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“Harmony and Smiles” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Blue Harmony Apartments

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Blue Harmony Apartments
Ranked #4 of 20 Speciality Lodging in Plaka
vancouver,bc
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9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Harmony and Smiles”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2014

Last minute we decided on Naxos and Blue Harmony. Manolis, the owner, responded within the hour and next evening picked us up at the ferry, took us to catch some amazing sunset shots, and arranged a rental car for us. All this and he wasn't even technically open for the season yet!
We were in room 303 which has 2 decks. One railing type beside our neighbors, and one enclosed on the other side for privacy. Our room was spotless and very well laid out.
5 min walk to Plaka beach which was wonderful.
Manolis has great suggestions on where to dine and tour and was always willing to be of assistance. They were building a beautiful, glittering, stone fence while we were there but it never affected us at all. His father-in-law is so very charming, and his mother-in -law smiles like an angel.
We would most certainly stay at Blue Harmony again.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
York, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2013

We are biased, we love the island of Naxos, we love Plaka beach and we now love Blue Harmony apartments and the owners Kleoniki and her husband Manolis.

This was our second visit to Blue Harmony and we have booked our third trip in 2014 already.

Please read my 2012 for more details but this year we stayed in a larger studio facing the sea (room 206) - pure bliss - it has 2 terraces (one of which is covered from the sun).

What you get at Blue Harmony is 5 star fixtures and fittings for a reasonable price, in some parts of Greece they still appear to charge over the odds for a room which has not been updated in decades. It is so nice to have a king-size decent bed of good quality to sleep in. The rooms are also spotlessly clean.

On top of the best location and a high standard you can also engage as much as you like with the owners - and they will leave you alone if you don't want to be social - they appear to be very good at judging your level of engagement. We ate local cheese with Manolis (thank you!) and ate some of Kleoniki's homemade cheese pie (yummy!). They are really lovely people who run a really lovely place on the best beach in Greece.

We stayed this year mid to late August - for the first few days of our stay Naxos was very busy but you could still get a good area of the beach to yourself. It is so nice to escape the busy Chora and stay in peace and quiet on the beach, the apartments were mostly filled with couples and young families so we found it very peaceful and yet a 20 min bus ride away from the hustle and bustle. During peak season the bus to town runs until 02.00 so you can still stay out late if you want to.

Room Tip: 206 has two terraces
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Hobart, Australia
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30 reviews
27 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2013

We originally booked three nights at Blue Harmony but we enjoyed our stay so much we extended it another two nights. The whole island of Naxos was relaxed and friendly and Blue Harmony was no different. Our room was large, clean and comfortable and the little kitchenette had all the essentials. Breakfast was brought to our patio every morning where we could eat it at our leisure. A lovely, relaxing place.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Southport, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2013

we have just returned from a two week trip to Blue Harmony apartments. we cannot fault anything about the apartments and the we received a warm welcome.. Quiet location but easy to get to Naxos town by bus which ran every half hour. we stayed in the studio apartment and our balcony overlooked the beach and beautiful sea view
we would definitely recommend these apartments.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Berlin, Germany
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2013

We have spend two weeks in May at the Blue Harmony and were treated like part of the family. Admittedly we have been the only guests for most of our stay but there was not a single thing to criticise.

We got our breakfast to the room, any wish was read from our lips, when we missed the bus the owner's father drove us to the port and if there was no bread in the shop anymore the manager's wive was so kind to give us her own homemade bread free of charge.

Just perfect. The way you want to be treated on holidays.

And the best thing: In May we had all the beach and most of the island to ourselves.

Room Tip: We had a room with two balconies on the first floor from which we could see and hear the ocean.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Edinburgh
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10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2013

We stayed here for four nights in June 2011. The apartments are in a quiet location just a few hundred meters from the beautiful plaka beach. We found the standard of the apartments to be very high and well-equipped, our room had two balconies, with a sea view and countryside view. The hosts were very friendly and helped organize a hire car, and advised us on places in Naxos to visit. We also received a welcome basket on arrival, which included goodies such as fresh eggs, honey and bread. I would love to go back again...soon hopefully!!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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York, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2012

We spent 5 fabulous nights at the Blue Harmony Apartments in Naxos.

For the last 3 years we have stayed in various nice places in the main town of Naxos – all very good but none can touch the quality and location offered by Blue Harmony. My photographs are poor – sorry they were on my mobile phone.

LOCATION
We enjoyed staying on the best beach on Naxos, quiet and peaceful even in August. You only have to walk 2 minutes to the beach and 3 minutes if you want a sun lounger and parasol. The bus into town runs every half hour from 8am until 2am so it’s still great if you fancy a late night out.

As we knew where we were going we got the bus from the port on arrival and then walked the 100 yards with our bags. We noticed most people had a car but it really isn’t necessary unless you wish to explore the rest of the island. The bus is €1.80 per person; get off at the last stop on Plaka beach. The apartments are set within fields and yet so close to the beach, it is very quiet at night - we were never disturbed.

For us, as we have visited Naxos previously we loved the opportunity to stay on the beach, call back for lunch on our terrace and catch the bus whenever we wanted to go into town.

APARTMENTS
We stayed in room 202 (standard studio)which was at the back, it had a cute little terrace with a table and chairs but at the end of August the Meltemi wind was fierce so we didn’t use it much.

Our standard room wasn’t large, just adequate in size BUT it was spotlessly clean.

The studio was large enough for a dining table and chairs inside as well as the ones on the terrace. It also had a useful vanity table with a large mirror. The kitchen unit consisted of new and smart kitchen utensils, pans, crockery, cutlery and glassware. There is a 2 hob unit for cooking, boiling water for tea/coffee and a toasted sandwich machine which we utilised daily.

The shower was effective and the water always hot.

Towels were plentiful, fluffy and felt soft.

Satellite TV has hundreds of channels and the free Wi-Fi was an added bonus.

Nice, complimentary toiletries too.

As we immediately wanted to return to stay at Blue Harmony next year Kleoniki showed me some of the other studios so I could make a more informed choice. I really liked our studio but the more expensive ones (traditional) are larger and have a better balcony or terrace. The family apartments are great for families – nice and private on the top floor. There are also some studios (called simple) in the basement with high windows, these are still nice rooms just without an immediate terrace but there is various tables and chairs in the communal area which can be used.

To conclude I would say Blue Harmony caters for all budgets with their choice in studios and they actually look exactly like the photographs on the website!

SERVICE
As well as the lovely, clean studios and great location what made the place for us is the fantastic hospitality offered by Kleoniki and her family who live on site. On arrival Kleoniki made us one of the best frappes we’ve had and presented us with 2 large slices of homemade cake.

From that day on we received cakes on 3 or 4 different occasions; we had so much that we took the last 2 slices with us on the ferry back to Piraeus! We were made to feel extremely welcome, nothing is too much trouble. Kleoniki has the lovely balance of being really efficient and yet so lovely, friendly and genuine.

Also provided is a welcome basket containing Melba toast, jams, teabags and coffee sachets. Really nice touch to find some butter portions and bottled water in the fridge upon arrival.

The Cleaning lady didn’t seem to mind that we stayed in our room until 1pm most days – I think we were always the last to leave our studio each day!

NEARBY
5 minute walk to a mini-market on the main road which was more than adequate – a friendly lady serving everything from suntan lotion to water, spinach pies, bread, fruit and vegetables, yoghurt, honey, beers etc

When we didn’t take the bus into Naxos Town for dinner we would walk to a small group of restaurants, maybe a pleasant 20 min walk on the dirt road along the beach, nice when you see the sun go down over Paros. The cluster of restaurants includes a bar (Yazoo), Meze 2, Picasso Mexican and the best ice-cream in Naxos (Waffle House). Meze 2 and Waffle House are both extremely busy in town; I would argue you are guaranteed better and swifter service on the beach as they are less busy.

Booked already for August 2013 – says it all!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: Blue Harmony Apartments
Address: Plaka Beach, Plaka 843 00, Greece
Region: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Naxos > Plaka
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 20 Speciality Lodging in Plaka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Blue Harmony Apartments 2*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The complex of Blue Harmony Apartments is enjoying a beautiful location only 120 metres from the island's famous sandy beach of Plaka in Naxos. For your accommodation there are different traditional types, everyone having its own architecture. The soft colors and the carefully selected objects, create a cosy and intimate atmosphere, enhancing the sense of romance. Blue Harmony is an ideal base from which you can explore the beautiful and picturesque villages of the island and enjoy its pristine beaches, combining swimming with water sports. ... more   less 
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