Sun 14 May 2017
HOTS and NOTS about the Villa Drepanou Bay and the island of Lefkada. HOTS 1. The villa is exactly as it appears on the website. It's gorgeous! 2. The cleaner came on both Sunday and Wednesday, so the place was pristine. We weren't expecting a midweek cleaner (a pool cleaner came too), so this was very generous of the owner. 3. The views. Omg, the views. The photos don't do it justice. We barely read our books because any time we weren't looking at the views felt like a waste. 4. The villa isn't overlooked at all (apart from the master bedroom balcony, which can be seen from a neighbouring villa). We're pretty casual about nudity, so this was a massive plus. 5. The kitchen is well equipped, with plenty of crockery and cutlery. 6. The beds are excellent. We had two people with serious back issues, and we didn't suffer at all. 7. The island is beautiful and very unspoilt. We drove into Nidri about five days into the holiday and were shocked to discover that there is a concentration of tourists and a few tourist trap shops and bars. Until then, we'd been eating at tavernas with the locals and loving it. 8. Everyone is very friendly and generous. In restaurants we were given small bottles of spirit to take home, in bakeries they pressed upon us additional bags of biscuit or cake. We loved the Greek attitude and did our best to be the same in return. 9. The waterfall at Nidri. Our best day out and highly recommended. 10. The mountaintop restaurant at Rachi with the BEST views ever. 11. Considering we were on a small island, the wifi in the villa was excellent. 12. The villa is high up in the hills and the air quality is superb, not muggy at all. NOTS 1. The bath towels are tiny, far too small to wrap around our chubby bodies. It's fortunate we had four people in a villa for eight, because we had to use some of the pool towels as bath towels. Perhaps the owner would consider obtaining some decent sized bath sheets? That would be wonderful. Efcharistó! 2. The cats are a nuisance. I love cats, and even I found them a nuisance. You can't get in or out of the kitchen door within tripping over them, all begging for food. You can't leave anything on an outdoor table even for a minute, there has to be a guard. We lost a pat of butter that way the first day. There are a minimum of four, maybe as many as six at any given time, and they are so thin it breaks my heart. The owner told us that he feeds them over winter, so that they stick around and deal with local rats and snakes in summer. This is not unusual in any part of Greece. Every restaurant we went to, our meals were punctuated by cats. If you ordered fish, they were practically forming a pyramid. If you don't like (or are afraid of) cats, Greece is not the place for you. 3. Biting insects. The villa is surrounded by bushes and olive trees and (despite liberal application of repellent and some experiments with avoiding certain perfumed products) we got significantly nibbled on. I'd recommend to other visitors - move the loungers away from the side where the plants are. It helped quite a bit. 4. Switchback roads going up and down the mountains to get anywhere. We were fortunate to have a confident driver. Not for the fainthearted!