Chalikeri Luxury Villas

near Fiskardo, Kefalonia, Greece Book from

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On Captain Corelli’s mystical island, 3 secluded hillside houses for 2-6, with stylish pools and exquisite sea views
Peaches in the fruit bowl, flowers on the table, wine in the fridge and owners Tasso and Shari to welcome you on arrival. Up in the view-filled hills, a 5-minute drive from a perfect little cove, are 3 stylish villas surrounded by vineyards, facing the turquoise Ionian sea. For boats and bars there’s Fiskardo (8km); for sand, swims and snorkels, stunning Myrtos and Dafnudi; for pork souvlaki and fish from the ocean, the taverna at St Jerusalim Bay, just down the hill.

Cricket (sleeps 6) has a wild garden and a sophisticated feel, plus an open poolhouse with billowing white muslin - the perfect hang-out . Swim a lazy lap in the infinity pool, watch the sun set from a rattan lounger, trot up the open-edged stairway to bed. Next door, pale blue-shuttered Gecko (sleeps 6), is wrapped in a walled Mediterranean garden, its courtyard, terrace, loggia and pool reassuringly visible from every room: a parent’s delight. And then there’s Scorpio, an immaculate, cool haven for 2, with more amazing views and an indoor/outdoor infinity pool (one to text home about). Floor-to-ceiling glass doors open to leather and steel chairs, slate floors, artfully strewn pebbles and a dozen colourful oars on a pristine white wall. We're yet to visit but know that whichever you choose, you'll love.


  • Breathtaking sea views and stunning sunsets
  • Designer looks inside and out, sofa-strewn terraces for chasing shade or sun, and gorgeous private pools
  • Welcoming but unobtrusive owners, who live nearby if you need them
  • Good kitchens for self-catering plus BBQs
  • Cricket and Gecko are perfect for a group of friends or family; each sleeps 6 in a double and 2 twin/double rooms, and all have ensuite bathrooms; Scorpio is a romantic just-for-2 retreat


  • A 7-night minimum stay, though changeover day can be flexible, and payment by PayPal only
  • Too secluded for some; you'll need to drive out to most restaurants and bars, and to get groceries
  • An unbannistered staircase in Cricket (keep an eye on tots)
  • Annoying wasps, but wasps are everywhere on Kefalonia, especially during August
  • Ensuite bathrooms are shower only, except Cricket, whose master bedroom has a whirlpool bath

Best time to go

May, early June, September and early October are ideal - perfect for spring colours and gentle exploration, though the sea is a little chilly before June. In July and August temperatures regularly exceed 38 degrees; expect Greek visitors and English yachtsmen. Kefalonia is beautiful, but the weather can turn in October. The villas are open from mid-April-mid October, coinciding with direct charter flights from the UK.

Our top tips

Besides fantastic beaches, the island offers fine hiking. Pack a good pair of walking boots and a copy of Walk & Eat Kefalonia, which gives 10 walks (each with a map) plus recommendations for places to eat on the way and some local recipes. It also outlines excursions to Argostoli and Ithaca.

Great for...

Great Outdoors
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Villas
  • 3 villas for 2-6
  • Self-catering (restaurants nearby)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • 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
  • Concierge Service
  • Laundry Service
  • Twice-a-week cleaning included in rates


Each villa is beautifully styled, with fresh, original touches. Beds, we've heard, are super-comfortable, and sheets and towels are changed twice a week; daily cleaning is available on request. Ensuite bathrooms (1 per bedroom) have good showers. Each villa has an open-plan living area with sofas, a TV/DVD player and iPod dock, and a kitchen with an indoor dining table. Outside, sun terraces are strewn with cushioned chairs, sunloungers and shaded outdoor areas.

Cricket (sleeps 6)
This villa sleeps 6, with 2 guests in the annexe that overlooks the pool. Floors are big-tiled in black and white, ceilings are airy, shuttered windows are painted turquoise and all feels wonderfully uncluttered. Ensuite bathrooms have white painted beams and the same checked floors; there are ladders for snowy towels.

Gecko (sleeps 6)
From the living area, a door leads to the main bedroom - in fresh creams, whites and blues - and another to the twin. This in turn opens to a long narrow room which, if there are just 4 of you, makes a pleasant dressing room/ reading room, with French windows opening to the pool. If there are more of you, this room can also be a twin/double.

Scorpio (sleeps 2)
In kooky Scorpio, an open-plan space: a big romantic bed with a dark-wood backdrop, and towels in slate grey and brick red in the shower bathroom. A kitchen and little living area. Best of all, a stunning indoor-outdoor infinity pool that wraps around the villa; bathe as the sun sets.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Barbeque
  • Cd player
  • Coffee maker
  • Coffee tea making
  • Cots Available
  • Dishwasher
  • Dvd player
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hairdryer
  • Hob stove
  • Internet access
  • Ipod dock
  • Iron
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Swimming pool
  • Terrace
  • Terrace
  • Toaster
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet


Kitchens are immaculate, all you’d hope for. A welcome hamper is provided, and mini markets are a 5-minute drive away, up the hill in Maganos. You have barbecues, too, and each villa has an indoor and outdoor dining area.

If you’d rather not cook, your nearest little taverna is on white pebbly St Jerusalim Bay, a 15-minute saunter downhill (and a trek up, but you could take the car). No menu, just what’s best and freshest that morning. The fish is extraordinary, the braised pork belly is delicious, but everything will put a smile on your face, including the tomato, olive and feta bread, loved by the locals. It is open lunchtime and evenings and on the beach you can hire sunbeds, parasols and lilos. For more choice - lots of choice - there’s Fiskardo (8km) with harbourside restaurants, cool bars and shops. Nowhere’s cheap on Kefalonia, especially Fiskardo, but the island does produce Greece's best wine - a legacy of the Venetians.

Fancy a lunch of delectable sun-dried octopus and juicy dolmades, spicy sausages and mouth-watering moussaka, as you shade beneath olive trees? Then hire a boat from Fiskardo and zip over to the island of Ithaca (as in Greek myth) where a steep walk up from the harbour brings you to the exceptional Polyphemus in Stavros Town. The restaurant, run by a communist chef who has covered its walls with pictures of Che Guevara (why not!), is open from May to October.

Features include:

  • Children meals
  • Coffee maker
  • Coffee tea making
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hob stove
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Shopping service
  • Toaster
  • Welcome hamper


  • Wander downhill to white pebbly St Jerusalim Bay, which has sun loungers, kayaks and underwater video cameras for hire
  • Picturesque Fiskardo, where a string of pastel Ventian houses and tavernas hug the harbour and yachts are double parked on the water, is where it all happens round here. Hire a boat from Regina, near Nicolas Taverna to the north of the bay, and spend a day flitting in and out of idyllic coves
  • Drive south along the mountain road to Kefalonia’s second resort, tiny Assos, and go paddling in warm waters beneath its fort. Drop down the zig-zagging lane to swim from the beach and eat at one of the harbour tavernas
  • Come back up the hill and head south for a few miles to Myrtos, the most photographed beach in the Ionian archipelago, a stunning curve of white sands falling to pebbles and turquoise-blue waters. You’ll find a refreshment bar, parasols, sunbeds and a lifeguard - but watch currents on certain days. The waters, deep just 2 steps from the shore, can be fierce
  • Alaties beach (Salty Beach) is a tiny, hidden, little-known beach with crystal-clear waters overlooked by a small and excellent taverna - but watch out for sea currents
  • Daf Noudi beach is reached via a 600m path through a cypress forest. The beach is pebbly, the waters calm, the colours vary from blue to green - a utopian spot, perfect for snorkelling. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot a rare Mediterranean monk seal
  • There are stalactites and stalagmites at the cave of Drogarati, or a mystical underground lake at Melissani cave. History buffs can visit Venetian fortresses, Byzantine remains, Mycenaean tombs and Roman mosaics on day trips
  • At the end of the day, join the cool crew at the top of Fiskardo’s hill, at the Emelisse Art Hotel with its several terraces for sunset, cocktails and oven-fired pizzas by the infinity pool

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horse-riding
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Shopping / markets
  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming
  • Trekking
  • Wine tasting


Cricket and Gecko are good family rentals for 6 + a baby. Each has a safe garden and a private pool. There are good kitchens to self-cater, barbecues and washing machines. Restaurants and beaches are a short drive away. Baby cots can be provided.

Best for:

All ages

Family friendly accommodation:

Cricket has 1 double room and 2 twin rooms, plus space for a baby cot, though it has an open staircase so wouldn't suit toddlers and should probably be avoided with children under 10. One of its bathrooms has a whirlpool bath. Gecko also has 1 double and 2 twin rooms plus space for a baby cot; its bathrooms are shower only.

Baby equipment:

  • Baby cot
  • Microwave for warming bottles

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Children's meals:

Well-equipped kitchens for self-catering, with ovens, hobs and microwaves. Cricket has a food blender

Kids Activities on site:

  • Private pools
  • DVD players (bring family DVDs)

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Beaches
  • Stalactites and stalagmites at the cave of Drogarati
  • Boat trips and snorkelling
  • Venetian fortresses, Byzantine remains, Mycenaean tombs and Roman mosaics

Families Should Know:

Cricket has an open staircase. The pools are not fenced


  • Airport: 60km (Kefalonia)
  • Shops, including a pharmacy: 5 mins' drive
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