Hotel Emelisse, Kefalonia

Greek hospitality is alive and well….

Greek hospitality is alive and well….

Harry Wills

Flying into Kefalonia you could easily see the attraction of this island in the crystal clear Ionian Sea. Recently best known for being the setting of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, archaeological finds in Kefalonia gave evidence that the island was inhabited since 10,000 BC, reaching a peak of civilization during the Mycenaean period (1500-1100 BC) so we were definitely not the first tourists to enjoy its tranquillity. The road to the hotel was closed due to the Earthquakes in 2014, which rained stones onto the main road. The taxi driver seemed oblivious to the cliffs on either side and goats in the road as we hared over the mountain pass!
We arrived at The Emelisse Hotel on the northern tip of Kefalonia, feeling hugely pleased to be alive and greeted by a refreshing beverage beforing being golf carted to our room. The hotel sits in a glorious location amongst acres of native cypress and cedar trees on a rocky outcrop with an infinity pool over looking the sea. The pool bar was an obvious attraction and also offered delicious local fare. The days were spent soaking up the glorious sunshine and hospitality with the hardest decision being whether to take a dip at the beach or in the pool. For those of a more energetic persuasion the hotel had a squash court, clay tennis court, bicycles and a gym. At night there were two restaurants to choose from in the hotel or you could take a 10 minute stroll to the fishing port of Fiscardo.
Fiscardo is a picturesque Greek harbour village unique in that it was left virtually undamaged during the great earthquake of 1953, that ruined most of the historic buildings on Kefalonia. Traditional Kefalonian fishing boats moor alongside the more extravagant temporary yachts and Gin Palaces during the summer. There are an array of restaurants and bars serving up different standards of local fresh fish and other staples with Ellis and Tselentis being our favourites. The whole trip was excellent value and Hotel Emelisse could not have looked after us more comfortably and effortlessly ... we will be back.