Enjoy magnificent landscapes and luxurious resorts in Kefalonia
In around three and a half hours from UK airports, you could be sunning yourself on the gorgeous island of Kefalonia, popular with the rich and famous.
From secluded white sand beaches and caves to elegant restaurants along high-end harbours, the largest of the Ionian Islands has successfully managed to retain its exclusive air. The purpose built resort of Lassi boasts two breathtaking beaches with an impressive mountainous backdrop and a centre filled with delectable bars and restaurants.
Tuck into freshly caught seafood along the bustling harbour in Lixouri with views of the capital across the water or explore the popular resort of Skala where you’ll find ribbons of white sand edged by pine forests.
Living the high life in Kefalonia
Antisamos Beach in Sami found fame in the motion picture Captain Corelli’s Mandolin back in 2001. This pretty town is adorned with traditional restaurants serving locally produced, world-class cuisine and high-end hotels overlooking the spectacular sea. On the islands northern tip, fashionable Fiskardo is popular with the A-list crowd and serves up plenty of sophisticated bars and restaurants around its yacht-filled harbour.
Other popular holidays in Kefalonia
If you’re looking for a semi-rural hideout close to the airport, book a luxury holiday to the quaint town of Svoronata where you’ll find a handful of tranquil beaches and plenty of delicious restaurants. For a little more action, head to the island’s capital, Argostoli, which is bursting with history and offers a vibrant night life. For more inspiration check out our extensive travel guide before taking a look at some of our favourite resorts across the island.
Reserved entirely for adults this design-led, 4* hotel is as stylish as it gets. Boasting an elegant infinity pool overlooking the beach surrounded by white, cubed buildings, its valley location offers peace and tranquility while the centre of Skala is a leisurely 20-minute walk away. Whether you're unwinding in the hot tub, taking advantage of the range of indulgent treatments available at the spa or enjoying a wellbeing class in the gardens, this hotel scores highly when it comes to rest and relaxation.
Voted one of the 'Hot 100 Best Hotels in Europe' by The Sunday Times, this 5* haven offers panoramic views of the Ionian Sea and Kefalonian mountains. Villa-style hotel rooms are nestled into the hillside surrounded by native cypress and cedar trees and a selection of three pools encircled by wooden decking overlook the bay. Enjoy films and sporting events at the outdoor cinema, hop on the hotel shuttle service into the pretty centre of Fiskardo and watch the sun go down from one of the plush restaurants along the marina lined with luxury yachts.
Enveloped by a pine forest with a private beach and access to three further white stretches of sand, this contemporary 4* hotel offers elegant accommodation on the outskirts of Lassi. Enjoy delicious buffet breakfasts on the terrace overlooking the Ionian sea before taking to a sunlounger and admiring the exquisite views from around the freshwater pool. Come evening, guests are invited to dine at the al fresco a la carte restaurant for local Greek cuisine after enjoying sunset cocktails at the smart cliff-top bar.
Relax in style around the elegant pool area with views of nearby Ithaca Island and Sami Town at this 5* retreat in the peaceful village of Karavomilos. Steps away from the quiet, shingle beach you'll find an assortment of traditional bars and restaurants within a five minutes' walk of the resort or stay put and take advantage of the a la carte Emerald Restaurant within the hotel. Pamper yourself at the spa with a massage or beauty treatment, then soak up the sun on the terrace before watching it set over the Mediterranean.
Five minutes from the golden sands of Xi beach, this contemporary resort packed with avant-garde design boasts chic rooms from deluxe singles through to executive suites with private pools. Guests are invited to unwind in the spa, with rejuvenating treatments including full body massages, hammams and saunas, and to feast on freshly made Greek and Mediterranean cuisine in LaPrimavera restaurant.