Ionian Emerald

North East Kefalonia


  • 5 Stars, Karavomilos, near Sami
  • Bed & Breakfast or Half Board
  • Air Conditioning
  • Swimming Pool
  • Spa Facilities
  • Free WiFi

One of the newer hotels on the island (fully opened in 2010), the Ionian Emerald is also one of the most comfortable. Located on the seafront in the peaceful hamlet of Karavomilos, the setting is uncommercial and authentically Greek. The small port of Sami, from where boats leave for Ithaca, is a short walk away.

Although comprising only 38 rooms, the hotel has all mod cons and facilities. The Superior rooms are housed in three small 2-storey buildings and have a clean modern style, with light wood furniture and pastel décor. Deluxe rooms are larger, all double-bedded and on the top floor of the main building (served by a lift). Facilities in all room types include air conditioning, sat tv with dvd player, free Wifi access, fridge, hairdryer, safety deposit box, iron and board, hydromassage bath and shower, and good-sized balcony with pool and sea views. Room service is available and some rooms have disabled access.

To the front is a beautiful freshwater pool of c 350 sq m (depth 1.20- 1.70m) with plenty of space on the surrounding terrace and comfortable pool furniture - pool towels are provided. There is a children’s pool to one side and a pool bar. the main building has lounge, bar and terrace restaurant, and the hotel has a fitness room and spa with a range of treatments available.

Karavomilos enjoys an authetically Greek village atmosphere, has four local tavernas (seasonal but at least one is always open), one mini-market and an excellent bakery – for a wider range the vibrant small port of Sami has some very good restaurants and supermarkets and can be reached in a pleasant 15-20 minute walk via the footpath above the sea. Famous Antisamos Beach is about a 15 minute drive from Karavomilos and in the other direction Agia Efimia can be reached by car in 10 minutes.

Half Board Supplement (per person, per week):  Adult £140, Child (under 12) £77