We are a couple in our early thirties who were looking for quiet, family run accommodation not too far from the town (for a few bars and restaurants) but also not far from a nice sandy beach, and somewhere good to base ourselves for exploring the island by day either by car or scooter. As it turned out, the Alykes Garden Village ticked all the boxes for us, and the family who run it (Chris - mum, Jimmy - son) were so helpful and friendly that it made for the ideal place to base ourselves for the week's stay, and for a wonderful holiday. We had a garden facing studio, which had a lovely private terrace overlooking the pool. The studio itself was basic - pretty much what is typical in Greece - wooden furniture and white cotton bedding, but it had everything we needed: a small separate kitchenette with adequate crockery, pans and cutlery for basic meals; two towels each; bathroom with shower, shower tray (rare in Greece!!) and a shower curtain (even rarer!!!). The rooms are cleaned every day and the bins emptied daily too. The studios are set by the pool, which is a decent size and kept lovely and clean, with plenty of sunbeds, and the gardens around are beautifully kept with palms and olive, orange and fig trees; however, most wonderful is the backdrop, which is the mountains. It is in a lovely quiet setting just outside the village of Alykes, approx. 10-15 minutes' walk into the village (although some parts of the road don't have a path, it wasn't really a problem for the two of us). We found Alykes just lively enough (there are probably around five bars that are lively in the evenings), and there are plenty of restaurants to try out while you are there. The beach there is lovely and sandy with warm, shallow, calm waters - perfect! As to the effects of the economic problems in Greece, the only noticeable thing for us was the taxi strike that was on for the whole week while we were there. We managed to get a taxi from the airport to the Alykes Garden Village from the Hertz car rental desk on our arrival, and on our return, Jimmy actually drove us to the airport himself in order to ensure we made it to the airport for our return flight. What a lovely family and what great accommodation for the price. We were really happy with the accommodation and would heartily recommend it to any couples or families who are looking for a peaceful, friendly place to stay that is close to the action - but not on its doorstep.
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- Family friendly self-catering studios and apartments, set in beautiful gardens just a 10 minute stroll to the sandy beach and resort centre. ... more less
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- Alykes Garden Village Hotel Alykes