Why you need to try a luxury villa holiday for your next getaway
Adam Kennedy from Kuoni Metro Centre recently returned from a trip to Corfu with CV Villas. We caught up with him to learn more about his incredible trip and the villa he stayed in.
“I stayed in a CV Villas exclusive property: Nero Beach House. It’s located on Kalamaki Beach in the north-eastern region of Corfu. It’s a one-hour drive from the airport but thanks to the stunning mountainous coastline, the journey felt like minutes. The villa, with its terracotta roof and stone walls, is tastefully modern yet has all the comforts of home. It’s not overlooked, so privacy and serenity are the order of the day. Leading down from the garden is a path which will take you out directly onto the sandy beach.
Great for families, the property sleeps up to twelve people and has a pool table, karaoke and cinema room. On the first floor there is a large shared balcony looking out over the swimming pool, beach and beautiful mountains of neighbouring Albania across the sea. The beds are extremely comfortable with super soft pillows and fine linens, if I could fit one in my case I would have. The open-plan ground floor features glass sliding doors which lead out onto the terrace and pool area where thick-cushioned sun loungers beckon.”
What was your favourite thing about the villa?
“The absolute serenity it offered, the only sounds were the sea gently lapping up onto the beach and the rustle of the reeds in the wind. I have a busy mind and often find it hard to switch off, so this level of privacy and calmness brought me a true sense of balance. I feel completely renewed, so for those who have a hectic life this could be the perfect retreat to reconnect with loved ones.
We were also lucky enough to sample food and wine provided by the sensational private chef who prepared a barbecue lunch for us, brought to us by our very own server. This is a must-do, my advice would be to book this service early on during your holiday as the food was plentiful, so you could refrigerate leftovers for snacks. Customers with allergies can enjoy the experience as everything can be arranged in advance and is cooked to order.
Why should you book with CV Villas?
“CV Villas are at the top of their game thanks to the superior quality of their portfolio and meticulous attention to detail. The ability to order a food shop in advance and have the items delivered to your villa and neatly placed in the fridge or cupboards prior to your arrival (without an additional charge) means you can maximise your relaxation time on holiday. As mentioned previously the chef service, whether for just one special meal or every meal, really lifts CV above the rest.”
What was the highlight of your holiday?
“Hire a boat. I repeat, hire a boat. This was hands-down my favourite part of the trip. You can head out and explore the glistening calm waters of the Aegean, drop anchor and swim in the hidden bays and coves along the north east coast of the island. You can also stop off at one of the fishing villages, where many of the restaurants here have their own docks and their attentive staff will help you moor up. We particularly recommend San Stephanos, Kassiopi or Kalami”
What was the local area like?
“Forget the idea that Corfu is a tourist trap. The lush and mountainous north east region is pure paradise with small fishing villages accessible only by winding coastal roads or boat. While Corfu’s beaches are usually pebble, they are beautifully maintained and feel very exclusive, far removed from the more widely known resorts. Nero Beach House sits on the north east’s only sandy beach, and CV Villas feature a further 118 villas in this region of the island.
There are several local restaurants you can dine at; my recommendations would be Galini in San Stephanos and Illusions Restaurant in Kassiopi. The White House in Kalami has a majestic setting at the edge of the bay and its open sided restaurant has breathtaking views out to sea. It also has a garden area where guests can hire hanging chairs for the day and enjoy a cocktail. It is owned by the Atheneos family, a dynasty of the island who have very close ties with the Durrells (a family whose name you may recognise from ITV’s series The Durrells).”
This feature was published on 27th May 2022. The information within this feature is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of print. Feature by Claire Bodie.