“A stylish, secluded villa for 8 with a saltwater lap pool and glorious views (self-catering)”
Located in the north of Ithaca, the villa is a restful retreat to return to after a day spent swimming in the clear turquoise sea, exploring sleepy villages or climbing the hills for views of the mythical Ionian homeland of Odysseus. ‘Kalos’ translates as ‘beautiful’ or ‘handsome’, and it’s a name this grand old villa justly deserves.
- Amazing views from the saltwater infinity pool
- Beautifully renovated while keeping the original spirit of the house
- Great value for a group of 8 friends or 1-2 families
- Peace and seclusion - this is a tranquil haven with few neighbours and lots of space
- A spacious, sociable kitchen, with everything you need to cook up a storm, plus indoor and outdoor eating areas. For a change of scene, there are restaurants 15-20 minutes' walk away
- Strictly a 7-night minimum rental, Sat-Sat only, and you will need to pay a security deposit
- You'll need a car in order to fully make the most of the island
- Only 4 sunloungers by the pool and not enough sofa seats in the lounge
- Ensuite bathrooms have a large open window (no glass) through to their bedroom - not ideal for friends sharing
- At the time of our visit (June 2013) the gardens had been recently landscaped and were still bedding in
Best time to go
Our top tips
- Boutique Villa
- 4 double/twin bedrooms
- Self-catering (restaurants nearby)
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Outdoor Pool
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Daily Maid Service
- Towels & Bedlinen
- Laundry Service
- Laundry room
- Cards and board games
The 4 ensuite bedrooms can be configured as doubles or twins and are spread over 2 floors. All are decorated in cool muted tones of grey, white and stone, with plenty of storage space. Chrome ceiling fans combine with window shutters and screens to make the villa a cool hideaway from the island heat and beds are very comfortable with crisp linen and cotton throws.
The master bedroom is serene and airy, on the upper level with French doors that open onto a balcony and views across the hillside valley. A slightly smaller bedroom is on this same level. The 2 remaining bedrooms are on the lower level, which may not have the vistas of the upper 2, but the rooms are spacious and calming. Open-plan bathrooms have rainhead showers (no tubs), pebble floors, double sinks and expansive mirrors. Toiletries are lush Korres products.
The west wing of the villa is given over to communal living space - the kitchen, dining room and lounge are all under one light, airy roof, creating a jolly atmosphere. There’s a small sofa, an armchair and a low coffee table along with a well-loved dining table with seating for 6-8.
Small, creative touches throughout the villa give it style and flair: little alcoves hide candles and objets d'art, there are quirky floor lamps and we loved the jigsaw stag’s head mounted on a wall.
- Coffee / tea making
- Food blender
- Full kitchen
- Hob or stove
- Internet access
- Ipod dock
- Pool towels
- Swimming pool
- Washing machine
If you like cooking, you’ll be in your element. A shiny, modern kitchen awaits with plenty of workspace, a large stove with oven/hobs and, unlike many holiday villas, a wonderful array of kitchen utensils and crockery. Basic ingredients are provided (salt, pepper etc) and a welcome pack for booking through i-escape includes local produce such as olive oil, honey, olives, even ouzo! The lack of dishwasher is the only downside.
Under a shady almond tree outside you’ll find a barbecue and a long table that looks over the pool and valley. An indoor dining table seats 6-8. Nearby Frikes has a mini-market where you can buy basic provisions and lively Stavros has several grocery stores, cafes and a fishmonger. Note that water at the villa is from the outside well, which you’re advised not to drink (although we drank small amounts and were fine), so stock up on bottled. If you want a night off cooking, there’s a meal delivery service from chef Nadia who offers a diverse Mediterranean menu. For special occasions, an in-house chef can be booked.
There are plenty of choices for dining out. In Frikes - a 20-minute walk away - there’s Rementzo for fresh fish and perfect Greek food on tables by the sea. In Stavros you can try homemade ice-cream at Marguerita’s (a coffee shop frequented by the whole island); or have dinner in the sparkly garden restaurant Polyphemus. 15 minutes' walk from home is Yefuri - owned by a Scot and an Aussie, where you’ll find a classy drink, a warm welcome and a cosmopolitan alfresco meal.
- Chef on request
- Coffee / tea making
- Food blender
- Full kitchen
- Hob or stove
- Meal delivery service
- Restaurants nearby
- Shopping service
- Welcome hamper
- Coves and pebble-strewn beaches are a 10-15 minute drive away. Polis, near Stavros (2.5km), has quiet waters, sunloungers and refreshments, while sheltered Cemetery beach (7km) has a kiosk where the menu changes daily
- Our favourite beach (loved by locals, too) is Agios Ioannis (9.5km) - a gorgeous stretch of white pebbles lapped by gin-clear, turquoise waves and views across to Kefalonia
- Visit the pretty seaside town of Kioni (6.5km), watch the yachts cruise into the harbour and stop for a swim along the way at one of the tiny, unmarked coves below the roadside
- If you’re keen on tales of Odysseus, take a historical tour of the island with Britta, the very knowledgeable manager of Villa Kalos. Includes sites mentioned in Homer’s Odyssey, the Kathera monastery and the museum at Stavros
- Rent a motor boat from Kioni or Polis and explore pristine bays, or take a day cruise around the island
- Drive down to the south of the island (18km) - have lunch in the capital Vathy and potter around the shops before cooling off in the dreamy cove of Sarakiniko
- Hike to the top of Ithaca’s hills, accompanied by herds of tinkling goats, for views across the Ionian archipelago
- Explore the ancient hilltop villages of Exogi and Anogi, scarred by the earthquake that shook the island in 1953
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Boat trips
- Cooking classes
- Historical sites
- Museums / galleries
- Private guided tours
- Shopping / markets
A great family rental. The 4 bedrooms can all be configured as doubles or twins and each has an ensuite shower room (note, no bathtubs). Babysitting is available, there is a baby cot, and a highchair can be provided on request (extra cost). Older teenagers may find themselves at a loose end.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
- Baby cot
- A highchair on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Kids Activities on site:
- Swimming pool
- Board games and cards
Kids Activities nearby:
Families Should Know:
The pool is narrow and unfenced, and there are lots of stone stairs, so you'd need to keep a close eye on young kids
You’ll find Villa Kalos between the seaside town of Frikes (1km) and bustling inland Stavros (2.5km) on Ithaca, one of the Ionian islands in Greece. It’s a half-hour drive from Pisa Aetos and Vathy - the island’s 2 ports. Note Ithaca (Ithaka) has no airport.
Kefalonia Argostoli is the nearest airport, on the neighbouring island of Kefalonia, which is serviced by international charter flights in summer or year-round flights from Athens (1hr; connections available from some international flights). From here you can drive or taxi to Sami (45min) and catch a ferry to the Ithacan port of Piso Aetos if you are able to co-ordinate the ferry crossing with your flight time. Otherwise you may want to spend a night exploring Kefalonia before crossing.
Alternatively, fly to Athens and drive/bus/train to the city of Patras on the north coast of the Peloponnese (3 hrs), from where there are daily ferries via Kefalonia to the Ithacan capital Vathy (4-6 hours).
The final option is to fly to Preveza (daily flights via Athens throughout the year, or direct charter flights in summer), then drive or taxi south to the small port of Astakos (1 hour) and catch a daily ferry from there to Vathy (1-2 hours).
Click on the links below for a list of airlines serving these airports.
Check ferry sailings with GTP before booking flights. Bear in mind there are rarely crossings after 2pm from Kefalonia. However, water taxis are available if you miss the boat.
A car is indispensable here. Hiring at Kefalonia airport or on the mainland is the best option, although car/scooter hire is available on Ithaca and vehicles can be delivered to Villa Kalos by arrangement. From Athens, it takes the best part of a day, either via Patras (3hrs drive + 3-4hrs ferry) or via Astakos (4.5 hours drive + 1.5-2 hours ferry). Villa Kalos can arrange for a taxi to meet you at the ferry port if arriving without a car - enquire when booking. For car rentals, click here to see our recommendations.
Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.com.
More on getting to Greece and getting around
- Kefalonia Argostoli 64.0 km EFL
- Athens 378.0 km ATH
- Beach 3.0 km
- Shops 3.0 km
- Restaurant 3.0 km