Kaloudis Apartments & Studios
25 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
expectations well exceeded
"We had heard about this place thanks to a friend who knew Arillas well and he was pretty certain it was good. This was an understatement!! Kaloudis was one of the nicest, quietest, cleanest, friendliest places we had ever been to. A stone throw from the beach and its wonderful sunsets, restaurants and bars, we couldn't have asked for anything more. Billy, the owner was always on hand to help or just for a chat, Jimmy was the most efficient and friendly barman in the Northern Hemisphere and everyone else was so friendly. The pool was welcome, the food just what the doctor ordered and the rooms and grounds were spotlessly clean. Billy takes great pride in the resorts appearance. There is so much more fantastic things to say about Kaloudis but it would take me ages to write. There's no doubt, you won't be dissappointed, and if you are, then you haven't done your homework. Oh yeah, watch out for Oliver!! Can't wait to go back!!"
- Travel date: Tue 19th of May 2009
super smashing great!!
"We went out to Kaloudis village in oct 08,along with 3 other couples, the level of service and friendliness was second to none, there wasnt a bad word to say about anything...except for the beds..they were rock hard !!
We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay, the greek night was very good, the food provided was excellent.
Billy, bebina and jimmy were wonderful hosts in the bar, nothing was too much trouble, they made you feel very welcome!
The snacks and meals provided were of good quality and value for money.
I have booked to go back in August this year..cant wait."
- Travel date: Tue 5th of May 2009
"We ended up here with a late summer last minute deal. Corfu was a lovely island, and we enjoyed our holiday. At the time of year we were there, the weather was starting to turn a little, and as Arilas was a small resort, we were short of options on those overcast days. Fortunately we'd hired a car and explored the north of the island which was great fun.
As for the Kaloudis, it was ok, but we we have stayed in better places. The apartment we had was big, and clean and had lots of utilities in the kitchen, although no "living area" to relax in indoors. We had a double bed, which was great, but it had a footboard and as I'm 6'3, meant I couldn't sleep striaght. We were in room 10, which was right next to the bar, so there was loud music most nights, although this did finish at about midnight, so not too bad. Our room was on the ground floor, and the balcony was in front of a path between the pool and a lot of other rooms, so there was a fair amount of "traffic" that went past not giving us a great deal of privacy. Most of the clientele at the hotel seemed to be your typical "Brits abroad", which is really the target market for the hotel, but it did make us feel as if we weren't experiencing the "real" Corfu.
That said, the food in the bar was fine as was the service. The pool area was ok, although we preferred the beach which was a 2 minute walk away. The shop was fine, and we were able to rent a safety deposit box in reception.
All in all a decent week's holiday, but we like a little more character in our accommodation, and more privacy on holiday, so I don't think we'll be goign back there soon."
- Travel date: Wed 15th of October 2008
Great holiday at the Kaloudis Village.
"We have just come back from the Kaloudis and I was very impressed. The apartment that we had was big with lots of space and very clean. It had a wonderful big balcony which looked over the sea and the beautiful gardens. The pool and public areas are spotless and the family take great pride in their property. We attended the Greek Night which was very good and the food was excellent and we also went on Billy's boat trip which was one of the highlights of the holiday, Mathraki in particular is beautiful and it was like hiring your own personal speedboat for the day. Anybody who visits these apartments will not be dissapointed and many people return year after year. For a good night out go to the Rainbow Bar where Jimmy and Spiros are the perfect hosts ,it gets really lively later on and go for dinner at Brouklis where the food is superb. Arrilas is wonderful and I can't wait to return."
- Travel date: Thu 14th of August 2008
"i love corfu, i have been going to the kaloudis resort for many years now and have fallen in love with it. the views are spectacular and the facilities are fabulous. my family and i have come to be well associated with the owners billy, helena, and the rest of the family. also the new hired staff, (young) billy who i fell in love with at first sight. he especially and everyone else who work there are friendly and great people to mess around with.
i hope to return back to corfu as soon as possible as long as the money keeps on flowing.
its a greats place to stay and relax, and you will fall in love with 'young' billy the moment you meet him.
- Travel date: Mon 7th of July 2008
"We had such a good holiday in Arillas that we are going back this year.
We had a three bedroom apartment at the Kaloudis complex and as far as we were concerned the Kaloudis had the best location in Arillas.
The apartment was clean and was adequate for our needs. The beds were incredibly hard. We do like a firm bed but these were really hard. The shower in the bathroom was a bit of a fiddle to use, especially when trying to wash a 7 year old's hair.
There was no comfortable area in the apartment, so on the one stormy day we had we spent it in the bar.
Our apartment was on the ground floor and a little too near the bar for our liking - we were woken up by late night revellers a couple of times.
All this sounds rather negative, but we had a fabulous holiday. Arillas is a low key, relatively undeveloped resort. There is not much in the way of nightlife - a plus as far as we were concerned. Therefore most of the visitors were older people or families with young children, which was ideal for us. This is not a resort for teenagers and young revellers who want to drink and dance the night away. The tavernas sold excellent food and we enjoyed some lovely Greek wines. We didn't self cater as I don't go on holiday to cook so I can't comment on the kitchen facilities. We loved the swimming pool, which had an ideal fenced off area for my daughter to swim in. The beach was ideal and we had a lovely walk ove the headland to San Stefanos.
This time round we will be in a two bedroom apartment and hopefully it will be a little more comfortable and quieter at night. We decided to go back to the Kaloudis because after walking around Arillas we came to the conclusion that it had the best pool area and outdoor facilities.
Arillas has a very loyal clientele and we met many people who go back there year after year."
- Travel date: Tue 3rd of June 2008
nice holiday at Kaloudis,Arillas
"Me and my wife have just returned from a weeks stay at the Kaloudis Village in Arillas and had a nice holiday.
The accomadation we stayed in was a studio with twin beds.The room was clean and the general condition of furniture,beds and fittings was good.The balcony was ok for two people to relax and take in the sun.The room had a small twin hob cooker and mini oven/grill which we used once to cook but decided to eat out after taking an hour to boil some rice.The room had the bedding and towels relaced every other day.The complex is clean and well maintained with a nice open feeling.
We did our own thing every night going around diffrent tavernas and bars.You do not have stay on the complex and pay high prices so venture out and take in the real Corfu.The best thing is the beach is only a minutes walk away.The beach is great and if you are not a swimmer dont worry as you can walk out twenty yards and you are still only knee deep.The beach is sand with only the odd pebble here and there.
Its great for a getaway from the rat race and relax holiday.If you want to party all night and stumble into bed at six in the morning forget it. This is for the over thirtys who want to take it easy.
We loved the scenery and were fortunate to have the sun every day in mid October.Do not go with travel agents trips out.Go into town were there are a few travel firms doing trips at a fraction of the price.
Would like to go back one day."
- Travel date: Sun 21st of October 2007
Not For The Young
"This appartment has lots of flaws and very few positives. I was self catering and had to put up with a dripping tap and a poor oven facilitiy. however, local food resources were in the super market below.
We werent provided with anything from dish clothes to pizza cutter.
The man at the apartment (not Billy) was very miserable however the lady was good.
The resort has next to no night life and was very boring for me aged 18. There are very few bars and cafes and it was impossible to get a good breakfast anywhere.
The Greek toilets require you to not flush your toilet paper but put it in a bin which was strange, it wouldnt of ben so bad but room service wasnt daily and your apartment can become rather hazardous during that time.
The beds arent very comfortable either, but the views are nice and the weather was hot. The general population in this resort were very friendly and helpful.
This is definately a resort for older, relaxed people who want to sunbathe and do their own thing.
I wouldnt recommend this to any other age or group."
- Travel date: Sat 2nd of June 2007
"My partner and I have just returned from a week at the Kaloudis Village and i have to say it was one of the best holidays we've ever had.
We arrived on 8th May, which is at the very beginning of the season. When we got the apartments late at night we were greeted by a lovely lady who showed us to our studio and opened the small on site shop so we could get essentials in, she really couldn't have been more helpful. We stayed in a studio for 2 people which was spacious with twin beds, a very well equiped kitchenette, small bathroom and balcony with furniture which overlooked the gardens and out to the sea. The studio was spotlessly clean and the maids visited 5 days out of 7 during our stay. One of the first things that we noticed was that the grounds and pool are are very well maintained. As i mentioned before, there is a small supermarket on site which is well stocked if not slightly more expensive than the other supermarket's in Arillias. There is also a pool bar which is also overpriced, however the staff were very friendly. We used the bar for refreshments but only eat there once (3 euro's for chips).
Arillias itself is a wonderful small town. We hired a car 1 day and visited other resorts such as sidari and kassiopi which are very developed and only seem to cater for tourists. However Arillias is not like this. There are a handful of bars, restaurants and taverna's. I would recommed Ammos on the seafront for excellent lunches and friendly service. There is also an excellent restaurant called Bruclias which is on the main road heading away from the sea just after the travel agents on the left hand side. The serve brilliant greek cusine.
The weather was brilliant, we never saw a cloud in the sky the whole week and the temp was the late 20's. I would also recommend hiring a boat from the neighbouring town San Stefanos. Its 65 Euro for the full day and def worth the money."
- Travel date: Thu 17th of May 2007
Very good holiday
"The Kaloudis is highly recommended. The standard of the rooms is typical Greek island self catering â two beds, shower room and a small cooker with one or two rings and grill. Balcony with table and chairs. Some reviewers have said that the space was small, but we felt that the space was perfectly adequate. It was average sized for a Greek island apartment, and better laid out than the apartment we had in Crete. The apartments are well serviced and cleaned. There is a shop (well stocked and open long hours), a pool and a bar. The bar has speakers that blare out over the pool area, so you are likely to hear the Karaoke wherever you are!
There have been a few comments left in reviews on various forums about the owner (Billy). I have to say that despite eating out all of the time (except on the Greek night BBQ), and spending very little money in the bar he was absolutely fine and with us. The staff do spend a lot of time maintaining the flower beds, dead heading the roses and watering them. Iâd be telling people off for taking short cuts over them too!
We went early season (4th May 2007) and the weather was superb apart from a couple of unsettled days at the beginning. At this time the season hasn't fully started, and not all of the entertainments were running, and some of the local attractions were not yet open. EG only the Greek and Karaoke nights ran, and the boat hire in Agios Stefanus was shut until the following week.
The resort of Arillas itself is great. The beach is sandy and very easy to get to from most of the accommodation in Arillas. The resort is ideal for families with younger kids, couples and anyone keen on nightclubbing probably won't be disappointed either. Some of the bars are open till 3am and boast "English staff and DJ". Not sure that teenagers are well catered for though.
The majority of visitors to Arillas are English, and this is reflected by the fact that a few of the Tavernas were offering full English breakfast (good value at 4 Euros including seafront views), most of the signs were in English and everybody in the shops, Tavernas and accommodation assume you are English and speak it automatically. This also means you need to go slightly inland to find a Taverna offering the more traditional (or authentic) Greek food. The Brouklis is highly recommended. Dimitri (the owner) also runs ---
Getting there by car:-
A couple of points to consider if you are hiring a car from the airport. Northern Corfu is mountainous. The roads aren't that great and contain a great many hairpin bends. KM measurements on signs are totally random! After Troumpeta the red road degenerates into a narrow, bendy road through small villages. We did wonder if we were on the right road! We were, but missed the first (and only) marked turn to Arillas and ended up in Sidari. All roads into Arillas contain hairpin bends through small villages where only one car can pass. We said they were "White knuckle" villages! You might want to consider hiring a car in the resort if you don't fancy tackling this task from the airport late at night when tired. There are two car hire companies in Arillas itself, so hiring locally is not a problem.
If you have a car there are a couple of excursions worth doing locally. Obviously Corfu town itself, but also Paleokastritsa and Mount Pantokrator. Take the scenic route from the north into Paleokastritsa and stop at the Belle View cafe for the best view! Mount Pantokrator is the highest point on the island. Itâs got a very small monastery and a HUGE transmitter occupying the same space â very odd. You can see right into Albania and Corfu town from there. Some guides say you have to walk the last kilometre, but you can in fact drive right up to the top. The road has some serious hairpins! There is a cafe with a view, but there was a cloud of nasty flying insects buzzing round the summit making it impossible to enjoy the view on the day we were there.
- Travel date: Mon 14th of May 2007
"Just returned from Kaloudis yesterday and found it great. Everything everywhere was spotlessly clean. The pool was fantastic with numerous sun beds free at any time of the day either in the sun or the shade. The family and staff couldn't do enough for you. Fellow holiday-makers were friendly and every one would chat to each other.One thing I would have liked to know is that only one toilet roll was provided at the beginning of the holiday.Re towel changing as has been mentioned else where - just leave them in the shower and they will be changed that day. The beach and tavernas were great and we never had a bad meal. We were stuck for choice. A super holiday and well worth the money. Thank you to every one. August 2012"
- Travel date: Tue 7th of August 2012
Just a lovely place
"we booked this relatively late and had a two bedroom appartment which was lovely. We were two floors up and had views all over the village. The place is spotless and my only gripe was, we arrived late, there was no toilet roll and we had to rely on tissues till the morning. A basic requirement. It would have been nice to find a bottle of water in the fridge but the shop was open all hours and I found he prices no dearer than anywhere else and it was so convenient just to nip downstairs for supplies. I was a bit concerned when a previous reviewer said it was 5 euro per day for the safe,but it was in fact 8 euro per week. 5 euro per day for aircon (8 euro for two rooms)was worth every cent as it was extremely hot on our week. I dont know if it's only late in the year, but the mosquitoes were about which worried some people more than others so its worth taking some good stuff with you. The music by the lovely pool was too loud for me but it did quieten down later in the day. I cant understand why loud pop music is neccessary during the day.
Taxis are expensive as they have to come from neighbouring resorts and there are no buses out after 9am so unless you walk or hire a vehicle its difficult to get out and about apart from booking trips.Ther is n o pharmacy in the village although the supermarkets sell a lot of basic stuff. Our rep Karen was very willing to fetch anything from San Stefano "
- Travel date: Sat 17th of September 2011