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Apollo Apartments Skala
Ranked #4 of 32 Speciality Lodging in Skala
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UK
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“FABULOUS!!!!!”
Reviewed 31 August 2011

This was our second year at Apollo and plan to go back next year and the following! We love it here, it is so clean and the pool is fabulous, you have ut all a night in and Natasha will cook you up your supper, Christos is on hand for any problems and the boys are great fun for our boys to party and play! best to hire a car so as you can get out and about to see the local scenery and you will find it hard to get a bad meal in the numerous bars in Skala town. Visit Captains Bar for a lively night out !!!! cant wait to return and see all our friends!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 29 August 2011

Just returned from a truly stunning 2 weeks at the Apollo. If you want a chilled out, relaxed, and quiet holiday then look no further. We loved it here. One tip though hire a car for the duration of the holiday. There are only 12 apartments and its essentially a villa with its own bar. For the location alone its outstanding value but add to that the service and the friendliness of the owners then this is a winning combination.We ate out loads and never have a bad meal anywhere in the lovely town of Skala. Don't delay ... we won't.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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edinburgh
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Reviewed 11 August 2011

If you are looking for peace and quiet and prefer a small family run complex, then this is the place to be. Stayed here for two weeks with my husband and 6yr old daughter and found Natasha and her family very friendly and helpful. I agree, it is a bit of a walk into Skala, but we felt it was well worth it, as the views are breathtaking and taxis are only 5 euros (if they are not on strike).

The apartment was basic but clean, and had two rings for cooking. We just asked for extra crockery, cutlery etc, anytime we needed it. The pool was lovely and clean, and due to the size of the complex, acquiring a sunbed was never a problem.

There are organised tours available, but we preferred to hire a car from Greekstones for 3 days, which worked out cheaper than the Island Tour.

There are lots of lovely restuarants which provide good food at reasonable prices, we really enjoyed Manolis Taverna, Ta Pitharia, Old Times, The Flamingo and The Old Village. Pay a visit to Christos at Valentinas Jewellery Shop, he knows his stuff and his prices are also reasonable.

Be aware - the coach trip from the airport to Skala is an hour long on windy, hilly roads and some of the children were travel sick - some travellers had pre-booked hire cars from the airport.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and will definately return.

Room Tip: Most rooms have a pool view, but ask for a seaview as the views are awesome (no's 10 & 15)
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Halifax, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 July 2011

A last minute booking to beat the rain in the UK sent us looking for the sun, which we certainly found in Skala. Lowest temperature was 28C in the shade at 10am/pm, rising to high 30's/ low 40's during the day. Scorching 6 days spent at lovely quiet apartments, however they were a bit too far away from anything ! Nearest supermarket was a good 15 mins walk away and Skala was approx 40 mins walk (a previous reviewer said it was 15mins - he must have been Lynford Christie !). Unfortunately the taxis were on strike and buses were non-existent so walking was the only option. However, a torch is a must at night because there are very few lights and little pavements so this makes it a bit dangerous at night. We would recommend hiring a car to anyone thinking of holidaying here not only so that you can get to the village, but also to see the rest of the island.
The apartments left us a little puzzled as we went self-catering but they were not geared up for it, i.e. lack of sockets in the right places (we had to disconnect the bedside lamp to plug in the kettle and to use the toaster we had to use a socket by the patio doors across the room next to the dressing table!), utensils and crockery were particularly limited. We had to go out and buy tin opener and bottle opener. Basic 2 electric hobs on which to cook. The cleaner should have done as her title suggested and cleaned ! We had to ask her to come back to sweep and mop up,and also request clean towels. She said she would come back to change the sheets but she didn't. Another guest said that when they pulled out the bed there were lots of dead insects so obviously cleaning is not a priority. This guest also had a plug socket with bare wires showing. We requested for 2 light bulbs to be replaced but they still did on our departure ! However, the rest of the complex was clean as was the outdoor pool. There were ample sun loungers and parasols, even though it was the height of season, it was not too busy.
At first we thought the menu prices on the complex were expensive, but when we ventured out to eat at restaurants we realised it was much the same across the board, it was just quality that altered, i.e made fresh not frozen.
Views from our apartment across to mainland Greece and Zante were stunning as was the little harbour down below our apartment.

Room Tip: When booking ask for a "high room"
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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leicestershire
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Reviewed 9 July 2011

Absolutley stunning views of the sea, you can also see the Greek mainland and Zante. The rooms were clean, comfortable and adequate with cooking facilities, shower and aircon.
The grounds were well kept with colourful flowers and green lawns and the pool was lovely and lit up at night to the point that everytime you looked at it you just wanted to jump in.
There is a pool side bar that serves food and drinks and the food we ordered was very good. Places to eat i would recommend are Old Times 10 mins towards Skala and also The Old Village in Skala.
All in all the most peaceful and quiet place i have ever stayed and wouldn't hesitate going back

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Penkridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 July 2011

Coincidentally, we were in the same room (next to the bar) as the previous reviewer the two weeks before. We had the same reservations and asked for another room but there wasn`t any available. The lady seemed a bit put out explaining it was really a room for four (we are a couple). But it was the location we were not happy with not the size of the room(s). In the end there was no problem with noise from the bar as it was little used late at night. Only once when the bar was occupied by a rather loud couple for half an hour. Could imagine it wouldn`t be a problem anyway as there are only a dozen apartments. Although a lot of people say how friendly the staff are we have stayed in friendlier places. We mainly dealt with the lady and perhaps we got off to a bad start asking for another room, although we were polite and didn`t persist but she did seem a bit offish from then and didn`t thaw out for the rest of our stay. Anyway first of all the bad points, the bathroom sink was quite badly cracked. Some of the crockery was cracked and chipped. It is a good 25 minute walk into Skala which seems a lot longer in the heat and we are good walkers. I read one review that said they did it in 15 minutes, they must be olympic walkers! Some might say this is nit picking but not in my book. That`s all the bad points out the way. Now for the good points. Beautiful surroundings, wonderful views, immaculately maintained. The cleanest apartments, inside and out, with the softest towels we have ever experienced in many times we`ve been to Greece. Although we didn`t get on too well with the lady as you can read on here a lot of people do and find them very friendly, perhaps she didn`t like my face even though i made sure it was always fixed with a smile. Lots of people go back. A few who were there when we were had been before and a two couples came and visited and had a good welcome while we were there even though they were staying elsewhere. One last thing, I wouldn`t recommend it for children really, I would say it`s more for couples. Not much for kiddies to do other than the pool. Overall, the good points far outweigh the bad and I would recommend it for couples that are fairly mobile, unless you`ve got a car, and those that like peace and tranquility. If you are hiring a car I would recommend "Greekstones" down in Skala. Excellent service.

Room Tip: I think the first floor rooms have private balconies.
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 June 2011

Just back with my husband and 15 year old daughter from a week in the Apollo Apartments, Skala. We had a wonderful time and thought that the accommodation was ideal, the rooms were clean and comfortable and the air conditioning was a God-send. I was a bit concerned at being put in the room next to the bar at first but it was so quiet it wasn't a problem although I would ask for a balcony the next time. The pool area and gardens around the property are maintained to a beautiful standard and the surrounding views are stunning. Natasha and her family are very friendly and cannot do enough for you. The pool is freshwater and kept immaculately clean. If I were to pick a fault it would be that it is quite a hike into Skal itself when the temperature is high and I would not have been so keen to walk back at night as some of the locals drive quite fast. That aside, if you are looking for peace and quiet and ultimate relaxation then this is the place to be - I dare you not to relax.

Skala itself is gorgeous with each meal in the restaurants matching or surpassing the previous one. A couple of highlights was the Old Village - we went there twice, the second time for our last meal so that says it all. Also a highlight is the tiny taverna Kaliva where the opportunity to join in with some traditional dancing or even just watch as well as wonderful local food is well worth a visit. If you want to splurge a bit then take a taxi to the Taverna in Old Skala - it cost us 15 euros each way with Dennis the friendliest taxi driver on the island and the views and the food there was out of this world. We went to be able to enjoy it at sunset but the flying ants and other insects started to become a bit much so if you want to avoid that then go earlier in the day. Not to be missed and Paulos the waiter is very friendly.

We also hired a car at a local hire place and drove around most of the island, up to Sami, Fiscardo and round to Myrtos beach then Lourdatas. Absolutely stunning scenery but you do need your brave boots on for some of the roads, nervous or new drivers would best not attempt some of the scarey and twisting roads with sheer cliff drops to the side. But if you do brave it you will enjoy seeing more of such a beautiful, green and friendly island. I always wanted to go and I think I have left part of my heart back in Kefalonia.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Apollo Apartments Skala
Address: Skala, Greece
Region: Greece > Ionian Islands > Cephalonia > Skala
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Ranked #4 of 32 Speciality Lodging in Skala
Number of rooms: 12
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