My husband and I have had an amazing time in Kalami last week. Although we went at the end of September the weather was still gorgeous (still hot enough to be on the beach but the air was breathable unlike in summer) and it wasn't too crowded. After reading some reviews we were worried that we'd have to book restaurants in advance or wake up really early to get a sunbed around the pools but neither was required, there were barely any people around! The hotel has amazing views (we stayed in Block 3) over the Kalami Bay and the balconies are really nice (nice little roofs and olive trees around them), the room was ok, the bathroom could do with some modernisation and the stairs are not a problem. There's no loud music at night coming from the Cocktails and Dreams bar, I don't understand some complaints I've read here, entertainment stops around midnight but you can barely hear the music anyway. The only problem with the hotel was the unholy number of mosquitoes and wasps which did not spare us for a second but that is obviously not the hotel's fault, they're just everywhere and you can barely eat your breakfast without having to shake your arms like a maniac! The food is average throughout the resort I would say, it's not the best or the worst I've ever had but I think I'm just not that keen on Greek cuisine in general, other people might find it fantastic. The drinks however are exceptionally good value for money. I am not a big drinker but the amount of alcohol you get in one glass is about 4 times more than what you get in the UK and I'm not overreacting at all (check out one of my pics). The staff at the hotel were very friendly and helpful and we even went out clubbing with them one night in a nearby town due to the fact that Kalami is a very small place (4 tavernas, 1 hotel, a few villas, supermarkets, no clubs). The best taverna in my opinion was Thomas's Place because of its amazing food, service, location and entertainment but all of them are ok and they're all situated right on the beach, the chairs and tables are positioned on the beach stones! The beach itself was gorgeous, no sand only stones but very nice stones which you can actually walk on because they're very round, the water was warm and very clear blue and you can be 3 metres in and see tens of massive fish around you so it's well worth investing in a snorkel (9 euros from the hotel supermarket) because it's an amazing experience. Also, if you go to the beach in the afternoon you won't get charged for using the sunbeds or umbrellas, we did this almost everyday and kept waiting to be charged but it only happened on the last day when we got there at 11am after checking out from the hotel (in any case, it's 3 euros for each sunbed and 3 for the umbrella). There are a few other activities available from Blue Bay Travel or from the hotel such as hiring cars, boats, going horse riding, excursions to Corfu Town or Albania (60 euros/person) or cruising. In terms of money there's no ATM in Kalami so it's best to bring cash (euros obviously) with you (there's no risk of having it stolen, I doubt Kalami's ever had any crimes, it's a 200-m long resort with good people) but you can exchange traveller's cheques or use your debit/credit card to take money out at the hotel (5% commission). Also, it's not worth paying 3 euros an hour for the WIFI at the hotel because you can get it for free on your phone in the entire resort except on the hotel's premises (from Thomas's Place which is another reason I loved that taverna!). A few other tips: you cannot drink water from the tap, you need bottled water at all times and make sure you have a bottle with you if like us you arrive there with the Thomson flight at 5am (no supermarkets will be open at that time and you'll be told you have to wait til morning), you can't throw paper in the toilet, there is a separate bin for this purpose, make sure to buy some candles and sprays for the mosquitoes and make sure money will last you until the end of your holiday because the prices are similar to the ones in the UK and you'll spend a minimum of 600 euros (on food mainly) for two people for 7 days unless you go all-inclusive.
All in all, it has been a very relaxing holiday, we were happy with everything, we celebrated one year of marriage and was incredibly romantic having a nice meal on the beach listening to Greek music and it was just the perfect hotel and the perfect resort for us. HOWEVER, although we're both about 23 we prefer small quiet resorts and Kalami was exactly what we asked for; if you're young, single and want to meet people and hit a few clubs at night then stay away from Kalami because you'll be disappointed. Choose wisely and enjoy your holiday!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built on the gentle slopes of Kalami Bay, between centuries old olive groves, San Antonio Corfu Resort impresses with its' magnificent views over the sea and the small fishing village. Right across the bay, lays Gerald Durrell's white house by the sea and at the foothills of the resort a stone pebbled beach with crystal clear water suggests plenty of quality time under the sun. The typically Mediterranean architecture and the amphitheatrically set room blocks ensure a small village-style setting with nothing to obstruct the ever-present views. The spacious rooms have large balconies, unpretentious design and every facility needed for a carefree summer holiday by the sea. Right at the middle level of the resort, lays one of the most stunning swimming pools on the island, hanging over the majestic bay. An ideal hotspot not only for swimming and sunbathing during the day but for sipping a cool cocktail from the cozy bar during the evening under the clear moonlight. The San Antonio Resort's restaurant offers its culinary treats next to a second swimming pool at the foot of the olive grove, next to the bay. A warm "kalimera" from our passionate local staff welcomes you to the extensive breakfast buffet served daily full of fresh produce from the Corfiot land and everything needed for one to start a great day on the island. The menus for lunch and dinner include healthy Mediterranean delicacies and superb Corfiot specialties with a twist of creativity by our chefs. The new Beach Bar-Restaurant is the ideal choice for bathers, as it offers the most refreshing drinks, various tasty snacks and light meals right on the beach. As the sun goes down, music enlivens the senses with live events organized by the hotel for its discerning guests. For those more active, the hotel beach offers water sports possibilities like water-skiing, paragliding, fun rings, banana rides, canoeing and sea cycling, but if you just want to find your own personal corner on a secluded beach or simply spend the day at the sea there is nothing like hiring a motor boat for yourself from the bay and make your own exploration. Our fully informed reception or service personnel will be glad to assist with ideas, options plus their valuable local information and suggestions. A short ride away lays the bustling little town of Kassiopi, a vibrant cosmopolitan hotspot for shopping, traditional restaurants and a healthy nightlife for all ages. San Antonio Corfu resort is perfectly located to take advantage of what the whole island of Corfu has to offer. Distance from Corfu town, the port and Corfu's international airport is just 32 km (transfer time approx. 45 minutes). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Adonis Asonitis Apartments Kalami
- Adonis Asonitis Apartments Hotel Kalami
- San Antonio Corfu Resort Kalami