Well what can I say !!!!!!!!!!
I read all the comments about these studio apartments and still decided to give the owner a chance. I mean surely it could'nt be as bad as it was a year ago !!!!! Well was I wrong.
I paid nearly £1700 for two weeks for four of us to stay at the Anemona and the only good thing about them was the lovely maid Maria. She was absolutely fantastic and we saw her practically every day. She did her best to keep what was basically poor apartments very clean, but if the goods are in a bad state of repair then theres not much she can do - but even saying this Maria was the one truely good thing about the accomodation. She was friendly, polite and very helpful - UNLIKE her employer whom could'nt have cared less as long has he was getting his money.
We arrived on the monday evening and the first thing we smelt was the damp - the smell was horrendous. On further investigation we noticed the room ceiling was covered in black mould ( my parents room was exactly the same ) - the built in wardrobe was so damp we could'nt store our clothes in it - it really was awful. The smell was so bad it was in the beds and bedding - so none of us managed to sleep the first night cos the smell of mould and a toilet smell too was so overpowering. The next day we reported this to our rep, whom got the owner to come downstairs - he said he'd had no idea that they were like this and it must have happened over the past few days. Well I'm sorry but they must have been like it for months to get that way - again this proves what sort of landlord he is if he does not care about his property. Needless to say our Libra rep SHARON (great girl and so helpful) insisted the rooms be painted that day. They were but we never got rid of the smell for the whole two weeks. He did say he would put fans in but they never arrived and after we complained he hardly spoke to us - except to take our money in his shop above.
I know the rooms were classed as basic and that never bothered me - but they were very tiny - non of the extractor fans for the bathroom and over the sink worked - as did neither of the lights in the kitchen area - so you had to leave your bathroom light on too see.
We must have been in the same rooms as the other people that have commented on this board - rooms 102 and 103. We had no view except lots of trees outside our room (but that meant no noise, as the generators for the shop had been changed) - the downside was the mosquito's. I was literally bitten alive and became ill after a week ( so be warned - the mozzys are lethal and nothing you put on will stop them - believe me I tried ).
I dont want anyone whom reads this to think we did'nt have a decent holiday - it was a case of making do and enjoying it has much as we could. Paleocastritsa is a lovely place - although quite away from the sea (roughly 20 mins walk). The locals bar our landlord and his family (I have to say they were very impolite) were great - especially george and the lovely lady and nikos whom made our breakfast nearly every morning at the pivos. The mermaid bar I think has the best pool - its the biggest in the area and also the internet which my daughter used quite alot. The food was quite cheap too - but if you have teenagers then go somewhere else. Paleocastritsa is a quiet place (it dies a death at nighttime) and there is nothing but swimming pools for the kids - but great if you just want to relax and sunbathe.
If Sharon of Libra Holidays reads this - thank you ever so much for all your help whilst we were there - it really was appreciated, but for you our holiday would have been a complete disaster - but even you could not make those apartments liveable. But seriously I would drop the Anemona Studios from your holiday brochure. It does Libra Holidays no favours at all and everyone we spoke to whom stayed at the back, did not have one good thing to say about it. In fact not one of them said they would revisit - which is a shame considering what Paleocastritsa has too offer - but it was all down to the studio apartments. When we left, my parents were still waiting for the glass lampshade that was smashed before our arrival and very dangerously positioned over the beds to be replaced and you'd asked them to do that two weeks before. Libra is being pulled down as a tour operator due to landlords that dont care - because it makes it look like you dont care and I know you do.
Again thank you !!!!!!!!
This was by far the best swimming pool in paleocastritsa. My daughter loved the internet there and must have been there best customer for the whole two weeks. The staff were lovely as were the meals - again very quiet at night - but then all of that part of paleo was.
The only good thing about Libra was our rep Sharon. She was very helpful and a lovely person. The transfer was smooth to the apartments - but we were just dumped at the side of the road by Andy (whom incidently was 15 mins late and we were all sat like plonkers on the coach at a roadside somewhere outside corfu town, waiting for him to arrive). We had no idea where we were going when we got to the apartments and had to sort ourselves out.
On the return day to England our suitcases were supposed to be collected at 12pm - around 8 of us sat there for an hour and they never came - in the end we walked down to the meeting place ourselves and dropped them off. We also were supposed to be picked up at 7.45pm for the airport - Andy did not arrive until after 9pm and gave some excuse which was very feeble even to my trained teachers ears. But hey by then I was just glad to be going - read about the Anemona studios and you'll understand.
Aqualand saved my holiday - by the time we went my 14 year old daughter had had enough. We did book it through the tour rep and were charged 130 euros for the 4 of us - but by then (read about Anemona studios palecastritsa) I would have paid anything for a good day out.
The slides etc were fantastic and well worth what we paid. I went with my parents (in late 50's) and my daughter - my father and daughter were no where to be seen for most of the day - he was just as much a big kid as her. This place is great and even the food was'nt too bad ( 2.80 euro for large hotdog and 1.60 euro for chips). The only down side was the lockers - 5 euros per person which I thought was steep.
Again as previously said by others - avoid wednesday and sunday - all of the tour operators go then and the place is busy - but we still enjoyed it.
If you want a car and your in the resort of paleocastritsa - then dont go to the local man George Mikalis. I hired a fiat seicento from him for 4 days for £85. I only had it three hours and had to return it. The brakes were squealing, as was the steering wheel when it was turned to the right and it had problems going into reverse. All major things when you think that corfu is mainly hills
I took it back only to be laughed at by this man and his friend. No solution was offered and in the end I became cross and demanded money back. I managed to get £40 - so it cost me £45 to use a very unsafe car for 3 hours. I was not the only one either - a young couple had had major problems when the reverse would not work on their car and they needed to get out of the way of a coach. In short avoid this man like the plague - he appears very charming, but once he has your money thats it.