We stayed in the olive grove apartments last year and it is a lovely resort however the apartments wernet so clean and we didnt have any air conditioning. We hired a fan from the owner for a few nights but he was charging an arm and a leg. Also in the middle of summer the italians are evrywere arent arent very friendly. I also had my sunglasses stolen on the first day of being there. The cash mashines in the resort werent working and we were stuck for money we walked to the other side of the resort in midday for a cash mashine for money and it wasnt working. I have been to other greece islands and corfu isnt like any other traditional greece island.
We stayed here in June when they were having exceptionally hot weather for the time of year so it was a hot walk up to the apartments! However it was well worth it and I would happilly walk twicw as far to stay in such a nice resort. We were here for 2 weeks and found plenty to do as all we were here for was to chill out, relax, enjoy the weather and beaches which we did!
First if I describe where the apartments are. The apartments are situated about 200m from the main road going through paleo. The footpath start is towards the end of the road, so youíre more monetary side of the resort. The 200m walkway consists of about 20 steps and a 180 m footpath which is better described as steep. Youíre looking at around an average of 15% gradient, so unless youíre used to climbing hills or generally in GOOD fitness you are going to struggle, certainly myself I lost about a stone in two weeks!
Unfortunately the brochures are incorrect when describing
the beach location. To get to the nearest beach area you have to continue
walking down the cliff face for another 100m where you will be greeted by
pebbles not sand. In fact there are only two or three sand beeches in Paleo
most are pebble based, which may disappoint you if your looking for a beach
holiday, I would suggest somewhere like Sidari, Kavos or Gilfida if you wand
Back to the accommodation once you have reached the summit you will be greeted with family run apartments. The family themselves live in a separate annex, but the accommodation itself is split into two villas each containing initial studio type apartments, each with their own kitchen and usually separate balcony area, The apartments are set in a very quiet a peaceful environment, beautiful surroundings of olive tress , grape vines, lemon trees etc.
You will find the family and cat very friendly and
approachable. The family are also local Cofiot producers of wine and olive oil
so do talk to the family as they can provide you with excellent wine and oil at
the fraction of the price you would pay here for it in Britain. Personally for
us it was a pleasure being there and if youíre looking for a quiet peaceful holiday
then I would recommend the accommodation here, not for children though, both
for the apartments and also Paleo itself. The apartments are very clean and
hygienic, the only issue for us was there was no shower curtain which made
showering interesting but fine.
Paleokastritsa is not a typical family holiday there is not
a lot to do here and a week is more than enough. If you plan to stay for more
than a week I would recommend hiring a car so that you can visit other places
on the island and plan excursions and nights away, as to break up the holiday,
otherwise you risk becoming bored!
If youíre staying at the olive grove apartments there are faculties available to you via the Odysseus hotel. Although it may appear to be a private hotel you can use the pool there, the pool bar and the bar of an evening. You can also see all the entertainment that they put on free of charge. We stayed there for drinks during the evening and watched the entertainment regularly. Do inform the reception of who you are and where you are staying on your first visit just so they know when your using the pool, just polite thing to do I guess.
We were very disappointed spending 2 weeks in Olive Grove, as we told that it is very peaceful, but it was not. The walls in studios, where we stayed, were so thin, we had to listen others conversations (and singing) coming from next doors all day long, from 7 am till 3 am. It was difficult to sleep as well as place was invented by insects, e.g. mosquitoes. I was bitten in my eye by them twice when asleep as I could not spray my eyes with repellent.
Very nice, clean and spacious apartments set in their own gaerens in amongst an olive grove in a quiet location close to the main beach and centre.
We stayed in the Olive Grove for one week (the first week was at the ilios).
we really liked it at the olive Grove. The apartment is quite large by self catering standards and you are situated qute near the "centre" of town.
The big downside is the steep hill you need to climb to get to the apartments (just by the side of the Odysseus hotel). There is a road around the back that gets you to the apartments so hire a car or scooter or be prepared for a good leg workout every day (not so easy after a litre of excellent corfu wine)