22 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"We were most impressed by this spotless location. The apartment was spacious,clean and sheets changed regularly. The grounds and pool were amazing !! Beautifully looked after ! Beach 200m from our apartment ! ONLY ONE THING WRONG !!! I never found this place years ago !!!HIGHLY RECOMMENDED....5 STARS"
- Travel date: Sat 7th of July 2012
"weather great apartment cleaned regulary good probably somthing to do with the ants everywhere in the bathroom kitchen .great time if a couple as we had kids not much to do at the appartment not even aloud a beach ball in pool very very strick surrounding facillites eg crazy golf tennis court very run down no restrant or games room as thought when you get there as advertised shamful really hope it didnt rain but did for two days argghh abosolutly nothing to do with kids when that happend. but staff freindly and all the stray dogs walking round complex needs sorting out really as staff wernt botherd by the dogs lottering about must be a local thing or something huh?"
- Travel date: Sun 4th of July 2010
Fantastic wonderful Gouvia
"We have just returned today from our stay at Govino Bay, it is the most wonderful place with beautiful accomodation in stunning surroundings, the people are so kind and helpful it really made our holiday, especially Katapina the pool life guard who keeps everyone safe and nothing is to much trouble, the pool is a credit as it and its surroundings are spotless and fresh, the staff in the pool bar ( especially Shelley she is a top wonderful lady ) could not do enough for us and made our stay 100% perfect, thank you all so much and to anyone reading this get to Govino bay you will fall in love with the place and the people just as we did, and we will be back as soon as we can.
Helen Richard and Ben Perrott"
- Travel date: Fri 18th of June 2010
Gouvia in October is deserted
"My husband and I, and our two teenagers, went to Gouvia from 23rd - 30th October 2009, the last week of the season. Slight delay to our holiday due to bad weather, our flight was diverted to Athens for a night until the storm over Corfu had cleared. We arrived in Corfu on 24th and was suprised how quiet the airport was, a taste of things to come! On our arrival at the resort (we were the only ones that got off the coach) we noticed that reception, the restaurant and the supermarket were closed. A friendly security guard took us to our rooms and told us where everything was. The reception opened occasionally while we were there but the restaurant, shop and poolside bar didn't open at all. Luckily we found a very good supermarket called Sconto a ten minute walk away on the main road, be careful on the main road, no pavements to speak of and no apparent speed limit for traffic! We only went to two restaurants while we were there (the only two we could find that were open and didn't look like a pub!) Bella mammas and Moukas, which were very good and the owners were very friendly.The beach was disappointing, a bit muddy and foamy water, we put this down to the storm. The pool was good and very quiet. My kids liked having it to themselves late afternoon (4pm ish) when we were the only ones there. The scenery from the poolside is beautiful, stunning mountains and a lush landscape. We went into Corfu town for a day on the public bus that stops directly oppisite the gates of the complex, Corfu town is fabulous. If you hate crowds and love peace and quiet go to this resort in October."
- Travel date: Mon 23rd of November 2009
Recommend if you don't mind sitting by the pool or travelling out, but the sea by hotel is not pleasant
"Govino Bay Corfu A TripAdvisor Member Pool area, clean, quiet and not crowded. 5 More photos Govino Bay Resort .. On arrival, room wasn't ready so waited in the pool area for 1/2 hour until it was, with a cold beer. First impressions of pool were really nice, quiet and peaceful, view to beach lovely. Couldn't wait to unpack an get in the sea. Went to our apartment, there were 2 of us and we could only book one that slept 6/7, so paid over the top for under occupancy. Was disappointed as we had steep flight of stairs and no balcony. The gardens around the apartments were lovely and although we were not far from the main road, we weren't aware of it. The apartments are like little villas, and are set out in such a way, that you feel like you have your own villa, quite private. The apartment was basic, nice and clean and spacious for 2, didn't use the kitchen to cook. The was a bedroom downstairs, and 2 sleeping areas upstairs but there were no doors on the rooms and a balcony overlooking the lounge area, so wouldn't have liked to have 6 people in the apartment, there would be little privacy. Safe was 11 Euro per week, the maid came every day. There is free air conditioning in the front room, but nothing in the bed room except a fan, which had a high pitched screech. We asked on 2 occasions if they could change it, but nothing happened, so my partner took it apart with a knife and spoon and fixed it. There were a few ants, but this wasn't a problem. We only visited the pool after 5pm after being out for the day, and it was always empty, but the water was warm, and the sun stayed on the pool area till about 7pm. There was a snack service and bar by the pool open all day. The beach... We made out way to the beach, and on entering sank in to the mud. It was horrible and apparantly there were snakes too. It was full of reed/seaweed, and murky. We spent no time on this beach at all. You could walk a short distance to Gouvia for clear waters about 5 - 10 minutes. Best local beach was Dassia/Ipsos. Out and about... there are blue buses which run regularly (approx 20 mins) outside the resort between Dassia and Corfu town (between 90c and 1.30 Euro pp). All the local beaches are stony, but water is clear if you like snorkelling. In addition Green buses can be caught outside the apartment to Kassiopi, Paleokastritsa, Sidari, and are about 2 euro's each way, can be a little cramped so expect to stand. Green buses from Corfu can also be caught by catching the blue bus to the blue buses station and walking a short distance to the Green bus station. Glyfada beach is well worth a visit. Places to visit.. Recommend Dassia, Paleokastritsa, Corfu Town, Perivoli and Agios Georgios (south) for beautiful sandy beaches, Sidari, Kassiopi and Glyfada. We also hired a car for 2 days cost 70 Euro's from Sluta Leta, with fully comp insurance. Restaurants/Entertainment.. Recommended ...Filippas Restaurant big one on the corner of the street, Excellent food, excellent service, excellent prices, would recommend to everyone. Greek music and dancing on a Saturday night. Not recommended - Ate at Vergina's on our first night as this was recommended, went for authentic greek moussaka and received a microwave meal and a plate of chips.. It was getting towards the end of the season, but there was plenty of quiet bars, and plenty of lively bars and a nightclub, depending on what you wanted. Thankfully didn't come across any karaoke."
- Travel date: Tue 15th of September 2009
Govino Bay Apartments
"My 2 daughters ansd my self enjoyed this holiday. Apartments large and kept very clean. The pool area and sunbeds great. Lovely well kep gardens. Nice restaurants in Gouvia, 9 Muses found to be the best. Due to exchange rate supermarkets very expensive. Spiros's boat trip was great on boat named The Magdalena. All in all would recommend this."
- Travel date: Wed 20th of May 2009
We landed at corfu airport and got into...
"We landed at corfu airport and got into a taxi, agree the price before getting in, you shouldnt pay more that 20euros. the roads in the town are crazy.
we arrived at the reception and we were at the wrong 1 as there is 2 parts to Govino Bay, but a man in a black truck came and took our cases to the other 1 and there was no problems.
we booked a 2 bed appartment (for the same price as a 1 bed) there was an upstairs with 2 beds and then a bedroom downstairs. the kitchen had fridge/freezer and toasty maker in. there is also iron/board too. there is a air con unit in the kitchen section of the appartment and we just had this on constantly and propped the door open to the downstairs bedroom and it kept it cool.
the bathroom was fine, had a decent shower in and a hairdryer- just 1 of those basic ones you get in hotels.
the only bugs i seen all holiday were a few ants, and these cant be helped but they didnt cause a problem.
the pool is a good size with plenty of sunbeds we didnt have to get up early once- but there was no umberellas around the pool and only 3 on the beach. the sun loungers didnt have the cushion bit on and were just the plastic bit so we bought lilos and laid on them. the lifeguard was around and she didnt like people jumping in the pool. but we just waited until she left and then got in iwth the lios.
the grassed area/beach is nice and very relaxing- there is even 2 swans on the bay. if you go to the right on this beach through a little cut it takes you to the next hotel. this is where we got on our boat trip. a man runs local boat trips daily at 1pm and is only 15 euros (cheap compared to others) we really enjoyed this and it allowed us to see more of the island.
the shops and bars are about 5-10 min walk away (turn right as you come out). we ate at 9 Muses which was really nice and also a grill called Athena, (kind of like a kebab shop!) we had chicken pittas which were lovely and for only 2 euros!
a few of the pubs had shut as the season was quieting down so the only entertainment we could find was Elvis! this was 1 thing we were a bit dissipointed with as we would have liked to have been able to sit and have a drink and watch something or a kareoke etc. Melodies had a good atmosphere and served Carling on draught!
got the bus to corfu town from just outside hotel, but you need tickets first and these are from the little shop. we also went into Dassia one night for tea but there wasnt much going on so we come back into Gouvia.
unfortiunatly there was a thunder storm 2 days we were there which left the night times quite cold (apparently how it was ment to be in november!!) so im glad i packed a jacket."
- Travel date: Sun 21st of September 2008
Our holiday to gouvia was great, there w...
"Our holiday to gouvia was great, there was four of us all adults and we had a 1 bed apartment at the Govino bay aparthotel. The apartment was clean and spacious with a fantastic view of the bay and gardens. The housekeeping service was very good they come 6 days a week.
The pool area was good with a bar that served drinks and snacks, the staff were very friendly and made us feel very welcome. There is a lifeguard around the pool 6 days a week and she is lovely, she makes it so everyone gets to enjoy the pool not just children.
All the bars, resturants and shops are a 2 minute walk away, with loads to choose from. We tried most of the resturants and didnt have a bad meal, our favourites was 9 Muses and Romeos the food in both was fantastic aswell as the service. There was lots of bars our favourite was Whispers it had good music and atmosphere and they have happy hour from 8pm til 12am on cocktails and draught beer buy one get one free!
All in all it was a great holiday and has something for all ages. We wished we had booked for 2 weeks but we will definately return."
- Travel date: Wed 30th of July 2008
Govina Bay Apts - great pool, disappointing beach
"My family and i (2 adults and 4 kids - 2 teenagers and 2 juniors) recently stayed for a week at Govino Bay at the beginning of July. The apts are located right on the edge of Gouvia Bay ( more about that later) and a busy dual carriage way. Our apts didn't suffer from road noise as we had pool and sea view but a couple who were located nearer to the road noted the road noise - inparticular the Greek's penchant for tooting car/scooter horns indiscriminately.
On arrival the security guard (the complex has its own security) was very welcoming and even carried 2 of our cases the short distance to the apt. The complex comprises of several two storey apt blocks. Our apt slept 6 a comfortable size twin room, very generous size lining/kitchen/lounge area and a delightful mezzanine level with 2 further beds - inc air con - although the air could only be felt upstairs! The apt had lovely large windows on two side in the lounge area which could be drawn back to create a refreshing breeze. This was needed as rather disappointingly the apt had neither terrace or balcony, although there was a little landing at the front with a clothes drier, and if u don't mind sitting on the steps was a great sun trap in the afternoon. The apt was very clean and well maintained and adequately equiped throughout inc hairdrier in the bathroom. Maid service was everyday bar Sunday, inc sheets changed and even our dishes were washed! Plently of towels were provided and refreshed. The little mini market was well stocked and reasonably priced, better value than some of the shops further into the village.
The grounds are delightfully landscaped and very well maintained as too is the pool area which is spotless. On our visit we never had any difficultly in ever getting a sunlonuger. The pool was super, Comprising of a safe area for toddlers and generous length and depth in the main pool, because of the climate the temperature was lovely. However as noted elsewhere the lifeguard was very strict in prohibiting the use of lilos, diving etc during the hours 10-5. This at first seemed like a kill joy but infact it was nice just to wallow in the pool with out being bombed/splashed every 5 secs. After 5 the fun began when the lifeguard left and out came the lilo's and as the pool area was bathed in sunlight right until evening everyone could enjoy the sunshine. The pool side bar i believe was supposed to be open until 1am but i only saw it open until 11pm on one night. I found it pricey 1.70e for a 200ml plastic cup of cola, the coffee frappe was dIvine but again pricey at 2.70e, a plate of yummy chips was 2.50e.
Gouvia itself consists of two main streets, whilst we were there the 'resort' had a feeling of going out of business, many restuarants had only one or two tables occupied. We would highly recommend BELLA MAMA'S we ate there on 5 nights, the food was lovely, traditional Greek, lovely salads and cold beer! effecient very freindly service and excellent value for money. Leon's is the place for scrummy pizza and a great greek night on Saturdays, don't go to Moukas - don't be deceived by the lovely vine covered eatery, poor service, meager, questionably cooked over priced food. Daphne's just outside the apts complex offers very reasonable priced drinks and very friendly service - try the children's cocktails for the yougsters.
Gouvia Bay 'beach' was disappointing. The narrow stretch of ' by the apts was lacking any sand to speak of and grass had grown thru what was left of it - and didn;t really serve any purpose. The water there was very calm and warm and a good place to use those pesky lilo's during the day. If you venture further up into the village there is a decent stretch of shingle and the water there is lovely for bathing/snorkling.
There are plenty of value for money boat trips/pedaloes/kayaking but suggest you book early. We booked with our first choice rep to go on Theo's beach BBQ trip @44e per adult and kids over 12. This was a fantasic all day excursion but a bit pricey. Beware tho - if you book this drinks refreshments are not include on Theo's boat and at 2e for a can of coke bring plenty of dosh. Overall a great holiday tho, lovely apts, disappointing resort, friendly people, lovely food, nightlife centred around dining out, and WOW what fantastic weather pure sunshine every day from sunrise to sunset 35+ degrees each day. CORFU ROCKS! ENJOY."
- Travel date: Tue 15th of July 2008
good times in Gouvia
"I stayed with family at the Govino Bay apartments. The weather couldn't be faulted for the week we stayed. The apartment was first floor and overlooked the bay.
The pool is great and well maintained. No problems with the lifeguard but I saw one or two breach 'inflatable' rules and get a ticking off! But it's nothing more than health and safety. After 5pm you can have all the inflatables you want in the pool.
We were self catering and it worked out brilliantly. Wandered down the main road to a supermarket (not Dillias) about 1.5km away. It has a good selection of everything including cooked chickens. this helped with preparing evening meals (and keeping cost down). There are smaller supermarkets on the road with the restaurants and bars in but their prices are very high. Only use them in an emergency. To give you an idea we took about 500 euros for 5 of us, had dinner out three times, wine for the table (and a cold beer or two for the men) and still came back with about 60 euros.
We didn't hire a car so when we did the supermarket run we took my suitcase with handle and wheels. No lugging carier bags in the noonday sun for us!
I always take zip lock plastic bags and we made full use of them for cooking the veg in the microwave.
I also had a small cool bag with cool packs from the freezer. This meant we could stay by the pool with cold water and sanwiches.
There's a room safe you can use for 11 euros a week. well worth it for passports and wallets.
The grounds are beautiful and well maintained. The staff responsive to blown fuses, blocked bath and anything else you threw at them.
The linen was changed each day which we hadn't expected. The apartment was air-conditioned but not the bedroom opposite the bathroom on the ground floor. This may a good reason not to put children into it. The mezzanine and living room areas were cooler.
Water is about 1.40 for 6 one and a half litre bottles. We went through between 6 and 12 a day. You will drink a lot and of course you'll use the water for cooking.
The local restaurants were excellent and reasonably priced. Again the staff were helpful and friendly. True you'll have to search for greek food but it is out there! we made our own greek salads.
For a cheap relaxing holiday it's hard to beat.
- Travel date: Mon 14th of July 2008
Corfu is the best!
"Me and my boyfriend, brother and sister-in-law and their son stayed at this hotel it was fantastic all the time. The people are really friendly and so are all of the staff. We had no problems with the life guard at all i read some reviews before going and it seemed the life guard wasn't polite or nice she apparently has a skin disorder that prevents her from going in the sun. We heard that she was always on her phone and always at the bar which is true. But she wasn't rude to us. We stayed for 2 weeks and the maid service is fantastic the bar staff during the day was quite bad there was a new barmaid and she was useless basically specially with cocktails. But the barman on the night shift ahkis was great. cheap drinks a nice swimming pool and great maid service. This hotel was so beautiful the only problem is that we and some other couples had ant problems in the apartment and had to buy some ant killer because we had so many ants. We had a few that were in beds but not alot really to be bad...if you do get bitten rub tomato's over the bites and that helps..definitely try to go to paliokatrista and take snorkles because the water is so clear and feed old bread to the fish because they will eat out of ur hands. We had a fantastic holiday and sad to come home yesterday but will definitely be staying at govino bay again"
- Travel date: Sun 6th of July 2008
The resort is situated approximately 5 m...
"The resort is situated approximately 5 minutes walk from the North end of Gouvia Town that has a wide variety of shops and restaurants, and is 20 minutes walk from Gouvia Marina.
The staff working at the resort are very friendly and cannot do enough to help; check in and out was a piece of cake.
The grounds are beautifully manicured and are exceptionally clean and tidy. The grounds extend down to the beach into a little bay with a beautiful backdrop of hills and traditional Greek houses.
The apartments are basic, very clean with maid service 6 out of 7 days. They are functional and quite spacious; the one room apartments have two bed settees in the lounge that are comfortable. Each apartment has a small bathroom with over bath shower, plus a terrace with a table.
The cooking facilities are not really designed for any more than cooking breakfast or heating food up as the cooker has one large ring, one very small ring plus a combination microwave. However if you are on holiday to chill out and not cook a huge amount - then this is ideal.
The swimming pool is basic and is split between a toddlers end (with a guard rail) and the main pool from knee depth to approx 2M, with a restaurant and pool bar close by. There is a life guard on duty who can be a little over zealous at times so you canât get away with the occasional crafty dive.
The only very small minus is the beach; the complex is situated at the end of Gouvia bay and thus does not benefit from normal cleansing wave action. Consequently it does not have white washed pebbles and blue sea, but is full of sea life that your kids can harrass. However if your are happy with beautiful grounds, a large swimming pool combined with the occasional short walk to Gouvia bay (15 mins away) for a change of scenery then it is absolutely perfect.
We had a great time, at a reasonable cost and would highly recommend the resort to all who are looking for a similar family holiday.
- Travel date: Mon 26th of May 2008