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Luxury Kefalonia Holidays

Upmarket harbour towns and white-pebble beaches

Known as Captain Corelli’s Island, Kefalonia is a treasure chest of secret beaches, hidden coves, majestic mountains, and picturesque countryside with a laid-back charm. There is something for all tastes and needs with exciting watersports and outdoor pursuits for adrenaline junkies, sand and pebble beaches for family swimming and paddling, and hideaway beach gems doted along the coastline for couples. Add to this year-round sunshine, holidays in Kefalonia provide the ideal opportunity to relax, unwind and get away from it all.

Enjoy a picnic in the poppy fields, or head to Fiskardo to experience a quaint fishing village with a main square, and a few tavernas offering Greek specialities including Kefalonia Meat Pie and the fresh catch of the day. Popular Lassi attracts visitors to its golden sands and is also within easy reach of the island's southern capital Argostoli. Here there are underground lakes to be discovered, and Skala offers a pine-backed sand and shingle beach, and lively nightlife with clubs and bars open into the early hours.

Luxury Holidays in Kefalonia

The largest of the Ionian islands, Kefalonia is renowned for providing the stunning backdrop in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin thanks to its powdery sands, azure waters, and never-ending vineyards. Be sure not to miss the pristine white beach at Myrtos Bay, and step back in time into the mesmerising Drogorati Caves. Sami and Lassi are a mecca for shopaholics, while Fiskardo provides an oasis of luxury and sophistication. Stylish waterfront bars and eateries border a beautiful harbour full of priceless yachts, and from there you can either take a boat or stroll to uncover secret, tranquil coves where you can relax and watch the sunset.

If you fancy a spot of island hopping then neighbouring Ithaca, the home of Odysseus, is accessible from Fiskardo, where you can gain an insight into inspiring history and sample the sprinkling of local tavernas and shops. Our collection of luxury hotels in Kefalonia are fully equipped with stylish rooms, infinity pools, deluxe spas, and landscaped gardens offering exceptional views of this beautiful island, in addition to warm Greek charm and hospitality.

Our pick of the top hotels in Kefalonia
Every one of our hotels is handpicked and personally visited by our team

Emelisse Art Hotel

Kefalonia, Fiskardo
  • Ideal for couples, with an adult only infinity pool
  • Has elegant rooms with sea views and lies close to a sandy beach
  • Boasts a spa, restaurants and a bar with sunset views

Enalion Suites

Kefalonia, Lassi
  • Lies in a sandy bay with flawless beaches near the quiet town of Lassi
  • Has a lagoon-style pool with hydro-massage points 
  • Boasts a chic restaurant and bar with sea views 

Villa Costa

Kefalonia, Skala
  • Intimate, adult-only getaway ideal for couples
  • Has eight individually-designed luxury rooms and a pool 
  • Lies close to Skala Village and pretty beaches 
Destinations in Kefalonia
Fiskardo
Stylish Fiskardo crowns the northern tip of Kefalonia, where the coastline wriggles around a smart fishing harbour, historic lighthouses and pint-sized beaches. It’s all sequestered behind green pine forests.
Lassi
Lassi stars some of the best beaches in Kefalonia. In fact, it was the island’s original beach resort, springing up just south of the capital, Argostoli, back in the 1980s. 
Skala
Skala sits in the south-east of Kefalonia. The sand-side hotels and bars of the beach are the main event, but there’s also an old town tucked away in the hills.

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Flight Information

Flight time from the UK to Kefalonia is around 3 hours. 

When to go

Like the rest of the Greek islands, Kefalonia promises near-perfect beach weather. July and August are when the mercury reaches its peak, with temperatures often reaching the low 30s. For something a little cooler, you can still enjoy plenty of sunshine and temperatures in the early to mid-20s in May and October.

Visa Information

Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Greece

Tipping

In Greece, a service charge will be included in the bill at restaurants and bars. Much like the UK, an additional tip is not required, although is appreciated for particularly good service. It is common to round off the amount when paying cash, particularly with wait staff and taxi drivers. 

Introduction to languages

The official language of Greece is Greek.  English is widely spoken, too, so getting by is easy. 

Ellen Pickover

When visiting Kefalonia, I would recommend hiring a car and exploring some of the beautiful beaches the island has to offer. My personal favourite was Myrtos Beach, a picture-perfect, semi-circular beach with crystal-clear waters - perfect for paddling and relaxing in the afternoon sun. Make sure you stop to take a picture of the dramatic scenery and coastline before or after your visit to the beach from the road above.

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