Avithos Beach Estate

near Argostoli, Kefalonia, Greece Book from Book from £138 per night

Secluded apartments (for 2-7) set in gardens above a lovely beach, with a swimming pool and a homely vibe; ideal for sociable couples or families
Within 30 minutes of landing in Kefalonia, we were reclining on a shaded terrace at Avithos Beach Estate, gazing out over wild gardens towards a secluded beach and a glittering sea. Behind us, a valley of olive groves stretched up to the horizon, and there wasn’t another soul in sight.

A dirt track leads you through lush vegetation into the estate, and its beauty unfolds as you drop down the hill. First, you’ll spot the apartments - some with two bedrooms, some with four; all fully equipped for self-catering. Beneath this lies a lovely communal terrace where breakfast takes place, and a chill-out area for admiring the wonderful sea views. Steps lead you through flowering gardens to the swimming pool that’s flanked by inviting sunloungers – we recommend grabbing a drink from the honesty bar on your way. Or, keep going down and you’ll hit Avithos Beach, a pretty arch of shingle and turquoise sea, where turtles come to nest in season. Friendly managers Karen and John invite you to treat their hotel like your home, and their knowledge of Kefalonia knows no bounds. Few places could be better set up for couples or families seeking an easy beach holiday away from the crowds.

Highs

  • Incredibly friendly managers Karen and John couldn’t be more accommodating; they invite you to join welcome drinks on the terrace and make a tremendous effort to get to know everyone
  • Brilliant for families, thanks to spacious apartments with full kitchens, a fenced pool and a lovely beach; Karen is great with kids and often runs activities and games
  • The setting is gorgeous: hidden among wild gardens with direct access to a lovely beach with tavernas, yet close to the airport and the island capital, Argostoli
  • Lots of thoughtful extras in the apartments, like homemade cakes and free wine, coolbags for picnics, and fresh flowers
  • Breakfast is included in the rates and there are excellent tavernas on the beach – great to have the option of dining out if you don’t fancy cooking

Lows

  • The apartments aren’t the most stylish – think rustic rather than contemporary design
  • The WiFi can be a little patchy
  • The steps down to the pool and beach are steep and there are lots of them – not good for small children or the elderly
  • The twin beds in the apartments are small – not suitable for adults or tall teenagers
  • The four-bedroom apartments don't have sea views, but overlook the olive groves instead

Best time to go

The hotel is open from May to October. Spring and autumn are lovely, tranquil times to visit Kefalonia, although the sea can be a little chilly from April to June. The temperature - and number of visitors to the island - rises in July and August. Direct charter flights run from late April to mid-October.

Our top tips

When coming from Kefalonia airport, there's a good supermarket en route to Avithos Beach Estate. It's a great chance to stock up on all your essential food and drink items so you don't have to worry about heading out again when you arrive.

Great for...

Beach
Eco
Family
  • Boutique apart-hotel
  • 8 apartments for 2-7
  • Self-catering; breakfast included
  • All ages welcome
  • Closed: 22 Nov 2019 - 2 May 2020
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
  • Tennis Court
  • Pool Table
  • Table football
Room:

Rooms

There are six two-bedroom apartments and two four-bedroom apartments to choose from. All are named after local winds and are similar in décor: simple and rustic. And each has the added bonus of a private terrace for admiring the views.

The two-bedroom apartments come in two categories: countryside-facing or sea-facing – we’d plump for the latter (Sirokos has the best view). Inside, they are spacious, with a master bedroom, a twin bedroom for children, a shared bathroom with Korres smellies, and a kitchen/living room. We loved all the fresh cut flowers left in the rooms, and made a beeline for Karen’s homemade rock cakes left in our fridge.

The four-bedroom apartments are brilliant for larger families. They have two double bedrooms, one twin room and one single room, along with a kitchen/living room, a balcony to the rear, and a lovely large terrace with a dining table. Oddly, the terrace doesn’t overlook the sea, which seems a shame, but the view overlooking the olive groves below makes it feel very peaceful and private. Opt for the top-floor apartment for the best views.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Coffee / tea making
  • DVD player
  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • Hob or stove
  • Iron
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Safe box
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • TV
  • WiFi

Eating

Breakfast is included in the rates and takes place on a pretty, shaded terrace with sea views. John is a chef, so you can expect lots of tasty surprises. On our visit, we were treated to gooey bread pudding made with local honey, and poached eggs on toast with crispy ham. There are also lots of help-yourself options like pastries, fruit, breads, juices and coffee/tea.

For other meals, you’ll need to head out – though Karen and John occasionally host barbecues in the garden. Your easiest option is to walk down to one of the tavernas on Avithos Beach – both lovely. We chose Preview and feasted on a mezze of tzatziki, crispy meat pie (A Kefalonian delicacy), feta with honey, fried whitebait and a crunchy Greek salad. Tummies full, we then rolled ourselves down to Cova beach bar for an aperitif to round off the evening.

If you prefer to head further afield, just ask Karen or John for their restaurant recommendations - The Olive Lounge in Kastro is high up on their list.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Fridge
  • Hob or stove
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Restaurants nearby
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Spend the day chilling out: relax by the pool, play tennis or table football, head down to the beach for a swim and a sunbathe, and have dinner and drinks at the tavernas
  • Pop down to the beach at dusk if you’re lucky enough to visit in turtle season (Late May to August); there are local conservationists who are happy to chat to you about their work
  • Rent a boat and explore Kefalonia’s coast, or join a glass-bottom boat trip for a closer look at what lies below
  • Join a diving or snorkelling day trip and head out to secluded bays for swimming
  • Go wine tasting in the hills of Kefalonia; there are various wine and gastronomy tours that foodies will love
  • Visit a local olive mill to learn how olive oil is made on the island
  • Travel inland to visit some of the 'earthquake villages': ruins from the catastrophic earthquake that hit Kefalonia in 1953
  • Karen can arrange in-house massages or yoga sessions – just ask for details

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Horse riding
  • Pool table
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Turtle hatching
  • Wine tasting
  • Yoga

Kids

Avithos Beach Estate is extremely welcoming to children. All apartments have kids' bedrooms and simple kitchens for whipping up lunches or light meals. There’s a fenced swimming pool, a tennis court, a pool table, table football, a well-stocked collection of DVDs to borrow, and a lovely beach for swimming and playing on. Turtle nesting season on the beach (May-Aug) will be a great hit. It’s a very sociable hotel, and families tend to make friends here.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

All of the apartments are very well set up for families. The two-bedroom apartments sleep four and have twin rooms for kids – though note that the beds are small so might be a squash for older children. The four-bedroom apartments have two double rooms, a twin room and a single room, making them ideal for larger families or those bringing the grandparents along. Every apartment has a simple but functional kitchen and a private terrace.

Creche/Kid's Club:

There's no formal kids' club but manager Karen loves children and runs lots of activities, like rock painting and talks from local turtle conservationists.

Kids Activities on site:

  • Swimming pool
  • Tennis
  • Pool table
  • Table football
  • DVDs to borrow

Kids Activities nearby:

  • See turtles nesting on the beach
  • Snorkelling
  • Jeep rides
  • Earthquake ruins
  • Boat trips

Families Should Know:

The property has lots of steps so isn't suitable for toddlers; the twin beds in the two-bedroom suites are small and aren't suitable for tall children.

Distances:

  • Supermarket: Five-minute drive
  • Hospital: 20-minute drive
  • Airport: 15-minute drive
Kid Friendly:

Location

Avithos Beach Estate is set just above Avithos Beach, close to Kefalonia's airport and 11km from the capital, Argostoli.

By Air:
Fly into Kefalonia International Airport (4.5km - served by charter flights from the UK throughout the summer), or Athens then get a connecting flight.

From the Airport
You can take a taxi but we'd recommend hiring a car. Tavernas and a beach are within walking distance, but you'll need a car for food shopping and sightseeing. Note that taxis are expensive on Kefalonia.

By Car:
For car hire see our car rental recommendations. There's parking at the property.

By Boat:
Kefalonia is served by ferries from Astakos (on the Greek mainland), Kyllini / Patras (Peloponnese) and neighbouring islands.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.

Airports:

  • Kefalonia Airport 4.5 km EFL

Other:

  • Beach 0.2 km
  • Shops 9.0 km
  • Restaurant 0.2 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 1 independent review from i-escape guests

9/10
Room
10/10
Food
10/10
Service
10/10
Value
10/10
Overall

This is a fantastic little estate hotel, with a lovely pool and very close to a gorgeous sandy beach. Our hosts, Karen and John were extremely welcoming and helpful, giving us lots of tips and info on the best places on the island to visit. The local tavernas served excellent Greek cuisine and the beach bar was fab for a cocktail while watching the sun go down. A really chilled out family holiday which ticked all the boxes for us and meant we left feeling relaxed. The close proximity to the airport was a real advantage too, meaning we could spend a good few hours in the pool before our afternoon flight left.

10/10,

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