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Mandraki Village Boutique Hotel
Ranked #4 of 12 Hotels in Koukounaries
Certificate of Excellence
Bracknell, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
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“Paradise found”
Reviewed 4 August 2012

We have just returned from paradise at the Mandraki Village Hotel in Skiathos, Greece. Thank you to all the staff including Evgenios, Christiana, Sakis, Aphrodite, Evina and everyone else who helped to make our stay at your wonderful hotel such a memorable one and one we will never forget.

The Mandraki Village hotel (bus stop 23) is well situated for the best beach in Greece at Koukounaries – just a short walk away and this beach has beautiful sand and sea you can't wait to cool off in. There are plenty of sunbeds and bars and good food to be found here and the nature reserve just behind to explore and enjoy as well.

Back to the Mandraki Village Hotel and Room 608 where we stayed was furnished to a high standard and overlooked the beautiful avenue of flowering trees behind which is a very inviting pool to sit round and enjoy other guests swimming or joining in when you wish. The pool is right next to the bar and the dining area and the fabulous waiters are more than happy to keep you supplied with a wide range of healthy drinks, cocktails, local spirits and for us an exploration into the world of iced coffees! Mind you a fair amount of Berlin, Fix and Ouzo were consumed by us during our stay but that might have been more so we could enjoy the wonderful Sakis serving them!

Breakfast was available at times suitable for all holidaymakers – between 08.00 and 11.00 so if you have had a late night (oh yes we had a few!) then you didn't miss breakfast or have to get up early to catch it. Every morning the smiling faces of Aphrodite and Yiota greeted us and regularly replenished the delicious self service breakfast buffet which consisted of local yoghurts, honey, breads, plates of beautiful fresh fruit (I ate heaps of cherries every morning!), cold meats and cheeses, cereals and then the hot dishes which housed fried eggs, bacon, fried eggy bread, sausages and potatoes. There were jugs of freshly squeezed oranges, milks, selection of teas, coffee and the opportunity to make proper Greek coffee.

If you wished to chill out around the swimming pool area there were sufficient sunbeds for all – though if it got too warm as it did for us we just moved them to under the big tree nearby for shade. There was also seating under a gazebo and comfy bean bag type seats to lounge on. Feel like a spot of lunch – no problem the bar menu was reasonably priced and offered enough choice for everyone from the traditional Greek salad to club sandwiches, small burgers and fries and a range of salads and other hot dishes.

Every Tuesday evening they offer a barbeque night for residents and non-residents. Do not miss this. It is excellent value with a huge array of barbecue meats, salads and desserts. Drinks are extra but the band who performed whilst enjoying the food were fantastic and we would recommend you get up and dance to them and encourage others to do so as it really makes for a fun evening and if you are forward enough include the staff!

A short walk from the hotel are several other tavernas and bars offering a wide selection of Greek and other cuisines at reasonable prices. These were all found to be friendly, offering superb value for money food with the opportunity of meeting other holidaymakers from different lodgings in the area, there is even a kebab stand. Watch out for Franko, great guy but he will try to spoil your evening (I think his English interpretation is slightly wrong – he will give you a great evening.)

There are two supermarkets offering any and every type of food and drink and the usual holiday essentials and souvenirs, again all the staff there were found to be very friendly and helpful.

The Mandraki Village hotel is beautiful and very tastefully furnished throughout and the reception and bar areas are cool and welcoming as are the lovely Evina and Christiana. Should you need any help with arranging car or boat hire, finding out how to get to the nearby beaches or the bus into Skiathos Town or want to borrow a mini laptop to check emails then they are more than happy to assist you and their beautiful smiles send you on your way but beware the lovely Evina was very nearly packed up and brought home with my partner! Fortunately I did all the packing and with all the lovely fine Greek products you can buy from their Ergon shop in the reception area sorry Evina you put our luggage over the limit! Phew.....

If you are wanting a quieter beach than Koukounaries then head right out of the hotel, walk down the road to the restaurant under the pine trees, take the right turn as indicated and follow the road up through the pine trees. When you come to a fence and locked gate in front of a big house do not turn around like we did and think you have gone wrong – just to the right of the fencing there is a gap – go through it and across this land and at the end there are a few steps down. Then follow the signs to Mandraki beach – it was quiet, beautiful with a sandy beach and a little taverna for your drinks and lunch throughout the day.

However after hiring a car for a day we discovered our perfect beach at Elias – so out of the hotel turn right and turn right by Mustang car rentals and there is a back road that again takes you through the pine trees but is much flatter and sandier. It's about a twenty minute walk at this point but press on it will be worth it. You will eventually come out and there is a sign – go straight ahead to Beach Elias – through the car parking area and to the wooden planking leading down to the beach. We very nearly didn't continue – what we would have missed! Balance your way along the planks and it opens out onto the most idyllic beach I have ever seen. Paradise does exist and we found it. Brilliant photo opportunities and sufficient sunbeds and umbrellas for all who venture this far and a beach taverna to satisfy your day's needs.

Now you can't go to Skiathos and not take the Mama Mia boat trip – just go to Skiathos Town – the bus journey there is about half an hour and costs two Euros and is well worth the experience. Walk along the port front and you will find a couple of boats that offer the trip. We choose the smaller boat and were entertained all the way over to Skopelos by the music from the film – great! You stop off at a couple of beaches and told how and where they were used in the film. We were adamant that we wanted to see the chapel featured in the film and set off in the minibus to do so. As you approach the peninsula leading up to the chapel the scenery around is breathtaking – then you realise that you have only 30 minutes to climb up the rock, get your breath back, take obligatory photos and then venture down the very steep steps. Sorry but Meryl Streep clearly did not run up all of them and sadly the chapel at the top is not the one in the film – hope this doesn't spoil it for you – it didn't for us! We did make it down safely but our legs were not the same for the next two days but it was so worth it.

If you still feel in the need of more Mama Mia experience then a must is to attend the Open Air Cinema in Skiathos Town (open because the roof fell in!) – shown at 9.00pm three times a week and is absolutely fantastic! You can also smoke and drink at the same time and dance along and cheer with everyone else. You leave there on a complete high – it was our last night and was one of the holiday's highlights.

One of the highlights of our holiday was a meal at Elia's restaurant upstairs in the Mandraki Village Hotel. We choose to eat there to celebrate a special occasion as do other locals and holidaymakers but it is affordable for dining there most nights and is definitely a meal to remember. The menu is extensive and mouth watering and I can definitely recommend all of it!

Elia's restaurant is a wonderful experience from the moment you enter – the stunning pink and white décor and furnishings are a delight to see and enjoy and look out to views around the area. The waiting staff were highly attentive and knowledgeable about their menu and more than happy to help select from the extensive and excellent wine list. This restaurant is a must for any holiday and was perfect for our birthday celebration. I cannot recommend it highly enough – it deserves all the awards it gets and will receive. Our thanks to all the staff who made our evening so perfect.

So would I recommend Mandraki Village Hotel on Skiathos – 110% and we can't wait to return. If you are thinking about going there – just book it – you will not be disappointed. It's a very friendly hotel for meeting other guests who were not just British but from Greece, Denmark and across Europe. This is a wonderfully run family hotel by Denny, George, Evgenios overseen by Mum and Dad. Thank you Mandraki Village hotel – you were just amazing!

Room Tip: Very small hotel - all rooms are good.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Lund, Sweden
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Reviewed 3 August 2012

This was our third trip to Skiathos. This time we decided to stay closer to the best beaches and we don’t regret this! Mandraki Village is a very nice hotel 10 minutes walk to Koukounaries beach and 30 minutes to Banana beach. The service was excellent and rooms were very clean every day we returned from the beach! The breakfast buffet was very good with a mix of local and international food (and fresh orange juice). There is a bar and a restaurant at the hotel and some other nice restaurants in the area, a supermarket and a bus stop next to the hotel! Our best recommendations! We would love to come back!

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Manchester
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Reviewed 27 July 2012

My wife and I have just returned from a great holiday at the Mandraki Village in Koukounaries.

We booked a week direct with Christina and sorted out flights ourselves with Monarch. Arriving at Skiathos airport, we were through the airport and into a taxi in 10 minutes. €24's and 30 minutes later, we were standing in the reception of Mandraki.

The staff are very helpful and our room (a junior suite) was perfect. Quite basic, but a good size, decent balcony and very very clean.

Breakfast is served between 8-11 and is buffet-style and really good. Standard 'continental breakfast' and a nod to the British with bacon, eggs, and omelettes. All in all, very good.

The pool area is very clean and although not a huge pool, enough for a quick dip when it get's too hot - and with temperatures of 42º - it was too hot! (July)

Eating out in Skiathos is a bit hit and miss. I would strongly recommend Salt & Pepper (Bus Stop 19 - i think) and Lynhari in Skiathos town. Both restaurants were brilliant - with the bill coming to around €50 for 2 courses and wine. Very reasonable a decent food.

The beach we preferred is called Mystique and you can walk from Mandraki (although it's about 30 mins in the heat) - Jump on the bus and head for bus stop 24 (5mins) walk up the hill across the road, turn left and go down the stairs. When you get onto Mystique beach, turn left again and walk around the rocks....there is a very very small beach (10 sun beds) and it's perfect.

All in all, Mandraki is a cracking little place. We didn't eat in the restaurant as it looks a little pricey, and the spirits are quite expensive (€8 for a Bailey's).

We will definitely return although not in July as it was ridiculously hot.

ps: Stakis, the barman.... is a top lad. Nothing is a problem for him and he's even got some good banter! :-)

gregorallan@purcellsearch.com

Room Tip: Junior Suite is great; clean, spacious, cool at night and very quiet.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 July 2012

Got back 29 June from a wonderful 2 weeks at the Mandraki. A lovely hotel with fantastic staff.
We were in room 601 for most of the time, swiftly moved to a junior suite, 706, by the ever efficient and happy Evina when the air con broke down and couldn't be fixed quickly. Both rooms were fab, more space in 706 obviously and the view was better but I missed 601, as it was closer to everything.
What can I say about the staff? Friendly, helpful, conscientious but if I had to pick one word to describe them it would be outstanding. And by the staff I mean everyone. The cleaners, who worked so hard to keep the place pristine inside and the gardeners who did likewise outdoors to maintain the grounds in perfect fashion. The hotel and restaurant staff, all exceptional, working tirelessly to make our holiday unforgettable.
The pool area is very relaxing with additional comfortable seating available under the shady trees.
Now for a bit of name-dropping. A huge thank-you to Yiota and Aphrodite at breakfast who served me my boiled egg every morning and made sure my toast was just right and Sakis, barman extraordinaire, the perfect mojito everytime and pretty good with the cappuccinos too!
Anyone who is considering the Mandraki for their next holiday, book it! You will love every moment.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Bath
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Reviewed 7 July 2012

The Mandraki Boutique hotel certainly lives up to its' description. It's set in beautiful gardens, the junior suite we stayed in was gorgeous and everything about the hotel is chic and stylish without being in the least intimidating.
All the staff are exceptionally friendly and professional and the adjoining Elias restaurant is fantastic. Mandraki Boutique has a 4* rating but it's definitely 5* in every respect.
We can't wait to return to this little paradise.

Rose S

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 July 2012

I never really comment on any review sites but we've just come back from a 2 week holiday at mandraki and have to say it was the most wonderful experience. In our second week we were upgraded to the Junior suite and the room was perfect. The staff there even moved all our clothes so we didn't have to pack again they really were the friendliest most helpful staff. 10minutes pleasant walk to the best end of koukounaries beach & only 2 euros on the bus to town. The pool was quiet most days and majority of the time we had the pool to ourselves, which was perfect for my 2 year old daughter in the childrens pool. The barman was great and made a wonderful cranberry mojito which almost made our holiday complete. We will definately return to mandraki after such a wonderful experience. Not really a complaint but the beds and pillows were too soft and in need of an upgrade. But there really was my only issue.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Andover, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 July 2012

This is a wonderful hotel, with fantastic staff, who make you feel so welcome, like a home from home. The rooms are very comfortable, well thought out, and light and airy, as is all the hotel. This was our second visit and we were not disappointed, their attention to detail is brilliant. There are plenty of very comfortable sun beds around the pool, which is set in beautiful gardens. The breakfast is so good, we had the barbecue that is put on by the hotel, and again the food was so good. We cannot praise the Mandraki and their staff enough.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Mandraki Village Boutique Hotel
Address: Koukounaries | Bus stop 23, Koukounaries 370 02, Greece
Region: Greece > Sporades > Skiathos > Koukounaries
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Koukounaries
#4 Romantic Hotel in Koukounaries
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Mandraki Village Boutique Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Plunging into the woods and from there, into the heart of the sea - a relaxing holiday in the Greek islands. Walking through the Koukounaries beach and parklands, 200 metres from the hotel, is a memorable experience. Some other beautiful beaches on the northern part of Skiathos Island, Greece, are the beaches of Mandraki and Elia’s, after which we have named this Skiathos luxury boutique hotel and restaurant. ... more   less 
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