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Reviewed 11 October 2011

My fiancé and I had the pleasure of staying here for two nights during the third week of September. We only had seven days away in total (You need at least two weeks!) and due to misfortunate weather at the beginning of our trip we had our stay on Paxos reduced to just 5 nights. However we immediately felt at home and as soon as we entered the doors to Pam and Keith’s beautiful retreat, having already been completely looked after and reassured by Adam through weeks earlier when our planning started in the UK. Pam and Kieth’s warm, friendly and down to earth manner along with their most natural hospitality make you feel at home instantly.

Even with describing how wonderful our stay was at this beautiful restored in the finest way old villa, there is something so special about this place that is almost impossible to describe in words, you simply have to visit!

We stayed in the Athena room, which was just perfect. It was spacious with clean white walls, beautiful cooling floor tiles and a freshly decorated feel. It allowed us to feel a million miles away with not a care in the world, yet with all the home comforts and more. The smell of clean fresh crisp homely white linen, made getting into bed heavenly and so comfortable…almost impossible to get up. Fluffy towels in the bathroom with so many little added touches made everything so more splendid. Pretty bright purple/pink flowers and love heart sweets on the pillows are just some of the many little touches that Pam’s creativity enriches your stay with yet come so natural to her. You will find this from start to finish through the hotel. In our room we had hot drink making facilities, a fridge with bottled water and if you require further refreshments there is a gorgeous pink SMEG fridge downstairs with all the refreshing drinks you should require, including the best homemade ice lollys, made from fresh orange juice from the local oranges – YUM!! Just what is required when you need to feel a little refreshed. You can always dip into the plunge pool too, followed by a rest in the double hammock under the tree. (Yes it was for two people mark ;) ).

Keith shares a passion for cooking and I can honestly say the breakfast of, the most creamy yummy scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages with fresh bread collected daily from the local bakery and daily fresh orange juice from orange trees growing near by….is just tooooo good, Ooooh and not to forget the amazing Croissants.

I felt very peaceful and calm enabling myself to gather my thoughts here, with privacy whenever we wanted it but at the same time if you would like some social interaction you can have that too, with such good fun and interesting conversation with Pam and Kieth. We felt totally at home here, as though staying with people we had known as family. I think you can tell and the only regret we had was leaving! On our last night we joined with the other two guests that where staying and Kieth organized a BBQ which was fantastic, Mark took to the kitchen (The place he loves the most been a chef ) and Pam with her unique finishing touches, made the place even more pretty with candles and little touches than it already is. A great night was had by all and was a wonderful evening to finish on. Hopefully we will be back next year to seal our wedding and or honeymoon, and quite honestly can not wait! Need to book in advance as im sure once this secret is let out, the waiting list will be growing!

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank Woolfie0311
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Reviewed 9 October 2011

It really is quite hard to put into words the experience you have when you stay with Pam and Keith - but it's an experience you never forget. Unbound kindness, enthusiasm and generosity mixed in with oodles fun, humour and perfect attention to detail in every way.

We spent 2 glorious weeks at the Olive Press in September, a cleverly restored and refurbished self catering haven of tranquility. Pretty linens adorn the extremely comfortable 4 poster bed, cool colours wash the walls and flooring, lights gently seeps in through the windows and the sun bathes the cute alfresco dining area in the yard - as soon as you walk into the Olive Press,you know your 'home'. From the very first point of contact with Adam, we new we were on to a winner and we felt completely at ease with all the pre-holiday arrangements. We arrived in an amazing thunder/lightening storm and Keith was instrumental in getting us to the Olive Press before the heavens opened - a gourmet hamper (feta cheese, cold meats, olives, bread, milk, bottled water, wine, greek yoghurt, greek honey ...) was waiting for us as was a rather delicious bottle or prosecco .. a wonderful way to start our evening!

Hospitality and service is everything to this family - infact you don't feel like a guest - you are made to feel like long lost friends returning from a long trip - just wonderful! Pam and Keith have so much knowledge about the island and will always give you recommendations about where to go, what to see and where to eat (nothing is too much trouble ...) and with this knowledge in mind, we have seen some amazing sights, picturesque views and eaten the most amazing food.

If you stay at either the Olive Press or the Retreat Hotel, you will not be disappointed - both restored immaculately, gorgeous decor (full credit to you Pam ... a real eye for style ..), a very high and thoughtful standard of service, a friendly and warm reception ... we loved this years holiday, so much so that we have already booked the Olive Press next September and it will be just lovely to return as old friends from a long trip! So dear Pam, Keith and Adam (and Colin the 100+ tortoise!) - all the best to you and to your continued success ... see you all soon!

Room Tip: Superb self catering quality choose the Olive Press
  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank FlowerPower45
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Reviewed 6 October 2011

My mum and I spent a week here at the end of August/beginning of September and we really had the most perfect, relaxing holiday ever, mainly due to Keith and Pam who are such warm, welcoming people you feel as though you've always known them! The rooms are absolutely gorgeous and all the thoughtful touches were so appreciated, they have restored their house with passion, taste and a huge respect to tradition, very rare to find. Breakfast was superb, under the olive trees and a beautifully laid table with different colours and flowers every morning - another of the lovely touches you won't find in any hotel! We hired a car for a couple of days but realised we were staying in the best place on the island so spent the rest of the week exploring on foot which was wonderful. We can't wait to go back next year and spend a week (or two!) with the other halves but I think we might have to plan early to stay here as word spreads!

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with family
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2  Thank UnDutchables64
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Reviewed 4 October 2011

The island of Paxos is a lesson in the art of relaxing. Vellianitatika Retreat takes this principle, multiplies it by a 100 and combines it with the warmest welcome from Pam and Keith who are officially the nicest hosts you will ever come across. From the complimentary chilled Prosecco on arrival to the pink Smeg fridge stocked with chilled drinks by the plunge pool, to a delicious glass of wine that happens to be served as you relax under a shady olive tree, Pam and Keith manage to make you feel utterly at home at all times.

They are blissfully happy living in their little piece of heaven and it shows. If you need a recommendation for a great bar, restaurant or day trip, they'll offer you great advice. The house itself is one of the most beautiful on the island and is the result of Pam and Keith's exquisite restoration. The outdoor area comes complete with comfy cushions, sofas, plunge pool and a double hammock under the shade of an olive tree. Our room was beautiful, stylish and luxurious in equal measure with crisp bed linen (complete with surprises like fresh flowers, sweeties and perfume on our pillows), fluffy towels, chilled water and even tea and coffee making facilities should you fancy a cuppa .

Keith loves to cook and it shows - his cooked breakfast of creamy scrambled eggs, mushrooms and bacon is one of the best we've tasted and this comes after a starter of fresh Greek yoghurt, fruit salad and fresh croissants and breads. There's no set time for breakfast and we loved this. Simply wake whenever you're ready and breakfast will be served outdoors in the sunshine. We left Vellianitatika Retreat walking on air and feeling refreshed, relaxed and pampered. If you choose to stay here you'll find it's impossible not to!

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank yohara
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Reviewed 26 September 2011

The island of Paxos is a lesson in the art of relaxing. Vellianitatika Retreat takes this principle, multiplies it by a 100 and combines it with the warmest welcome from Pam and Keith who are officially the nicest hosts you will ever come across. From the complimentary chilled Prosecco on arrival to the pink Smeg fridge stocked with chilled drinks by the plunge pool, to a delicious glass of wine that happens to be served as you relax under a shady olive tree, Pam and Keith manage to make you feel utterly at home at all times. They are blissfully happy living in their little slice of heaven and it shows. If you need a recommendation for a great bar, restaurant or day trip, they'll offer you great advice. The house itself is one of the most beautiful on the island and is the result of Pam and Keith's exquisite restoration.

The outdoor area comes complete with comfy cushions, sofas, plunge pool and a double hammock under the shade of an olive tree. Our room was beautiful, stylish and luxurious in equal measure with crisp bed linen (complete with surprises like fresh flowers, sweeties and perfume on our pillows), fluffy towels, chilled water and even tea and coffee making facilities should you fancy a cuppa .

Keith loves to cook and it shows - his cooked breakfast of creamy scrambled eggs, mushrooms and bacon is one of the best we've tasted and this comes after a starter of fresh Greek yoghurt, fruit salad and fresh croissants and breads. There's no set time for breakfast and we loved this. Simply wake whenever you're ready and breakfast will be served outdoors in the sunshine. We left Vellianitatika Retreat walking on air and feeling refreshed, relaxed and pampered. If you choose to stay here you'll find it's impossible not to!

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank funmbi79
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