This was our first holiday to Corfu and can honestly say that it exceeded all of our expectations. We stayed on the 10th-17th October. The views as you make your way to the hotel from the Airport are stunning. The hotel itself is lovely, built into the mountain. We were in room 211 and despite being quite low down we still had fantastic views of Kalami Bay. The room itself was a little dated, but it was clean and a good size so this wasnt an issue for us. Both pool areas were clean, tidy and so relaxing. The staff are so friendly and all speak fantastic english, however I will be making an effort to learn a bit of Greek for when we return as I think they appreciate that. We ate at the White House and have to say I found this a bit over rated, food was just ok and is very expensive for what it is. We went to Melina Bay in Kassiopi, free transfer was provided by the hotel which was fab, the food was amazing, will certainly be visiting again. Kalami as a whole was simply beautiful and if you are looking for a nice quiet, relaxing holiday with no hustle and bustle then this is the place for you. We plan to return next year - best holiday ever!More
rest and relaxation - perfect if this is what you are after
This will be a long review as we searched all the reviews before we went and there were bits we wish we had known before hand. So here goes warts and all.
Complex is built into the cliff, and is very picturesque, overlooking Kalami Bay which is beautiful. There are several blocks but not in an ugly modern format, they are all linked by concrete steps like little rabbit warrens going off to each block. I personally would have wondered how anyone with mobility issues or young children would have coped, however we were able to manage and were in the top apartment at the top block, fantastic views but boy what a walk when it was raining and thundering and the lift was turned off. There is a great pool overlooking the bay which is located on Level 4, which was down steps for us, but those on blocks 1 to 3 could use the lift to take them up to level 4. We had a one bed which was exceptionally clean, and nicely decorated, which had a balcony in the lounge and bedroom. The bathroom had a large walk in shower cubicle, no prblems with hot water but a few with the electric in the storm which is to be expected. We never cooked in the apartment, and I think it would be a struggle to prepare a meal with two rings and a single oven, and a fridge but there were plenty of kitchen pots etc if you needed to. Comfy beds, plenty of spare bedding & pillows. We were pleasantly surprised with our room. Hairdryer provided in bathroom, telephone in the bedroom, TV's are being put in the rooms ready for the upgrade to half board next year but they are not working yet (shame as we had 2 and half days of torrential rain and thunder and Jeremy Kyle would have even been a bonus on those days as there is NOTHING to do in the bad weather)
the beach is amazing, so quiet and peaceful, no looky looky men or beach touts, and three places to eat along that bay all within a stone's throw. Talking of stones remember to take rubber beach shoes to swim in as there is no sand at all but smooth stones/pebbles. The sea was not as cold as the two pools (the second one is outside reception on the ground (-1 in the lift ), and it drops off sharply into deep water once you are out by about 5 feet. Swimming was lovely as it is not a tidal beach, so very calm. There were fish swimming around us just 5ft out.
A week there was enough for me and my husband, 3rd-10th October. Had we not had 2 days of rain and spent a day inside we would have run out of things to do. Busses don't run on Sundays so this being our first downpour we were stuck for entertainment as the rep does not lay anything on... sit in the dreams and cocktail bar all evening is not for me, although the staff there are lovely and nothing is too much trouble. They serve food in there from early until around 11pm, and it is good and reasonable in price (average of 7e for a burger and chips, lasagne, full English etc) and drink prices are okay, Heineken 4e and local beer 3.50e, cocktails around 6e and a bit cheaper in happy hours (8pm-10pm)
we went by bus to Kassiopi, the bus stop was right outside our door on the main road at the top, 1.60e each way, and is a lovely place to visit. We ate at Melina Bay one evening in Kassiopi, reception arranged us to be picked up and dropped off, free of charge and they also give you time to look round the shops and harbour too. Good food in Melina Bay, try the crap starter it was the best! Made by Spyros, his wife is Joanna who runs the Adonis Supermarket - she is awesome. So funny and friendly, and her English is very good, she has a brilliant sense of humour and I will think of her every day when I drink my coffee at work (she will know why).
We would usually hire a car but having seen the roads when going on the bus we are glad we chose not to - sheer drops off the side of the cliffs with no barriers and hairpin bends to negotiate - taxi or bus suited us. We ate at Kalami Beach Tavern just outside of the complex on the beach, nice food, reasonable again with prices of around Â£9e upward for an evening meal. We ate at Thomas's which was also nice, to be fair they are both about the same in terms of food and price, both on the beach looking over the bay. The White House (In my opinion) was a bit of p...take. The food was overpriced (prawn cocktail was 8.90e and had one large prawn in it and a bowl of lettuce) and the food bill here was the dearest, 1 starter, 2 main, 1 desert, one beer and one soft drink 75e and no we were not eating lobster or steak. They promote this restaurant as the family home of the Durrell brothers, however the family from what I can see lived there for 5 years (maybe I am wrong?) in the 1930's, and you sit in a conservatory at the side of the house.
We hired a boat from the White House Boat company, 50e for the boat and when you return you pay for the fuel which was 32e, this was great fun, we were out from 9.30am - 4.30pm and very easy to learn how to handle it. We moored up at a restaurant further down the coast for a drink and lunch which was lovely.
I think Kalami is a bit more for those that want total serenity, those that want to sit in the sun to frazzle and read their pride and prejudice rather than a fun family holiday, and whilst it was a very relaxing week two weeks and I would have been regretting it. Sun beds were 6e for 2 beds one brolly, and it was hot on the days it didn't rain, we think mid to high 20's.
Dimitiri's restaurant is on the main road turning left at the top of the apartments (where the coach drops you all off - don't panic if you are in a block lower than 4 a minibus is on hand to take you and your cases down). Dimitri's is lovely, prime location overhanging the cliff (literally) and the food is of a different quality there, more fine dining that lasagne and the other restaurants. No more pricey than the others but a view to die for (if you like heights) and Alison is friendly and welcoming.
All of the staff were lovely, from the cleaners to the bar staff, Gina, but best was Joanna, we used to look forward to have a bit of a gas with her each night before we went up to our apartment.
Would I return - probably not. A relaxing holiday but as I don't do Pride and Prejudice or own a yacht I felt that we weren't old enough or rich enough to appreciate the beauty, so will leave it to the rich and famous and those that liked to think they were. Am happy to share photos if required - Trip advisor wasn't accepting photos when I posted.More
debby w, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Beautiful Kalami, A&A not for all.
As Greekophiles of 40 years standing, my wife and I were enthralled at the beauty of Kalami and area, truly stunning. The views from our balcony were to die for. The accommodation was pretty good, reasonable equipment, well serviced. Most of the staff front of house with one notable exception were happy, smiley and welcoming,truly excellent,special mention to Gina for her help, and to Spiros and Joanna in the shop who were a delight, funny and helpful. We are traditionalists, and crave peace and tranquility and in truth, this accommodation was not for us as the noise levels from the bar area and some residents was somewhat inconsiderate, but we do understand that many holiday makers would find it more than acceptable. I repeat, this is a stunning location and there are other accommodations which would offer us what we are looking for. Thank you Kalami for a lovely holiday, and we wish you a peaceful winter.More
suffolkbirdie, ufford, suffolk
A Truly Brilliant Holiday
We returned to the A & A in July 2014 having stayed once before. Our first holiday was pretty special but this most recent one was amazing! We upgraded to a 1 bedroom apartment and we were stunned by the quality and size of the rooms. Everywhere was clean and tidy and the Dreams bar staff were so lovely and good fun. I think I tried every cocktail during our 2 week stay! The view from our balcony was breathtaking and the resort was just as we liked it - quiet but with plenty to look at and visit. Our apartment was 101 and we would recommend it to anyone. We wondered if we might be disturbed by the entertainment as we were very close to Dreams but it stopped at midnight and all was fine. We did actually have double-glazed patio doors to be on the safe side! All in all, another fabulous holiday!More
Jane C, Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Too quiet for people under 21
Came here on the 3rd of October for a week with my partner, we did come for a quiet holiday as us being 18 but when arrived it was just too quiet, there is only like three food places to eat and a two or three souvenir shops, the beach and the place is lovely but there is a lack of things to do, if you just want a holiday where you sunbathe and go out to eat mostly sea food then this is the place for you but when we got there we was the only young people there I'm not sure if it was because there is no school holidays or not, the rooms when we arrived was not that great, there was no bulbs in the lights, the fridge was dirty, the light was hanging from the wires and there was a wire sticking along the ground, we tried to get a room transfer but was none and just had to bare and grim it, it rained a few days when we were there and all we did was sit in the cocktail and dreams bar like we did every night as it's the only one we liked and the lads that work there are lovely so kind and funny! The people overall were kind, but the pictures put on Thomson website are a bit false! Anyway the holiday overall was okay we will know next time that it was too quiet and search for somewhere more busier but the people are lovely here.More
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