Holiday villas in Methoni, Greece
Description of Holiday villas in Methoni, Greece
1 Reviews of Holiday villas in Methoni, Greece
5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 14 Jul 2023 by Laura Swarbrick
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Being in a Greek village, feeling like a local, and being able to walk everywhere.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
It's great for kids. The villa is full of toys, books, a play mat, plus other useful touches like loads of blankets and towels, a nappy changing mat, some inflatables for swimming in the sea, and Fiona the owner even provided a paddling pool for us to play in during afternoon play-time at the villa, on the lovely shady patio. We loved the gorgeous views from the villa, and the outdoor shower where the whole family had a wash at the end of each day.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Yes, we ate every night at the local tavernas, we made use of the local boat hire company by hiring a boat and skipper for a morning. We shopped at the local grocery shop and even the art shop, to buy some paper for our daughter to draw on. Everything was in walking distance, so we didn't use a car, except for the taxi to and from Kalamata airport. We took a bus to a nearby town along the coast for a day trip.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Absolutely brilliant. Fiona was so helpful, beforehand and during the holiday, providing us with anything we needed. She even lent us a child-carrier back-pack after we commented that we'd like to do some longer walks. The villa was incredibly well set up with everything we needed, super comfortable, light and airy, and perfectly located in the village - set back from the main streets so that it was very quiet, but close enough to walk to everything. We loved setting out each morning for our coffee in one of the local bars, and we loved walking to the beach and castle and then choosing a taverna for dinner. There are two local bakeries, too, perfect for buying fresh bread and cake. It was easy to compile our own simple salady lunches to eat on our patio. Absolutely perfect holiday.
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PlanetWe provide our guests with re-useable cups and refillable water bottles. We ask that, wherever possible guests don't buy single-use plastic. Plastic use is a massive problem in Greece as most rubbish is burned. Plastic straws find their way into the sea and can cause injury or death to the beautiful Caretta caretta sea turtles who swim these waters. Plastic rubbish also causes problems for the African Chameleon, whose only European habitat in along Divari beach in Gialova, 20 minutes drive from Methoni.
In every way we try to address the environmental problems specific to our area and to lead by example. The cooking school sits in an olive grove of 100 organically grown trees, ( we provide all our guests with our own organic, extra-virgin olive oil )but we don't follow the same harvesting practices of burning the vast amount of branches that must be cut each harvest. We compost EVERYTHING, which is a mammoth task. We have developed a method of composting in situ around the olive grove. Please ask for more details or a demonstration if you're interested.
PeopleThe joy of holidaying in Methoni is that everything is small and local and very very friendly.
We support and fundraise for our local dentist, Zoe - a true superwoman who single-handedly takes responsibility for the stray cat and dog problem in and around Methoni. It's unimaginably tough, exhausting, expensive and stressful. At any one time she has around 90 cats and is continuously trying to find adopters for puppies.
There is no employer in the area who pays local people anything close to the wages we do. We value all the members of our talented team - and there's only one way to demonstrate that . We like to think we can encourage - or shame other employers into doing the same - particularly the owners of the huge golf development, Costa Navarino owned and run by billionaires who pay their hard-working staff well below the EU minimum wage. Tourists are often led to believe their money trickles down to locals - it generally doesn't unless you're dealing directly with small local businesses, shops or stall-holders.
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