“Luxury on a sublime stretch of coast with exquisite sea views and rooms that spoil you rotten”
Rooms are deeply indulging with a smart, airy, colonial feel. The style is contemporary and uncluttered, but the influences are classical: four-poster beds, cavernous armchairs, stone floors, bamboo matting. You get the best of everything. Beds are dressed in crisp Egyptian linen, white pillows are piled high. Olive green walls soak up the light, doors open onto small balconies (rooms on the top floors get the best views). Head into the bathroom for power showers, tiled floors and smart bathrobes. Fabulous Korres smellies include wheat soap, basil and lemon shower gel, citrus body milk, and aloe and soapwort shampoo.
You get all the kit: TVs, DVD and CD players (with discs up at reception), and air conditioning too. Tea lights are left flickering outside your room at night, and beds are turned down. Size and position are what you pay for, but the same smooth style runs throughout and none of the rooms are small. Most get uninterrupted views out to sea; some get side views, but there's no standing on your toes or craning your head to glimpse a distant sea. Peace and privacy are assured, as are oodles of comfort.
Rooms are defined by the number of bedrooms, the type of view you get, and whether you have a shared access to a pool (see Rates). Double Rooms sleep 2; Junior Suites generally have sofabeds (and can take an extra bed in their sitting area). There are also Family Apartments and Maisonettes (the latter on 2 floors) with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, a kitchen area and a shared plunge pool outside. Executive and Presidential Suites also have 2 bedrooms and sofabed, whilst at the top of the tree, the Master Suite has 3 bedrooms and with a sofabed and can sleep up to 7.
Breakfast is served up at the main house. There are 2 terraces, one for sun, one for shade; both have views out to sea. If you want, you can eat inside in the dining room, or ask for a tray to be brought to your room so you can munch away in bed. Impeccable service complements a sinful menu, largely homemade: breads, jams, pastries, croissants and cakes (the latter are quite exceptional). There are also freshly-squeezed juices, fruit and yoghurts, platters of cold meats and cheeses; you can even have a cooked breakfast if you like. Sleep until 10, breakfast at 11 and you won’t need lunch until 4; but just in case you get hungry, a table of cakes is left out and you can pop in and help yourself (tricky not to).
Lunch and dinner are taken down on the lower terrace by the pool. It’s very informal, but if you want to dress up for supper, no-one will stop you. You can have a bowl of pasta, a salad or something fresh from the sea, followed by homemade ice cream and accompanied by wonderful island wines. In the evening, a full à la carte menu is available, so you can have as much or as little as you want. Alternatively, you can head down to the relaxed Kinema ('Cinema') Terrace for oven-fired pizzas, or traditional dishes such as Souvlaki pittas from the grill. Afterwards, sip a cocktail or tuck into dessert while watchng a movie on the large outdoor screen.
If you want to eat out locally, head down to pretty Fiskardo, where a string of tavernas hug the harbour. You won't go hungry.
Emelisse is chic and rather wonderful with a plethora of activities nearby for families who love the water and a good blend of privacy and shared facilities. Children are made welcome. Those under 6 go free; baby cots are also free
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)
The 5 family apartments and maisonettes sleep up to 6 in 2 bedrooms, and have a kitchenette and living room for extra privacy and limited self-catering. Note that the maisonettes, as you'd guess, are on 2 levels.
Junior suites can sleep a family of 3 (but all in the same room); all the rooms have showers, not baths
Babysitting is available by arrangement. See Rates
Baby listening/monitors are available on request. They don't work everywhere in the complex - ask for accommodation near the main house if this is important.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
In the hotel itself, food is served all day, with half-portions for kids, and family suites have a kitchenette with a blender and a microwave. There are child-friendly eateries and takeaways within walking distance; the nearest shop for food is 1km away
The pools aren't fenced. You can buy food and nappies etc in the nearby village of Fiskardo. There's a mobile phone signal everywhere