We have just returned from the Villa Rosa apartments in Troulos, Skiathos, and thoroughly enjoyed our stay there. Forget about your 4/5 star hotels, if you want a quiet and relaxing holiday in Skiathos then this is the place to come. We have two daughters (9 12) and found Villa Rosa to be family friendly, so if you have kids and they're happy with a pool and the beach then this is great for them too. The apartments are basic but very clean, and run by Markos and his lovely family. With only 14 studios/apartments the Villa Rosa is very quiet during the day, we can't recall a day when there were more than 15 people at the poolside, which is where we spent most of our time. The cleaner was brilliant and cleaned the apartment 5 days a week. We stayed for two weeks, the bedding was changed weekly, and had three changes of towels.
There are three studios/apartments closer to the normally quiet road which late at night did have the odd motorbike whizz past but this didn't really bother us (this is NOT the main road from Skiathos-Koukanaries). There is no air conditioning so a few of the very warm nights were uncomfortable, but hey, this is Greece!!
Troulos Beach is lovely and only 10-15 minutes walk away, Koukanaries a few stops on the bus, and Mandraki (recommended) and Aselinos a slightly longer walk or a short drive on moped/hire car. Mandraki is only walkable from one of the bus stops near Kouknaries, while Aselinos is 2 miles from Villa Rosa.
Food - look no further than Villa Rosa. Markos' cooking is amazing and while we visited tavernas in Troulos and Skiathos Town, we found the the food at Villa Rosa to be both delicious and good value for money. They have a good reputation and don't need to have someone standing outside to pull in the punters. There was alwyas a healthy number of non-residents eating there, both English and Greek. One tip - don't use the tavernas on Troulos beach, we had poor service there.
We didn't use the bus service as a taxi into Skiathos Town was only 10 euros, so with four of us it wasn't much more expensive to do this. You can pick up a cab from the bus stops as they regularly stop to see what fares they can pick up on there way back to Skiathos Town.
We will definitely be back!!
- Also Known As:
- Villa Rosa Apartments Hotel Troulos
- Hotel Rosa Apartments
- Villa Rosa Apartments Skiathos/Troulos