Warning the rating is based on the fact that I didn’t really take to sailing. And for background, I decided to leave the wife and kids at home and try this beach club holiday – the family were not interested so I took the opportunity of going, for the first time in 20 years, outside school holidays.
The resort itself is located on a small outcrop in the small village of Nikiana, which is either suffering from recession or hadn’t quite woken up from its winter slumber, as it was mid May I’m guessing it was the later.
Personally I though the location was excellent. The village was quiet but it had several cafes, bakeries (although not all were open), and three small supermarkets, which were only a minute walk away. The resort sat towards the end of a small outcrop and enjoyed great views of the sea and the surrounding mountains. Nikiana is situated between two larger towns, Nidri and Lafkas (Lafkas by far and away the larger of the two). Both were a bit touristy with lots and lots of cafes/bars. Out of the two I preferred Nidra, although I wouldn’t want to spend my entire holiday in either of them. The bus ride to either was E1.60 each way, and about E12.00 for a taxi.
Anyway back to the resort. The hotel was small (I think about 20-30 rooms) and situated directly on the shore (it couldn’t have been better). My room had a balcony and excellent sea views, and the mosquitos loved it, I had their company every night no matter how unwelcome I tried to be. If I go again I’ll pack a mosquito net. I am not sure if I was unlucky as other people were not affected to the same degree that I was, or it maybe that rain, just before I arrived had encouraged them. Having the supermarkets so close was great as I could stock up on beers and just chill on my balcony, enjoying the view/reading a book and sipping a cold beer (work felt like a million miles away).
However one thing I can’t stand, and this is true I believe of everywhere in Greece, is there curious habit of having to put stinking toilet paper into a bin, rather than flush it down the toilet (where it belongs). Come on Greece get your plumbing sorted and join us in the 21st century.
One other concern I had was the lack of a safe in your room. This could well be down to the fact that I live in Manchester, where I have got used to the fact that you have to alarm, lock and secure everything that is remotely valuable otherwise someone else will assume it belongs to them.
The food in the hotel was fine and very reasonably priced. However I wasn’t keen on their breakfast (cereal, bread jam, boiled eggs etc), as when I am on holiday I love to be a Brit abroad, and indulge in a real big eye popping, stomach bulging fully cooked breakfast. I know that this isn’t the Greek way and cooked breakfasts are just not their thing. Although on a visit to Nidra I did indulge in an eye popping, stomach bulging breakfast and it was bloody lovely.
The couple who run the hotel are lovely, really nice people and always helpful.
Now onto the reason I chose this resort, which was for the sailing. I had never heard of Seafarer before, and only found them by luck, as I found Neilson and Sunsail were really expensive for a single person flying from Manchester. Although I didn’t really take to the sailing, despite the best endeavours and encouragement from my tutor (Chris), I though the location, facilities and staff were all first rate.
First the location of the beach club, it was right in front of the hotel, which meant it was brilliant, if I forgot anything, it was just a few yards back to my room to get it. Or if I wanted to sit at the bar and see how the experts sail, I could.
Next the facilities, I am no expert but it appears that all that was needed was there.
And finally the staff (Bevan, Chris and Sam aka Mandy). All were very helpful and showed maturity beyond the fairly young ages (they were all 21 or below, which made me feel really old). As a total novice I felt very confident not only in their ability but in there awareness as to what was going on, and they worked bloody hard, but nothing seemed too much trouble.
As I said at the beginning I didn’t take to the sailing but I enjoyed the location and the atmosphere, and I gave the sailing a good try, and I am glad I went.
It may seem unfair that I am not giving it five stars because it wasn’t the resorts fault that I didn’t take to sailing, but I didn’t, and I am also taking into account the lack of safe (again you may think that is unfair), the mosquitos, having to put toilet paper in a bin (yes I know that is true of all Greece, and I would mark every Greek resort down for this reason), and the lack of an eye popping stomach bulging cooked breakfast (again I know this is true of all Greece, and again I would mark them all down for this).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nikiana Beach Apartments situated on the sea front of Nikiana in Lefkas, offers a quiet and friendly environment with a wonderful sea view and mountain view. It is ideal for families, couples, groups and it is only one minute walk from the nearest shops. The hotel has a family run restaurant with a pool by the seaside. -0831K132K8139001 -0831K112K4710000 -0831K112K4711000 ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nikiana Beach Apartments Hotel Nikiana
- Nikiana Beach Lefkada, Ionian Islands