Almyra Hotel, Kefalonia

This is one of Kirsty’s favourite hotels in Greece. Located on the hillside, the Almyra Hotel in Fiscarda, Kefalonia, Greece a 15 minute walk from fiscardo harbour, this highly recommended hotel enjoys stunning views over the sea to Ithaca (and, to the side, Lefkas).

The Almyra is not a large hotel – 27 rooms only – and offers an intimate atmosphere, a high level of (very friendly) service, and all the facilities you should need for a really comfortable stay in this most beautiful part of Kefalonia.

The rooms are on the upper two floors, served by a lift. All possess air conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities, a mini-bar, TV (BBC World), bathroom with bath or shower, hairdryer and good-sized covered balcony with sea views. Wifi is free of charge, and safety deposit boxes are provided in reception (also free). Rooms are light and airy with pretty décor and a classic style of furnishing. We would recommend booking one of the executive, deluxe or Junior Suites as all have been recently upgraded and refurbished and enjoy the best views.

The executive double rooms, a mix of twins and doubles, are front corner rooms and thus enjoy fine views from their covered balcony to Lefkas in one direction and Ithaca to the other. The deluxe rooms all face the front and have beautiful views over the green hillside over the sea to Ithaca from their spacious front terrace. These rooms are larger, with a double sofa-bed for one adult or two smaller children, and upgraded furnishings. All have a bath as well as shower. The Junior Suites are similar and double-bedded with the bonus of a very big balcony furnished with your own sun beds.

There is also a pair of Suites on the top (third) floor (note: accessed by lift to the second floor and then stairs). These are very large (75 sq m), double-bedded with a living room area (one open-plan, one separate) and can sleep up to 4 with sofa-beds for children. Each has a large furnished front sea-facing sun-terrace with panoramic views.

The hotel offers a good buffet breakfast and has a daytime restaurant serving lunch and snacks, and a bar. Picnic baskets can be provided on request for walkers or those renting a motorboat.

Steps lead down to the large freshwater pool below, which measures 15m x 7m (depth 1.0m- 2.10m) and has an adjacent children’s pool. There is lots of space here on the furnished terrace surrounds, both at pool level and at reception level above.

A complimentary minibus runs to Fiscardo harbour up to five times daily, and also once a day (am out, pm back) to lovely Emblissi beach (otherwise 10 mins walk down, 15 back). The family who run the hotel are linked to one of Fiscardo’s best known restaurants where a discount is offered to hotel guests.