Marilena Apartments Paleokastritsa Review

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soozym71's review of Marilena Apartments Paleokastritsa

“We stayed at the Marilena from 12th July 2010 to 20th...”

Written on: 20/07/2010 by soozym71 (2 reviews written)

We stayed at the Marilena from 12th July 2010 to 20th July 2010. The apartment complex was beautiful. The apartments were immaculately clean, and had beautiful views. The people who ran the apartments were so friendly and couldn't do enough for you - nothing was too much trouble. The apartments are cleaned every day - the lady who did the cleaning shamed us to death the first day we were there by washing our pots from breakfast, so we made sure we washed up straight after eating!! The lady who did the cleaning was the most pleasant lady ever - always smiling. The weather was scorching while we were there, so if you haven't pre booked air con then it's advisable to get it (5euros per night - well worth it!). The swimming pool is lovely and warm, and even though we went in July it was as though we had our own private pool. You can go in the pool at whatver time you like - no-one shouting at you to be out by 8pm. The apartment grounds are lovely and well kept - lots of lemon trees and lime trees and an abundance of very well looked after flowers and plants. Over the road from the apartments are a couple of restaurants which are worth a visit. There is a supermarket opposite the apartments also, which is open until 10pm every night and is very reasonably priced. (Closes at 2pm on Sunday, but if you turn right out of the apaprtment block there are another few shops). Next door to the Marilena is the Mermaid (boasting the biggest pool in Paleo) and this is open free to the public. Taxi transfers from the airport if you haven't got them work out at 40euros there and 40euros back. If you turn right out of the apartments, there is a car / bike / quad hire place (Niko's). you can hire a scooter for 80euros for the full week. we hired quads for 20 euros for the full day. I have never driven abroad before, but the roads are very quiet and the Corfu drivers seem to be very careful. We drove up to Lakones (about 20mins drive) and the views are remarkable - well worth a visit. To get to the beach, turn right out of the apartments and walk till you come to the Akotiri Beach Hotel - you get to the beach through here. If you can manage the steps, a visit to La Grotta is a must (just before the akotiri hotel). From there you can hire a boat - if you do anything when you go to Paleo, then this is an absolute MUST! It costs 60 euros for the whole day, and about 40 euros for your fuel. You can visit about 15 other beaches - all were deserted when we went, and many are only accessible by boat. Anchor up and swim to shore and its like having your own private beach. There are also caves you can drive into. Best 100 euros I have ever spent. Paleo is the most beautiful place - the people are so friendly, and eager to chat. They make you feel so very welcome. Worth a mention is the Cactus bar (just opposite La Grotta, before the akotiri hotel) where the staff again were brilliant. We found that the area wasn't busy, and people went out at night at about 9pm, but near the marilena things quietened down at about 1am (although they are willing to stay up as long as you want them to!) We will definitely visit again, and will definitely be staying at the Marilena again.

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