We recently (August 2014) stayed at this beautiful family run hotel and can honestly say we will definitely return! Peaceful location with absolutely stunning views of the Ionian Sea and the mountains.
The pebbled beach in front of the hotel is literally 3 steps down and gets the sun till mid afternoon and we always managed to get a lounger and parasol. To the left of the jetty, which is in front of the hotel, is a gorgeous sand beach which even in peak season wasn't too busy apart from at the weekend when a lot of local Greek people come down. The water is shallow for quite a distance which makes it safe for little ones. You will not believe the colours of the sea, so many different shades, stunning!
At breakfast there was a good variety of fresh fruit, yoghurt, honey, cereals, greek cake, white and brown bread, juice, coffee and tea daily with alternating days of pancakes, scrambled eggs, poached eggs, beans and sausages to name a few!
We would highly recommend dining in the restaurant also. They offer a range of light snacks and main meals. The food is of a very high standard and very tasty as well as being very good value. The waiting staff are very polite and cannot do enough for you.
Our room was a side sea view room on the third floor, initially we would have preferred a front sea view but as the hotel faces North you don't get the sun on your balcony which we did in the side room in the afternoon.
The room was very clean with comfortable beds and was very spacious, a bit limited on wardrobe space but that's down to me packing too much! The bathroom again was a generous size with a shower over the bath which was heaven! Obviously you cannot flush toilet paper down, its Greece! The room was cleaned daily with clean towels and bedding every couple of days.
Alykes is a lovely quiet village with lots of quiet bars, shops and restaurants. It is very flat so good for people with mobility issues or pushchairs.
Alkynes is the next resort down, it is livelier than Alykes, it is a short walk or alternatively you can hire a horse and carriage to take you for about 10 euros. This is where you will find the water sports too.
The family who own and run the hotel are very welcoming and friendly, they simply cannot do enough to ensure the needs of their guests are met and you can tell how passionate they are about their business.
If you are after a quiet, relaxing holiday on the beach then I would highly recommend the Astoria, we fell in love with the hotel and resort and cannot wait to return!
Thank you so much, one of the best holidays we've had!
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- Also Known As:
- Astoria Hotel Alykes