I have stayed at the Kanali Apartements several times before and have always had a great time.This time unfortunately we were given a studio Apartement with no view which is the main reason we booked there.The room was very clean but smelt a little musty in the cupboards and the main sliding doors only locked from the inside so a visit to the restaurant ,pool or beach had to be exited through the rear door that overlooked the apartements washing lines of sheets .The staff as usual were wonderful but the prices did vary some what (we had ice cream at 3 euros one night the next night we we charged 6 euros !) Please be aware that the beds are very hard! We will be buying a Lilo if we go again to get a better nights sleep.The rep when questioned said this Apartement was usually used for people on stopovers from cruises.!
All this considered , we had a wonderful holiday and will probably return to the Kanali,but pay a little more for a room with a view.More
Tattoos,tunnels,triangles,toll booths and toilets !!!!.
6th year at The Kanali and once again a memorable holiday for a number of reasons...and all good.!!Greece and the greek people on the whole are lovely,friendly,genuine people and nowhere sums this up in my opinion better than The Kanali and adjoining restaurant The Aquarius.From the moment you step off the bus to be met by Nikos(rockstar,manager and comedian) you will know you are somewhere special.Once shown to your room, where you will be blown away by the fabulous views(6th year 7th visit and the beauty of this place still takes my breath away),head to the Aquarius restaurant to meet Kelly,Spiros and George and be welcomed like friends rather than customers.They have an extensive menu of Greek and European dishes and you will not be disappointed in whatever you choose.Each time we go we fall in love a little bit more-if that is possible- with the people and the country.They have a mischievous sense of humour which only enhances the friendly,family atmosphere this place exudes.Most reviews focus on the actual hotel,restaurant and area but in my opinion the real gems- as well as those obvious factors-are the people themselves,if you get to know them you will fall in love with them as we have,so much so our son and his fiancee are to be married there next year.NOT TO BE MISSED is rock night with the aforementioned Nikos and his Black Strat Band-book to avoid disappointment.Huge Thank You again to Nikos,Kelly,Spiros,George,Marios and all staff for another wonderful holiday.More
It takes about an hour to get to Sidari then you are greeted my Nicos with a pick up truck to take your cases up to the apartments it's only a 2 minute walk but it saves you dragging them up. The apartments are basic sink,fridge,oven and hob but to be honest we only used the fridge I don't go on holiday to slave away cooking plus the Aquarious bar which is part of the Kanali is fantastic for all types of food pizza,Greek food, English food all to a high quality And very tasty! We did venture out a few times but it was convenient to eat there as I like to be around the pool! There is plenty of sun beds and people can only reserve for 2 hours so you can always get one. The staff are friendly and can't do enough for you especially George who runs the bar and spiros both very helpful and friendly and always remember what drinks you have. There's not much to do for kids at this hotel.
Just on tip that I wish I would of had, if you have long hair take an hair dryer as the one in our room was not powerful and had duck tape holding it together so it took 3ins to dry my hair. There is a safe key on your keys and they are located in reception. No charge! Air conditioning available for a small charge but we didn't need it. Television in rooms but I don't go on holiday to watch TV but there is a news channel and a film channel if people do like to stay in and watch TV More
Best Beach Holiday!
Friendly staff, clean and tidy, great food and drink, beautiful views and excursions. I actually couldn't fault this hotel or the local area, however the only downside are the beaches that tend to attract lots of small leaves, but these are cleared by a tractor everyday and didn't spoil the holiday at all. I would recommend taking a boat out for a few hours as you get some great views of the coast.More
My partner and I booked a two bedroom room apartment at the Kanali for a week. It was a late deal with Thomsons and because of the excellent price we jumped at the chance if visiting somewhere we hadn't visited before.
The flight from Edinburgh went well and everything was fine until we got on the coach at the airport in Corfu to transfer us to our apartments. We sat on the coach in really hot weather for over an hour and other passengers got more and more annoyed wondering what the hold up was. We were eventually told that another flight from Manchester had been delayed and we had to wait for 6 passengers who were booked on our bus. One woman in particular was very vocal and the poor Thomsons rep eventually had no choice but to let the bus go.
The hour long drive to the apartments was ok apart from the mountains of rubbish we saw at the sides of roads and particularly in the town centre. It looks like there must have been a bin men's strike!!
However, on reaching Sidari there were no piles of rubbish in sight!
On getting off the coach we were to hand our cases over to a man with a pick-up, who took them up a dodgy dirt road while we walked up. (It was good of them to do this because they didn't have to!)
On getting our keys a very smiley gentleman took us to our ground floor apartment, opened our door, and walked straight through the tiniest "kitchen" I have ever seen, through one of the bedrooms, throwing the patio doors open to show us the spectacular view from our bedrooms. Both bedrooms had large patio doors with led to a substantial patio next to a swimming pool and a rocky beach below us.
When the gentleman left we started checking out the apartment. Well that's what we thought we would do but try as we might we could not find a lounge/sitting room anywhere!
The apartment consisted of only the two bedrooms, a very small bathroom (with no bath and an old plastic shower head that had seen better days and was more like a tap!) and the tiny kitchen (around the same size as the bathroom) which had a table and 4 chairs shoved in the corner and was inaccessible cause if 4 people managed to sit down together (which I very much doubt!) then you could not open cuboards/drawers or reach the sink without everyone having to get up again!!!! It was really awful!
Anyway, as we arrived quite early we decided to put it to the back of our minds and get out and about in the glorious sunshine. We certainly weren't disappointed with Sidari. It was (almost) everything we love in a holiday. It was quiet, peaceful, rustic with the most beautiful beaches and I couldn't wait to get into the water!
The only things that I could complain about would be the roads/pavements or rather lack of them. There were no pavements at all and lots of fast noisy motorbikes/quadbikes and huge tour buses trying to vie for the same small piece of road. There were also huge deep holes with what looked like electrical wires protruding from them, which could be extremely dangerous if you had small children with you.
If you prefer the beach to the pool as we do, then its worth the short walk to the part of the beach where they have the water sports. There are lots of places where you can have free sunbeds as long as you buy your food and refreshments from them, but we chose a place where we paid 8â¬ to lie in comfort with an extra pad on the sunbed. Or you could get 2 huge beanbags for 10â¬. Superb! As you come off the beach, the roads are lined with fruit sellers. Definitely worth a buy! However, be careful as they will try to get as much money from you as possible. We asked for some cherries, strawberries and apricots (there was a lot more to choose from) and they made up 2 bags and quoted 13â¬. We thought that was quite expensive and said so. We eventually paid 7â¬. We felt a bit guilty afterwards when we saw what he had given us. There must have been 3lb of cherries, 2lb of strawberries and 30 apricots!!!
We had 2 rainy days while we were there and on the first day we didn't mind too much as we spent that day going round the shops and buying little gifts and then spent the rest of the afternoon in Escape bar chatting away to the owner and the polish girl who worked there!
However, on the second day it rained quite heavily and that, and at the end of each day was when we really missed having a lounge/sitting room to just sit together and chat about the day or to sit with a cup of tea.
Apart from all the issues, we managed to have a great holiday as we do anywhere we go, but I'm sure there will be other people who are a little more picky who would find these issues more unbearable.
Oh and don't miss the shows in the Aquarius bar (adjoined to the Kanali) they're good fun and if you want to go to the rock night on Wednesdays, then book your table as soon as you get there or you'll miss out! (Pink Floyd was fabulous!)
So all in all, its definitely worth a visit, especially if you get a good deal but I think I would expect a bit more if I paid a lot of money!!!