Just got back from a blissful week at Carettas Nest ! Although it was our third holiday to Kefalonia, it was the first time to the Skala area.
Everything the earlier reviewers have said is true, it's quiet, peaceful and away from all the hustle. If you want a peaceful holiday then look no further ! We arrived early afternoon, in our hired car which was provided around forty five minutes from the airport.
We were greeted by a beautifully clean, spacious apartment, surrounded by rises, lemon trees and all sorts of other scented plants. We were allocated apartment number 5.
Although it didn't have a balcony, it had a lovely, very private terrace with comfy chairs and table. It really felt as if we were the only ones there. Very secluded.
There were two bedrooms, although as a couple we only used one. Very comfortable bed, with crisp sheets. Because it was so quiet, we slept like babies!
There was a large living area with patio doors, and small kitchen, which was well equipped and spotlessly clean. Big fridge/freezer, and lids if cupboards.
There were only two rings, fine for breakfasts and snacks, but not really suitable for cooking a big dinner, as no oven. A very generous welcome pack was provided which was much appreciated.
Although, like an earlier reviewer we made pasta one day. There are so many super tavernas throughout the island serving good, cheap food there certainly wasn't a need to cook !
The bathroom was a good size, with twin basins and a good shower and loo. We also had a separate loo as well.
This is a wonderful place to stay on beautiful Kefalonia, if like us you like peace and quiet and not noise and crowds. It's lovely to drive around on a couple of days to see other places, but we couldn't wait to get back to our little haven.
Down the slope to the beach, with flowers either side ,is just five minutes to the loveliest of beaches. Sandy and flat, and when we were there had it almost to ourselves.
Although early in the season we swam every day, it was just a little fresh, but once in was super, later it will of course warm up ! We prefer the sea to the pool, but it was a lovely pool and enjoyed it when we went there. No need to fight for sunbeds, because as there are only six apartments it is never, ever crowded.
To sum up, this is the most wonderful place, we returned home very reluctantly, fully relaxed and refreshed ! We will most certainly be back !More
Petey044, Croydon, United Kingdom
Time to be a little truthful
I'm going to be quite critical regarding our stay at Caretta's nest, which might upset the regular visitors to this accommodation. But I feel if the regular holiday makers were more honest than being loyal, for the price we payed..I'd probably have found somewhere else to stay.
Firstly I must totally agree, the location of Caretta's Nest is an amazing spot, the gardens are lovely, an amazing quiet beach across the road and the pool is well needed as around the poolside is an amazing sun trap. And yes, its very quiet ...But that's as far it goes.
A word of warning, the pictures shown for Caretta's nest on the thomson/simply travel website were taken around 10 years ago ! It now looks completely different and overgrown...no sea views from the "infinity pool".....limited sea views from the rooms with balconys due to large foliage bang in front of the balcony. In the two weeks we were there, not once did we witness the pool being cleaned...and the leaves and muck at the bottom of the pool were evident of this. The advertised little bar area adjacent to the pool...is well...none existent..and hasn't been a bar area for about 5 years !... sun beds were broken and the umbrellas were dirty with bird mess and some were ripped. Now the rooms. The villa was quite spacious and very clean....but so outdated and basic. The kitchen has only a toaster, a kettle and only two hob rings, which for a self catering holiday I would have expected at least an oven or grill as have all the self catering holiday we have been on. Very limited cooking utensils and not even a breakfast bowl in sight !..we had to share a juicer bowl for cereal!!..
The toilet/ shower room again was very basic and needed a overhaul...the shower leaked from 3 different places and the shower tray was cracked. The shower is extremely small, and once the shower curtain is pulled round...you have no chance of showering without a constant battle with the curtain as it is that close and ends up sticking to you. Another word of warning..even though the rooms are cleaned daily...be aware to buy your own toilet rolls...the roll was only changed once in our two week stay....the tea towels were replaced more.??
We felt quite disappointed about our stay at Caretta's nest. This has the potential to be an amazing place to stay, and back in the days, it probably was...but you cannot advertise Caretta's nest on something it was 10 years ago and with the pictures. If more time was spent upgrading the rooms other than spending time making the garden look nice.....this could be a little gem of a place to relax and to enjoy your stay. We both love Skala....and always have...unfortunately we wouldn't be stopping at Caretta's nest again.More
Dean K, Barnsley
Ticks all the boxes
Everything has been said already regarding the beauty of the setting etc.but feel a mention should be made as to the hard work put in by the staff and owner to make you feel so welcome.The grounds are gorgeous,full of beautiful flora & fauna.Pool is very clean and well maintained.Steep path down to the track that runs past the property,across this to the beach,which is sandy and has loungers/umbrellas,tip best buy a cheap brolly locally.A car is essential as although there is a mini market approx 10 mins.walk best choices in nearby Skala.Snack bar and 1 taverna next door offer good choice.
This is a place to relax,it is quiet and peaceful heaven to unwind and enjoy walks on the beach in search of turtles at dawn.highly recommend.Would have preferred to keep Carettas a secret!It was recommend to us 8years ago and didn't disappoint when we eventually made the trip.More
Elaine W, Farnborough, United Kingdom
location location location
Having just retuned from another great holiday at careattas nest we will be sorting out our booking for next year in the coming days.
All that is said about this apartment complex is right - great location with good pool and a stone throw from a world heritage beach - short drive to skala for a good selection of restaurants - there is even a taverna next to the complex.
So what more could one want on a get away from it all holiday - there is no need for wi-fi, a fully working tv, a microwave no need for bang up to date shower or bath rooms - make no mistake the accomodation is good - and 8 or so years ago it was luxury winning awards - but we return to careattas for the location and to catch up with so many others who return year after year - and for one i like that !More
cricklewood, Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Like many others we are repeat visitors here having visited 8 years ago with family but just back from visiting as a couple.
The location of Carettas Nest is very special indeed being a group of 6 apartments situated in a favoured tranquil position directly opposite the lovely unspoilt sandy Mounda beach.
The grounds of the development are a natural delight being lush and flower filled attracting beautifully coloured butterflies and several types of small lizards . The azure blue infinity type pool provides tempting views out to sea and dont be surprised to find swallows swooping around you to drink as you swim.
If you cant relax here you never will.
The apartments are in three blocks of two and are well appointed, managed and furnished and my only gripe was that the shower area could do with a degree of upgrading.
However this did not in any way diminish the experience of being in this lovely place.
Taking early morning walks on the virtually deserted beach looking across to neighbouring Zante and spotting if you can the evidence of an overnight nesting loggerhead turtle takes some beating.
If you appreciate simple pleasures, tranquillity and natural beauty there surely can be no better place than this.More