Villa Fotinis a wonderful villa, with a beautiful garden and amazing pool. We have rented several holiday villas around the world and can easily say that this is hands down the most beautiful garden and best pool we've seen! The pool is very big - a lot bigger than normal private pools, and very deep - over 3 m at the deep end, so the kids could jump and dive, which made for great fun in the pool! There is also a shallow end, which was great for the smaller kids. The house has four big bedrooms, which were all nice and comfy, a big, well equipped kitchen and a big living area. The garden has many olive trees, lemon trees and tomatoe plants, and we enjoyed fresh tomatoes and home grown olives every day, with home made delicious lemondade! The garden also has several sitting areas - all shaded - and an amazing BBQ area/outdoor kitchen, with a sink and fridge. All you can ask for! We almost wanted to stay in the house/garden the whole time! However, the area has nice beaches and good tavernas within walking distance. What we really like in Kalamata is that you don't pay for the sunbeds and umbrellas - a nice change from other beaches - and saves a lot of money! All the sunbeds and umbrellas belong to tavernas along the beach, and they come take your order and serve you at the sunbeds! Such good service and very relaxing. One stretch of the beach has bouncy castles, trampolines, etc. in the water. You have to pay, but it's a lot cheaper than other places. There's also one place where you can do different water sports - again a lot cheaper than other tourist places. The tavernas offer great Greek food. There were also pizza restaurants, great gelaterias with amazing ice cream and cozy cafes. There is also a little fun fair for the kids. Kalamata is a fairly big town with many nice shops.
Fotini and Yiorgos were amazing hosts and became good friends! Sharing really good tips on what to see and do on Peloponnese, which beaches were the best and which restaurants/tavernas to go to. Amazing people and amazing hospitality! We were really sad leaving both the amazing villa and Fotini and Yiorgos and would love to come back soon!