Pelagos Bay Hotel
20 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
The Best Little Hotel In the World
"Three young girls wanting a fairly realxing holiday happened to chance upon the best hotel we have ever stayed in. Billy, Barbara and his family made us incredibly welcome, Yiannis (the barman) was always cheeky, lively and full of fun. Billy, the hotel owner, is full of magic tricks, stories and has time for every single guest- sorry FRIEND as he calls them. You are made to feel you are a guest in their home, and we actually cried when we had to leave! We were so amazed with the hospitality we have booked already for 4 months later. The hotel was immaculately clean, the pool was lovely, and Scala is only 20 mins by foot. All the locals know the owners of this hotel, so you are taken care of wherever you go! Nothing is too much trouble for this lovely family. We challenge anyone not to want to return again and again to this strictly unique hotel/ home from home.
Carly, Kelly and Vikki - Southend (Essex)"
- Travel date: Wed 16th of May 2007
home from home
"This year will be our 3rd year in a row at The Pelagos Bay, my husband and I have travelled all over the world, but you will never get such a lovely welcome and stay as here.
It is truly home from home, relaxed, friendly people, beautfiul location and wonderful island.
So cannot wait untli July 07 for our return
cu soon Barbara, Billy and Vasoula
- Travel date: Wed 14th of February 2007
home from home
"we have stayed with billy, barbara and their family since 2001 the opening year of this very warm and friendly hotel,.you are made so welcome. which makes you want to return year after year. we have made many friends, in six years the service has remained the same 1st class.the resort of scala has plently to keep you occupied but with greek flavour, that means no british pubs (hurray).the walk into scala is lovely you can take in the sea breeze and slendid view of this pretty island, but be warned once bitten you will probably want to return time and time again,as we have.so what are you waiting for go and book it see you there. shelly and rob murphy. nuneaton warwickshire."
- Travel date: Fri 29th of December 2006
Good clean hotel, with lovely sea views.
"Our only problem was the many steps to the room on the second floor.no lifts and probably better suited to younger or fitter people than us. That did not stop us enjoying a lovely week ,our first, to kefalonia and will return next year. we liked skala but prefered the beach at Kaminia so have booked to stay there . the hotel staff were very fiendly and always gave us a warm welcome when we returned from our travels each day.the breakfast was ok but a little choice on the cereals would improve it .decor and beds and little touches to make it more like home were welcome.tea and coffee making and fridge nice change for Greece and aircon included.car hire really helps if you stay here. Yammas to all the staff.well done."
- Travel date: Tue 26th of September 2006
"Just got back yesterday from an amazing week at this resort Billy & Family could not do enough to make sure our holiday rated amongst the best ever. Could not find a single fault with it |Accomodation, Food , Service, Everything.
So thanks Again and promise to come bak to see you next year Billy,Yammas,Vasolla"
- Travel date: Tue 5th of September 2006
Very relaxing family holiday
"Just back from a very very enjoyable and relaxing week at the Pelagos Bay. The owner, Billy, and all the staff will impress you with their friendliness and keeness to make your stay enjoyable.
The place couldn't be faulted in terms of the cleanliness and upkeep of the rooms and the public areas. Whilst the breakfast provided is basic, it can be suplemented by some lovely options (pancakes & syrup, feshly squeezed orange juice, bacon etc) at a relatively modest cost. The snack bar which opens until 16:30 also provides some very tasty dishes.
With a beautiful large pool, no competition for loungers, a convenient private cove and, for us, the company of some lovely people (adults & children) we had a very enjoyable and relaxing break. In the rare times our six year old daughter was wasn't playing contentedly in the pool or with other children she loved playing with all the animals there (cat, dog, tortoises etc).
The hotel's quiet location 2 km from Skala is no inconvenience as the 20 minute walk in is quite pleasant.
Any complaints you read on other sites about the noise from the bar must be made by those with the hearing of a bat, as with the a/c on and your patio doors (obviously) closed there is no intrusion."
- Travel date: Fri 1st of September 2006
Dont be silly stay with Billy
"We have just had the best holiday of our lives at the Pelagos Bay in skala, kefalonia Billy his staff and his family are very possibly unique in their friendliness, kindness and ability to make you feel at home relaxed and above all happy. The rooms and all areas are spotlesslly clean the added little touches that Barbara, billys wife puts in is welcoming, the food is homemade reasonable and scrumptious. We are in our well, late fifties but not old codgers there was no discos or kfc or Mcdonalds no english bars no lager louts just pure Greek people and their lives. The scenery is breathtakingly beautiful as well. I could go on and on about this resort I have come home and I really miss it , really miss it. You must go to Billys BBQ on an empty stomach because i have never seen so much food brought to your table by the family. We had a wedding anniversary whilst we were out there and it cropped up in conversation, when we came back after a day out there was flowers, a card two champangne flutes and a bottle of champagne in an ice bucket in our room. You don't get that everywhere. Well, no where we've been before. But it will happen again because we are in the process of booking our next holiday . See you there!!!!!Lin and Robin Freestone YAMMAASS"
- Travel date: Mon 19th of June 2006
Very friendly, Very clean
"All the reviews we have read have said much the same thing about this hotel and can be summed up thus:
Very friendly staff - true they are brilliant
Very clean - true it is spotless
Pricey and small drinks - well not really ... 0,4l of beer (instead of the usual 0,5) and if you choose to spend a night at the bar you'll find that you are supplied with lots of free shots - it works out a lot cheaper than a night out in the UK (especially if you are from down south)
About 20min walk from town, we walked there and back every night and didnât find it a problem. The view, the fact that it has its own small bay (good for schnorkeling) and the occasional sight of sheep/goat herds (complete with bells!) wandering around more than makes up for the distance from town.
The food is ârealâ â fresh and home cooked. We thought it was cheep and for what you are getting excellent value for money.
This is a really nice hotel with truly wonderful staff.
Put it like this ... when we came to leave my wife actually cried."
- Travel date: Mon 22nd of May 2006
"We arrived at the hotel not quite knowing what to expect as the reviews we had seen had been mixed. Even at first glance we knew we were not going to be disappointed. The view from the hotel out over Pelagos Bay and the sea is stunning and the majority of the rooms seemed to have both a pool and sea view. Everywhere in the hotel was spotless and the shower in the room had a proper glass surround (we'd never even had a shower curtain before in Greece!) which was a relief. The room had air conditioning so was never too hot and we slept well in our comfortable beds.
Breakfast was just toast and cereal but we tended not to be up for this anyway. There was plenty of choice at the snack bar although food and drink were expensive and this was probably the downside of the hotel. Scala was around a 15 minute walk away - easier to do in the evening when it cooled off - but you need to get a taxi back up the hill as it is pitch black at night - this only cost 4 euros. The staff at the hotel were brilliant and nothing too much trouble. BBQ night is definitely not to be missed - but be prepared to end up in the pool!
If you are looking for a luxury break with all mod cons in the heart of the action this hotel is probably not for you. If you want somewhere clean and comfortable with a happy relaxed atmosphere then this is your hotel."
- Travel date: Tue 30th of August 2005
Clean and friendly
"Friendly family run this hotel - very very clean and tidy, only let down is the breakfast. Awful even for Greece. It's also quite a way out of Skala, but as we had a hire car that was fine anyway. Relaxing."
- Travel date: Sat 5th of March 2005
"As the title suggests, the noise coming from this place can be heard for miles around and ruins most places any where near it. None of the bars in Skala are 'lively', it's not the sort place of place that attracts a clubbing crowd, it's more family orientated. Places that are playing music that is audible outside of their own vicinity should frankly be shut down under EU law. It is bang out of order to stop tourists and locals being able to sleep whilst playing terrible cover versions of Valerie..."
- Travel date: Sun 19th of June 2016
Great Apartments, shame about the noise
"First the positives;
lovely little family run apartments with superb sea views
spacious rooms, cleaned up to 6 times per week, great power shower, brilliant for getting rid of that sand!
Fantastic staff, with Billy and Yannis making sure that everyone has a good holiday
Short walk (Approx. 20 Minutes down a slight hill) into Skala
Superb home-cooked food (especially the moussaka)
Right, the negatives;
The First Choice breakfast is very basic, a choice of toast, toast or toast, the hotel provide complimentary cornflakes, surely first choice can pay the hotel more and get some muesli, Greek yogurt and fruit. Even some boiled eggs!.
My biggest complaint is the noise, various comments have been raised about this on several review websites, for us we can only comment on what we experienced, we stayed in block 20/21/22 and were opposite the pool area and even with the shutters, window and air-con on we could still hear the music or signing etc from the pool area, which on some nights went on until 4am, the worst being on first night when after being up since 0200 the night before was a bit unwelcome to say the least, twice we had to go down and request that the music be turned down. On Speaking to Billy the next morning he did say that it is a lively bar with the music and signing going on until 5am. I explained that we shouldn't have to shut the shutters and windows and turn on the air-con in order to drown out the noise to which Billy didn't give a plausible reply. Out of the 7 nights we were there, we returned back to the hotel most nights past 0100 to find that there were on occasions 4 or less people in the pool area with the music banging out and having people to shout to one another in order to hold down a conservation.
I'd say to anyone wanting a quiet nights sleep to look elsewhere, a 'Buyer Beware' if you like, unless you want to have the air-con on and windows shut which is a real shame because the hotel doesn't need to have a night-club feel to it.
That said the Weather, choice of restaurants and beach make up for the lack of quality sleep. However if we go to Skala again it wont be to the Pelagos Bay unless the Hotel look to address this problem."
- Travel date: Tue 14th of September 2010