Though Kefalonia stays a magnet for lovers of Captain Corellis Mandolin, the Petani Bay Resort is off the fabled overwhelmed monitor 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 might be underneath 16, you cant come. However would you wish to? This sort of train in nothing to do can be hell for a young person. And absolute heaven for the remainder of us.
The preliminary response can be, properly, 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 kids – aged 14, 20, 23, and 25 – had been all diverted by their very own vacation plans, so we had been free to do our personal factor. However since our youngest remains to be at college (though spending her trip at a younger camp) we had been nonetheless restricted to the confines of the summer time break calendar.
So, should you aren’t travelling with youngsters, however are restricted to excessive season, why would you wish 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 evening 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 affords the chance to heat up snacks relatively than prepare dinner meals within the room.
An enormous fan within the lofty excessive picket ceilings stored our lodging fantastically cool. In the meantime the muted neutrals of the minimalistic décor added to the sensation of area.Not that each one rooms are like this. One other suite, often known as the Suite Gea, has a pillar field pink wall and freestanding Victorian type claw tub throughout the bed room. Little marvel it’s stated 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 residence cooked meals. In addition to the standard buffet fare of eggs and mushrooms, there have been tiny triangular cheese pastries – a Greek speciality – attractive seed breads, scrumptious biscuits and muffins and, in fact, an abundance of fruit. The cannon ball sized peaches had been particularly irresistible.
Meals is accessible in the course of the day from the poolside bar. However consuming out isn’t a difficulty within the night, with native tavernas dishing up moderately 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’s little or no to do on web site apart from, properly, calm down. Actually we spent hours at breakfast, nursing freshly made espresso and ingesting within the spectacular view. The lodge has a placing infinity pool which appears to spill into the bay beneath, as does a decking space just under this. Frankly, should you don’t fancy negotiating the countless 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 beautiful. With no outlets or bars in earshot, there’s nothing to do however inhale the wild flowers and simply calm down.
How a lot
Beginning costs round 180 Euros per evening.
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 rather a lot to see. However we determined that to keep away from getting pressured 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 12 months previous Drogarati Cave with its high-quality 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 potential to carry live shows for as much as 500 individuals within the cave. Definitely worth the view – regardless of the very fact it’s a must to clamber down after which again up 118 steps.
On different days, we simply headed for a fairly village. One of the vital picturesque is Assos. With its horseshoe bay and pastel fairly homes, it`s at the least as beautiful as something the Amalfi coast can dish up (and rather a lot much less busy).