A superb hotel in an unspoilt traditional village for off-the-beaten track luxury in Greece
Kefalonia is the largest of the seven Ionian islands and the village of Fiskardo is the jewel in its crown. Unscathed after the 1953 earthquake which damaged much of the properties on the rest of the island, Fiskardo retains its traditional Venetian-style architecture, painted in pretty pastel colours and decorated with overflowing bougainvillea flowers. The landscape around the harbour is pristine forest and has been awarded ‘protected status’ by the Greek government whilst the village overlooks the stunning island of Ithaca and the Ionian Channel. The harbour is lined with restaurants with tables laid out literally on the waterside – perfect for feeding the fish between courses. On shoulder seasons Fiskardo is a popular stopping-point for yachts as the sailing is excellent, whilst in July and August the harbour is packed with power boats and super yachts, although due to the depth of the harbour the larger ones have to moor slightly outside. The people-watching opportunities are superb!
The Emelisse Hotel is perched on the hillside with commanding views of Lefkas and Ithaca, ten minutes away from Fiskardo. With 64 rooms spread out over the estate, it has a village-feel despite having the facilities you’d expect of a larger hotel such as open-air restaurants, three pools, an Elemis spa, gym, squash court and tennis court. You could cosy up under the starry skies watching an outdoor film on the pool bar’s projector, or hire the hotel’s speedboat to visit secluded coves. Bathrooms are stocked with Korres goodies.
Private shared swimming pool (in limited amount of rooms)
Italian design linen and Spanish cotton bathrobes
Double canopy beds
Teak wood furniture
Body and Hair products by Korres
Terrace or balcony with full or partial sea view
In Room Safe
24h Porter Service
24h Room Service
Satellite and Cable TV
Housekeeping twice a day
3 swimming pools (including 1 adults only and 1 separate children’s pool)
Tennis court, squash court, pool table
Fully equipped state-of-the-art gym
Flat screen televisions with satellite
DVD / CD player
iPOD Docking stations
Direct dial phone
Espresso coffee machine
Top up your tan at Myrtos Beach: a long ribbon of white pebble backed by vertical limestone cliffs
Explore Assos village and walk to the Venetian Castle – a monumental Venetian fortress designated a European National Heritage Site offering breathtaking views along the northwest coastline of the island for those who venture up the narrow track to the entrance of the castle. Built in 1585 in view of the possibility that the capital being moved here, the fortress is now in a state of ruin except for domed entrance and the church dedicated to Saint Mark within the walls
Step into the past on the Dafnoudi trail: the enchanting walk down the narrow and windy trail to Dafnoudi Beach is truly beautiful. The track takes you through a forest of Olive and Cypress trees and a gorgeous herb scented valley leading you down to the magical pebble cove of Dafnoudi
Map and travel information
Direct flights from the UK to Kefalonia’s airport, Argostoli, in the south of the island are available from May to October
Transfer to Emelisse Hotel
Private transfers take approximately one hour 30 minutes by car along cliff-edge roads with breathtaking views. The drive itself gives you a wonderful sense of the island’s topography and views of neighbouring islands
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Henley-on-Thames, OXON RG9 2AH
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