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Villas vs Hotels in Kefalonia

Because it's the largest of the Ionian islands, Kefalonia enjoys a solid and well deserved reputation for peace and serenity. That said, it still attracts countless holidaymakers year on year, and one question each of us asks before taking our holiday in Kefalonia is where to stay.


In terms of variety, it's hard to beat. Everything from seaside hotels to family-run inns of old are yours to enjoy. Kids can get stuck into resort hotels packed with activities, or you and your loved one can retreat to a secluded getaway.


What it comes down to is whether you prefer the service and comfort of a hotel, or the autonomy and space of a villa. Kefalonia has ample supply of each, so let's go over some of the advantages they offer.


Villas promise privacy

Community spirit is king in Kefalonia, and if you're looking to become one with the place, the privacy of a good villa is a great place to start.

Whether you're tucked in the suburbs, perched beside the seaside or way out in the rolling hills, your villa promises you a retreat from the rest of the world. They're modern and stylish, decked out with everything you need to be your home from home, including kitchen equipment, TV and sofa, and other comforts.

Villas tend to be less centrally located than their hotel counterparts, but that's likely what you want if you opt for them. When you dine, it's only you and your loved ones eating with you, so you don't have to rub shoulders with anyone else at the buffet.

Similarly, you can cook your own meals, which means you've got full control over how much the kids load up on cake or how big your portions are. Likewise, a bottle of wine in your villa is going to be a less crowded affair than at a hotel bar.

Perhaps best of all, when in the day you dine is entirely your decision, so if you lay in you don't need to fear missing breakfast. You also have the freedom to choose your activities without distractions, be that days in the beach at Skala or a trip to explore the Drogarati Caves.

Hotels keep you connected



From beachfront balconies to rooms right in the heart of town, hotels are constructed specifically to give you great locations where the major tourism action of Kefalonia resides. As such, hotels are good for those of you visiting Kefalonia for short breaks, or with an eagerness to be right where the activity is.

What's more, they usually offer plenty of entertainment of their own, meaning you don't need to venture far to enjoy your holiday. Any hotel in Kefalonia worth its salt has a pool, and many of them boast spa facilities or gym equipment that let you keep your body revitalised.

Likewise, whether it's musical acts taking the stage, dancing all night to local and international hits, or even unwinding with cocktails on the beach, hotels make it easy to enjoy life after dark without getting lost in the local town.

From smaller venues like the San Lorenzo Residence to substantial, luxurious affairs like the Apollonion Resort and Spa, hotels in Kefalonia work hard to help you find the best things to see and do. While villas are perfect for a truly DIY holiday, the helping hand of hotel staff can take a little of the effort out of exploring the local sights.

Another plus is that you needn't even think of a kitchen for the entirety of your stay. If you prefer to put your feet up and let someone else do the cooking, a hotel package might be the choice for you.

Altogether, Kefalonia offers an enriching and engrossing holiday, however you choose to stay. Don't be shy in weighing up your options as you book your dream escape.

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