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Tesoroblu Hotel & Spa
Ranked #3 of 23 Hotels in Skala
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 27 June 2012

We just came back from a week's stay at the Tesoro Blu. Everything was excellent, I am hard-pressed to think of anything new to say and any criticisms are so small they're hardly worth mentioning.

Every single member of staff was brilliant; they just cannot do enough to help you and they are so friendly. We received a welcome drink of tropical fruit juice on arrival, and after a 4 hour flight and hour's drive from the airport, it was very gratefully received. It was lovely to have the golf buggies to take us and our cases to our room as it was a bit of a walk. The hotel is built into a valley so some of the rooms are quite a walk away from the main hotel area. For us it was not a problem but I think if you have trouble walking you may want to request a room closer to the main hotel area.

The room was great - the MOST comfortable bed I've ever slept on! Air con is practically silent, shower is amazing and we were particularly grateful for the toiletries! One of our cases was lost on the way out, so to find toothbrushes, toothpaste, shower gel and shampoo was a godsend when you feel grubby, tired and annoyed! There is also a hair dryer in the bathroom. Also, the room was really, really quiet. There are tea and coffee facilities, but they don't replenish the things you use. We're used to things being replenished when we stay in hotels in the UK, but it was no big deal. If you really can't live without a cuppa then you can always pop to the supermarket that's just a few yards down the road. There is a fridge in the room that you can use to store your own items.

The food in the hotel was great. I know some people on here say it's a bit repetitive and not "Greek" enough but we were perfectly happy with it. We found it all to be delicious and the variety was fine, in our opinion. Some things were different every night, and some things the same e.g. salads - which I think is to be expected. But I think the chefs are to be congratulated on cooking consistently good, tasty food for large numbers of people. Breakfast was the same every day, but there is a wide choice. Cereal, bread, fruit, yoghurt, ham, cheese, scrambled egg, bacon, beans, etc., juice, tea and coffee... What more could you ask for?

The White Bar is really, really popular in the evening and for good reason. The bar staff have clearly been trained well in cocktail-making, and I have to say the mojitos were the best ones I've ever had :) They certainly aren't stingy on the measures either, so bear that in mind before you go crazy - particularly at happy hour!

Entertainment in the evenings is really good - Ollie is an amazing trumpeter and Hollis was brilliant. We enjoyed listening to some chilled-out jazz whilst eating, and things would pick up later with a lot of people shimmying on the dance floor :)

We did go into Skala some nights just for a change, and there are plenty of places to choose from. The only problem with going into Skala is the lighting. I don't know whose responsibility it is, but there is a stretch of road just outside of the hotel that has no pavement and no lighting. Walking back from Skala in the dark can be a bit dodgy because the cars tend to come down that stretch of road pretty fast. If you have a torch you can fit in your handbag I would advise taking it, wish we'd had one. Hopefully in the future the hotel/local council will install a few street lamps to make it safer.

Walking into Skala takes about 20 minutes; it's not a bad walk really, but depends on your level of fitness and ability to cope with the heat. We always jumped straight into the pool once walking back!

The pool area is great; the pool itself is perfect and there are plenty of sun loungers around. There are free hotel towels to use, and a bar at one end where you can order drinks and food. You can hire private loungers that do look very comfortable, but for 45 euro we didn't think it was worth it. You do get a bowl of fruit and sparkling wine included in that price, but personally we would prefer to use the free sun loungers and save our money for other things.

We didn't use the spa during our trip but it was open, and seemed to have a good choice of treatments at fairly standard spa prices.

There are a couple of computers you can use in the reception area, and a good stock of books to borrow as well.

Overall, we really enjoyed our trip and would definitely recommend the Tesoro Blu.

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Reviewed 25 June 2012

We have recently returned home from our honeymoon in Kefalonia, and stayed at the wonderful Tesoroblu Hotel and SPA...

This hotel is without a doubt in our opinion, the best hotel in Greece... I have visited many places in Greece, and this one beats them all.

The hotel is superbly decorated, Art Deco style and perfectly laid out... Pool at the front, so you can look out over the beautiful sea whilst you are sunbathing, watching all the yachts sail by... Bar, restaurant, SPA and reception building immediately behind the pool area, and a short walk to your accommodation! The owners have got this spot on, if you fancied an early night, you were close enough to get to your room, but far enough away, where the evening’s entertainment wouldn’t disturb you.

Our room was decorated beautifully, very spacious, and ample wardrobe space. Everything you needed was in your room. Toiletries, hairdryer, mini bar with room for your own drinks, and a safe. The air conditioning was superb too, as it was really hot on a night time! Our balcony overlooked the side of the Mountain, and it was idyllic and peaceful, just how it was described.

Every single member of staff at this hotel, were wonderful! To mention a few, Victoria (tells amazingly funny jokes), Costas (always has a smile on his face), Hermione (so pleasant and beautiful), Will and Miros – these guys manned the bar in the evening and were great fun! Always happy to see you! Olli (Resident Musician), talented, funny, great company! Danielle (Events Coordinator), was brilliant, great girl, full of life and lovely to talk to.

We could not have asked for anything more from them. The customer service was fabulous, and the interaction with staff and customers was uniquely superb. I say unique, as I’ve not experienced this level of customer service, when the staff actually become your friends, and actually want to have a conversation with you, not just because they are doing their job!!

Evening meals were superb, a lot of variety and there was never a repeat of the main meals. Fresh salad and vegetables every evening. the chef was always on hand to recommend and advise.

Upon arrival, we were told that we could still make our evening meal, so we went to the restaurant, and was greeted by Victoria, who was so friendly, made us feel very welcome. We went over to the Buffet area, where there was an array of fine foods, all freshly prepared, and the Chef was on hand to explain what items were, and also made recommendations.

The food was excellent, and plenty of. This continued over the week we were there. The variety for breakfast and evening meals was wonderful, and there was always something for everyone. Unfortunately, we didn’t try the Ala carte restaurant (something we will definitely do when we return next year).

You can see a huge amount of work, passion and effort has been put into building this hotel, and the contemporary decor was stunning. It’s a credit to Angela and Mike (Owners). Angela and Mike were always on hand mingling with the guests, something I have never experienced before, and I thought that this was a fantastic effort by them.

This I have never experienced before and it was welcoming and refreshing. Angela and Mike, your staff are amazing and a credit to everyone’s hard work! Thank you for taking the time to meet us, and get to know us, it was a pleasure.

Entertainment of an evening was spot on. Olli, the resident muscician played a variety of songs, and catered for all genres and age groups! Brilliantly talented guy...

There was nothing about this hotel that we could even contemplate complaining about. We are booking for next year as soon as the flights are available, and if we are really lucky we will try and get out later this year in the season!!

We also met some fabulous couples, which I know we will remain friends with for a long time to come! Thanks Tesoroblu, we had a wonderful time and met wonderful people!

The town of SKALA in itself, is so pretty and as yet not too touched by ‘Tourism’, so you are still getting the Greek Culture.

There is lots to explore on this Island, however I would recommend you stay away from the BBQ boat trip. We paid 45 Euros each and I will be complaining to Thompsons because it was disgraceful, and a waste of half a day of our holiday! There was no entertainment, as advertised, there was no snorkelling on the swim stop as advertised, and the BBQ was appalling. I appreciate the guys are limited to what they can do on the boat, however we were sat on a deserted beach for over 3 hours with no entertainment what so ever! If this trip was cheaper, then it could be justified!

Much love, Glynis and Karl Precious

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 June 2012

Returned from a two week stay 14 June.
What can we say that has not been said before, I think only that we had high expectations due to the comments made previously and it definately exceeded what we were expecting.

1. Staff - make you feel special hard working (do think they need a day off mind - they will burn out by OCT). Will and Miroslav are the best barmen I have met. They are a pleasure to talk to, informative, friendly, hard working, nothing too much trouble, humrous and make wicked cocktails.
Both of the Kostas are great and a pleasure to see everyday, Mena and Victoria. A special thank you to Yannis he always stopped for me in his buggy when walking up the hill.
All of the staff are great including the chefs, nothing is too much trouble and they do care they you enjoy your holiday.
2. Accomodation - All of the hotel is spotlessly clean - The beds are sooo comfortable, air con great every detail thought of. We used the iron and the maids must have noticed and left an ironing board for us.
Only negative is the bath, there is nothing to grip onto to get out and due to the sloping design of the back of the bath which looks great it is hard to get out of.
3. Food - Very fresh, good choice but I would have liked more Greek cuisine, we only had calamari once in two weeks which we love. More fresh fish grilled rather than in sauce which looked to be frozen. Repetitive menu but fresh soup is very good.
If you want fried eggs for breakfast ask and they will make for you.
4. Pool - FAB...Normally beds (that are very comfortable) for everyone but people did get up early and reserve the best ones which was dissapointing. Loved the swimming and jaccuzi!
5. Entertainment - Ollie does his best however would have liked a proper 'Greek' night and more comfortable seating to relax in after dinner. Quite a few people seemed to leave after dinner.
6. A pebble beach across the road opposite the hotel is a little difficult to access however a wlk down the road and it is easier.
7. 'Wave; bar next door has a 3 hour happy hour and plays great music whilst you sit looking at the beach/sea. Nice fresh tuna bagette.
8. Cake shop next door has really good ice cream for 1EUR.
9. Angela, Mike and their father run a great effiecient hotel and make you feel welcome and are great hosts.
We wouldn'y normally choose an ultra modern hotel but Tesoro Blu has changed our opinion. The design and facilities provide everything you need with ambience.
We had a fantastic two weeks, I would recommend this hotel, Skala and Kefalonia stunning island with wonderful people.
We hired a car and whilst the roads are narrow in places the views are amazing. Too many places and beaches to name as they are all special but Assos is great place for lunch and Poros. Anti Samos beach is a beautiful beach with Mojito restaurant serving an alternative version of calamari with pesto. Great!
Would I return to Tesoro and Skala? 100% I would and we found it to not be expensive.
Thank you for a special unforgettable holiday..!!

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Reviewed 23 June 2012

Modern minimalist design hotel with a relaxing atmosphere and excellent facilities. Buffet style breakfast and dinner is fresh and tasty, very good but can be predictable. If you fancy something different there is plenty of options to eat out in Skala or in the hotel a la carte restaurant. Not usually one to visit places twice but think I could make an exception for tesoro blu!

Room Tip: 517 was at the top of the hill so quiet and had a nice sea view. Balcony didn't get much sun th...
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Reviewed 23 June 2012

Just returned from a week at Tesoro Blu. I booked with 3 friends and hotel sold on an adults basis but when we arrived we discovered it was 'couples'. Oops! We needn't have worried - the owners made us feel very welcome. Everyone from the welcome from Laura on arrival, meeting Angela, being waited on by Costas and Victoria in the restaurant and the bar staff Miro and Will made us feel at home. Nightly entertainment by Ollie very good and Hollis was a brilliant end to the week. The pool area is great and was lovely not to have any noisy kids around - spotless too! Don't think we saw one football shirt all week!! Beds amazing - best night's sleep I have had in ages and the showers, well, they are to die for. Only slight remark I can make is that I wish there had been more Greek food as when it was on the menu it was very popular. Pagoulatos family keep doing what you are doing. We love very much!!!!! from Carrie(!) xx

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Additional Information about Tesoroblu Hotel & Spa

Address: Skala 280 82, Greece
Region: Greece > Ionian Islands > Cephalonia > Skala
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Skala
#3 Romantic Hotel in Skala
Price Range: €133 - €221 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Tesoroblu Hotel & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 93
Also Known As:
Tesoroblu Hotel And Spa
Tesoroblu Hotel Skala

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