You reach the apartments along a half made up track alongside the Mandraki Village Boutique Hotel, and it's located in the middle of a pine forest. It’s probably about a 5 minute walk from the main road. A torch is useful for finding your way back at night as well as finding the lock in your door. We got a very hospitable welcome from the staff and a welcome drink was produced almost immediately, followed by the first drink was free at the bar. A nice touch-Welcome to Skiathos.
The accommodation is basic, and I don't think it has any pretentions to be anything else. There's a nice pool with plenty of free sun beds, and an open air bar. I found the safe deposit box a bit expensive at €30 for 2 weeks (I could have bought one for that), but the drinks at the bar were some of cheapest you will find on the Island. Amstel or Mythos plus a few others I can't remember were just €2 a pint. Our apartment was located next to some sort of generator or pump station and had a constant and annoying "humming" noise.
There was a wasp’s nest in the bathroom under the roof, and there were ants all over the place. There were handtowels-that were changed regularly, but sadly no bath towels were provided. There were one or two rats running about the complex. I guess being in the middle of a forest you have to expect these sorts of thing.
Rooms around the pool may suffer from guest noise as there were several late night parties. I would guess further away from the pool you would be OK. For some strange reason there was a large old bald headed man with a small appendage riding a pushbike naked around the complex some evenings. I think Olympic Holidays have exclusive use of the Amalia, and their Rep seemed to live on site. He entertained the bar some evenings with his version of opera singing. Less amusing was his “micky taking” of a spastic speaking whilst unbeknown to him one of his clients had a son with them who appeared to possibly be spastic or had learning difficulties, and was only a few yards away. I accept the Rep may have been “off duty” at the time.
The Island is lovely and I guess you get what you pay for.
- Also Known As:
- Amalia Apartments Hotel Koukounaries
- Amalia Apartments Skiathos/Koukounaries
- Amalia Apartments Hotel Skiathos