Kontokali Bay Resort and Spa
14 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
just the place for a relaxing break
"Myself and a friend went for a week to relax leaving husbands and kids at home. We had a lovely time. Just the place to go if you dont want lots of lively taverna's. The hotel room was very clean and the staff friendly. The food was excellant and plentiful, each night a different menu. We went mid may so the guests were all mostly retired and only a few toddlers around with the only other younger guests. This suited us as 2 females on their own didnt want to attract any unwanted attention but we met some lovely people there, Not much else in the area but the local bus goes into corfu town regulary for only 2 euros return. The weather was mixed which is normal for that time of year we were told and the outdoor pool was freezing at all times as its a salt water pool, not suitable for children. The setting of the hotel is beautiful and i would go back again without hesitation. Returned home very relaxed and refreshed and a size bigger due to good food."
- Travel date: Thu 22nd of May 2008
A paradise in the earth
"This was my 4th or 5th stay in this hotel during the last 6 years, but this stay was my 1st one after its extensive renovation. What a wonderful summer hotel ! Although it is a relatively old building, it seems very modern, within a tropical garden. The guest rooms now have a new look, with modern decoration and great views either on the marina of Gouvia or on the sea. The public spaces are very large, with pleasant look inside, and a great view to the pool, gardens and sea. The lobby bar is excellent, as well as the entire reception area. There are 3 restaurants: one on the first floor for breakfast and buffet style dining, another one for "at fresco" a la cart dining (closed during my stay because of bad weather), and a taverna style on the beach. Breakfast was excellent every day, with an extensive variety of foods, much more above my expectations. The food was excellent also in the dinner, either in quantity or in quality. The private beach of the hotel is very beautiful, with towels (without charge) and a lot of chairs, umbrellas etc. Finally, the new spa center of the hotel has a big indoor pool, jacuzzi, gym, hammam etc. But the most important thing about this hotel is the incredible personal service you have during your entire stay from all the personnel and, especially, from the general manager Mr Y. Ginis who runs everywhere, from the restaurants to the pool, from the lobby to the beach, from early morning until night ! In conclusion, it was a memorable 4-days stay for me and for my family in this wonderful hotel. I will come back soon..."
- Travel date: Thu 1st of May 2008
"Foursome of 3 females and a male ( F 45's. M 55)
Hotel was excellent. Food regards of morning, midday or evening was excellent. Best place to visit was Corfu town, daytime for shopping, nightime for a laugh. Hotel is fairly isolated but standards are excellent. Pay no more than 7 euro to be taken to Gourvia, agree price before you get into the taxi. Beaches were great, no fighting the Germans for sun beds. Towels for the beach supplied everyday. Gourvia visit it once and you see everything. Nice lazy holiday if your job is very demanding. Not much for the children. If you prefer no children around then this is the place. Pool water is sea water and was a bit cold ( Sept 14 2007) as to the sea. Beach water area had a lot of fish that will nibble the 'bugs' off of your legs if you keep still, quite harmless. All in all a quiet hotel good for relaxing but will be to quiet for younger people unless just married. Stay away from Virginas in Gouria food is not that nice. Try the local old town (5minutes walk) eateries, best 2 are opposite each other but cannot remember their names (Harry's I think). Would not visit Corfu again not enough to do or a lot going on but if you want quite try it.
mike & Lyn"
- Travel date: Mon 7th of January 2008
Lovely relaxing break
"Kontokali Bay is an ideal place for couples (or singles) looking for a relaxing break. The setting and grounds are lovely (two private beaches, lovely infinity pool) and it's away from the busy tourist spots.
Our room and our balcony were certainly big enough for our needs. Facilities in the room were limited (weak shower, lack of TV channels in English) but there was a useful safe (free to use) and a complimentary bottle of wine on arrival. The hotel provides beach towels free of charge, and there's also one computer with internet access available to use FOC.
The staff at the hotel were always courteous and helpful, although a little lacking in warmth and friendliness - arrival consisted purely of a form to fill in then being told to follow the porter. The breakfasts were good and plentiful. We had B&B board and ate in the hotel restaurant one night which was ok, but more expensive and not as tasty as eating in the small tavernas in Kontokali.
About 5/10 minutes from the hotel (walking) is a small taverna with slow service but well-cooked food and a couple of small shops. Another 5 minutes walk (follow the sign for Gouvia Marina) and there's a single street (Kontokali itself) with a good handful of tavernas. 'Telesilla' is the liveliest, but perhaps the best food was from 'Zorbas' (the last one on the left) where the service was quiet/humble and the food was delicious. Gouvia Marina is nice for a quick pre-dinner stroll as the sun sets, and although we never bothered travel traveling further than Kontokali for dinner, Gouvia itself was highly recommended to us for it's bars and restaurants.
We used the spa (which is new this year) and whilst my boyfriend was delighted with the massage he had, my 'spa manicure' was very disappointing (the varnish chipped within a couple of hours, and my nails suffered kept tearing for days after).
All in all, this hotel is not for people wanting a particularly lively holiday, or for people seeking lots of entertainment for children, but we would certainly return for a relaxing break."
- Travel date: Sun 7th of October 2007
Relaxing holiday with great views.
"This is a typical Greek 4star hotel with a 70's feel to it. The main attraction here is the incredible view across to Albania and along the Corfu coast, so booking a sea front (or at least sea facing) room is essential.
Rooms and bathrooms are basic. They have obviously been recently decorated but they are very narrow with dated furniture and rather depressing navy soft furnishings. The showers provide little more than a trickle of water and although robes are provided, there is nowhere to hang them! The corridors outside the rooms are echoey and exacerbate the noise of doors closing. Walls are also quite thin. Housekeeping is once a day, and to be honest, not very thorough.
The restaurant is lacking in character but the views are great and it is well air-conditioned. Breakfast is OK but dinner is awful. The same dishes on offer every night consisting mostly of school dinner type meat (mostly pork)stews with frozen sprouts and frozen carrots. The dessert table consists of about 8 dishes of whipped UHT type cream, some decorated with nuts, others with bright pink or blue icing, really appalling. The salad bar was better and there was always fresh fruit and ice-cream. The two restaurant managers perform a rather unique and interesting cabaret act every evening which consists of greeting all guests as if they are long lost brothers and constantly slapping everyone on the back and shaking hands every 5 minutes asking if everyone is 'alright' or 'OK' but running off quickly before anyone has a chance to reply or complain! This performance is obviously laid on to detract from the poor quality of food being served.
The pool is very clean with lovely views and the two hotel beaches are well kept with plenty of fairly new looking sunbeds. The watersports department is excellent - the best I have seen yet and is very professionally run by Spiros. Do hire one of his little motor boats for the day and cruise up the coast - there are loads of little secluded bays where you can swim off the boat and also lots of little tavernas to lunch at. A wonderful way to explore the pretty coastline.
The lunchtime taverna is of a much higher standard than the main restaurant and is reasonably priced. BBQ'd fish and kebabs with lovely salads and vegetable dishes followed by greek pastries and good quality ice-cream - all of which are absent from the main restaurant apart from during 'Greek Night' which happens once a week.
Service generally is very basic with some of the waiters making you feel they are doing you a favour. We found one of the bar men in the main bar exceptionally surly and off hand . However, Mari and Nelly on reception are extremely friendly and professional and efficient.
We had a very relaxing week here and the two teenagers travelling with us enjoyed it too. We did check out another 5 star, but much larger, hotel further up the coast and visible from Kontokali but felt that despite it being smarter, it is Kontokali that has the edge with the stunning views and with a more open, breezier feel to the grounds.
Kontokali Bay is quite isolated with a round taxi trip into Corfu town costing 30 Euros and nowhere nearer to go for a stroll with shops and tavernas. There is a small supermarket just a 5 minute walk down the road for any essentials. The new Spa looked good but we didn't use it.
To sum up, this is a relaxing, unpretentious hotel with fabulous views. If you just want to lie on the beach or by the pool and aren't bothered about what you eat and don't mind basic rooms and service then you will enjoy it here."
- Travel date: Wed 29th of August 2007
"We went to Kontokali Bay hotel a week ago. We truly didnt want to leave the place. The new rooms with the pool are Fantastic!!
The whole hotel including the beaches were of very high standard. But havent told you the best....The newly opened Spa. Although they told us it was the first year of operation it was remarkable. It reminded you of Asian standards! Definently the best Spa we have visited in Greece...A truly pampering week!!"
- Travel date: Wed 15th of August 2007
Lovely hotel reception
"We have just returned from the Kontokali bay hotel and first impression of the hotel was it looked lovely. We booked a bay view and to be honest the room was not that brilliant, all you could see from our room was the top of boat sails and the rear of the property where i think they grew vegetables etc. Not impressed , it was also away from the main part of the hotel. The evening meals were always similar to the previous day, and not exactly hot only like warm but you could always make do, mind you you could change your evening meal to you lunch if you wanted and i think there was a bit more selection. Drinks are very expensive, well similar to the UK so bring lots of money!!! Evening entertainment was ugh!!! no atmosphere and hardly anyone went, so not much to do in the evening unless you like the piano bar boring Zzz. Not much for teenagers to do except an antiquated games room, and very costly water sports, but it does say that its not that suitable for teenagers so that was my fault. The pool was nice but quite small compared to the size of the hotel, but that never bothered us as we always went down to the beach which was lovely, and always plenty of sunbeds and free beach towels. I know that this review doesn't sound that positive but i would of , and have experienced better 4/5 star hotels"
- Travel date: Tue 10th of July 2007
First Class at Kontokali Bay Hotel
"This was our third visit to Corfu, but first at this hotel.
We stayed for 1 week 13-20 June 2007 and have to say it was a truly memorable experience.
We had paid extra for half-board and a sea view.....well worth the additional cost, but the garden views looking towards Gouvia Marina are perfectly adequate.
Service was excellent, and the choice of food, both at breakfast and evening dinner was amazing not only in choice but also the quality. My wife is a vegetarian, and was delighted with the choice of fruit, salads and "vegy" dishes on offer.
A bottle of local wine was in our room on arrival together with bathrobes and slippers, and a bottle of water was left each day.
The view from the hotel was spectacular looking seawards towards Corfu Town and accross to Albania/Greece.
Spectacular sunrises more than made up for loss of sunset on this side of the island.
Staff were very friendly and most obliging, whatever the request.
We would have wished for a little more Greek style cooking, but we accept that all nationalities have to be catered for, when on holiday.
Finally, the newly opened Spa is a must........just spoil yourself and try one of the many treatments available, we both did and believe me, my very first back massage was wonderfully relaxing and eased my back problem.
Would truly recommend this hotel and we will certainly be booking in at the Kontokali again next year."
- Travel date: Fri 22nd of June 2007
A Relaxing Vacation
"We stayed for seven days with âbreakfast included.â As others have said: Wonderful service and friendly staff; private and clean beach; plenty of room and selections for breakfast; and the perfect place to relax from it all. There is not much to add to what others have written. But I would reinforce that it is rather secluded from the rest of Corfu. In Kontokali and/or Gouva Marina there were small restaurants and cafes, but no shopping. The hotel shuttle or a taxi is required to get into Corfu City. (The place to go for sight-seeing and spending money.) A rental car can be ordered and other parts of the island can be explored in a day. I would return to Corfu any time and even the Kontokali. But I think I would look for something on the west side, in order to watch the sun set."
- Travel date: Mon 21st of May 2007
Beautiful Setting although a little out of the way
"I stayed at this hotel in September 2006 for 10 nights, It is a beautiful setting I stayed in a sea front room on bed and breakfast of which there was a lot of choice. If you want a holiday where you want to stay at the hotel all the time then this is the place for you, it is a ten minute walk into the centre of kontokali of which there was about 6 places to eat which were more like cafes than restaurants. However you can get a taxi to Corfu town for about 12 euros which was a lot more lively. However saying this we still enjoyed our stay here and the views from our room were fantastic, we also ate in the A la Carte restaurant at the hotel which was very nice. So if you want a holiday were you just laze around the hotel as it has a private beach and a great pool then this is the place for you however if you like to be in the thick of it then maybe stay somewhere else."
- Travel date: Sun 28th of January 2007
The jewel in Corfu's crown!
"We have just returned from a fantastic holiday at the Kontokali Bay Hotel. We have been visiting the hotel since 1984 and have never been disappointed.
The attention to detail is remarkable.Everywhere is scrupulously clean and well maintained. A wide variety of activities ensures that there is something to do for guests of all ages.
Everything possible is done to ensure that the needs of guests are well met. Nothing is too much trouble as the staff work hard to maintain an exceptionally high standard. Every member of staff was polite,helpful.friendly and efficient. The Maitre d' hotel, Mairie (Reception), Nelly (Guest Relations) and the pool bar staff were particularly outstanding.
The Hotel Spa was a truly wondrous place. It is here that stress seems to float away and exhausted bodies gradually become re-vitalised.
The entire ethos of the hotel is such that guests feel relaxed and well cared for.
We would recommend Kontokali Bay Hotel without reservation."
- Travel date: Fri 3rd of September 2010
Just returned from 10 days at this hote...
" Just returned from 10 days at this hotel. Beautiful hotel and lovely grounds and infinity pool. Breakfasts very extensive with lots of different options. The room was more like a suite with views over the bay (Gouvia marina). Room service excellent.
The only minus point was it's very isolated. You can walk on to Kontokali which is along a dirty road and a but run down. There are only a few tavernas there of not very good quality. Or, you can walk a bit further to Gouvia marina, which is quite pretty with a couple of excellent restaurants and two bars, but fairly quiet really and limited really. We opted to get the bus from the end of the road to Corfu town at night 2 euros for two of us and got a taxi back to the hote 15 euros. Much more going on in corfu town.
Overall, the hotel is of excellent quality, just a little bit too far out to have a nice stroll anywhere."
- Travel date: Thu 3rd of July 2008