European Holiday Reviews

European Holiday Reviews

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Corfu 1st – 8th July 2011...

Bearing in mind that the flight from Stansted only takes about 3 hours, this feels like a very long journey (especially if you had an unsociably early check-in). This is made slightly worse by the 2 hour transfer bus from Corfu airport (if you booked via First Choice / Thomson), although you could just treat the experience as a free tour via the scenic route. If you don’t mind paying extra you can get there an hour or so earlier by getting a taxi. Also, at Corfu airport, there are just 2 baggage belts each with 3 screens so they can process 6 flights at a time. Be warned to watch these screens carefully as they can change at any point and you’ll find yourself watching the wrong luggage coming through!

However, all of this hassle is totally worth it for the fantastically warm welcome you get when you arrive at The Kanali, and throughout your stay.

We first visited The Kanali in May 2010, but this time we had a tighter budget and instead of a large apartment we booked a studio, which was more than adequate for the two of us.

Nikos greeted us off the coach with open arms and took our cases in his pick-up along the short lane to the reception, and then Spiros (from the Aquarius Bar) came across to give us another warm welcome. Once the formalities were done (handing over passports and receiving the paperwork and key for the room and another for the free safety deposit box in reception) we were taken to our accommodation.

Room 308 is on the top floor and there are 3 single beds, bedside cabinets, plenty of pillows, kitchenette, and separate toilet/shower. The tv has several channels and you can watch the latest movies, not that we used it as the weather was so fabulous all week. The balcony (a real sun trap in the afternoons) has a table and 3 chairs, along with a clothes line and has a fabulous view of the Mediterranean and Albania. There’s also a wardrobe with hangers and drawers, a dressing table with more storage space and stool as well as table and chairs. The kitchenette is equipped with kettle, toaster and although there’s no microwave there is a 2-hob over/grill. There’s enough plates, cups etc for 3 people along with cooking pans.

The air con is 40 euros a week but is well worth it in my opinion. Wifi is freely available for those who want/need to be ‘connected’ during their stay.

The cleaning staff apparently have magic wands. How else could you explain how they manage to change your bedding, empty your bins, sweep the floor and bring you clean towels and new toilet rolls in the blink of an eye? Fantastic!

The on-site restaurant (The Aquarius) is perfect for all of your needs, whether you want a full English breakfast or a wonderful Greek dish, all served with a large portion of kindness and generosity. The home-made veggie pizza is to die for and the walnut cake is truly phenomenal. Spiros, Kelly, George and the team work tirelessly to ensure that you’re the centre of their attention and that you are made to feel like royalty. Evening entertainment is plentiful, with a BBQ by the pool, quiz night, a highly entertaining Greek night and also a live band night… featuring the multi-talented Nikos! My birthday was a few days away, but during the live band night I was given a delicious birthday cake, complete with sparklers by the Aquarius staff, while the other customers sang Happy Birthday to me, which took me completely by surprise! These are the sort of things which makes the Kanali and Aquarius so very special.

Obviously, we popped in to say ‘Hello’ to the wonderful Jeni at Jeni’s Mediterranean Moments en route to the town, and to have home-made cheesecake. As always, we were made to feel extremely welcome and were updated on the most recent dog rescues. While we were there we booked our sandwiches and bottled water from Jeni for the journey home. The food at Corfu airport is very expensive (and ghastly) and for just a few euros Jeni will make sure you have something fresh and tasty to eat during your final few hours on the island, even bringing it to your accommodation before your transfer bus arrives.

This is a fantastic place to stay and after the last two wonderful holidays at The Kanali we’d never book to stay anywhere else on Corfu.

Here are more photos of our trip:

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