We really enjoyed our stay at Villa Regina.
The villa itself is spic-and-span, modern (inside) and has everything you need. Three separate bedrooms with their own toilets and showers - one of these bedrooms is completely isolated. AC and other amenities are fine. The pool is great. And the view is really fantastic from up there. I do have to mention the villa is not fully isolated from the outside and people wandering up the road could probably see you walk around the grounds, relax in a sun chair or dip in the pool but there are very few people wandering around there so, for all intents and purposes, you have a very good measure of privacy there.
The Wi- Fi connection is fast and steady although the thick walls do block it at some spots. I also have to mention the maid came only once in the 8 days although the original notice (with EOS Travel we booked through) said it would be twice a week. But, frankly, we did not care much about this.
The sun is on the pool deck from around 7 am till about 6 pm. The only issue is there is absolutely now shade until about 2 pm. In the morning, the sun is really gentle and very good for your tan but after about 9.30 it becomes too much and, unless you are a fearless sun worshiper, you may have to stay in the water or indoors if you stay in the villa. So, as note to Spyro, the owner – who is very helpful, by the way – putting up a sun umbrella or two could be helpful. We actually did not stay in (which is quite natural), except for one occasion (see below): we would go to the beach or other places around and would come back when the absence of shade was a moot issue.
The beach of Agni Bay is nice – actually better than it looks on pictures (usually, it’s the other way around but not in this case). When we first saw the pictures of the beach, we were frankly not impressed and we thought we would be moving around to other places much more than we ended up doing. Really, you can stay at Agni Bay beach several days without wanting to leave. You will need rubber shoes to walk to the water though. Yes, there is no sand but the water is amazingly clear. There are beach chairs which you can rent for 2.50 euros per day. The beach tavernas there also offer some beach chairs which are free if you eat there.
Do rent a boat from Alex at Agni Boats – a really great guy (high professional, always willing to help, great sense of humor, too). You’ll explore all those beautiful coves and beaches and could easily skinny dip even at the height of the season. Then, you can stop for lunch at one of the little villages around but Agni has three tavernas which are considered among the best in the area. I would probably agree with this and I would rate Nikolas Taverna a little lower than the other two: Agni Bay Taverna and Taula’s. All tavernas do get crowded during lunchtime and dinnertime (reservation is needed for dinner if you want to stay close to the water) but there is also a snack lounge there called Corina’s which is also good for a quick bite.
The beach is not far from the villa (about half a mile or less) but the villa is 85 meters above sea level so the road up there is quite hilly and narrow. Rent a car to “commute”.
You will generally need a car to move around. Rent a small one because the road up to the villa is quite narrow and the driveway to the villa is a bit tricky. Not a big deal really but it takes some time getting used to. We had a Nissan Micro and I assure you it did not seem small at all given the roads there. You should also have some driving experience because if you come across an oncoming car, you may have to back up to find a spot where two vehicles could pass each other.
Now, a couple of issues we encountered. Once in the 8 days we stayed there, the road to the beach was blocked in the morning by a cement truck doing some construction at a neighboring villa. I really do not know how they got a truck up there but they did)). The guy in charge told us they would be done in 30 minutes. I had my two companions walk down to the beach while I myself had to back up the car several hundred meters up that narrow road with a wall on one side and a rather high cliff edge on the other to find a spot to turn around and return to the villa. When I came back in about 45 minutes, the guy in charge was gone and there was another guy (apparently, the truck driver) who said they would not be done for another 2 hours. What was particularly unpleasant was that while the first guy at least apologized profusely for the inconvenience, this second guy was just munching on his gyro and seemed to be enjoying spoiling my day. Frankly, I was not that upset but I did have to replace half a day on the beach with half a day in the villa pool. But imagine if we had an appointment to rent a boat (which by the way I highly recommend) or had to go to the airport…Again, as a note to the owner, I would suggest you inform you tenants when the road is going to be closed.
Finally, a word about EOS Travel we book the villa with. Generally, these guys were great. They respond immediately to your questions and provide you with all the necessary information. But after the trip, they asked me to write a review and when I did, they cut the second half of it. I figure their system just cut whatever was above the word limit but I was never informed about this limit. Given that I had some negative points there in the second part of the review which was cut off, that left me with a bit of a bad aftertaste of what was otherwise an excellent service.
So, overall, a very enjoyable stay at villa Regina which I would recommend.
Stayed for a week just after Easter (April 2017) with the kids (big kids, late 20's)
We all enjoyed it, making use of the BBQ and pool despite the weather.
The villa is very well equipped, 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, all with hair dryers.
Nice and clean but very limited provisions so needed to buy cooking oil etc just for a week which was a nuisance.
Took about 45 mins to get into Corfu town, kassiopi has nice eateries and is closer. Agni....sadly completely closed til May which was v disappointing.
Eos were easy to deal with, helpful and quick to respond.
Would love to return later in the season, when Agni is open.
I'd suggest a small car in order to get up the steep hill to the villa and squeezing onto the drive trying to protect from scratches can be an issue as it's not easy to see hidden steps etc
Overall, a thoroughly lovely villa, would recommend.