boyfriend and I's first experience of Greece and we were very impressed. The scenery in Kefalonia was stunning, as were the views from our room. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful and went out of their way to make us feel welcome.

The food was delicious with a large choice of fresh salads and soups which changed every day as well as main meals. For breakfast there was everything you could want. My only complaint is that it was impossible to try everything!!

If you are considering this resort i would recommend hiring a car as it is very out the way and you would have to walk 2-3 miles before you come across a shop or bar. However the free shuttle into Skala was very convinient and we used it a great deal.

The room was fine, nothing spectacular but the pool and views were lovely so what more could you ask for??

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Apostolata Island Resort & Spa
Address: Porou Skalas | Kafalonica, Skala 280 86, Greece
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Region: Greece > Ionian Islands > Cephalonia > Skala
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Skala
#11 Family Hotel in Skala
#14 Romantic Hotel in Skala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Apostolata Island Resort & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 166
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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