Though Kefalonia stays a magnet for lovers of Captain Corellis Mandolin, the Petani Bay Resort is off the fabled overwhelmed observe and as such guarantees the very essence of tranquillity. Set on a hill amidst a riot of olive bushes, the air is salty and the herby breeze softly balmy whereas the tinny clank of distant goat bells is about as noisy because it will get.
Assume panoramic views of an azure Ionian Sea, hovering white cliff faces and, within the evenings, the burnished gold of a Hollywood sundown. One which attracts day trippers from throughout this Ionian Greek island.
If you’re beneath 16, you cant come. However would you need to? This type of train in nothing to do could be hell for a youngster. And absolute heaven for the remainder of us.
The preliminary response could be, nicely, adults solely. However not all adults might relish the pin-drop quiet of this sleepy nook of the Ionian island group.
Nevertheless in our case, the Petani Bay was simply the ticket. Our youngsters – aged 14, 20, 23, and 25 – have been all diverted by their very own vacation plans, so we have been free to do our personal factor. However since our youngest continues to be at college (though spending her trip at a younger camp) we have been nonetheless restricted to the confines of the summer time break calendar.
So, in case you aren’t travelling with youngsters, however are restricted to excessive season, why would you need to share a pool with inflatable dolphins or take heed to whining toddlers while attempting to get pleasure from your freshly scrambled eggs?
The lodge contains 14 suites with balconies set amongst a riot of herbs and wildflowers (at night time the scent of lavender is sort of a low cost sleeping drug!). We stayed in a Suite Superior with a sea view which consisted of a spacious lounge space and separate bed room and toilet. A kitchenette space features a small microwave which provides the chance to heat up snacks quite than cook dinner meals within the room.
An enormous fan within the lofty excessive picket ceilings saved our lodging superbly cool. In the meantime the muted neutrals of the minimalistic décor added to the sensation of area.Not that every one rooms are like this. One other suite, referred to as the Suite Gea, has a pillar field crimson wall and freestanding Victorian model claw tub throughout the bed room. Little surprise it’s mentioned to be a agency favorite for honeymooners and romantics alike (after 27 years of marriage, that was a no from us).
Meals & Drink
The lodge is mattress and breakfast, and every morning we geared ourselves as much as over indulge on the freshly made house cooked meals. In addition to the same old buffet fare of eggs and mushrooms, there have been tiny triangular cheese pastries – a Greek speciality – beautiful seed breads, scrumptious biscuits and truffles and, after all, an abundance of fruit. The cannon ball sized peaches have been particularly irresistible.
Meals is offered throughout the day from the poolside bar. However consuming out isn’t a difficulty within the night, with native tavernas dishing up fairly priced meals. And the charismatic proprietor, Voula, is at all times readily available to make reservations. One night our meal of crispy grilled sea bream served with Greek salad (me) and a garlicky tomato pasta dish plus bread (him) got here in at lower than 22 Euros.
There may be little or no to do on website apart from, nicely, loosen up. Actually we spent hours at breakfast, nursing freshly made espresso and consuming within the spectacular view. The lodge has a placing infinity pool which appears to spill into the bay under, as does a decking space slightly below this. Frankly, in case you don’t fancy negotiating the infinite hairpin bends to get right down to Petani seashore (technically walkable however simpler to achieve by automobile) and you might want to reboot, sitting by the pool is simply pretty. With no outlets or bars in earshot, there’s nothing to do however inhale the wild flowers and simply loosen up.
How a lot
Beginning costs round 180 Euros per night time.
What’s close by
After a day of doing nothing, we stirred from our bone-melting lethargy to see one thing of Kephalonia. As a bigger island there’s lots to see. However we determined that to keep away from getting harassed over driving round an excessive amount of, we restrict our journeys to round 50 minutes every method.
And so our day journeys included Melissani Lake, a patch of water primarily based in a cave and accessed by boat. When the solar spills in from breaks within the rock overhead the water appears to splinter into numerous colors. Or – to proceed the troglodyte theme – we additionally visited the 150 million yr outdated Drogarati Cave with its tremendous stalactites & stalagmites.
An earthquake on the island in 1953 created a pure balcony overlooking a chamber with about 100 sq. meters of flooring, making it attainable to carry concert events for as much as 500 folks within the cave. Well worth the view – regardless of the actual fact you need to clamber down after which again up 118 steps.
On different days, we simply headed for a fairly village. Probably the most picturesque is Assos. With its horseshoe bay and pastel fairly homes, it`s at the very least as pretty as something the Amalfi coast can dish up (and lots much less busy).