We stumbled upon the beautiful bay of Kalami in the northeast of Corfu quite by chance.
Shortly after moving back to the UK with a baby on board, we set about planning our last baby-free holiday to Greece and, just by luck, the adults-only San Antonio Resort in Corfu came up in my searches.
It takes around 3 hours to fly from London Gatwick to Corfu and then it’s just under an hours drive from Corfu Airport to Kalami Bay. (While the scenery is stunning the bends can get quite hairy!) We had a coach transfer included in our package holiday but, as the resort is draped down the side of a steep cliff, the coach drops you at the main road at the top of the resort and the hotel come collect you in a minivan to take you down to reception.
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Review of San Antonio Resort Corfu
Our first impressions of San Antonio Resort were very good. The hotel has 2 pools, one not far from the beach and one jutting out over it half way up the cliff. There is a lift that connects some of the lower hotel rooms to the infinity pool but you do have to climb a short, steep hill to get into it.
Our room was situated one flight of stairs above the pool, which wasn’t a massive issue at 26 weeks pregnant, but was not something I wanted to do many times throughout the day if avoidable!
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With these steps in mind, we would plan our day to revolve around the pool or beach. The infinity pool bar serves drinks, snacks and ice cream but the generous breakfast buffet (think: daily rotating cakes, pastries, Greek pies and a veritable pic n mix of toppings for your Greek yoghurt) is spread out in the restaurant down near the beach, so often we’d head down to breakfast and spend most of the day on the loungers there afterwards.
Sun loungers at the hotel’s beach club are payable extra (10 Euro for 2 beds and an umbrella) but it was a price we were happy to pay to avoid walking up the hill too often. The food served at Sea Breeze Beach Club was generous and delicious and our 3pm frappe habit became a daily highlight.
The rooms at San Antonio Corfu Resort are simple but chic. They were more than comfortable for the price we paid and watching the yachts sail by from our balcony was an absolute treat.
What to do in Kalami
Kalami is a compact resort with a very friendly atmosphere. Down on Kalami Bay there are just 3 waterfront tavernas and 2 supermarkets, which was pretty much all us babymooners needed!
Our mission was to have as much R&R as possible and that’s exactly what our holiday in Kalami provided, in fact, we didn’t manage a single daytrip, favouring reading, eating copious amounts of taztziki and sleeping for 9 hours each night instead!
We did mix things up by dining at neighbouring bays and at nearby town Kassiopi during the evening. Local restaurants offer complimentary boat or minivan transfers to diners, our favourite of these options are listed in the where to eat section!
For the more actively inclined, there are some great excursions you can do from Kassiopi, including taking either a boat or the local bus to the Venetian influenced Corfu Town. (The latter is cheaper but up to 3 times longer.) Boat trips to Corfu Town run almost daily from Kalami – the quickest one being a speedboat (approx 20 mins) that runs twice a week and can be booked at the hotel reception.
In Kalami Bay itself, fans of the Durrells will want to check out The White House – a restaurant, accommodation and museum in the former home of British author, Lawrence Durrel. On certain days of the month you can visit the Durrell’s home and explore the memorabilia for just 3 Euros. The rest of the time you can hire a boat, dine within splash distance of the sea and even stay in one of their fine looking apartments or villas.
Further afield, popular day trips from Corfu include boat trips to Paxos, Antipaxos and Parga in Greece and Saranda and Butrint National Park in Albania. Browse and book a full list of excursions and activities here.
Where to eat in and around Kalami
Sea Breeze Seaside Bar, Kalami
As mentioned earlier, we enjoyed some delicious and generous lunches, not to mention daily Greek Frappes, at our hotel’s beach club. The trendy waterfront setting is paired with a menu that mixes traditional Greek dishes with standard bar fare like burgers and club sandwiches.
Nikolas Taverna, Agni Bay
I think my favourite thing about dining at Nikolas Taverna was getting there. A boat ferries diners from Kalami Bay to Agni Bay right around sunset, and cutting through the silky pink waters to get to dinner is just beautiful. The taverna has lots of typically Greek charm, as well as an enviable waterfront position, but unfortunately on the night we dined they had run out of both the dishes we wanted (moussaka and stifado) by 7.30pm.
I ordered a chicken dish instead that was far too saucy for me but I enjoyed the atmosphere of the evening, even if the food was disappointing.
Dimitri’s Restaurant, Kalami
For stunning views over Kalami, as far as Albania in the distance, you can’t miss dinner at Dimitri’s Restaurant. Friendly George picks you up in his van for the short but steep ride to the restaurant and I recommend you try the souvakli for some of the juiciest, tenderest meat I’ve ever eaten in Greece!
Melina Bay Boutique Hotel, Kassiopi
Our absolute favourite place to dine was, interestingly, a sister hotel to ours in Kassiopi that did the most delicious Feta Me Meli. (That’s the one where the feta is baked in filo pastry and smothered with honey and sesame seeds – a delight I discovered in Skopelos in 2017.)
The food was so good at Melina Bay Boutique Hotel we went twice and as there were some shops in Kassiopi we even got to do some souvenir shopping after the meal before being dropped home by the safest driver in Corfu who went ‘slow, slow for baby.’
Another of the good things about going to Kassiopi for dinner was that the driver could drop us at the top of the hill and we walk down to our room rather than up from the beach. (MUCH easier with a belly full of baby and tzatziki.)
Kalami Beach Taverna
I’d also recommend you eat at the Kalami Beach Taverna, a mixed Mediterranean menu with incredible hummus, and skip Thomas’s Place, which has the best seats down on the beach, but the driest meat I’ve ever encountered in Greece. (Maybe it was just a bad night but I wouldn’t go back!)
The flight home (a breezy 3 hours, if a little delayed) was a little sombre for me as I mourned the end of adults-only holidays for the next couple of decades. At least we went out with a good ‘un!
We travelled to Corfu in 2018 on a package deal with Thomas Cook who are sadly no longer operating. I found a similar package deal with Tui. You can also fly direct to Corfu from the UK with British Airways, Easyjet and Ryanair and book San Antonio Resort on booking.com.
Taxis to Kalami from Corfu Town/Airport are approx 65 Euro.
Our trip was self-funded and credit is due to my invisible husband who took all the selfies and drone pics for me.
Post updated: Feb 2020
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