|Minimum Stay||6 - 7 nights|
Villa Kalithea sits on the hillside set in tranquil vistas of olive trees and Mediterranean wildflowers. Villa Kalithea is a modern coastal villa within walking distance of Mikros Gialos (also known as Poros) beach, several lovely tavernas and restaurants, cafés, motorboat hire and a useful mini market.
This exquisite south-east facing villa is perched on the hillside and built in such a way to ensure that wherever you sit you can enjoy gorgeous panoramic sea views out and across the vivid blue Ionian Sea and to the beautiful bay and beach of Mikros Gialos.
Villa Kalithea is completely private and not overlooked and at the same time it is close to all amenities. The sun shines on the villa from dawn until dusk and if you prefer there are plenty of shaded areas around the villa for total tranquility and relaxation.
The villa is about 20 mins walk from the unspoilt bay of Mikros Gialos and 15 mins drive from Nidri to the north and Vasiliki in the south. The villa is stylishly furnished with all the mod cons you would need to enjoy a relaxing and comfortable holiday.
Set alone, the villa is approached through wrought iron gates down a winding stone walled private drive with private parking at the entrance of the property. Upon entering, villa Kalithea opens into a large and spacious lounge/dining room with large French windows leading out onto a shaded verandah with comfortable seating for you to sit back, relax and enjoy the uninterrupted sea views. The kitchen at this comfortable villa, also on this level, is fitted in cherry wood with granite tops and includes fridge, freezer, electric hob and full oven with extractor, microwave, dishwasher, double sink, all utensils, crockery, cutlery and glasses provided the kitchen has triple aspect with stunning views. A staircase with hand rail leads to the lower level where the two spacious bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms are. The Master bedroom with two large French windows leading out to the swimming pool and the Twin bedroom with window and large French window leading out to the terrace at the front of the villa both bedrooms have outdoor seating from where you can enjoy the gorgeous views across the olive groves. There is also a utility room on the lower level with a washing machine, ironing board and iron plus clothes airer.
Villa Kalithea is air conditioned throughout and has insect nets on all windows and doors.
The 10m X 5m infinity swimming pool can be accessed from both levels and has sun chairs with outside hot and cold shower, walk in steps at one end of the pool take you to an approximate uniform depth of 2m.
There are several paved areas around the villa including a covered terrace close to the kitchen which was purpose built for the all essential summer outdoor dining with a hand built Clome oven and barbecue plus a small herb garden.
Mikros Gialos locally known as Rouda Bay has several excellent tavernas and fish restaurants. There are a handful of cafes plus a well stocked mini-market which also brings fresh bread each morning. You can reach Mikros Gialos on foot from villa Kalithea within about 20 mins and it is uphill some of the way back so perfect if you are going out for an evening meal but beware in the heat of the hot afternoons! There is motorboat hire from the beach in Mikros Gialos and we can arrange this for you if you wish. The bay is perfect for swimming and snorkelling as the water is crystal clear and there are plenty of rocky areas at the sides where you may be lucky to see starfish, hermit crabs, sea cucumbers or even an octopus!
A spacious and well appointed villa with beautiful sea views in a classic Greek setting among olive trees . There are numerous seating areas outside with a large shaded terrace from where we could watch the moon rise in the evenings and study the night sky. We made good use of the magnificent infinity pool. Ate out most evenings with a good choice of Tavernas in Mikros Gialos and other nearby villages. It would be a 20-30 minute walk down to the village but the track to the villa is steep and rutted and this would not be an easy climb back up in the dark after a night out. We chose to drive and you certainly need the raised height of a 4x4 vehicle to get up this. The villa is very private. We did notice a villa being built further up the hill but when completed this should not really intrude. We really enjoyed our stay at Villa Kalithea. The local team were helpful and friendly. We have holidayed in Greece for many years and this is probably the best villa we have stayed in. We would have no hesitation in recommending it.
Allan and Mary
We stayed 2 weeks at Villa Kalithea, which is longer than I normally like to stay away but the villa was so relaxing it was fine. What a lovely place. The pool is roughly the same depth all the way along which is really unusual and great - no worries about being out of your depth and you can stand and admire the view all the way along.
The villa was well equipped with everything we needed. Plenty of plates, cutlery etc & plastic glasses for using by the pool. The beds were a bit hard but that's pretty standard for Greece & we got used to it after a couple of days.
Being able to get to the pool straight from the bedrooms is lovely - no wet footprints in the living room as you can go straight to the shower. Really good showers too.
Simone came to clean the villa every few days (she left a card to warn us when she would be coming) and the pool guy came & went before we were up. Both very friendly and Simone gave us advice on hiring a boat and what to do on our last day when we had 6 hours to kill waiting for the plane.
The track up to the villa is awful. We hired a Suzuki Jimny jeep & it really wasn't up to it - the track is just too rough. Could be better described as a dry riverbed in some places. They're planning to fix it in 2017 which will make the villa perfect.
The village (Mikros Gialos) is lovely. Several good tavernas although we found the one listed on Trip Advisor (Zolithros) to be really busy & not that friendly. We had to book 4 days in advance & they served up "Fried Squids" to our son which were small fresh squids that had not been cleaned at all & looked truly awful. They tasted great but you needed to close your eyes to eat them.
Marillion restaurant (on the right as you come out of the little lane to the seafront) is fantastic. Wonderful food, cheaper than all the other restaurants for some reason, friendly staff - once we found it we went back every night.
We usually have a "never go back" rule, but I think we'll make an exception in this case as the villa is just so lovely - once the road is fixed.
We spent most of our week at the villa, because it had what we wanted, seclusion, beauty, swimming pool, quiet & stillness. The house is beautifully kept and has everything we would like to have. Our stay gave us the luxury to laze and swim, eat and drink. We enjoyed two days at different beaches: once at the bay by the villa, Mikros Gialos and the other at Ammoussa Beach, which is gorgeous. We would highly recommend the villa!
We spent a long time searching for the perfect villa for our Greek holiday and Villa Kalithea didn't disappoint. The location provides fantastic views over the bay with the tip of Meganisi visible in the distance.
We rented a 4x4 from Prefeza airport (organised with the booking) and recommended to cope with the rough track upto the villa. We were rewarded with total privacy and only saw one group walk past the villa all week.
The villa is very spacious and fitted with everything you might need. We enjoyed some evening bbqs at the villa and some meals in the village (we chose to drive rather than walk) where there are some good restaurants.
The resort appeared to be more popular with Greeks which gives it a very authentic feel. The beach was busy but small enough not to feel overcrowded and we always managed to get a sunbed when we went down late afternoon, after enjoying the pool and verandah athe the villa.
We would highly recommend the villa.
David, Karen x 2 teenagers
We had a wonderful week at Avila Kallithea. It is an adventurous drive up to the villa (you definitely need a 4x4) and you are rewarded with breathtaking views of the bay. The villa is spacious, well equipped and very comfortable but we spent most of our time outside enjoying the multiple seating areas and terraces and of course the amazing view. The infinity pool is a good size (again with the view) and our daughters loved spending their time here. It is a 10 minute drive down to the bay where there are tavernas and a mini market if you don't fancy venturing far. We had a wonderful week and can highly recommend this property. It is well maintained and the property manager was very helpful arranging our car hire for us. Fantastic!
Memories of our stay at Villa Kalithea are among our most treasured. Fantastic views, exactly as the photos suggest, changing as the sun crossed the sky and the little boats came and went across the horseshoe bay.
After travelling past Porus village down to the bay and then up to the villa, a large tiled infinity pool just invites you to have a lovely long dip.
Privacy was important to us and on arriving we found the villa to be totally secluded and gives off a lovely welcoming aura.
Our thanks to the staff for looking after us so well.
Kalithea is very well equipped for all your needs and has many areas for you sit and enjoy those wonderful views.
We will indulge ourselves and return to Villa Kalithea in the near future.
Jeannette & Ian .
Lefkas Town, 30 mins drive, is the main commercial centre. There is a quayside road south of the causeway entrance with a busy marina. The High Street runs through the centre of town and is also known as the ‘Pazari’, this is the main street for shopping and cafes. A mid-morning coffee in the square is ideal for a break and a perfect opportunity to see the Lefkadians in ‘action’! The architecture has been mainly influenced by the Venetians and the post Byzantine traditions but also by the Turkish and the English. The houses in the main part of the town are two storey buildings, very closely packed, without yards or gardens and with narrow alleyways running between them. It is lovely to walk around the back streets of the town where you are also more likely to see the typical Lefkadian houses wrapped in brightly painted corrugated iron.
Geni, 15 mins drive, is a pretty little coastal village on the east coast with an abundance of great fish tavernas located on the water's edge.
Nidri, 15 mins drive, is the primary holiday resort on Lefkas. There are a variety of tavernas, restaurants and cafes here, also a handful of bars and a couple of nightclubs. The majority of shopping and tourist facilities are on the main street. On the seafront, known as the ‘Paralia’, you can enjoy a wonderful view of the Pringiponissa islands - amongst which is Scorpios, owned by the Onassis family.
Ag. Nikitas, 40 mins drive, on the north-west tip of the island, is a pretty little village surrounded by fabulous beaches such as Pefkoulia, Kathisma and Kalamitsi. The nucleus of the village has been placed under preservation order, thus maintaining the traditional Ionian ambience.
Syvota Bay, 10 mins drive, is in the south-east at the head of a large bay and has an outstanding natural harbour. Syvota is wonderful for an evening meal with great fish tavernas by the sea.
Vassiliki, 10 mins drive, in the south is a self-contained tourist resort with a full range of facilities. The harbour is lined with restaurants and cafés and the main street has a fair number of shops. Many sailing companies operate from here and you may hire windsurf boards on a daily or hourly basis. Vassiliki has a ferry port operating a service to Cephalonia and Ithaca.
Nidri Beach - Pefkakia
(15 mins drive) A long sandy beach dotted with restaurants and hotels on the outskirts of the town. Very good for children as it is very shallow for a relatively long way in and does not shelve steeply. There are water-sports facilities including paragliding, wakeboarding, water skiing and fun rides.
(approx. 1 hr drive). One of the most beautiful beaches on Lefkas. Fine shingle dotted with rock formations and a long stretch of pure white beach. There are two small cafés and not much with regards to sun beds and beach facilities.
Porto Katsiki Beach
(approx. 40mins drive) Porto Katsiki, the best known beach, is today considered one of the most outstanding in the whole of Europe. This is a beach of exceptional beauty at the most southern tip of the island. A gorgeous shingle beach framed by high limestone cliffs and crystal-clear turquoise water. There are cafes and tavernas at the beach and sunbed facilities on the beach.
(approx. 40mins drive). 296 or so, steps lead down to this stunning beach virginal fine shingle beach. One of the top beaches in the Ionian Sea this is a must for visitors to Lefkas island. As with Porto Katsiki it is a gorgeous beach framed by high limestone cliffs and crystal-clear turquoise water.
Motorboat hire is a must as it can open up a realm of uninhabited beaches and coves. The motorboat includes the provision of a map of the boating area, buoyancy aids, flares, oars and anchors. Detailed instructions will also be given for operation and mooring and a full local back-up service is provided. There are many small deserted coves on the coast and excellent snorkelling areas where you can enjoy the local marine life such as Sea Urchins, Sea cucumbers, Red Star Fish and when overturning stones or rocks perhaps you may find Brittle Starfish or even Octopus!
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
Due to the unpaved road to villa Kalithea we recommend hire of a 4X4 jeep or a Fiat Panda.
Detailed driving instructions to the villa will be provided at time of booking.