I’m sure I can speak on behalf of a lot of you reading this, Covid certainly curtailed my plans this year, from a client in Ibiza to visiting friends and family in Italy, it was certainly a quieter few months on the travel front.
I did manage to work through it, which I’m super grateful for, so as you can imagine when a trip to visit Liguria and Lake Como didn’t go quite to plan (thanks for the cancelled non-refundable flights easyjet) we thought we’d go somewhere we’d both never visited before.
With limited travel corridors but a craving for a bit of last minute sunshine we chose Kos.
First things first, the government forms; these are an essential and need to be filled in 48 hours before you, my once relaxed attitude to travelling was slightly unnerved at this point but when we checked in it was actually quite reassuring, these forms are emailed to you just after midnight on the day you are travelling and have a scan code on them.
Airports…. Right, we travelled from our local airport Cardiff/Wales, this is a much smaller airport than most with only three flights leaving the day we chose to fly it’d be hard to compare the experience to maybe Heathrow or similar.
All in all, the experience was easy; but very different to what you would usually expect, pre-flight drinks delivered to your table via an app, no crowded bar areas and a much quieter departure lounge.
The flight. As you are probably aware masks must be worn at all times, we were only in the air for just over three and a half hours, so unless you are eating or drinking masks were firmly in place; perfect excuse for an inflight snooze, Mr C was just glad for a bit of peace and quiet I think.
Landing at Kos however was a different scene, maybe because the airport is undergoing renovations but it was very hard to keep a distance everywhere, in taxis we kept our masks on at all times.
We stayed in The Pelagos Suites, they boast it “has everything you will ever need to relax and unwind in an inviting environment with outstanding facilities, Restful king sized beds await you in every room for restful, fulfilling sleep; comfortable and spacious rooms, with seating areas and balconies or terraces, or even private swimming pools, for the ultimate in pleasure and privacy”
Whilst the apartment we had was lovely, as were the poolside cabanas and the food, we decided not to spend all our time at the resort and make the most of the lovely weather and explore Kos and the surrounding area.
I love the beach when on holiday and if I’m honest the hotel beach here is tiny so I’d advise a short walk down the road to one of the many beach clubs.
We decided to visit the sister hotel, Albergo Gelsomino.
This is one of the most iconic landmarks of Kos, built in 1928. After 90 years, it has been impeccably restored to regain its unparalleled beauty and character and welcomes guests to enjoy a refined holiday throughout the year. The hotel presides on the beach overlooking the Aegean Sea and offers undisturbed views of the neighbouring lands and Kos town, you can see straight away why it has been voted five stars and excellent on trip advisor.
Designed the Italian architect Rodolfo Petracco it was originally a guest-house for Italian officials. The main entrance leading to the ground floor is located on Akti Miaouli Street. The rear of the building, which has access to the beach, consists of a large veranda that is canopied by a pergola resting on the original pillars.ng out for its high ceilings, tall windows with beautiful sea and boulevard views, exceptional restaurant and exclusive beach club, It’s a completely different hotel to the ultra modern lines of the Pelagos, with eight suites, monochrome tones and a far more personal feel
From the moment you walk into the hotel and glimpse the glittering turquoise sea the other side of the lobby, you are instantly relaxed. Staff are friendly and polite ( as in all the hotels, they have masks on inside and out, where are when we were on our loungers outside we were able to take our masks off).
Breakfast here is table service and incredible… it certainly set us up for the day. The sunbeds were oversized and cushioned, so after a lazy morning we walked around Kos town and finished with an early dinner most days.
One thing I noticed, was how quiet it was, it’s so sad to see what would normally be a bustling Old Town, with beautiful white washed streets eerily devoid of people.
Our stand out meal of the holiday was Petrino in Old town, it was difficult to capture the beautiful surroundings in a picture with twinkling lights under a canopy of trees and vines.
To conclude, would we do it again? Yes… has travel changed? Massively. We both have to option to work from home; we took into consideration the pros and cons and we used a travel agent to make sure we were covered in case it was cancelled or there was a problem.
There was a third hotel, which we never got round to visit and it is definitely on our list… hopefully next spring.
In the meantime, back in grey rainy Wales, I’m thankful we managed to travel safely for a little bit of sunshine before the Winter.