Caretta's Nest

Voted number one in the Times’ top 40 European Villas list, this attractive set of properties are certainly a popular choice with guests, who book well in advance. And it’s easy to see why. Located in one of the least discovered corners of the island, overlooking Kaminia Beach where the Caretta-Caretta sea turtles nest, these villas are a real find.

Caretta’s Nest is made up of three blocks comprising four one-bedroom and a couple of two bedroom apartments. Built on the side of a hill, these traditional Kefalonian-style properties have plenty of outside space for relaxation among the gardens that frame the large outdoor pool.

The apartments themselves are just as elegant as their whitewashed exteriors. Inside each, you’ll find an open-plan kitchen and living area with modern comforts including a double sofa bed and air-conditioning. While outside, a balcony or terrace serves up views of the sea or gardens.

Largely undiscovered by the tourist hordes, this secluded spot is perfect for those wishing to experience the traditional Kefalonian lifestyle. Head 3km to the quaint coastal village of Kato Katelios for a delicious fish dinner, or make the 10-minute car journey to Skala to explore its range of tavernas and shops.

  • 3Sleeps up to
  • 1 or 2Rooms
  • 1 or 2Bathrooms
  • Only from ThomsonIn the UK, this holiday is only available from the Thomson group.


The authentic holiday collection

  • Traditional and modern styles
  • Town and countryside settings
  • 20kg luggage allowance
  • Properties with character

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Villa details

Villa Facilities

Open-plan kitchen

Open-plan living and dining area

A cosy living area with a double sofa-bed.

Other facilities

  • Gardens
  • Air-conditioning*
  • TV
  • Balcony or terrace

Outdoor pool

The large outdoor shared pool is bordered by gardens, it's 14 x 7 metres in size and 1.7 metres deep. With sunbeds and parasols on the shared terrace.

Villa availability

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Car Hire

Car hire with Europcar

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Getting away from it all

We booked this through simply travel and the car hire is included (which you need). Admittedly, we weren't able to clearly follow the instructions we were given but despite a couple of odd turnings we got there in the end. Just alongside the beach reached by a shingle road. As the others have said it's virtually like having your own Villa. You can sit around the pool all day or go the the beach (across the road). We opted for a sea swim and despite it being October and the end of the season the water was great and so was the weather. The taverna next door was closed for the season and so we drove into Skala at night. I have to say the best meals I ate were at the PInes. You can always but a bottle of something and retreat back to your apartment for more R&R. As you have the car you can go out and about if you choose to or simply do nothing. Make sure you are aware, there is no wifi, no watchable tv and the cooking facility is two electric rings (no oven) so with the toaster and kettle you can manage beans on toast etc, or we did manage an acceptable spag bol (courtesy of a shopping trip to the local Aldi (a good 30 mins away). I would recommend this for a get away from it all holiday. Kids would be bored stiff unless very small and happy to play on the beach all day. I would certainly return here again.More

Hotel_Inspector64, Isle of Man, United Kingdom

Wonderful escape from the world

Stayed 1 week as a couple early sept, easy drive from airport, simple villa set just up a hill from gorgeous beach. Kitchen has basic cooking space, good for snacks. Shower etc good enough. Nice airy bedroom, air con if you want / need. No TV no WIFI, no parties no stress !,, Next door nice taverna limited menu, 3 miles Skala for lots of dining choice. Went with Thomson paid very reasonable price. We rarely go back to same place but for this one we might !More

walker044, UK

Peaceful haven with amazing views (number 6)

Loved the views, apartment, pool, proximity to sea and so peaceful. Not for those wanting to be in the centre of all the activity but this is easily reached with a short car journey. Couldn't have wished for a nicer place to stay.More

Nina A, Odiham, United Kingdom

It's quiet, relaxing setting makes you want to relax

We stayed for one week in 2012 and felt that a week was not enough so booked a two week break in mid July 2014. Once again we were taken by how relaxing the setting is with the pool looking across to the Northern tip of Zante and the gardens impressive with paths that wind their way around the apartments. For us this continues to impress with self catering the ideal option, allowing you the freedom to enjoy different tavernas in the local villages using the hire car provided when you book through Simply Travel. We felt a little more adventurous this time and journeyed out to several different villages of note with each trip very enjoyable. Generally the standard of driving is quite good but you are best to stick to the central roads and avoid the unsurfaced tracks. All in all we have returned home once again extremely pleased with our choice, enjoying good company, great weather with the Greeks making you feel very welcome.More

Andy F, Maidstone, United Kingdom

Peace and quiet - like your own private villa

We just had a week at this accommodation situated a 5 minute drive from the popular holiday resort of Skala. For a 'self catering' holiday the price seemed high, but when we got there we could see why. We had been allocated apartment 6 (out of 6), and it was fantastic. Two double bedrooms, a large lounge / kitchen area, a bathroom and another seperate WC made up the accommodation. The living room area lead out onto a roomy balcony which overlooked the beautiful gardens at the property and the sea beyond. The bedrooms both had large built in wardrobes and drawers, and the kitchen contained all the cutlery and crockery you could want. All we had to buy was some washing up liquid. The lounge area had two large sofa's, which on closer inspection were actually sofa beds. There was a small TV, but it didn't work and other guests also reported theirs were the same but it didn't matter at all as we weren't there to watch Greek TV! A practical tip - bring your own hairdryer as the hairdryer fitted to the bathroom wall wouldn't blow out a match! The property is on the side of a steep slope, and you have to park your hire car at the bottom, so be aware you will have a bit of a uphill stroll to get to your apartment. The higher your apartment number the further you will have to walk up the hill, so as we were in No 6 we certainly got a workout. The gardens at the property are beautiful and are a credit to the two ladies (possibly mother and daughter?) who tend them every day. Roses in particular gave off a lovely scent and made the walk up and down to the pool a pleasure. Regarding the pool it is a fair size, 14m long by 7m wide and was about 6 feet deep at the deepest. It was a bit chilly when you first got in but you soon aclimatised. The pool was bordered by stone walls and again a beautiful selection of flowers and shrubs and a very roomy grass area. There are plenty of sunbeds and becuse there are just 6 apartments there was plenty of room for everyone to have their own space. What a contrast to a hotel where you feel like sardines. There is a Taverna literally next door and a small snack bar, both of which are run by the same people. The food here was great, with a good choice of traditional Greek cuisine and fresh fish. A two course meal for two with a couple for drinks tended to be 25 - 30 euros, and although the climb up to the restaurant was equally steep as the one to the apartment you could drive up as they had a small car park at the back. We were glad that there was literally just the beach, the sea, the Taverna and nothing else near to the property but if you have teenagers they may not agree. Skala is literally a 5 minute drive away though, and this has all the bars, restaurants and small shops you could want. It's nice that Skala never felt 'rough' or 'chavvy', and certainly in June when we were there it has a nice family feel to it and wasn't too crowded. This may be different in the height of the season in July and August. We took a day to explore the island by car and visited most of the main resorts on a drive that took us up the coast road east from Skala before turning inland on a twisty road to Sami. The scenery was beautiful, with tall cypress trees and greenery giving a feeling of being in Tuscany rather than a hot greek lsland. The road to the north of the island was a bit hair-raising in places, and if you are squeamish about heights and roads with no safety barriers it might not be for you. We ended up at Fiskardo, an attractive fishing village that everyone recommends you visit. It is pretty and the harbour is a pleasant place to have lunch but in reality there isn't much else there and its a long drive from Skala. As long as you have a hire car for the duration of your holiday you are never more than a short drive from anything you could need to make your holiday complete. Add in some very nice people that were also at the accommodation at the same time as us for some friendly banter around the pool, and it was pretty much perfect. To sum up Carettas Nest has changed our view on what we want from a holiday in the future. We have previously always chosen hotels, some all inclusive, some half board but compared to this wonderful find they all now seem noisy and crowded.More

Robinwood5, London, United Kingdom

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