Imagine living in your own villa set at the foothills of verdant mountains and overlooking the bluest of seas, complete with gour. The dream becomes a reality at Ideales Resort, a collection of 12 luxurious yet totally eco-friendly villas, just a 20-minute walk (or 5-minute car ride) to the beach. This complex of villas in the area of Trapezaki is in one of the most serene corners of the island, yet only 12 kilometres from the bustling capital.
Villas made in heaven
The modern villas have integrated traditional Cephalonian architecture that boasts local marble, stone and red roof tiles, blending in with the surroundings very harmoniously. There is a touch of discrete luxury in the well-furnished but not over the top villas, along with fully equipped kitchens and outdoor barbecue facilities. While maintaining the relaxing Mediterranean feeling, guests still get housekeeping service and towel/linen change twice a week, as well as beach towels, free Wi-Fi internet and other comforts. And if you happen to be there on your birthday, you get a free birthday cake on the house!
There are two beaches that are very close, those of Trapezaki and Lourdas. You can also walk to the fresh produce shop to buy ingredients in order to create fresh, delicious fare. Also in the area are tennis and basketball courts so you can stay in shape.
Activities in nature
Great hiking paths criss-cross the island, with the nearby Mount Ainos (known for its unique black fir trees) beckoning to trekkers and bikers. The property will help you rent bikes or arrange other activities such as horseback riding by the beaches or the mountain trails.
In addition to swimming, eco-friendly watersports such as kayaking and scuba diving are also available, but so are many other attractions beyond the sea, such as the lake of Melissani, the Monastery of Agios Gerasimos, and the Church of the Virgin where legend has it that snakes helped protect the nuns against invading Ottomans. In general the island is full of historical and natural wonders that are worth seeing, so take your hiking or driving map and head out to discover the best of Cephalonia.
An exceptional green philosophy
Holders of TripAdvisor’s Green Leaders’ Gold Award as well as the Green Key Award, the Ideales Resort shines in applying eco-friendly practices and caring for the environment. Serious recycling efforts from composting to recycling mattresses have gone beyond the regular recycling found elsewhere. Staff training, towel/linen reuse programme, energy-saving lighting, solar water heating and energy-efficient windows are just some of the practices adopted. There’s an energy monitoring and maintenance system in place, and admirable guest education initiatives.
It is worth noting that the Ideales Resort owners are also the people behind Ideales Piscines, consultants and providers of eco-friendly pools (energy and water saving pools with consideration of the environment). Lastly, you’ll love the locally produced toiletries in the bathrooms, made with natural ingredients and helping the local economy.