One of the travel experiences high up on my wanderlust list is to go on a cruise. Neither me or Sean have ever been but we’ve both heard so many good things about them that it just cannot be missed off of our list of […]
I mentioned before we went away that I quite liked the idea of delving into some real Corfiot culture by taking a trip out of Acharavi and into Corfu Town. At a meeting with our Thomas Cook rep the day after we arrived we discovered that […]
As some of you will probably know, I recently went on Holiday to Corfu with my Mum & Sister. We booked last minute (well, three weeks in advance) through Thomas Cook and weren’t really sure what to expect from this little island, aside from more of the Greek charm and blue sky we’d experienced in our previous visits to Rhodes & Kefalonia. Upon booking we had decided to go with the Self Catering option on offer as opposed to the All inclusive as the Kamari Apartments just seemed so much more friendly and had some fab reviews on trip advisor.
We arrived at Kamari, just in between Acharavi and Rhoda, at around 4am on Tuesday 16th exhausted and drained after a horrendous flight filled with rowdy teenage boys on their way to Kavos.
The reception and bar were both closed when we got there but there was a note on the door to say that our key was in the door of our apartment and that we were in number 48. After a good 20 minutes of trying to work out where number 48 was in the dark with my phone torch as the only light source, we eventually realised there was a map and found our way to our little home for the next week.
The apartment itself was one of six in a block, situated on the first floor a 30 second walk from the pool. It was comprised of one double bedroom, a main living area with two backless sofas which turned into beds, a pretty decent kitchen equipped with a 2 ring hob, microwave, kettle and fridge and a chair and table to sit at as well as a separate bathroom with shower. Both the bedroom and the living room had double doors leading out to the HUGE balcony which also had seating for 6 and looked out over to the pool. I spent so much of my time sitting on that balcony! The rooms were cleaned every other day and the towels and bedding were replaced.
The pool, as I mentioned above, was a stones throw away from where we were staying. Around it were sun beds (as you would expect). I got up at 7am each morning to reserve our seats, but to be honest it never really got full up during the day so if I’d missed it, we definitely still would have been able to all sit together in a decent spot around the pool. We had the ultimate sunshine spot I think, just in the center near the closest apartment block to the pool with views of the mountains. I’m not sure I’ve ever sat around a pool on holiday that has been as clean as the one at Kamari – there was no rubbish around at all, no ants flocking to spilled drinks, and yet during the day there didn’t appear to be anyone going around and clearing up. Kamari really feels like your home while you’re there, and for some it really is home, so I guess people just respected that and cleared up after themselves. The pool itself is split into a shallow kids pool and then main pool which gets deeper the further in you go. There are a whole bunch of inflatables that are shared by all of the guests which saves you having to go out and buy your own and there’s also a slide at the end of the big pool which believe it or not, we must have gone on about one hundred times each.
The bar was also situated next to the pool, and as we were staying in self catering accommodation we used the bar a lot. The prices were really reasonable and they had a wide variety of drinks and food available – both Greek and English. I think I drank my body weight in Loux – the Greek made carbonated orange and seriously the stuff of the Gods and I can personally recommend their English Breakfast, Stifado (a Greek combo of stewed beef with tomatoes, onions and garlic) and their toasties. Be warned however, pretty much everything on the menu is offered with chips and the portions are GINORMOUS so if you don’t fancy a whole plate of fries make sure you let them know! The two guys behind the bar, Chris & Giannis are lovely. They really try and get to know you and are there to make sure your holiday is going smoothly. Their English is amazing and so it’s easy to ask them any questions you need or just sit and chat in the cool of the bar. They helped us order taxis and told us what the best local restaurants were.
The Kamari Apartments is owned by Eva who, during our stay, was there every single day making sure everyone was comfortable and enjoying themselves. Her daughter and her friends were staying in one of the apartments on their own little holiday and it was so lovely to know that you were surrounded by the heart of the “hotel”. Also roaming the grounds of Kamari was Memo and Lily (Eva’s dogs) and a bunch of kittens and their Mama’s. It was so lovely watching them all play & to see animals being treated so well in another country.
Only a three minute walk from the beach, touristy shops and restaurants and the local MINI market, the location is perfect for those who want to wander out and about. The beach is lovely and again, clean and looks out to the Albanian mountains. If you’re a view lover, this is the place for you as it’s beautiful during the day, and then the sunset comes and takes your breath away. We ate at the Lavendar, the Navigator & Alex’s along the beach strip, each of them provided great service and delicious food. About 10 minutes in the opposite direction is the main town of Acharavi boasting more restaurants and chances to shop too! If you want to venture out further, I can totally recommend a trip to Kassiopi and Corfu Town which can both be reached by Taxi or bus.
In truth, words don’t really cut it when you come to summing up how much we loved staying at Kamari Apartments. I just know that as we left a little lump formed in my throat. We’ve already looked into returning next year and I have been telling everyone I meet about how wonderful it is. If you’re looking for a quiet getaway with your family, your partner or even your girlfriends, this has to be the top of your list.
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Back in September we spent a long weekend in an old childhood haunt of mine with Sean’s family.
Hayling island is a small island off of the south coast of England, in Hampshire. I used to go there with my parents when I was younger and spent many a school holiday on ‘The Oven’ touring campsite playing with my cousins and friends as we all tended to holiday together. I remember riding round and round the island on our bikes having races and getting caught up in wonderful games fuelled by imagination.
When my sister in law suggested we all go there for a family weekend a few months ago, I was both excited and a little nervous. I have such wonderful memories of this little island of my childhood that I didn’t want to go back and it not be as lovely as I remembered.
Of course, when we arrived on one of the sunniest days of September, I realised just how little I had to worry. I felt that familiar excitement as we drove across the bridge connecting Hayling to Hampshire, and 12 years on I was taken a back by the true beauty of the surroundings. Beautiful sea views, quaint little village roads filled with thatched houses and gates with vintagey little signs hanging on the front.
It is funny. Returning to a place once you’re all grown up you see things in such a different light. Where before I saw this corner of the earth as a giant playground, I now saw it in its true and perhaps most endearing light – beautiful, serene and just…. Wonderful. I literally felt my cares just float away with the tide.
We stayed at the Park Dean holiday park, just off the main road which runs around the island and about a 15 minute stroll away from the beach. The park itself was clean and though small, you didn’t find yourself on top of your neighbours. Compared to the Haven site we went to earlier in the month, there seemed to be a lot more of a focus on comfort for guests rather than how many caravans they could fit on the field to make the most money. A big tick in my eyes!
We rented two caravans – one was dog friendly as Grandma bought Bonnie along. They shared with Sean’s mum and dad while our caravan that we stayed in with Dean & Tasha was over the other side of the park. Both were brilliantly equipped. The kitchen was filled with pretty much every utensil, pot and pan you could ever need, there was ample storage in each bedroom and even hair dryers ready for guests to use. Again, this was a massive contrast to Haven. To be honest we were lucky if we had enough forks for us all there & we had to go out and buy tea towels etc. At Park Dean this was all provided for us. We could literally walk in, pop our bags away and feel at home without having to worry about compiling a gigantic homeware shopping list!
Our time there was chilled. We enjoyed daily strolls along the walked along the beach hut lined sea front, pub lunches, PLENTY of wine and lots of laughs.
The boys (Dean & Sean) and their mum ran and swam everyday there. The facilities were… basic to say the least and not that clean, but we were holidaying out of season so I’d be interested to see what the pool etc is like at its peak. They even completed the obstacle course which stretches along the sea front on the Sunday morning – crazy I know! Tasha & I were sensible and had an extra hour in our pjs watching weekend morning tv.
We didn’t take too much advantage of the evening entertainment, however Tasha & I did have a go at Bingo while the boys watched the rugby and as a family we went for a drink in the ‘beer garden’ on Sunday afternoon before going back to base to drink LOTS & LOTS of wine.
We even had a onesie night which rapidly developed into a four person bundle…
As a family we talked about the possibility of going back once us ‘kids’ have children of our own and making it an annual occasion and I really am excited to return one day.
We’ve just returned home from a week away to St Leonards, a little sea side town just outside of Hastings. We stayed at the Combe Haven Holiday Park in a pet friendly caravan. I think I will write a little bit more about the holiday park […]
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