Kontokali Bay Resort and Spa
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Hotel very clean, staff very attentive. Fantastic views from the pool terrace. Hotel has private beach which is very clean.
Entertainment not brilliant. Hotel a little too far from restaurants and bars (we were bad and breakfast). Breakfast was lovley, alwasy lots of room to sit even in peak season.
Nearest restaurants/shops/bars 15 mins walk away. Kontokali very quiet resort, lovely restaurant called Telesilla well worth a visit, we ate there 4 times over the 2 weeks and the service was always good and lovely food. Corfu town good for shopping but not good restaurant choice and eating there was more expensive than Gouvia. Gouvia about 8-10€ in a 10 mins taxi journey, plenty of bars and restaurants, the best place to eat if you are only b&b.
Very relaxing hotel, rooms need updating but have everything you need, and the hotel plans to redecorate this winter. The maids came to our rooms every day between 11am-2pm. There is a hairdryer, mini bar, air con (essential in july and august), tv, a double and a single bed. The matresses were a little hard, but you get used to them, and the hotel is in such a quiet location with blackout curtains so we slept very well.
Views from pool terrace lovley, although if you want a sun lounger by the pool you will need to have your towel there by 8am. At the beach there are loads of beds.
We hired a boat from the hotel which was very enjoyable, around 70€ for 4 hours including fuel for the 4 of us. There were other watersports available if you can manage to leave your lounger!
We had a bay view room, which looked out on gouvia marina, and had a better evening/night view than the sea view room our travel companions had. Although the sea view rooms have fantastic views, its only the same as the view you have all day by the pool, and we agreed the bay view rooms were probably better. The sea view rooms get the sun til 1pm, the bay view from then all afternoon.
We were disappointed that both Kontokali and Gouvia lacked a restaurant with a 'view', and we missed watching the sunset with our meals which we enjoy on our holidays.
On the whole, Kontokali Bay was a lovely hotel, stunning views but a little too far from other bars and restaurants for us.
Fantastic for Lazy days!!!
We stayed here for a week commencing 8th May 06.
The weather was just getting going but the hotel was perfect for us.
The views are as per the website, to die for. The breakfast was the best i have ever had outside of the UK. soo much selection, fresh fruits everyday and cooked meals.
The outside restaurant was not open as it was early season but the bar on the beach was and it was great for afternoon beers.
The rooms were not amazing, but had everything you need,
The gardens were great,
The gym was not so great, so dont expect much more than 1 running machine and a bike with some weights.
10 out of 10 though, coz it was such a pretty place!
Wir sind gerade von einem 1-wöchigen Aufenthalt im Kontokal Bay Hotel zurückgekehrt und wir hatten eine wunderbare Zeit in einer zauberhaften Umgebung. Das Essen im Hotel war sowohl vielfältig als auch reichhaltig. Zum Frühstück und Abendessen war ein Buffet aufgebaut, welches eine riesige Auswahl bot. Der private Strand ist sauber mit einem sagenhaften Blick nach Albania, Korfu Stadt und eine kleine unbewohnte Insel gegenüber. Es war toll, abends die beleuchteten Kreuzfahrtschiffe zu beobachten, die vom Hafen in Korfu ablegten und dort ankamen. Der Strand war sehr gepflegt und die Strandtücher wurden vom Hotel zur Verfügung gestellt, ich fand, dass das eine wunderbare und praktische Idee war. Die Bar und der Pool waren von hoher Qualität und das Personal war freundlich und sehr hilfsbereit, sie stellten sicher, dass die Gäste einen schönen Aufenthalt hatten. Die Werbeabeilung spielte abends auf dem Klavir, das machte sehr viel Spass; wir fanden, dass das eine nette Geste war. Das Dorf und die Umgebung waren nicht wirklich klasse, vielleicht war es auch schwierig, diese nicht mit dem Hotel zu vergleichen. Aber wenn ein Hotel so wunderbar ist, dann will man die Anlage auch gar nicht verlassen. Es ist in der Nähe von Korfu Stadt - kein Problem dorthin zu kommen, zauberhaft bei Nacht. Und wir flogen mit einem der kleinen Flugzeuge vom Hafen nach Paxos, ca. 15 Minuten zu Fuss entfernt. Eine neuartige Erfahrung an der Türschwelle des Hotels. Die Zimmer sind im Moment ein bisschen veraltert, aber wir erfuhren, dass diese später dieses Jahr werden sollen um dem Rest des Hotels zu entsprechen. Wir würden auf jeden Fall wiederkommen - großartig für Paare und reifere Leute, alles, was man sich von einem Urlaub nur wünschen kann.
Hinreißender Ausblick aber im Niemandsland
Das Hotel hat zwei wundervolle private Sandstrände und einen schönen Schwimmingpool mit fantastischer Aussicht. Kontolaki ist ein Resort mit einer Hauptstraße, dass eine Straße hinter einer lauten Schnellstraße liegt, und die einzige Lösung um nach Korfu Stadt zu kommen, das 6 km entfernt ist, ist entweder ein Taxi zu nehmen (oder einen Mietwagen). Unser Bungalow entsprach dem Standard und einfach mit Klimaanlage, die nur lief, wenn man im Zimmer war (durch den Schlüssel aktiviert). Essen war alles am Buffet mit Selbstbedienung und obwohl die Auswahl gross war, war es doch ziemlich fad und wiederholte sich. In der Broschüre stand, dass es eine Auswahl für Vegetarier gab, es stellte sich heraus, dass es sich dabei um Salat und Spaghetti mit Sauce (ohne Fleisch) gab. Jeden Tag. Es gibt eine Taverna am Strand wo es zur Mittagszeit ein Barbecue gibt (wieder Selbstbedienung). Ab und an hatte man den Eindruck, dass die Speisen vom Vorabend am nächsten Tag in der Taverna recycled wurden. Die Tische für zwei Personen standen im Restaurant sehr dicht beieinander und man hat keine Privatsphäre um sich zu unterhalten. Die Nichtraucherzone ist ziemlich klein und hat kaum einen Ausblick nach draussen. Das Unterhaltungsprogramm ist etwas amateurhaft (z.B. eine örtliche Gruppe von Majorettspielern), mit Ausnahme der Magischen Show am Freitag und dem griechischen Tanzaben. In einem Hotel, das als griechischer Luxus angepriesen wird, wäre es nett gewesen, wenn man Service am Tisch gehabt hätte und besseres Essen mit einer kleineren Auswahl gehabt hätte. Unser Zimmer wurde oft nicht bis nachmittags um 3 Uhr geputzt, mit Ausnahme des letzten Tages wo man eh schon mittags das Zimmer verlassen muss. Ich würde nicht wieder hinhin kommen.
Maybe a four star
The hotel had just opened for the season when we arrived on May 1st 2006. The rooms whilst clean were just about adequate with very little drawer space and the hanging facility for ladies dresses was hampered by the in- room safe.
The restaurant hot food was disappointing and certainly nowhere near five star but the cold buffet salads etc were excellent as was the breakfast buffet.
Beach and pool facilities were good and the water sports facilities which had not yet started looked to be well organised.
The staff were all pleasant and very helpful.
The complimentary hotel bus to Corfu Town went only once a day which for a 15 minute journey seemed too few trips.
The walk to the local village for tavernas etc. takes about 15 minutes.
All in all a nice hotel which falls short of being five star and might just make a four star rating.
Fantastic time at the beautiful Kontokali Bay Hotel
What a wonderful hotel, stayed here the first week in May, weather realy nice sunny and 70's, apart from a thunderstorm lasting a couple of hours on two afternoons. All staff very friendly and helpful, the greeting you receive when dining at night sets the tone for the rest of your meal, numerous choices to suit any palate. Hotel set in its own landscaped grounds on a secluded peninsula some 6km north of Corfu town. For your sunbathing choose from the infinity pool, small private sandy beach, or the decking area protruding out to sea . Try the lovely lunctime restaurant with beautiful sea views (can taste the king prawn kebabs now, mmm!.) We booked the flights with XL, and the room with Low Cost Beds (through Travel republic) we opted for the Ocean front rooms (great sea views towards the new port at Corfu town.) Total price for the 2 of us with insurance, on half board 807 pound (what a bargain). Kontokali villige is a 15min stroll away, it has a few bars,tavernas, a large supermarket and 2 ATM machines, but not a lot else to recommend it apart from a nice marina to walk round. We spent a nice hour at the British cemetary in Corfu town,(12 euros in a taxi, or 70 cents on the local blue bus) our visit enhanced by George the caretaker who knows all about the history of the cemetary and its inhabitants in a lovely garden setting with orchids etc etc . Also for a change we dined in Corfu town one night at the Venetion Well restaurant, not cheap 88euros for 2 courses with wine for the 2 of us, included a 6 euro cover charge, and not that nice, with a number of items on the menu not avalable. We were the only people dining, strange for a saturday night! For a trip out we caught the Green Bus from the main road some 10 min walk from the hotel, to Kassiopi a hair'raising ride along the coast road past Agni bay and Kalami, taking approx 1 hour and costing 4euro's 40cents each return.we enjoyed the journey and kassiopi has a nice harbour area, but didn't match the hotels souroundings. Hotel entertainment a little low key, though the pianist on three times a week was excellent.
We have just returned from staying a week at the Kontokal Bay Hotel, and we had a wonderful time, in beautiful surroundings. The hotel food was both plentiful and varied. A buffet style lay out giving exceptionally wide choice for breakfast and also for the evening meal. The private beach area is clean with a great view across to Albania, Corfu Town and a small uninhabitated island opposite. Wonderful at night to watch the cruise ships all lit up entering and leaving Corfu Port. The beach was well maintained with towels provided by the hotel which I thought was an excellent and very practical idea. The bar area and pool area was of a very high standard and the staff were friendly and extremely helpful, focused on ensuring that guests have a wonderful time. Piano playing in the evening by the public realtions representative very enjoyable, a nice touch we both thought. The village and surrounding area wasn't exactly ideal, possibly because it was difficult not to compare this with the hotel grounds!l, but with a hotel as wonderful as this, we didn't want to leave the grounds! It is near to Corfu Town - no problems getting there, lovely at night, and we also went on the sea airplane from the marina which is a 15 mins walk away, to the island of Paxos. A novel experience on the doorstep of the hotel ! The rooms are a little dated at the moment but are being refurbished we learned later this year in line with the rest of the hotel. We would certainly go back - Great for couples and mature people, everything that we wanted from a hoiliday.
Typical Greek Hotel
Short 15 minute trip from the airport to the hotel. Hotel well laid out with views over the sea to Albania. Check in efficient with English spoken. Went September 2005. Had a sea view room which is worth the extra cost. Big hotel and not full when we went.
Meals are buffet unless you pay extra for the A'La Carte restaurant. The buffet breakfast was one of the best we have had. Plenty of choice with lots of fruit, bread, cooked and cold food. You get to fill your own teapot for tea but the waiters get you an insulated coffee pot for the table. Dinner gives a very good choice of food and the quality was excellent. Waiters clearing the tables or getting wine or other drinks are efficient and friendly.
The A'La Carte restaurant is separate from the main restaurant and is situated under a strong pvc type tent with great views of the sea ( Lot cooler in here).Waiter service is very good as is the food with the fish being excellent. A 13 euro per person is allowed against the menu tariff for this restaurant. Worth a visit.
The lunchtime restaurant is down at the sea level by the sandy beach. Most of the restaurant is covered with the sides being open with a large bar on one side. For lunch you take a seat and then go to the self service food area which offers either barbeque meat/fish or you go to a cafeteria type service with a tray were you pick all sorts of Greek food and salads plus the wine or beer. You then pay and take back to your seat. Waiters are there for extra drinks or to clear tables. Food quality is good but mostly same every day.
To get anywhere from the hotel is a minimum half mile walk to the main road which is very busy. Taxi to Corfu town is about 12 euro a trip. Nearest shop for water/wine/beer is near the main road.
Bar staff were excellent and service to tables on the pool patio was efficient for Greece.
Pool is deep with shallow end about 5ft 6". Only a swimming pool not for children to play in. When barbeque is lit every morning at about 10.30am the pool area gets very smokey for 30 minutes.
Gorgeous views but in the middle of nowhere
This Hotel has two very lovely private sandy beaches and a nice swimming pool with gorgeous views. Kontolaki is a one road resort behind a noisy fast road and the only solution is to go in to Corfu town around 6 km away by taxi (or hire car). Our bungalow room was quite standard and basic with air conditioning only when you are in the room (activated by key). Meals are all buffet style self service and although lots of choice it all seems quite bland and repetitive. The vegetarian option offered in the brochure turned out to be salad selection and spaghetti with non meat sauce every day. There is a taverna on the beach at lunchtime with barbecue (again self service). Sometimes impression was that the meals of the night before were recycled in the taverna the next day. Tables for two in the restaurant are very close together and give no privacy to talk. Non smoking area very small and with hardly any outside view. The entertainment is very amateur (example local troop of majorettes) except the magic show on Fridays and Greek dancing night. It would have been nice in a hotel classed as Greek "luxury" to be served at table and to have finer cooking with less choice of dishes. Also our room was often not cleaned until after 3 pm except, of course, on the last day when you have to be out by midday. Overall would not return to this hotel.
A taste of luxury!
Have just returned from a week at the Kontokali Bay. The views from the hotel, pool and gardens are all stunning with the capital, Corfu town in sight. Although the village itself is not very glamorous or lively, Gouvia, Dassia and indeed Corfu town are a short bus ride away (runs every 30 mins back and forth between the above named) or taxi is about 10-15 euros. We were on hb basis. The breakfast buffet was vast and all superb. Dinner was again very good quality and fantastic choices every night however this could be swapped for lunch (again all you can eat buffet) down at the beach taverna, which we preferred as meant we could go out for the evening to different places and resorts. The staff are all very friendly, helpful and the entire hotel is exceptionally clean. This includes the grounds and the hotels private beach which is a very short walk away or you can take the outdoors elevator! At the beach you can do water sports etc and hire boats which we did having no experience and had a blast! We also went on a seaplane trip to Paxos which was a brilliant way to travel around Corfu! This can be booked at hotel reception.
All in all, we would love to return here. We recommend this for adults wanting a relaxing break in the sun with the locality of other livelier resorts nearby.
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... beach. Of course Spiros told us we were forbidden to put our hands or feet in the water as we'd be thrown in jail. We then proceeded to do just that!!! Finally, it was time to head back. We drove through the only level land on Corfu, the Ropa Valley, ending in Old Corfu Town before returning to the Cruise Terminal. There were two ships at the harbor in addition to ours; The Viking Star and the Splendour of the Seas. We are so happy to have had such a Beautiful first day in the Greek ...
... and I loved it. It looked like so much fun! They asked for volunteers and I wish that I had been brave enough to get up and try it. It's just such a happy dance.
Joanne and I went to the Explorer's Lounge on Deck 7 to watch the Sail Away at 10:00 p.m.
and then it was lights out.
Tomorrow is a day At Sea and a chance to rest a bit and enjoy the ship.
Oopa! (as the Greeks say. "Rise to the occasion" or "Party On" or "Celebrate")
... stop, Katakolon, included a visit to the archeological ruins of Olympia. We loved seeing the remains of the ancient city, the ruins of the temples of Zeus and Hera, and the ancient site of the original Olympic Games where the torch is lit to begin every modern Olympic games.
In between sight seeing on the Greek islands, we enjoyed time with our friends on the ship. ...
... We climbed to the top and got some great pictures out over Corfu. We made our way back through the narrow streets and markets to where we would meet the bus. When we arrived back to the hotel, we found that the people that had stayed behind had hit the pool bar pretty hard. They had befriended the bartender, and so a few of them were just behind the bar pouring their own drinks. Since we're the last tour group, all rules were out the window! We gathered ...
... A strange sensation but soothing. My feet felt wonderful afterwards. Didn't do any other spending in Corfu. A long walk from the bus to the ship so ready for a swim and then lunch by the pool. Had a go at scrap booking, not very successful, then an Elvis quiz. Our team got 15 out of 18 - not bad. Tonight is Captains night. Formal dress, photos with the Captain, ( I passed on that ) aerial acrobatic ...