While pregnant with my son in 2018 we found a last-minute deal to the adults-only San Antonio Resort in Kalami, Corfu.
We quite liked the idea of heading to a child-free resort for our babymoon as, I think we can all agree, a holiday is never the same after having kids!
We were so charmed by Corfu, and the particular location of San Antonio Resort in Kalami, that we ended up returning to Corfu twice since.
If you’re looking for a relaxing couples holiday, San Antonio Resort is great mid-range option on one of the best bays in Corfu.
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Review of San Antonio Resort Corfu
Our first impressions of San Antonio Resort were very good. The hotel has 2 pools, one not far from the beach and one jutting out over it half way up the cliff. There is a lift that connects some of the lower hotel rooms to the infinity pool but you do have to climb a short, steep hill to get into it.
Our room was situated one flight of stairs above the pool, which wasn’t a massive issue at 26 weeks pregnant, but was not something I wanted to do many times throughout the heat of the day if avoidable!
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With these steps in mind, we would plan our day to revolve around the pool or beach. The infinity pool bar serves drinks, snacks and ice cream but the generous breakfast buffet (think: daily rotating cakes, pastries, Greek pies and a veritable pic n mix of toppings for your Greek yoghurt) is spread out in the restaurant down near the beach.
So often we’d head down to breakfast and spend most of the day on the loungers at the beach afterwards.
Sun loungers at the hotel’s beach club are payable extra (10 Euro for 2 beds and an umbrella) but it was a price we were happy to pay to avoid walking up the hill too often. The food served at Sea Breeze Beach Club (now Callao Corfu) was generous and delicious and our 3pm frappe habit became a daily highlight.
The rooms at San Antonio Corfu Resort are simple and traditional. They were more than comfortable for the price we paid and watching the yachts sail by from our balcony was an absolute treat.
(Note: The hotel has had a massive refurb since our stay and the rooms are now very modern and chic according to these pictures on their booking.com listing!)
What to do in Kalami
Kalami is a compact resort with a very friendly atmosphere. Down on Kalami Bay there are just 3 waterfront tavernas and 2 supermarkets, which was pretty much all us babymooners needed!
Our mission was to have as much R&R as possible and that’s exactly what our holiday in Kalami provided. In fact, we didn’t manage a single day trip, favouring reading, eating copious amounts of tzatziki and sleeping for 9 hours each night instead!
We did mix things up by dining at neighbouring bays and at nearby town Kassiopi during the evening. Local restaurants offer complimentary boat or minivan transfers to diners, our favourite of these options are listed in the where to eat section.
For the more actively inclined, there are some great excursions you can do from Kassiopi, including taking either a boat or the local bus to the UNESCO World Heritage Corfu Town. (The latter is cheaper but up to 3 times longer.)
Boat trips to Corfu Town run almost daily from Kalami – the quickest one being a speedboat (approx 20 mins) that runs twice a week and can be booked at the hotel reception.
In Kalami Bay itself, fans of The Durrells will want to check out The White House – a restaurant, hotel and museum in the former home of British author, Lawrence Durrell. On certain days of the month you can visit the Durrell’s home and explore the memorabilia for just 3 Euros. The rest of the time you can hire a boat, dine within splash distance of the sea and even stay in one of their fine looking apartments or villas.
Further afield, popular day trips from Corfu include boat trips to Paxos, Antipaxos and Parga in Greece and Saranda and Butrint National Park in Albania. Browse and book a full list of excursions and activities here.
Best restaurants in Kalami
Sea Breeze Seaside Bar, Kalami
As mentioned earlier, we enjoyed some delicious and generous lunches, not to mention daily Greek Frappes, at our hotel’s beach club. The trendy waterfront setting is paired with a menu that mixes traditional Greek dishes with standard bar fare like burgers and club sandwiches.
(This is now Callao Corfu and was my favourite place for sunset dinner and drinks when we returned to Corfu in 2022. Read more here.)
Nikolas Taverna, Agni Bay
I think my favourite thing about dining at Nikolas Taverna was getting there. A boat ferries diners from Kalami Bay to Agni Bay right around sunset, and cutting through the silky pink waters to get to dinner is just beautiful.
The taverna has lots of typically Greek charm, as well as an enviable waterfront position, but unfortunately on the night we dined they had run out of both the dishes we wanted (moussaka and stifado) by 7.30pm.
I ordered a chicken dish instead that was far too saucy for me but I enjoyed the atmosphere of the evening, even if the food was disappointing.
Dimitri’s Restaurant, Kalami
For stunning views over Kalami, as far as Albania in the distance, you can’t miss dinner at Dimitri’s Restaurant. Friendly George picks you up in his van for the short but steep ride to the restaurant and I recommend you try the souvakli for some of the juiciest, tenderest meat I’ve ever eaten in Greece!
Melina Bay Boutique Hotel, Kassiopi
Our absolute favourite place to dine was, interestingly, Melina Bay Boutique Hotel, a sister hotel to ours in Kassiopi that served the most delicious feta in pastry smothered with honey and sesame seeds. Melina Bay offer a free shuttle to Kassiopi for diners – ask reception about it when making your dinner reservation.
The food was so good at Melina Bay Boutique Hotel we went twice and as there were some shops in Kassiopi we even got to do some souvenir shopping after the meal. Each time we were dropped home by the safest driver in Corfu who went ‘slow, slow for baby.’
Another of the good things about going to Kassiopi for dinner was that the driver could drop us at the top of the hill and we walk down to our room rather than up from the beach. (MUCH easier with a belly full of baby and tzatziki.)
Kalami Beach Taverna
I’d also recommend you eat at the Kalami Beach Taverna, which has a mixed Mediterranean menu with incredible hummus, and skip Thomas’s Place, which has the best seats down on the beach, but the driest meat I’ve ever encountered in Greece. (Maybe it was just a bad night but I wouldn’t go back!)
The flight home (a breezy 3 hours, if a little delayed) was a little sombre for me as I mourned the end of adults-only holidays for the next couple of decades. At least we ended with a good one!
Taxis to Kalami from Corfu Town/Airport are approx 65 Euro.
Our trip was self-funded and credit is due to my invisible husband who took all the selfies and drone pics for me.
Post updated: September 2023