Lovidis Village

Accommodation in Lourdas

Peter C          10/10

  My wife and i have been going to Lovidis studios for more than ten years trust me they are are fantastic people nothing is too much trouble, but you do have to ask as they have not mastered mind reading. And please take the comments you may read about Katarina being scary with a pinch of salt it is standing joke, she is a darling we attended the daughters wedding in November 2008 and spent an emotional week with them and their extended family from different parts of Greece. It was an experience we will treasure for the rest of our lives, i am getting emotional just recounting it.
 Back to the apartments they are basic but adequate clean and the views are spectacular, the pool bar is lively given the right crowd but not raucous. They are not air conditioned but fans are available from Maria's mini market at a reasonable price, she is also a diamond as are her family. Look i could keep writing for hours about it, go give it a go it is very reasonably priced and this year they are not run by a tour operator so need business. You will not regret it.
  Yassas. Enjoy Pete.

Lovidis F

Dear guests.
We read very carefully your comments, we would like to thank you all for the good and for the bad comments, through them will improve. this year -SUMMER 2010- we do a different start, the rooms will not be given to a company.



Abbigail H          8/10

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My mum and I have just returned from the Lovides Village Apartments where we had a weeks holiday from 29 June to 6 July and found them to be excellent on the whole.  Lovides is situated in an excellent location in Lourdes, right between the old part (Lourdata) which is located to the left down the hill and at the bottom you will find the beach.  Too the right is the long straight horizontal road where you will find the majority of the supermarkets, tavernas and a couple of bars.  Its worth the trek down the hill half way to teh beach to reach the old part of Lourdes and the 'square' (Lourdata).  There is a little old taverna on a hillside there run by a very friendly Welsh guy an his Greek wife and the locals congregate their to discuss the state of the world.  Its a little step back in time and worth the visit, perhaps in the evening when its cooler and less hard work to walk back up the hill!

Lovides is a little village of apartments set slightly off the main road up a small incline.  The apartments face towards the ocean and some have better views than others.  The village itself is generally quiet and serene and lovely to sit and watch the sunset from with the breathtaking mountain backdrop behind you.  Our apartment was right at the back (C block) and we were on the second floor (see picture attached, view from our balcony).  I was surprised by the excellent standard of accomodation.  Our room had a small kitchenette area as you entered the door to the right and on the left a good sized bathroom with toilet, good size sink and mirror above and best of all an excellent shower with hot/cold water and the cubicle itself was a seperate built up floor area with curtain.  There was also a hairdryer fitted to the wall!
The balcony was an excellent size and segregated descreetly from your neighbour.  The chairs were a little uncomfortable if you have bare legs though - I'd advise a towel to cover them!
The room itself was well furnished, two good sized single beds side by side, a chair (which I think may also turn into a bed for a third/child), a big wardrobe, two drawers, two tables, two stools.  The cutlery is very basic indeed but function - a couple of pans, knives/forks/spoons, plates, a couple of glasses - no bottle or can opener though.  There is hob rings but no cooker or kettle - we easily heated water in the morning by pan to make coffee/tea.  The fridge was excellent - a good size and a little freezer compartment which can easily store a 1.5L bottle of water overnight to take out with you on adventures the next day.  Best of all though you can drink the water from the tap!!  This was verified by our Olympic Rep, Rhiannon (who is also excellent, friendly and very knowledgeable) as we arrived.  We havent been to Greece for a couple of years so maybe this is standard now but its news to us and it was great - no dragging heavy water back to your apartment all the time!
Our apartment was only cleaned once mid-week and the towels and sheets changed.  The notice on the back of your front door will say twice a week however.  We are quite tidy so it didnt bother us but people with children might have to have a word.  We had a mop and broom on our balcony in the corner though and found it handy to sweep the bathroom through after showering to stop the tiles being slippery.
The apartments themselves I would guess are fairly new and in excellent condition and very pretty indeed - terracotta walls and roofs surrounded by palm trees, palms and flowers and grassy areas - very well kept.  It has a lovely safe holiday village feeling - residents are also very friendly and always say 'hello' as you pass by.  Mostly we found the village and Lourdes occupied by couples of all ages and families and couples of friends.  The balconies have glass doors as well as metal vented shutters and we confess we left both open during the day to air and felt it was safe to do so.  There is however no safe for valuables so excersize your own common sense as you feel fit.
I'd recommend going to your welcome meeting - Rhiannon is not pushy at all and extremely knowledgeable about the island.
The pool area is lovely, a good size pool (it slopes down a little suddenly in the middle, take care) and has a shaded area under roof where the bar is located (also a reception area for questions etc), television, books/magazines to read.  Katerina and her children speak excellent English and are very helpful.  The food is a bit basic and limited - the Greek salad was lovely but other than that its toasted sandwiches, chips, pizzas.  Ice creams also in the freezer but excellent drink selection - all kinds of spirits, cocktail at 5 Euros each, Amstel on draft in frozen glasses is highly recommended at only 2.5 Euros for a large pint.
Only a few downsides to the Lovides:
Firstly I should mention there is construction work still going on which Olympic did not warn us about.  A JCB is located to the left side of the village next to the pool - they move earth around in the mornings and evenings.  One couple of ladies mentioned to me they were working at 6.30am one morning and we noticed them again at 7pm when we went out to dinner.  I think they give up when it gets too hot.  Luckily we were located in C block to the right and heard it only in the distance but it all depends where your apartment is.
Secondly water flow from the taps can be interrupted - it was only on two nights when we returned to our apartments at 10:30pm ish to find that there was no water from the taps in the bathroom or kitchen, not a drop.    The loo however did still flush?  One resident advised us it was due to a pressure problem they were endeavouring to fix.  We showered before we went out that night so it didnt really bother us since we had water chilling in the fridge to drink and water ressumed as normal the next morning.  If you have young children though this is useful to be aware of.
The owner appeared to have a couple of young boys aged approx 8 or 9 and they had a motorbike.  On a couple of evenings at around 7pm I'd be reading on my balcony and they would drive their motorbike across the grass, back and forth again and again inches from the balconies on the ground floor and in inbetween the apartment blocks which was very frustrating and noisy.  It did only happen a couple of evenings but if it became a regular occurance or went on into the evening I'd be inclined to mention it to Rhiannon or the owners.
You also only get one flat little pillow which is a little sad.  I'd recommend propping it up with the blankets located on top of your wardrobe which will give you a bit more height if needed.  Just a tiny thing really for comfort.
We flew from Bristol and arrived in the early hours which meant that coming home we were told to vacate our room at 11am prior to being picked up by the coach to the airport at 8:45pm.  Thats a long time with no room.  Luckily we lazed by the pool by day where there was shade if needed and our neighbours (Ian and Susie from Croydon, hello guys! ) were so very kind as to let us borrow their room to shower early evening so we could change in privacy and have a bite to eat all clean and refreshed prior to boarding the coach.  There are showers pool side but there was no room provided, and suitcases had to be left poolside all day long.  We are so grateful to Susie and Ian, thank you so much if you are reading, as my mum is 71 and it made all the difference to her.
Generally though we had little to complain about staying at Lovides and it was a lovely week an we would return there even though we like to explore a new Greek Island each year.  The setting was lovely and complimented in tradition by the tinkling of goat bells gently in the mornings and evenings as the resident herd went out for the day and then came in on an evening.
Eating out..... When staying at Lovides you are in the middle of the resort.  A shortcut to the tavernas is to turn right out of the apartments and pass the pool and walk to the end of the road.  Then turn right again.  The road turns a little gravelly but its still walkable in flip flops, its not bad.  The road bends around to the left sharply and you stay on it and follow it to the end.  On the way you will see Andromeda restaurant on your right up the steps (we heard it was good, a little more expensive than the others though) and then at the bottom is the best restaurant of all - SPIROSWe ate there on 4 evenings it was so good and everyone we spoke to agreed!  Its only about 100m from the apartment and has scenic views of the ocean and is beautifully set outside but under cover with an olive tree between the tables and under umbrellas in places.  The staff are so friendly and you couldnt ask for better service, it was immense.  For Greek authentic food & lovely fresh fish its a must - please do try the fillet of sole stuffed with seafood (baby squid, mussles & prawns) this dish was stunning!!!  I had Stamaki which I've not seen before on my Greek travels - big a casserole of tender chunks of lamb with a tasty greek herby tomato based sauce and vegetables and topped with melted cheese - yummy! They also do excellent pasta dishes, the bolognaise was really lovely and other grilled & UK foods for the less adventurous. Generous but not over the top portions. The appetizers were also gorgeous - try the mezze which is really unusual even though it had chips - a little bit of everything, lovely cheese pies.  If ordering seperate starter the calimari is to die for!  
Klimatis Taverna is right down on the beach but worth the trek... so friendly and a lovey setting looking right out on to the beach with a alfresco dining under a roof of vines and a bounty of hanging grapes.  The food again was stunning and really enjoyable.  It was very popular too - one lady we spoke to had her birthday there and they made her a gorgeous cake of chocolate and orange!
Dinonysis is also good down the hill towards Lourdata about 100m - very friendly and a lovely garden to the rear although the Kleftico had the neck of lamb (with bones) rather than chunks of meat, but still very tender. 
Inonysis as you turn right at the main road and right along about 800m was a little more expensive but the view was stunning across the bay as the sun set - the service could be more polished, we had to ask twice for a glass of water, but the Becre Meze (tender chunks of beef in greek tomato based sauce) was absoutely gorgeous & two of the tenderist pieces of beef - almost fillet steak!  I requested potatoes with it instead of chips but was told this was not possible  so I had rice instead.  Apart from that, this dish was superb.
The beach....  well believe what you have read about the climb down to the beach, its a monster of a hill.  It winds downwards, slowly at first and then steeper (very steep in places) towards the bottom nearing the beach.  We walked down one morning and it was hard work at the bottom (my calves really felt it and I'm only 32 and quite fit!).  Walking up though - crazy, seriously.  We tried it and nearly passed out half way up .  Its not so much the hill - it is steep and quite long but it could be done if it were not for the heat.  Before the sun rise and after it sets it would be ok.  There are benches you could stop at along the way if need be and have a rest.  But in 32 degree heat (which is what we just came back from) its a formitable effort only for the brave hearted and 6 times a week gym goers.
Instead get a bus for only 1 Euro each way, which goes along the main road in Lourdes at 10:15am and 11:15am - walk down the brief hill from Lovides towards the main road and you can flag him down there if you dont want to walk to the bus stop.  He stops just short of the beach, there is a brief climb to get back up to the bus stop where he drops you off - he'll pick you up at 2:45pm and 6pm.  He is usually on time and running mostly - we found a notice up the day he was not running so for Greece, this is pretty reliable!  Otherwise a taxi is about 6 euros but there are no taxi ranks, you will have to ask Lovides bar/reception to order you one.
The rest of the island... a hire car is highly recommended to get around and see this beautiful island - Kefalonia is one of the most beautiful I've seen so far and I've been to quite a few now.  Its green, lush, friendly and there is lots to see despite the earthquake.  The beach at Skala is gorgeous and you dont have to climb down a cliff to get to it - okay its a very fine shingle with sand but to be honest thats a lot cleaner than sand that sticks to you constantly and its very fine and walkable and the waves are so calm there you can sit in it by the shore and watch the world go by, perfect for children.  Lourdes beach had stronger waves which could actually knock you off your feet if you were infirm or a child.  Sami was a lovely harbour worth visiting, we had the best meze ever at the taverna on the shore down the very end of the harbour when you turn left.  Stunning.  Portos was ok, not so friendly atmosphere and a tiny beach, more of a port.  Drive up in the mountains for stunning views where every you go to get to the tomb of St Gerominis and the incredible church they re-built in the 90s after the earthquake - also pop into the wine tasting factory next door to sample he Robola.  The roads themselves are worth the drive to see the abundance of vineyards and mountain landscapes and roaming goats.
Money.... be aware there is no cashpoint or bank in Lourdes.  You will need to go into Agostolli for this.  However, CSR the car hire place near La Mer restuarant, does a good exchange rate of Sterling into Euros.  But if you get stuck the Lara Hotel (on the road about 200m before you get to the beach) will apparently take cards and give you Euros of smalls amounts i.e. 100 Euros or less.
Hopefully we have covered everything that we learned on our week in Lourdes and hopefully it might give you a head start to making the most of your holiday  Enjoy!!

Jane R          10/10


Just got back from there where I spent 2 weeks with my B/F and Son.  Very friendly staff, found Katerina scary too!!! lol.  Hiring a Car is essential as you are a long way from everywhere.  I recommend Spiros Taverna too for value and taste.  My Son was never out of the Sea or the Pool, which was great.  Very well looked after there and would go back again defo.....

Carlene D          10/10

Went there in 2002 and going back there again this August (2008)...i'm glad to see Katerina is still running it. Best holiday we ever had and i'm only 17 years of age, so what people say about it being isolated so don't take families there isn't true. My sister's are young and they loved it. Family run and it couldn't be any more cosier, i can't wait to return to see them all again. Clean/Beautiful views/Friendly atmosphere not much else i could want!

Helen H          8/10



While we had a great holiday - please remember that in all parts of Greece, contact with cats and dogs (particularly kittens - however cute they might look!) should be avoided as they often carry ringworm.

Rachael S          9/10

We had an absolutely brilliant time here and plan to go back. Family run apartment complex with a nice community atmosphere. We spent half our holiday here and half in Katelios but we loved our stay at Lovidis so much we just kept coming back. One tip about the area, especially for those with young children, the terrain is very hilly and you will find yourselves walking alot. At bus stops there are signs saying that the service is no longer available (this is reffering to the beach bus!), don't let that fool you, there are services that run from the petrol station not far from Lovidis. These are reasonable in price and easy to use. They run to Argostoli (the capital) and Skala/Poros in the other direction. 


Lovidis is set in a beautiful location and the rooms are clean. However my major gripe is with the pool at night. Katerina does serve people with drink and allows them to use the pool into the early hours (often until 4am!) and the noise kept us and our children awake.There is a conflict between Katerina wanting to make money from people drinking all night and the fact that this is supposed to be a family friendly property. This conflict needs to be resolved.


Does anyone know where I can find photos of Lovidis studios? My partner has booked our holiday and I can't find any photos of the place anywhere. We are due to go 22nd Aug and I wanted to find out what to expect.

We've been to other Greek islands (Corfu, Aegina and Zakynthos) but never Kefalonia, how expensive are the meals/drinks? as we're trying to work out how much money we're going to need for a fortnight.
Bit apprehensive as we've booked last minute and don't know anything about the resort or studios .
We want to be able relax, eat nice food, swim in the sea and to sleep quietly at night?
Oh dear lots of questions, I hope someone can help.

Livvy K           

I stayed with 2 other family members in lovides studios in Lourdas and we found the apartments were clean and OK to sleep 3. the staff there are friendly and laid-back and don't care if you take a quick dip at 4 in the morning ( i reccomend this!!)

me and family are interested on coming back to Lovides - as it is the best; suitable for anyone : familys, couples or just by yourself you will have a great time and enjoy the mountins behind your apartment and the beautiful clear sea in front of you! The pool is a great size and is heated by the sun so be warned!!
i would reccomend Lovides to anyone and miss it a lot (also missing great weather...not fair!!) but take my advice to thoughrouly enjoy your time in kefalonia. VIST : LAKE MESSALINNI, DROGATI CAVES, ST GERISSAMOS,  CASE DE BLUE, LORDAS DIAMOND, AND I WOULD SUGGEST GOING TO LOURDAS BEACH BUT ONLY THE BRAVE SHOULD ATTEMPT GOING THE WAY UP...TRUST ME!! (my legs are still hurting from that killer hill hahah just kidding)
wont forget all the friends (and animals) we met: Jen, Frankie, Jon the key hider, Izzy, lauren, joe  paul,  simon, hobby, zak (hope your knee is ok?), katarina, the dog!!!, and frank the cat :)

Jen &           

click to enlarge click to enlargeJust got back from 2 weeks in Lovidis and loved every minute of it!!!  The pool is fantastic (especially at 4am swimming under the shooting stars, unless you lose your key in the pool cos you put it down your pants, John!!), the bar, hosted by Katarina and family, is wonderful (genius idea re beer glasses in the freezer) and the appartments in general are superb.
The walk down to Lourdas beach is indeed a good 15 minutes down (not so good in flip flops), but there's a bus back up for only 1 euro, so is all good.
Olympic tours (Karen the rep) are fine tour ops, but we wouldn't advise booking onto their excursions - too much time spent on jam packed ferries, coaches etc along with all the other excursions on the day -  much better to explore Kef via moped (we did, is quite safe if you take it easy) or car.
Must see: Drog caves, messalini lake, Church of Saint Geriasimo, Mundas beach
Must eat at: Diamonds (on left, on way down to beach - loads of handpainted signs outside), Spiros & Klimates (on beach front).
Overall, most fantastic holiday, will DEF be going back next year!!  Hello to:  3 day old puppies, Frank the kitten, Jules, Livvy & Christiano, John & Piglet, Simon & Paul, Mum & Dad (aka Geoff & Sue - you in court yet?), Hobbes & Zack (good luck in Brasil) and the Barrie family (been in any Red Lion pubs yet?)
Jen and Frankie (reigning quiz champions)

Paul L           

I am due to stay at the Lovidis Appartments very soon and I wondered whether you can easily fit 3 people in one studio? Myself and my wife have booked 2 studios for us and our 3 children. Can anyone advise?

Tracey J           

We found the apartments to be clean & spacious, although the cooking facilities were very basic. A kettle and a sharp knife (for my lemon in G & T's) are essential items to put in your case, if you are that way inclined. We were on the top floor, which we did request, and the views were great, therefore spending most of our evenings just relaxing and watching the sun go down, when normally we head for town. The location is quiet & peaceful and Katerina will always accomodate her guests. The pool is warm & inviting, and no fighting for beds and umbrellas. There are a few tavernas a few mins walk away, and the walk down to the beach is pleasant, with a few drinking holes on the way (the little tea rooms being a must!). Walking back up was not as bad as some have made out (and I am no fit bird!), so give it a try!

St. Thomas's bay is a great place to go and is about 3km along the coast towards Argastoli. Assos village is a must and lunch in Fiskado is a great way to watch the world go by! If you stay at these apartments, and are not looking for wild nights out on the town, they will make a perfect, quiet, get away from it all holiday.

Jennie D           

I'm an even older single female and have twice stayed at Lovidis studios. Each time I asked for an upstairs studio & got one [even though mine was a booking made only three weeks before going] the view was wonderful. The people seem very friendly and other folks staying there were not the sort who keep you awake into the small hours. Do be prepared for car hire [try CBR] or a long walk to the beach & an even longer [healthy?] walk back up.It's not far from several eating places so convienient in the evening. You must try Spiros. Look out [listen out] for the guy who moves his sheep in the morning & evening. Enjoy!

Gaynor N           

My partner Dave and I have just returned from Lovidis Studios - Wahey! It is an amazing place to stay, the apatments were spotless and the staff were wonderful, catering to our every need.  The trek to the beach was no problem for us, as we hired a motorbike (much against the advice of the rep) but it was an ideal way to travel over the whole island.  With the wind in our hair and the blistering sun on our backs we explored up into the mountains and also all the other villages and beaches - Lourdas being our favorite!!!

We made some superb friends and have some fantastic memories of Kefalonia......
If you are unsure of where to holiday next - then try Lovidis Studios. 
Gaynor & Dave 4th Sept 2005

Ruth G           

August 14 - 21 2005 Just returned home to England after a wonderful week in Kefalonia, staying at the Lovidis Studios and we are missing it already. Scorching heat (30c+), which was slightly helped by the sea breeze but very thankful for the clean Studio pool as the steep trek to the sea, was too strenuous for us on a regular basis. We developed the 'Kefalonian Shuffle' from walking everywhere! Hire a bike or car! Rooms were clean, with the usual facilities, but the bins could have been emptied more often. The fridge snored, like a dragon in the night, and because we had the downstairs studio, we seemd to attract the enormous ants. Also, shutters and windows had to be kept closed for security reasons (not that there were any problems anywhere). I would thoroughly recommend anyone to go to this wonderful island and stay at the Lovidis Studios, for a quiet, relaxing holiday, with a very, very warm and helpful welcome from the hosts!

Chris I           

We have recently returned from our holiday to Kefalonia, and stayed at the Lovidis Studios, we cannot praise the apartments, staff and location enough - it was a memorable and truly wonderful two weeks!

Katerina, Connie & Jannus made us feel so welcome - from the beginning to the end of our holiday, nothing was too much trouble for them and if they could help you could be sure that they would.
We loved our apartment, very roomy and spacious - more so than any other apartment which I have had the fortune to visit in the Greek islands, and the view of the mountain just had to be seen to be believed!
Allied to this we had the wonderful village of Lourdas, its' many restaurants, tavernas and cocktail bars (Muses, Astra bar being the best of a very good bunch).
In short - a wonderful place, wonderful staff and a wonderful experience!

Mike M           

We really enjoyed our fortnight at Lovidis. Although the rooms were typically greek style self catering, they were more than adequate for my wife and I. Having said that, we did ask to be moved to an upstairs apartment as the ground floor ones were not very good for any privacy and also I think we had a herd of elephants in the room above! We had to wait another week, but it was well worth it. I would recommend trying to get an upper apt if you can. One of the best things about Lovidis was the fact that you were not forced to get up at 6 o'clock in the morning to reserve a sunbed, there was always plenty available any time of the day. It is also very clean, which is down to the great staff there.

A lovely place to chill out and wind down.

Laura B           

Best apartments we have been to in Greece. Rooms were big and clean. Good bathroom facilites. Excellent views of the mountain and the sea.  Staff friendly and very helpful.

David H

We booked our holiday at a much reduced rate via last minute.com. Olympic holidays are the main operator who you can also book through but it may cost you more.

David H           

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Having returned this morning after spending a week staying in these apartments I can fully recommend them.  We were made to feel welcome from the minute we arrived. They are short walk from the main drag of Lourdas but are quite a walk up and down a steep hill to the beach and beachside tavernas.  Therefore I would personally recommend hiring a car to get around.  There is so much to see and do. We used CBR who were the cheapest locally.

The apartments themselves are clean and basically furnished.  The kitchen consisted of a two ring electric stove and basic pots and pans, but suited us fine with so many local tavernas to choose from.  Our apartment was very clean upon arrival. Linen/towels/bins are changed weekly.

Many  of the apartments have marvellous views over the bay or mountainside and the location was very peaceful. It appeared only half of the apartments were occupied during our stay. Those occupied were mainly couples, so no rowdy lager louts at all.
The pool area is clean, with plenty of loungers and parasols.
The Greek family running the place were super firendly and only too happy to help with any enquiries.
Give it a go, we had a wonderfully chilled and relaxed week.

Alan S           

In August 2004 my wife and I spent our honeymoon in Kefalonia and stayed at the Lovidis Studios, we thought it was ideal. Very friendly family run apartments made our stay very enjoyable indeed. The rooms were basic but very clean and had all the amenities my wife and I required. Great sunbathing area and bar beside the well kept pool, with excellent service. We would like to thank Katerena and her family for making us feel so welcome and providing the perfect base for us to explore and enjoy the stunning island of Kefalonia. We will certainly be returning to Kefalonia and would like very much to stay at Lovidis Studios.

Gareth A           

just spent two weeks here with my wife and thought it was fantastic!
very quiet with great veiws.
met some wonderfull people also staying there (Jack & Anne Mike & Lynne) and had a great time with them.
car hire or mopeds are essential to get around the resort/island etc but the pool is big enough to relax in. Katerina the owner is nice and trys to help all the guests out with anything from local lingo to ordering taxis
alf and deb

Stephanie N           

We stayed in the apartments for two weeks. Yes the fridge is very noisy and the apartments aren't cleaned enough. The garbage should be picked up daily.

We were lucky and had a great view and were charmed by the sheep in the mornings, but the dogs barking all night long really did get on your nerves.

Overall it was okay.