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About Spyros Stamatelatos
I am 45 years old, born in Athens-Greece and I live and work in Kefalonia with my wife and 2 children. I manage the two villas together with my sister Nickol, who is the co-owner.
Why Spyros Stamatelatos chose Karavados
The villa was originally built with the purpose of serving as our private holiday home and as such was lavishly equipped. Economic recession in Greece and the overwhelming increase of property taxes drove us to the decision of sharing the villa . Luckily, Kefalonia is one of the world’s most stunning holiday destinations and a lot of people, mainly families from Northern Europe, visit here every summer, in order to enjoy the charming beaches and the high quality resorts.
What makes this Villa unique
The property is just 30 meters from the coast and two minutes’ walk from the lovely sandy beach of St Thomas, in a unique location, overlooking the turquoise water of the peaceful cove below, as well as the majestic slopes of mount Ainos. The villa was originally built in 2006 and renovated in 2013, with modern needs and comforts in mind. It offers luxury in exquisite surroundings and boast fantastic sea views. Enjoy the sun and the sea with privacy avoiding the stressful commute to the crowded beaches. Those who enjoy a more active holiday, can take advantage of the sea-kayaks and surfboards which are available for use to our guests free of charge.
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Will be back for sure...
Perfect location, beautiful swimming, daily kayaking, wonderfully quiet and lots of different indoor and outdoor areas to enjoy the view. Hire car essential, Google Maps and mobile data also very useful as signposting/directions can be challenging at times. Although our first Greek trip, Kefalonia, Thomas Agios Beach and Avali Villas seem like a hidden gem. Communication from Spyros and Nicole regular, friendly and flexible.
Fabulous location, a very nice property.
This property will accommodate 6 adults comfortably. No need to get in anyone’s way if you want to do different things. Plenty of options if you want to stay on site (the beach and tavernas are a few minutes walk away) with swimming, snorkelling and kayaking much closer. A car is essential as there is nothing within walking distance but the main town of Argostoli and Lourdas beach across the bay are both only a 15 - 20 minute drive away. We found the location perfect and enjoyed sightseeing, shopping and the sun which for us never stopped shining in the 12 days of our stay. Thank you Spyros!
stunning villa in a perfect location
Arriving at the villa we were blown away by its location just above the shore line and stunning views out to sea. The villa itself is well appointed and has plenty of seating inside and out - it really is as good as it looks in the photos! We enjoyed snorkelling and sea kayaking to small deserted coves just along the coast and our teenagers were able to jump and dive from the rocks into deep sea pools. A lovely cafe/bar and taverna are only 2 minutes walk along the shore line where there is a small sandy beach (This was busy during our stay but not unexpected for mid August). Air conditioning in the villa was excellent. The bedrooms have plenty of storage and comfortable beds and the master bedroom has a small safe. We hired a car which made accessing the island very easy. Argostoli (around 25 minutes drive) offers plenty of places to eat, shop and learn about the history of the island, and we were lucky enough to see sea turtles in the bay. Communication with Spyros was excellent both before and during our stay - when we told him that the kettle wasn’t working a new one was delivered the next day 😊. We would definitely recommend this property would love to visit again.
Exceptional villa with amazing sea swimming
Spyros and Nickol's family villa is exceptional. It is beautifully presented and proportioned home, with everything you might need for a villa holiday. The main draw of this villa is the sea, just a few meters from the garden is the rock beach with clear, blue water. We swam back and forth across the bay all day long, occasionally calling in at St Thomas beach for an iced coffee. Even in July and August we almost always had the rock beach to ourselves. Stop looking for a villa in Kefalonia, and book this one - you wont be able to beat it.
The villa is in a very private and quiet location; you will need a car. Literally 30 yards to the sea, perfect views over a large lawn and out to the wonderfully blue Ionion. Facilities were very good, rooms are spacious, standard of cleanliness very high, and there are even kayaks and flotation devices available. Air con in all the bedrooms was an absolute must in August, and is efficient and quiet. Some lovely tavernas only a hundred yards away on the beach make for easy dining choices. Good supermarkets within 15 minutes will provide everything you need; and the barbecue on the terrace is fabulous. The villa sleeps 6, and my only problem was that there was not really enough lounge seating if you have a house full, but for me and my husband, the perfect holiday. Spyros is a delight and available whenever you need him. He also sends very good travel instructions and sightseeing advice. We will be back!
We've had a wonderful stay (11 days) at Villa Avali. Owner Spyros has made sure we were as comfortable as possible, he's made himself available; The villa is very well maintained, clean and matching perfectly the pictures from the web site. Air conditioning made our nights perfect. The water in front of the house was incredibly clear and warm. We have enjoyed the kayaks. I recommend to rent a car. I will tell my relatives/friends about this incredible place.
Special interest holidays:
The grounds surrounding the villa can provide an elegant backdrop for a wedding party or special event of up to 100 guests. For large parties or events, advance arrangements are required, and combined rental of Villa Grand Avali and Villa Avali Family is preferable .
In front of the villas, in just 30 m distance, there is a small cove like a "natural swimming pool" where you can enjoy swimming and sunbathing on the level rocks with privacy.If you prefer a sandy beach you can descend left to the next bay, after 200 m, to meet the first beach or for more privacy, walk another 100 m, following a path to a more exotic sandy beach. Walk down the coast on the right of the villas and you will discover the most unusual rock formations and great sites for fishing.
Kefalonia Airport is about 10 km and can be easily reached by taxi or a rented car.
There are also always taxis available and the transfer time is about 15 mins. Taxi pick up from the airport to the villa (and vice versa) can also be arranged on your behalf !
Avali resort is steps away from St Thomas Beach which is located on the southwestern coast of Cephalonia,only 12 km from the island’s capital, Argostoli, and 10 km from the island’s airport and 2 Km from Karavados Village.
There are no hotels in the surrounding area, and the few private villas are situated far enough to maintain an intimate atmosphere. Within walking distance there are a couple of taverns and a beach canteen, while a short drive will bring you to several restaurants and mini markets.
The villas are nestled in a particularly privileged location as it provides shelter from the wind and practically guarantees calm seas during the summer, so the location is ideal for swimming, snorkeling, sea-kayaking, fishing, small boat sailing, stand up surf etc [Canoes/kayaks/ surfboards/flotation devices are provided free of charge (at your responsibility – some experience required)].
Enjoy swimming and snorkeling in Avali Cove, a "natural swimming pool" !
There are also some great walks around the villa and along the coast with the most unusual rock formations.
Ideal choice for a group of friends, a large family or two sharing, looking to enjoy the sun and the sea secluded from the crowded touristic areas of the island.
We are more than happy to help you organize and book all sorts of activities, such as private speedboat charters, sailing trips, sea kayak excursions etc and of course would love to advise you on the best restaurants and places of interest.
Avali Sea Resort is also Ideal to reach on a private boat/yacht since it lies right on the coastline in an area promising calm seas during the Summer.[Free mooring in the sea below the villa for one sailing/motor boat up to 8 meters long].