“Excellent Villa with one of the best views on the island” My wife and I booked this villa for our 'babymoon' - a nice, high spec location to get away from it all for 7 nights. We got exactly what we asked for with the villa being situated high on the side of a mountain but easily accessible by car (approx. 10 minutes to get from the villa to the major bypass outside of Nidri town). Evenings were absolutely quiet save the sounds of nature, complete peace for long sleeps.
The photos available speak for themselves so I shall say no more than they are true and accurate representations of the villa and its surroundings - no photoshop in sight. The view overlooking the bay outside of Gheni never got old, and we found ourselves choosing to spend our evenings swimming / having a BBQ on the large patio of the villa, heading down at night into Nidri as the mood took us.
The villa is on the east of the island, and whilst the best beaches such as Egremni are on the west, the drive around the south of the island (don't go north, not as pretty) was an absolute joy to drive - long, open winding mountain roads with the roof down and sun shining. Personally, I think it's better to be on the east as that's where the boats launch from (Nidri) and it has a better buzz although the south west of the island is pretty cool too. Anyway, that's for folks to decide for themselves but it worked for us.
Full disclosure - the first time you ascend the mountain road to the villa, it can be somewhat daunting if you've not had experience of such before. I didn't, but by the second day I was a pro and actually really started to enjoy the drive! Just don't rent / take a car any larger than a Suzuki Jimmy or you might run into some bother.
The villa itself was to a high standard of cleanliness, with the pool maintained regularly during our stay. Outdoor lighting was soft so as not to attract too many bugs at dinner, beautiful flowers and roses decorating the property. Shower facilities very good, wifi is solid and reliable (you won't be streaming movies, but fine for surfing and sending pics home).
The owner & contact on the island were both pleasures to liaise with, with no intrusion during our stay and very efficient checking in & out. The property has an 'honesty bar' which was very well stocked, and it's a simple request to replace what you take. Local amenities are 10m away at the bottom of the hill in Nidri, no bother. Recommend you hit up Carrfour either in Lefkadas or an express down south for higher value load-ups.
Anyway, we loved it and were very glad to be on our mountain away from it all, but only a short drive to the action when we wanted it. We'd both recommend it - just make sure you're ok with driving up a mountain (really it's no bother - just fair warning).
“Wonderful views!” Sharon and Leigh have thought of everything in this villa. Our first villa holiday and it was fab. Beautiful views across to Zante and of Mount Ainos (definitely worth a drive to the top too for the views around the island). There is everything you want there and you know beforehand which helps with the packing immensely :)
Sharon and Leigh are fab on communications too, so there are no worries. Pool man does a great job too. Thank you!
“Gorgeous villa, breathtaking view, spacious and welcoming” This villa is absolutely beautiful, and the pictures definitely don't do it justice. The inside is cozy and welcoming, and the outside has a view that will simply take your breath away. Situated close to town (15 min. walk) and the beach which was extremely convenient. Would definitely recommend this villa and would love to go back!
“Great place to stay” We really enjoyed our stay at Villa Sophie, and our contact with Joy by email and Costas in person. After 3 hectic weeks of travelling the villa was a haven. Gennadi is a lovely town, and the villa is well-located for exploration of the whole island.Our initial difficulty finding the villa and getting the key to work have probably already been fixed by updating instructions for future tenants.
“Brilliant holiday” Just returned from a brilliant holiday, staying at Villa Isadora. There is so much to compliment about our stay from the excellent information received from the owners to the warm welcome we received from Dimitri & the high standard of the villa & pool. I would recommend this wonderful villa for a holiday in Kefalonia & hope to return very soon.
“Sunny Crete” We stayed two weeks in August in Azure Beach Villa. Everything was like owner said - very good equipped and tidy.Obviously we had the swimming pool for ourselves.
The nearest town is Kissamos with supermarket "Carfour" where you can do shopping cheeper than in local shops. In our opinion the best tawrnas are: "Babis" with playground (it is in walking distance) and the smallest - family one (it's exactly described in villa book). You certainly wouldn't be dissapointed choosing Azure beach villa for vacation.