San Nicolas Hotel

Lefkada , Greece

Part of the Simpson Hotels collection

United by warm welcomes, excellent service and attention to detail, our handpicked Simpson Hotels include our unique Adult Only Collection and, for families, comfortable, versatile accommodation in locations well suited to guests of all ages.
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  • Beachfront Simpson Hotel
  • Restaurant and Beach Club
  • Boat hire and non-motorised water sports
  • Adult Only suites outside peak weeks
  • Interconnecting rooms available
  • Short walk to local tavernas

Good to know... Our exclusive Simpson Suites at San Nicolas are Adult Only except during peak weeks. Families with children are welcome from 26 May – 2 June 2024 and 14 July – 1 September 2024. We are pleased to offer a 25% discount on the accommodation price for the second room occupied by children under 18 during these times.

The beautiful south of Lefkada holds universal appeal. Though sleepier than the north, the glorious blue Ionian is playground enough for most and nowhere celebrates its appeal better than the San Nicolas Hotel. Spectacularly situated at the edge of one of the island’s unspoilt bays, just a short stroll from the charming waterfront village of Mikros Gialos, it attracts those seeking effortless relaxation in luxurious surroundings, underscored by first-class service. With a fabulous beach bar serving snacks and light lunches throughout the day, attractive poolside restaurant, direct sea access and a range of non-motorised water sports, it’s an appealing option for a romantic escape or a perfect base for a fun-filled family break during peak holiday weeks.

The proud owners of San Nicolas share the same values we hold dear in our Simpson Hotel Collection and we are delighted they have agreed to partner with us, giving our clients exclusive access to eight stylish suites set apart from the main building. Enjoying full access to the hotel’s superb facilities, this charming enclave of Simpson Suites enjoys a particularly picturesque spot in the grounds and all rooms have a private outdoor seating area with sea view. It’s an easy stroll through the gardens to the restaurant or pool and there’s even a lift to whisk you up and down to the beach bar and water’s edge. Though communal areas are not adult-only and shared with non-Simpson guests, you will find the same attention to detail pervades throughout this effortlessly sophisticated hotel, alongside the exceptional levels of service we prize so highly.

Our eight contemporary suites are positioned on two levels; the four Penelope Suites set along an upper terrace and the Nafsika Suites below. All enjoy the dazzling view across the bay and though idyllic just for two, the layout works well for families who wish to book multiple rooms during peak weeks. Additionally, the Nafsika Suites can be interconnected to accommodate up to four and are well suited to those travelling with children under 11.

Despite the luxurious surroundings there’s a lovely relaxed vibe at the San Nicolas, entirely in-keeping with its location close to the authentic little village of Mikros Gialos. Just a 5-minute stroll away, a handful of unfussy tavernas and bars line the delightful crescent-shaped beach, and the slightly off-the-beaten-track setting means it never feels too over-run with tourists, even in high summer.

The best way to explore the island from here is undoubtedly by sea and the hotel concierge can arrange boat hire directly from the beach club. Potter along the coast to Syvota or head across to Meganissi for lunch by the harbour in Vathy before heading back for an atmospheric evening under the stars in the hotel’s highly regarded restaurant. This is Lefkada at its best.

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  • 8 suites exclusive to Simpson Travel, located a short distance from the main hotel
  • Lower level  Nafsika Suites 401, 402, 403 and 404  

Central Nafsika Suites 402 and 403 can be made up as twin or double rooms and interconnected with 401 and 404 respectively.

  • Upper level  Penelope Suites 501, 502, 503 and 504

Penelope Suites cannot be connected internally and are all doubles apart from Suite 502 which can be made up as twin or double


  • Reception 
  • Restaurant with poolside dining area (open 7.30pm until late)
  • Daily breakfast included (served 8am - 11am)
  • Pool bar serving snacks and light meals (open 10am - 7pm)
  • Beach bar serving snacks and light meals (open 10am - 8pm)
  • Sunbathing platform with sea access
  • Lift to beach bar
  • Lounge with pool table and games
  • Swimming pool 28m x 5m (depth 0.6m – 1.6m)
  • Children's pool 9m x 8m (depth 0.5m)
  • Boutique shop selling jewellery and locally made products
  • Some communal areas are accessed by several flights of stairs, may not be suitable for those with limited mobility

All suites (see separate Suites tab for individual details and photographs)

  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Air-conditioned throughout
  • Iron, ironing board, hairdryer
  • Simpson Travel pool towels
  • Satellite TV
  • Telephone
  • Sea view
  • Furnished terrace
  • Two sun loungers
  • 1.90m – 2.00m double beds (suites 402, 403 and 502 can be made up as twin beds on request)
  • En-suite shower room with double basin and WC
  • Complimentary bathroom products
  • Bathrobe and slippers
  • Safe
  • Mini-bar
  • Fridge
  • Room service
  • Daily cleaning


  • All properties with WiFi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and checking emails*

* We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control reliability can be affected.

National tourist licence (EOT): 0831K014A0189201


The following equipment hire and excursions are available:

  • Single canoe/kayak 15€ per hour
  • Double canoe/kayak 20€ per hour
  • Stand-up paddle boards (SUPs) 15€ per hour 
  • Paddle boat 20€ per hour
  • 30hp boat hire - no licence required, available to pre-book, early booking advised
    14 May - 30 May: £85 per day, 01 Jun - 30 Jun: £90 per day July/Aug/Sep/Oct: £110 per day. 
  • 225hp rib hire - licence required, prices on request
  • Daily skippered private motorboat cruises - West Lefkada & Meganissi, Meganissi & Scorpio and Kasto, Kalamos & Meganissi, prices on request


  • Local tavernas and shops (Mikros Gialos) 5min walk
  • Nydri town 25min drive
  • Lefkada town 45min drive
  • Preveza airport 1hr 15min drive

Car hire

Car options

Based on the number of people travelling, the following hire car(s) are included in the package price of your holiday:

  • 2-3 guests – 1 Group C, Citroen C3 or similar*

* All our cars include comprehensive insurance with zero excess. For this particular destination, the undercarriage tyres and windscreen are not included in the cover.

Car specification

Group C – 1.1 litre engine, 1 large and 1 small suitcase*

The following cars are available as alternatives on request (supplements apply). Please call our travel specialists for details.

Group D – Nissan Note or similar, 1.4 litre engine, 2 large suitcases*

Group E – Fiat Tipo or similar, 2.0 litre engine, 2 large suitcases & 1 small suitcase*

Group F – Automatic Peugeot 301 or similar, 1.6 litre engine, 3 suitcases and 1 small suitcase*

Group J – Nissan Juke SUV or similar, 1.6 litre engine, 1 large suitcases & 1 small suitcase*

Group K – Nissan Evalia/Fiat Doblo or similar, 1.5 litre engine, 2 large suitcases*

Group L – Nissan Primastar or similar, 1.8 litre engine, 6 medium suitcases*

Group M2 – Automatic Nissan Qashqai SUV 2WD or similar, 1.6 - 2.0 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase*

Group N – Automatic Nissan Micra or similar, 1.1 litre engine, 1 large suitcase*

* Suitcase sizes are based on a large suitcase being approximately 75cm x 41cm x 31cm, a medium suitcase of approximately 65cm x 46cm x 29cm and a small suitcase of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm.

Uncrowded at the opening of the season, with excellent accommodation, food, delightful, helpful staff and service. They could work towards a fifth star if they choose! Limited facilities off-season, but convenient for everywhere in Lefkada.

Mr Jeremy Burnett Rae, May 2024

We had a wonderful week just relaxing. San Nicolas resort hotel was excellent. All the staff were friendly and helpful - Jenny, Margaret and Tamara were amazing. Hazel, the Simpson concierge, was informative and arranged a great day out for us.

Mrs Susan Ashman, May 2024

Wonderful hotel, beautiful location, so peaceful with stunning views. The water is crystal clear, great for snorkelling. The rooms are spacious with the most comfortable beds and kept exceptionally clean. All the staff are very helpful, friendly and welcoming with nothing being too much trouble. There are a lot of steps and a sloping path down to the water's edge where there are many sun loungers and tables and chairs on different levels. Probably not suitable for people with limited mobility although there is a lift down to the beach bar. Had a fabulous holiday and would definitely recommend and go back.

Mrs Carole Ruffle, October 2023

An amazing find with nice people. We would highly recommend.

Mr Peter Eatenton, September 2023

Hotel San Nicolas is in a great sunny location on the east side of the bay, with beautiful views, excellent sea access and surprisingly good snorkelling. The beach bar/restaurant was excellent with great service to the loungers especially. Loungers were very numerous and so always available with a good choice of shady/sunny and pool or seaside, but the ones by the sea lacked cushions so could have been a wee bit comfier perhaps. The Simpson suites were excellent and the beds really comfy, albeit the pillows were a bit firm for our taste. We found the local tavernas to be easy to walk to, of really high quality and overall thought them slightly better value for dinner than the hotel restaurant which is perhaps trying just a little too hard to be the local ‘classy’ option, albeit its location for an al fresco dinner is truly lovely. All in all a very decent and easy to travel to Mediterranean ‘bolt hole’ for a quiet and relaxing seaside break in Lefkada.

Mr Kari Hale, September 2023

Simpson Travel were able to step in and save our holiday with a last minute, yet excellent location. What’s more, the Simpson representative (Ionnais) was an amazing host ensuring our family saw Lefkada’s highlights and leaving us with dreams of returning.

William Cadell, August 2023

Our time in Lefkada was fabulous. The hotel was lovely and set in a stunning, tranquil location. Great selection of water sports, friendly guests, brilliant beach restaurant and fantastic local tavernas with good food. Yiannis was professional and went above and beyond. Thank you Simpson Travel for another great holiday.

Rebecca King, August 2023

The combination of the facilities, the local beach and tavernas and the friendly staff make this an absolute gem. Special mention to Yiannis from Simpson for making us feel so welcome and looked after.

Rachel Griffiths, August 2023

San Nicolas Hotel is a lovely hotel and in a great location in Lefkada which is a really beautiful island . The staff were so friendly and helpful. Unfortunately my daughter was quite unwell that week but reception staff promptly sorted out a doctor's appointment for us. Yiannis was super helpful and went out of his way to assist us and stayed in touch throughout ,even on his day off.

Barbara Rasburn, August 2023

Simpson Travel was outstanding. David found our holiday very quickly and exactly to our requirements. Booking process was easy, flights and car hire easy and Yani was exceptional at being attentive, knowledgeable, welcoming and our whole holiday was just fantastic. Already recommended it to friends and my brother.

Charlotte Kelly, July 2023

From start to finish, Simpson Travel excelled again! Great customer service, easy transfers and car pick-up , fabulous location, beautiful hotel and great staff. The local Simpson rep, Yiannis, went above and beyond to make our stay one to remember. Facilities at the hotel were excellent, and the bed was one of the most comfortable I have experienced! Fantastic holiday and already thinking of where to go for our next one.

Lesley Herd, July 2023

From our arrival at the airport we were welcomed by smiling, happy, and helpful Yiannis. This was the moment our holiday began in the care of Yiannis and Simpson Travel. Anything we needed, any suggestion, Yannis was on hand. He booked a fabulous table at Rachi – sunset of a lifetime. We had drinks and coffee with Yiannis throughout the week to check we were ok, but most importantly relaxing! This won’t be hard to say – we will be back.

Charlotte and Sarah, July 2023

We’ve had a wonderful week. The hotel staff have been very kind and looked after us very well. Thank you to Yiannis for his advice regarding things to do and places to see. We’d recommend the boat trip – hire from the hotel – it was a highlight. We loved Sivota, lots of lovely shops and restaurants. We spent most of our time at the beach bar and loved swimming and snorkelling in the gorgeous blue sea. Thank you for making our stay so amazing.

Gill and Mark, July 2023

The total experience was excellent.My daughter and I had a very enjoyable holiday in a great hotel suite set in beautiful scenery.Definitely one to repeat.From the first telephone enquiry the service was first class.

Mary Wren, July 2023

We spent a week in the San Nicolas Hotel, Lefkada in July '23. Everything about the trip, from booking onwards, was delightful. We loved the tranquil location and its stunning views. The vast pool and beach areas combined meant there was never any stress finding a sunbed. The staff were, without exception, friendly and accommodating. Breakfast was excellent and we also ate dinner in the hotel restaurant a few times because the food was so good. There are two greek tavernas a shot walk away which are among the best I've ever visited in Greece (and there have been more than a few). Overall a wonderful, relaxing holiday.

James Vigar, July 2023

Yet another fantastic holiday experience from Simpsons Travel! The provision of pre-departure support including arrangement of car hire and detailed driving instructions removes much of the stress of travel days. The hotel property, a new partner for Simpsons this year, met the exacting standards and attention to detail we have come to expect, with beautiful views, comfortable rooms, attentive staff and within walking distance of our small village where there were several excellent tavernas. The larger towns were easily accessible and our local rep, Yiannis, went out of his way to make our trip a memorable one!

Lesley via Trustpilot, July 2023

This was the perfect relaxing break that we needed. The hotel position and amenities were excellent, but the staff were superb. Cannot recommend it highly enough. If all your holidays are this good we will always use Simpson Travel.

Kathryn Edwards, July 2023

We had a really lovely holiday. The staff were all extremely welcoming and helpful. We enjoyed hiring a boat for the day and a paddleboard. All very straightforward. It’s very peaceful and well run. The food was excellent in the restaurant although prices were higher than in the two local tavernas – food great in both. We played pool in the evenings, which was fun. We liked the feel of the place generally and would recommend it highly. Also, Yiannis was a lovely friendly presence and incredibly helpful. Thank you.

The Burford family, June 2023

Loved the Hotel and staff. A beautiful setting with easy access to tavernas and small supermarket on foot. Yiannis was always cheerful and helpful. We knew that if we had had a problem/query we could call him. We met the other Simpson guests which made the holiday even more special. We are hoping to return next year.

Patricia Simpson, June 2023

What a super holiday, lovely hotel with really delightful staff who couldn’t have been more helpful. Beautiful sea and a few good restaurants in the village too, what more could you ask for? Worth hiring a car and visiting Sivota and Vasiliki, both really pretty little ports.

Julien and Fiona, June 2023

Lovely hotel in a great location. The suites were very comfortable with lots of outside space to relax in and very peaceful. All the staff at the hotel were very friendly and helpful. Great beach bar serving delicious snacks and the main restaurant with a stunning view over the sea and right next to the inviting swimming pool. The beach is accessed by a lift from the hotel but there are still a fair number of steps to negotiate. There are also a few very good Tavernas in the village which are within walking distance. We will be back!

Geoffrey Pentecost, June 2023

This is our fourth Simpson holiday and once again we were delivered with our stay. The hotel is beautiful, our suite well-appointed and comfortable and the staff couldn’t be more helpful. The food in the hotel was excellent, as were both the tavernas down the hill. It would be difficult to find a better view anywhere. We must mention Yiannis, who went out of his way to make our holiday so enjoyable – so thank you everyone! We’ve loved every minute.

Derek, June 2023

We cannot fault Simpson Travel for the service they provided for our holiday to San Nicolas Resort Hotel. Our room in the Penelope Suites was immaculate, large and airy. Simpson provided tea and coffee making facilities, a cool bag and beach bag for our use whilst there, which was much appreciated. Their guide to the local area and facilities was beautifully presented and very useful. Our Simpson rep Yiannis was welcoming and very helpful.

Susan Millard, May 2023

Scores say it all. Great holiday. Lovely peaceful area and hotel. Excellent staff. Great support from Simpsons especially their concierge Yiannis for whom nothing was too much trouble. Thank you for a lovely break.

Christopher Spedding, May 2023

We had a fantastic holiday in Lefkada at San Nicolas hotel. The location was beautiful and quiet and all the staff were welcoming and approachable Yiannis was very knowledgable on the local area and we took his recommendations on a beach to visit and a restaurant for sunset which were both great. We hope to be back again.

Mr Williams, May 2023

Yiannis and the Simpson team at the San Nicolas hotel in Lefkada are amazing and made our stay very special with there friendliness and efficiency. The hotel staff were equally helpful and we would recommend this location for the beautiful chill out location.

Edward Westall, May 2023

Well where can we start... we were made to feel really welcomed as soon as we arrive and were shown to our suite. The views from the terrace are exceptional and we knew we had chosen correctly... our rep Yiannis is wonderful and extremely helpful. Swimming in pool and sea has been fabulous. Breakfast is great.

Linda and Barry, May 2023

This hotel enjoys the most enviable position on the slopes of a tranquil bay at the waters edge. The staff are delightful, rooms and public areas spacious and coming in May meant everything is fresh and green with wonderful flowers everywhere. The beach bar service was outstanding with drinks and snacks delivered direct to your lounger by the sea - heaven! Local tavernas only a 5-10 mins stroll away for a change of scenery. Having a car meant we could go visit Nidri Waterfalls and take a ferry to Meganissi, as well as visit other bays of Sivota and Vassiliki. Simpson rep Yiannis was highly visible ensuring hotel were looking after us properly - he is a lovely person, as is his Manager Rania. Can’t wait for our next Simpson holiday!

Linda Bateman, May 2023

We have been exceptionally well looked after in every respect during our week at this beautiful hotel. We would happily return.

Miriam and Barry, May 2023

Tremendous holiday!! Location and staff were outstanding. The boat hire around the island was the highlight of the week and looking forward to the next boat trip. We leave with fond memories and hopefully will return in the near future.

Nick and OJ, May 2023

Beautiful hotel, wonderfully peaceful. The staff are all extremely helpful, pleasant and welcoming. The 2 tavernas in the village are good and each has their own character. Our concierge Yiannis is a real treasure, as is Jenny. Needless to say, we've enjoyed ourselves! Well done Simpson Travel.

Mike and Jane Fitzgerald, May 2023

What a wonderful peaceful location and ideal for a relaxing chill holiday. We would like to thank Yiannis and the whole Simpson team for looking after us so well.

Edward and Sarah Westall, May 2023

Our first trip to Lefkada and to the San Nicolas hotel. We have travelled with Simpson Travel before and as always had a great time. Yiannis has taken great care of us and has been most attentive. Our welcome drink and the chance to meet other guests was much appreciated. We have been blessed with a beautiful week of sunshine.

Nick and Sue, May 2023

We have had a fabulous week here, everything was superbly organised and nothing too much trouble for the staff who were all very friendly and helpful. Yiannis the concierge, a.k.a. Pavarotti, was a star in making us all feel very welcome and organising a fantastic motor boat hire which was the highlight of our week.

Barry and Delia Wall, May 2023

Thank you for a lovely stay, most beautiful hotel and staff. Big thank you to Yiannis who truly looked after us. We will be back!

Chris and Carla, May 2023

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Charmingly traditional, Lefkada is an authentically Greek holiday delight fringed by award-winning beaches. The stunning colours of the landscape are a vibrant force of nature; uplifting, brilliant shades of shocking pink, green and translucent turquoise. Central to all this is Lefkada Town, with its pretty car-free streets, excellent choice of restaurants and waterfront bars and lovely bohemian vibe. It is well-suited to both couples and families and Lefkada is an excellent choice for one of our popular kids' clubs.

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