After a year of city breaks, we were in great need of a hot and relaxing villa holiday on a Greek island. After villa hunting for a few weeks we found the most perfect place set in the hills of Old Skala in Kefalonia. The unspoiled views were amazing, seeing as far as mainland Greece and the island of ZantΓ© in the evenings.

On arriving in to Kefalonia the 28 degree heat hit us immediately as we stepped off the plane and headed to pick up our courtesy car. Our first stop was a supermarket, stocking up on halloumi, cans of mythos and cheetos and then down the stomach turning winding one-lane dirt tracks, with huge cliff drops up to our villa. I’ll admit I sat in the back of the car, with my hat covering my face, pretty unsure as to whether we were going to make it. Awful.

We made it to the villa alive and although we knew the villa looked beautiful in the photos it was oh so much more amazing once we arrived. It was called Villa Ambelonas, and the property owners could not have been more helpful or welcoming, leaving a welcome hamper of bread, wine and other treats for our arrival in the kitchen. Despite not being in the area, nothing was too much for them, even helping us to organise taxis in to and from the town when needed.

The main highlight of the holiday was just hanging around the villa, enjoying the infinity pool and the luxury of being up in the hills cut off from everyone. Being four of us there was still so much space, the outdoor covered seating areas and dining table by the pool was where we spent our nights eating and drinking and taking in the lights out to sea of neighbouring islands. We also had a great BBQ so we made a trip to the butchers in Skala for a blowout and had an afternoon feast by the pool. The only REALLY annoying thing was the wasps which unfortunately just had to be expected with the location we were in, so we only had the energy to have a BBQ once.

Thanks to our courtesy car, the island was our oyster and we drove out to quite a few places. Our first day trip was to Melissani Cave and then on to Myrtos beach which is absolutely beautiful! The bright blue sea and white beaches are to die for. The sea is just quite rough here and very stoney so it’s quite a challenge getting in and out! On our way home we stopped by a cove in Skala for a dip and a snorkel before grabbing some quesadillas and cocktails over the road at Ammos Beach Bar.

Being out in the sticks, we were quite limited for things to do in the evening if we didn’t want to stay at the villa or drive in to Skala. This was great but we did walk the 20 minutes down the hill a few nights to the local taverna, Taverna Kelari which I fell in love with. It’s all open plan so you can sit outside, the cocktails are amazing and during our week I pretty much ate my bodyweight in fried feta here, the best thing in the world. The walk home back up the hill was always interesting, tipsily navigating our way with head torches through the herds of goats with bells on the roads.

We did decide to one night book a taxi in to Skala for dinner and a night out, however the boys decided to drink a bottle of vodka in the pool whilst we were getting ready so it didn’t quite work out as planned! We made our way down to Ammos for a couple of cocktails and then to a gorgeous little restaurant on the beach for carbonara and more cocktails. The one thing i hate(/love) about Greece is that you’re always given a shot at the end of your meal, which tipped us all the edge a few times and definitely tipped the boys over this time. We headed to a couple more bars after dinner, but it was easy to see we needed to head back to the villa and passed out before midnight.

On our last full day, we chartered a boat and spent the day seeking out coves along the coast, topping up our tans and snorkelling. The absolute perfect day.

Leaving the villa was hard, it was the perfect place and the perfect holiday after a fairly stressful Summer. We said goodbye to our beautiful pool, deflated Flaminia the Flamingo and made our last trip to Argostoli for a wander and lunch before catching our flight back home.


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