We are just back from ten beautiful days in the sunny Kefalonia (our third time back – if you haven’t been it’s such a beautiful island and definitely worth at least one trip!) I booked this holiday at the beginning of 2018 as we haven’t been abroad since 2015 and that was just a write off as Rue was 11 months and got tonsillitis on the first day ….. WM loves the sun so much and although we’ll be doing a lot of holidaying in the UK going forward there’s nothing quite like a resort where everything is provided and waking up to the sunshine and the smells.
we booked outside of half term as Rue’s currently at pre-school so we can take him out but come September he’ll be full time so this was our last chance and although it took us over a year to pay for it and at sometimes we struggled it was so worth it! To see the boys get so excited at the beach every day, to wake up and stroll over to the restaurant for breakfast (the dream), to have no where to be, know-one to see, to spend time with WM, most importantly to make new memories as a family.
i thought I’d write about our accommodation (we stayed at the Apollonion Asterias Resort and Spa) as we got a really good deal, I think, and I checked before we left and it was still available and like £100 cheaper so definitely one to watch out for.
- The resort is huge but never feels crowded, we walked around it everyday and easily racked up our 10k steps
- the beach is a 5 minute walk and is sandy, a lot of the beaches in Kefalonia are pebbles
- we stayed half board and this was perfect, we’d get lunch from the taverna at €2/€3 each
- there’s a variety of rooms, including swim up poools, two story rooms, garden rooms
- 2 day time restaurants, 2 evening restaurants and 2 bars
- 2 big swimming pools, one with an infinity style and one with a splash park for the kids
- theres an evening outdoor cinema, we used this last time but not this time as the showings started at 9pm and Rue fell asleep the moment his head touched the pillow
- theres a kids indoor and outdoor play area
- they have a buggy service if you need helping getting around
- the WiFi is amazing!!!
- at breakfast there was a juicer with carrots, pears, oranges, apples – WM loved it but then it disappeared towards the end of the holiday!
the not so goods
- the block we stayed in didn’t have a lift and we was on the second floor which was a ball ache as Ridley was in his buggy a lot (which was ace but not when it came to getting him up the stairs)
- dinner isn’t served until 7pm and we’re a family that eat at 4pm every night 😉
- for us the room we had didn’t work for us and when we asked to change apparently there wasn’t any availability which I struggle to believe in May. Their agreed to put a stair gate on our stairs but the top one the most important was not safe at all.
- The area is isolated so if your going to spend your time between the beach and pool you’ll be fine as there really isn’t much around, there’s a mini market but doesn’t stock all the essentials.
- the transfer is 10 minute coach followed by 30 minute ferry followed by 10 minute coach which is fine unless you have a toddler of age 2 which makes it harder
- the evening food wasn’t necessarily great for vegetarians and ten nights of the same fruit the kids got bored
- The tv only has one English Channel which is bbc news, I know you don’t go on holiday to watch tv but you need down time with kids or you go crazy!
would we go back probably not – I feel it’s just to isolated for us as it’s not like you can relax and kick back with kids 😉 plus I’d like to explore somewhere new but for the price we paid it was defiantly a good deal!