Aquis Agios Gordios Beach Hotel
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... island, Corfu has two of these castles enclosing the capital, the only city in Greece to be surrounded in such a way.
We drove into Corfu Town and were dropped off at the gorgeous Esplanade, one of the largest in Europe. From there we entered the dramatic Old Fortress that rises from the surrounding cliffs and the foundation of the previous Byzantine castle. Built by the Venetians, the ...
... into the village of Ksamil and visited a new sports bar, where I fulfilled a dream of mine, draught Korca! I never thought I'd see the day!
On returning to Sarandė we come across the cheapest meal yet. 3 large beers, 3 main meals (mine consisting of 6 sausages, chips and salad) and setting us back just £13.50... I love Albania!
The next day we set off in a taxi to Siri I Kalter. I often find it difficult with taxi drivers that don't speak much ...
... a toga. Pretty easy. “one knot if you want it to come undone, 2 if you don’t” were the instructions. Haha. After dinner, we had a couple of hours to sink some pre-drinks and get toga’d up. A lot of the blokes could not work it out and I ended up tied like 7 or 8 togas. The hardest was Joes, the dwarfs, having to first quarter the sheet and then having too much material to make a knot with.
The party tonight was great fun. Some of the ...
Dinner tonight was the Ionian Experience. We headed off to a Greek Restaurant where we had Greek food, Ouzo, and were treated to a traditional dance show, where we saw a variety of different dances from the Corfu Island. Between dances and meal courses, we were encouraged to participate. There were a couple of birthdays and a marriage proposal tonight from one of the other tours. So those guys got extra special treatment, which was fun. We all got ...
The second day in Greece was spent on George's Boat. It was a cruise round the island on a motorboat with several stops to jump in the sea. George himself is a bit of a perv but it's all very tongue in cheek and friendly. Ate a lot of Greek salad and drank some Greek beer, also did a lot of swimming in the sea! Got a good tan going on now. In the evening ...
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Superb walking country
from agios gordios, walk up to synarades villiage , once in the square follow the road through at the end of the villiage turn left to the aerostato cafe , where you see the most wonderful view as you look down onto the olive groves which are interspersed with cyprus trees and a very blue sea beyond from here you can take a small winding path which descends through the trees . the air is so fresh and clean the scent of the pines adds the special touch ,eventually you will come to a very special beach, totally secluded, immediately in front of you there are two very very large rocks standing high out of the water, but what scenery ,its breathtaking the views are stunning and im sure that the memories of these views will remain with you for ever if you retrace your steps and follow the wide track this very interesting path will take you back to agios gordios ENJOY
mike and barbara jones, we stayed at the agios gordios hotel october 2003 and what an improvement it was from the year before the hotel has had lots of refurbishments and is now extremely comfortable,lovely and clean, the staff are very friendly and always helpful. the views from this hotel are absolutely stunning, what a beautiful coastline, for two days we had windy stormy conditions and the huge white waves rolling in were a sight to behold the water is clear and very blue and whether you look at the hills or the woods behind the beach they both make for a wonderful backdrop . as the drinks were rather expensive at the hotel we found a very good taverna called stevens on the hill excellent food and drinks at reasonable prices . all in all a very good holiday
What a view
Had a great holiday at Agios Gordios. The view from our bedroom was wonderfeul. The beach was superb apart from the steps down to it (or rather back up). Main meals were a bit disappointing but sweets were the best I have had in a hotel anywhere. The prices of drinks was absolutely horrendous. When we asked for coffee we were handed a cup of lukewarm water with a sachet of nescafe and charged 2.50 euros. Spirits were a rip off but all in all a wonderful place to holiday
Hills, steps, views and rip off prices
Stayed at the hotel early October 2003 on a Thomson Gold 14 night holiday.After reading the reviews we were prepared for a slightly shabby hotel, but while a little tired, our room was fine and most of the hotel was clean and reasonably up to date.We stayed in the main hotel, other guests were in Garden rooms which had steep climbs to them and were up to 200 Metres from the hotel......Not good if its raining or you have walking difficulties.Food quality and quantity were good and the complimentary a'la'carte evening a welcome change to the canteen like dining area.The location is, as others report spectacular but due to the position there is little sun on most of the pool and sitting area until lunch time, consequently the pool temp was considerably colder than the sea, which along with a superb beach is were we spent most of our time.The hotel is at the top of a large hill (600m to the village with roads at 1 in 4 incline!) the easier route is by the beach, (avoiding the nails in the botched wooden pallet walkway which skirts the beach.) This only then leaves you the 120 steps from the beach to the lowest lift which then takes you 5 floors to reception. I did say it was steep.The only three down sides were the drinks prices which were really rip offs, 2.50 for a glass of mineral water! The mosquitoes and sand flies which bit everyone irrespective of which repellent they used, and the reps ............ who were determined you would have a good time and hounded you by the pool and in the bar area.Evening cabaret entertainment varied from mediocre to superb, but was varied, comedians to show reviews and opera singers!
just take your chance and get ready to make an early exit!Driving on Corfu is an experience!! If you hire a car invest in a proper map and take a compass with you. The roads I feel were designed by two guys on a Friday night after a few beers, up down, left right with some terrifying drops and bends and dramatic lack of accurate road signs.
You do however meet nice people at the junctions as there are usually around 10 hire cars all studying maps and scratching their heads!In general we enjoyed the holiday, the resort is relaxing and not over commercialised. We are glad we went but havent any yen to return soon.Question if Thomson Gold don't allow children giving you a peaceful break do Thomson Platinum exclude the reps as well?Hope this is helpful.
Be Prepared to........
I've called this review 'Be Prepared' as you will need to be for : 1. the most fantastic view from the bedroom window.
2. the tremendous beach and the best waves on the island.
3. the quantity and selection of food.
4. the friendliness of the staff.
5. the great big hill up to 'stevens' 6. the horrible pong of sewage which occasionally wafts up. (tip here: make a complaint to reception and you will get a basket of fruit and a bottle of fizzy wine.
7. drink at steven's on the hill (much better prices) 8. overall we had the best time and really not much to complain about.
We found the Agios Gordios hotel and village 9 years ago and returned twice a year since then.The hotel is just to our liking apart from the price of the drinks.The staff of the hotel and the village people alike are very friendly and remember us when return.Most of the time we spent on the beach or round the poolside in the day and the evenings were spent in the VIP bar down in the village. We love Agios Gordios so much that we are planning to reitre out there.
After researching web sites for information on the hotel and resort, we were a little concerned that our hotel would be (as one reviewer called it, shabby). But on arrival, I can only assume that this person was bonkers. The hotel was immaculate, the service faultless and the food outstanding.Aghios Gordios itself was stunningly beautiful, especially from the cliff top road that led you down to the town itself. Little shops and tavernas dot the roads that lead down to the beach.Aghios Gordios seems to have found a comfortable balance between peace and relaxation, and being entertained. The choice is there for you whatever you wish to do.Of the excursions from the hotel, we undertook three trips. The first was to Sivota via Theo's boat. I recommend this to everyone. It was fun, peaceful, entertaining and moving - what more could you ask for in one trip?Our second trip to Albania was 'an experience'. I know some people on the trip seemed to have enjoyed it but personally I ended the day feeling that I had escaped from prison! Albania is beautiful. The ruins that we visited were fascinating, and learning about the country and it's troubles was moving. But, being escorted every second leaves you feeling oppressed and desperate to escape some invisable shackles. It was a great relief to step back onto Greek land.Out third outing was the Greek night. Lots of drink. Brilliant entertainment. Good food. Be prepared to be elbow to elbow at the table!Overall our holiday was fantastic. I even cried when we left!
The scenery you cannot fault - quite breathtaking. But, oh those steps and hills!! Not suitable for wheelchairs or those with walking difficulties - that's what it said in the brochure - a mountain goat would have trouble. Would not rate the hotel as a 4 star Would not rate the reps attitude to customers - OK if you are in to all the games and do not have a complaint Drinks at hotel - looked at the website before we went and noted that they were expensive - I would say a 'rip-off' - £12 euros for 2 bacardi and soda's!!! The first and last drink we had had the hotel - it is a shame because they have a captive audience - we spent no time at the hotel at all. Visited Stephens bar on the Hill - very good Spent each evening at the Yiamas Bar opposite the Mad Greek - a different sunset every night and really good place to have a cocktail and VERY GOOD SERVICE. Our other favourite place - apart from the warm sea - was Alevisas on the Beach - quite mad he was - but good food at lunchtime and a really good place to go - it is the last bar before the long climb back up to the hotel. Hotel closes the back door by 11.30 so if you miss it it is a long way back up the passages and the long long hill.
Finally - hello to Elaine and Brian some really good friends we met - we had lots of laughs - mostly at the Alevisas Bar - but it made the holiday more enjoyable.
Janet and Paul Bollatsh
Not for the faint hearted
Having read orevious reviews my Wife and I were not expecting to much, we were wrong. The hotel has just been refurbished and the rooms are very comfortable, although in our one you had to leave the cupboard door open a little bit to get the fridge to work. The facilities and food are very good, so to is the beach, the only thing is there are quite a few steps to get to the beach. All in all a good holiday and my wife and I would not hesitate to go back there again.Julie & Paul
The best holiday I've ever had!
Myself and my fiance visited Agios Gordios for two weeks in 1999 and it was the best holiday ever! We stayed at the 'Agios Gordios hotel' which is the biggest hotel in the town and available through Thomson Gold's brochure only in the UK.The beach is AMAZING! A 7 mile curve of lovely sand with stunning mountain views and scenery - the water lovely and clear and great for snorkelling.The town is very unspoilt with just a few tavernas (serving excellent food) and a few shops. What made all the difference though is the people are SO friendly there, EVERYONE says hello, good morning, good evening, etc when they walk past you!There is lots of stuff to do in terms of daytrips out of the town but for a relaxing holiday just set yourself up on the beach, do the tavernas (and some ouzo - ropa!!!) on the night and your laughing. This is a WONDERFUL get away from it all destination - I couldn't recommend it highly enough!Review by Caroline...