It’s been somewhat of a dream of mine to one day go on holiday and stay somewhere with a private pool. We’re very lucky that my uncle owns a cottage in Portugal we can use when we like (which has its own pool) but I mean the swanky apartments you regularly see on the Travelzoo top 20 in Thailand or Mauritius where you walk out on your patio straight into your own pool. I would like to say it’s because of some kind of deep rooted issues with my weight and my body in a bikini that made me hanker for some sunbathing privacy, but really, as I get older, I just really like nice things. Enter Comodo Suites in Greece where all my private pool dreams came true.
Located right in the centre of Nydri on the Island of Lefkada just south west of mainland Greece, Comodo Suites really do have everything you need . Location wise there’s a supermarket literally next door and it’s just at the top the street where all the bars and restaurants of Nydri are. And everyone is SO friendly.
Comodo Suites are the perfect balance of self catering accommodation and modern hotel room. The king size bed is large enough for you both to flail around in after a night on the Mythos – and I do love to flail. And the bathroom is modern with both a detachable showerhead and a powerful rain shower.
Unlike a normal hotel room though there’s also a handy kitchenette should you wish to do any cooking whilst you’re away – I did not wish to. But most importantly a fridge. To keep your late afternoon Retsina cold. One of Dave’s favourite features turned out to be the vanity area which enabled me to sort out all my womanly ablutions without taking up space on the bathroom.
But, the pièce de résistance, the patio and pool area. I mean, ok it’s not exactly an Olympic sized pool and you’re unlikely to be able to get a daily swim in, but it’s perfect for cooling off after an afternoon of sunbathing and certainly large enough to have a good old float around in – and I do love to float. There are two sun loungers per terrace which are excellent quality; not the cheap plastic ones you tend to get in large resorts, and as such are really comfortable. There’s a retractable canopy which works from inside the apartment to keep you shaded in the hottest part of the day and, possibly most importantly, the pool area faces the right way so gets the sun pretty much all day. It’s not 100% private as you can see over into your neighbours pool if you’re nosy enough but private enough to not feel like you’re encroaching on someone else’s space.
The apartment itself is serviced daily with the bed made, surfaces wiped down and fresh towels left which was a nice bonus and certainly not something we expect; every couples of days seems the norm for most other Greek resorts we’ve stayed in before.
We found Comodo Suites on Booking.com and paid roughly £1100 for 10 days and just got some cheap easyJet flights from Gatwick to Lefkada so all in all the hotel holiday wasn’t as expensive as you think when you imagine was a room with a private pool would cost you.
I suppose I did slightly miss being around a larger pool where there’s atmosphere and music and you can people watch for a bit, but I did enjoy just being able to nip in and out of the room as I pleased for the toilet or to charge my phone or whatnot.
The only real downside which may effect some people is that kids aren’t allowed. That didn’t bother us in the slightest for obvious reasons but I do think.it would be the perfect accommodation for young families, I know our niece and nephew would love playing in the pool all day while mum and dad chilled out but could still keep an eye on them. Perhaps that’s a rule they will relax in the future.
We’re now trying to work out how much more global warming would need to occur before we get a private pool dug into our back garden at home in Newcastle.