Arrived early afternoon after an early flight from Liverpool with Ryanair(excellent and on time!). Transfer via Green/Dedoconese travel from airport was bit long(1hr 20min as went to Kardemena 1st + Kefalos only 20mins from airport)but reasonable £14 each return, essential on a Sunday as local bus would have been almost a 4hrs wait after landing. When we arrived at Hotel we were told to go to pool bar to see Anthoula to check in. Taken to room and at first(due to 2hrs sleep :( ) was a bit disappointed with the room as had asked for a sea view and was told Hotel full but when I went out on balcony was vvv pleasantly surprised as mountain view and side sea view, phew! Room vvv nice Typically greek, pine beds, bedside tables and dressing table. Wardrobe HUGE! and lots of hangers. Bathroom small but adequate and clean. Handheld shower but water pressure v. powerful. Balcony big enough and amazing views. I did thank Anthoula for the room later. Went straight out to the pool which was large(especially compared to a lot of othesr in the resort) plenty of sun loungers and great views. V quiet and relaxing pool, great for catching up on any reading or just listening to music. Pool open at 10am but Anthoula v relaxed with this as asked her if I could use the pool for a before breakfast swim and was ok with this. Surrounding gardens kept well and clean. Behind hotel vines and farmland so peacefull and lovely sound of crickets and the odd goat bleating. Breakfast has been commented on over and over again, it is one large slice of cheese,roll,butter and jam. Ok not the best brekkie in the world but I'm not a breakfast person and to be honest when you have a kettle, fridge and crockery in room we had yoghurt and honey quite a few times but only so we could relax on the balcony and enjoy the amazing view, but when we did have breakfast I thoroughly enjoyed it(try putting the cheese and jam on the fantastic fresh roll, Yum!) To those people gave this hotel a poor review based on this, well go to and AI hotel in future and GET FAT!!!!! Great relief not to have greasy flabby bacon and crap coffee(Anthoulas coffee hot and strong!) and to have to queue with rude people and have to wait hours for a table which are usually poorly cleaned. This is Greece and would rather have room to frequent the many Tavernas available in both Kefalos and Kamari Bay.
With regards to the location, ok longish walk to resort(apx 1+1/4 miles) but I do hike and it made me appreciate my meal each night and partly walk it off on way home, takes apx 15mins stroll to beach road where the better Tavernas are(this is walking with my 77yr old mother so anyone younger stop moaning!) Best Tavernas to visit are 1.Captain Johns near "Asda" mini market great for traditional feel and decor, great local dishes my favourite sole florentina and occassionally give you soup or dip on the house. 2. Marias, brightly lit taverna opposite the sea vvv busy expect to wait for table but worth it quite cheap and huge portions(pork soulvaki enough for 2). 3.Stop Inn(up the side of Marias) v warm welcome and home cooked food, vine leaves and pumkin crocquets yum. 4. Santa Barbara, if nice night sit up stairs at front amazing sea views, huge portions and vvv good. Reccomend the local meatballs best ever had and the fried corgettes with grated garlic. V cheap and unusually the bottled wine is cheaper than the local carafe wine. Owner v welcoming and likes to come and chat or will ask you to stay for a drink after your meal to chat to you. 5. Cavos far end of beach, has own beach and loungers during the day(5 euros for 2 loungers and brolly + best beach and quietest in resort). Taverna small and friendly. Fish amazing best in resort(whole seabass/white snapper, chips, Greek salad and a glass of wine 8.50Euros) Quiet at night but worth walk. 6. Do try a Gyros while your here v good and cheap(avg 2.50e) Reccomend The Rainbow further along the beach left from Captain johns apx 5-10min walk from here. Best Gyros!! 7. Can't remember name but Taverna just before Rainbow has Saturday Greek night, Bazouki band and dancing.
Best bars Marias bar and Memories. Marias run by 2 crazy biker dudes, vv friendyl. 1st visited 3 years ago after late flight, no where open to eat so had crisps and cocktails and were made so welcome have been back last 3 holidays. Pina colada a must v stong but authentic, on arrival this year greeted with warm handshake and asked if we wanted a Pina colada as usual, what service!. Always waved when walked past and even if saw you out and about in resort. Memories run by husband and wife great long drinks cheap and cheerful. V friendly service. Both bars great for those football fans with only 1hrs sat delay and Memories music concerts esp if ABBA or Queen fan like me.
For Daytrips would reccomend booking locally with the the 2 agencies in the resort. Best one is by Katerinas car/bike rental on main road. Cheap trips good service. Fishing bbq trip 25e fish in bay, ham cheese sandwich on boat then 20min sail to bay for swim and bbq with wine, ouzo pork soulvlaki, greek salad and fish. The island of Nisyros is a must, sea a bit rough but done this the last 4 holidays and wouldn't miss it. Can visit volcano whilst there but just wandering around Mandraki(capital) with it's white washed houses with blue doors and shutters is fantastic. 17e for boat trip only but worth it. apx 1.5hr sail depending on sea condition and you have apx 4.5hrs.
Kos town worth a trip we usually just get local bus apx 4.4e each way. Advise comfy shoes as will do a lot of walking. Recomend the Castle with stunning views to Bodrum across sea. Walking around both Harbours. Blue train to Hypocrates Hospital, views fantastic and worth the visit considering built 3 thousand BC. Home to the first university and hospital. Blue train apx 5e return then you pay separate entry to the site.
Have enjoyed 4 holidays in a row here and would almost certainly be back soon. We usually stay in the Hermes but would certainly come back here again.
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