My boyfriend and I have just returned from a week at Camvillia and loved every minute.
While the hotel and its breathtaking views are wonderful, we felt that the biggest highlight for us was the friendliness of the staff who looked after us. Attentive, kind and chatty, always there to help - thank you, you made our week.
The hotel itself is clean and impressive. From the moment you arrive, you're greeted with a ridiculously beautiful view of distant mountains to take in over a welcome drink. The general aesthetic of the pool and dining/chill out area is modern and chic. We enjoyed many (slightly expensive, though delicious) cocktails overlooking the bay and mountains in the early evening. Again, we were well looked-after and staff were very attentive and friendly.
For me personally, there was only one disappointment and that was the breakfast. I flippin' love a hotel buffet breakfast - any excuse to consume as many pastries as humanly possible on my holiday. I was saddened to find that the choice of food was pretty limited, and doesn't vary at all from day to day. There were no croissants, but instead a variety of strange cakes. The cooked breakfast included the same tomato mixed scrambled egg, ham-bacon and mushrooms every day. I mean, it was tasty, but some more choice and variety would have been appreciated.
And one other point on breakfast, I hated having to chase someone down every morning to ask for a pot of tea. At no point during our stay was I asked if I'd like a hot drink at breakfast and there was nowhere to help yourself to tea/hot water. I'm sure it's a rather British complaint, but not an uncommon preference to actually want tea WITH breakfast rather than after/ in the middle of it.
Aside from breakfast, the food at dinner was delicious, and while the same menu is brought to you every evening (we were staying half-board), we always found something new to try and loved our meals. The sauteed mushroom starter was spectacular.
On days when the pool sun bathing area seems a bit full or you fancy a change, you can get a lift down to the beach. Jerry the hotel driver is absolutely lovely and will take people down every half an hour. The beach is stunning and Camvillia have their own little section with deck chairs, parasols and a chap standing by if you need anything. The sea is perfectly clear and clean - a pleasure to swim in.
All in all, thank you, Camvillia. We had a wonderful time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Camvillia Resort and Spa is a boutique resort hotel in Vounaria-Koroni in the Messinia region. The authentic materials used in the resort, such as stone and olive wood connect you to the Vounaria atmosphere and make you feel at home during your vacation in Messinia. All rooms and suites at Camvillia Resort have a view of the olive grove and the endless blue of the sea and the sky. We welcome you at Camvillia Resort to offer you a special experience. Our philosophy is simplicity that stems from luxury in this unique boutique hotel in Koroni. Get away and feel the true holiday spirit at Camvillia Resort. ... more less
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