Our arrival at the Olive Grove was at the unearthly time of 4am. The Olympic rep on the transfer coach obligingly showed us to our room (9), which on the face of it was basic yet comfortable. This is pretty much the case of most of the rooms at the Olive Grove. However, Room 9 seemed to have a rancid smell coming from the bathroom. Although we later bought some disinfectant from the nearby supermarket, the smell kept returning. We complained to the manager of Olive Grove and to his credit he moved us to another apartment. We were assured that the drainage smell would be dealt with, but when we returned to Room 9 prior to our departure home we discovered that little or nothing had been done to resolve the smell.
Excellent beach, although the local area does look somwhat like a building site. Much to please the eye though. Water sports at the Penguin Beach Club excellet - especially the hiring of the boat. Was able to visit the 2 nearby islands and explore the coast down to Santa Barbara in the allotted 1 hour - and at the excellent price of 30 euro. These beaches are apparently frequented by Greek sunseekers which may explain why these beaches seem better developed than nearby Kavos.
Hired a bright red Suzuki Jimny from Astra (Barry Sheene) Rentals in Kavos. Wonderful vehicle and sexy to drive too! Handled better than the Vitara I hired in Cyprus last year.
Arrived in Kavos on May 23rd. My first trip, but my partner's 11th!!!!! Kavos in 2005 was nearly dead, but there was still some life in there. The number of closed clubs was a touch depressing, but during my 2 weeks there at least 3 of the clubs opened up for the season.
We spent the first couple of weeks in June staying at the Lemon Grove. At first it seemed that visiting Kavos was a bad thing as even in June the town seemed dead on its feet. However, things began to warm up by the second week - apart from the weather! The Monday of week 2 was so cold and wet you could swear you were in Cleethorpes - not Kavos. The weather got steadily better by the end of that week and reach the late 20s degs C by the time we had to leave.
If you have just read the previous item (with the photos of the Citroen C3 and the Suzuki Jimny) you will probably find me being rather gushing with praise. What a difference a year makes!
The beaches around Kavos are on the whole very good. We visited most sections between Lefkimmi and Aspro Kavos. The sections near the "Strip" are rather narrow, but are adequate. A previous poster in this forum made mention of the "hawkers" trading along the beach. Even though these guys are alomost a part of the scenery, the local council is attempting to clamp down on these individuals. I personally found the DVD/CD guys (mainly Africans) intensely annnoying. Not because of their race, but because they wouldn't take "NO!" for an answer! The "Sexy Doughnut" man has been there for many years, and I found him quite OK as he did not pester you. However, the price of 3 Euros for a soggy doughnut is rather extortionate. It seems we Brits forget all proportion with our money over there. Know how much 3 Euros is? About £2!!!!
There seems to be a problem with the Thomas Cook reps this year, although our exprience was not as bad ad Lyndsey's. I could not fault the transfers between Corfu and Kavos - and vice versa. In general our rep did visit the hotel quite a bit. But was she good at her job?
Good luck and enjoy your stay, although I have heard that Kavos 2009 is very quiet. The poor £ to Euro exchange rate will probably hurt Kavos and many other resorts this year.
You have picked excellent accomodation in the Chandris. The rooms are fairly basic but serve their purpose. Try to avoid those facing the mini-strip. Whilst quieter than the main strip, you may get a rude awakening from the delivery vans, buses and the refuse collectors. The Chandris has its own supermarket which makes buying your own food easy. However, even though you may have bought your food at the Chandris, you can only consume food or drink bought from the bar at poolside.
The beaches are reasonable, although certain sections get clogged up with washed up seaweed.
Just go and enjoy Kavos!