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Villa Apollon Skiathos
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Reviewed 7 January 2010

My wife and I stayed here for the first time last August and certainly were NOT disappointed. In fact, we are excited about booking our holiday here this year, which has prompted me to write this review.

We literally had the time of our lives last year.

Our apartment overlooked the sea with breathtaking panoramic views. The apartment was clean (very important to me), the kitchenette is equiped for snack cooking (who wants to cook a full-on meal whilst on holiday!) and although the bathroom was compact, this was not a huge problem and we had constant hot water.

Captain and Dunia (the proprietors) were extremely warm and welcoming and supported by efficient staff. Captain is an intelligent man and we enjoyed learning from him the history of the island - with interesting stories of Greek mythology - over a chilled bottle of beer, or two! Dunia was always busying herself cooking and looking after guests in general although we managed a beer with her on a couple of occasions when we learned tips on Greek cooking. You really have to treat yourself to her cooking. You will find the portion size and standard of cooking absolutely amazing and will certainly fill your tummy!

The poolside area had the most comfortable loungers with clean bathing towels daily. Poolside snacks were available all day.

The local facilities were great too and Villa Apollon is on the bus route (no tekking along dusty side roads). There is a water taxi which was great fun as you get to see Skiathos Town by sea.

I could go on and on about this fantastic place but you really need to go there to experience it for yourself. We had the most relaxed and enjoyable holiday ever and nothing was too much trouble for our hosts.

Villa Apollon, Skiathos has what it takes to make the perfect holiday.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Edward002
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Reviewed 2 January 2010

After reading the many reviews we were very disappointed and upset with Villa Apollon.

We appreciate people have different expectations but please read ALL the reviews and read between the lines...

Worst holiday ever on such a magnificent island. Would not recommend and would certainly not stay again.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled with family
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7  Thank cumbrianlass01
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Reviewed 27 September 2009

Just arrived back from a wonderful holiday in Skiathos such a lovely island .Stayed at the Villa Apollon arrived to rain and had a few dodgy days weather wise but it did not spoil the holiday .The owners Captain and Dounia made our stay very welcoming nothing is too much trouble for them we met some lovely people during the course of our stay at the Villa Apollon who we shared some enjoyable times with.
We stayed in a two bedded studio which was small but well equiped encluding free air con and safe, all apartments have fantastic sea views. The beach is just a few minutes
away down a steep hill so not so good for the less able but they have water taxis which take you in to town and a bus stop a minute up the road.There are some lovely tavernas to eat in but the Captains food would take some beating . All in all a wonderful place to stay and relax in and cant wait to return next year.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank KEV-ANGIE
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Reviewed 25 September 2009

We chose Villa Apollon based on the overwhelmingly positive comments on tripadvisor and also because we wanted to avoid larger commercial hotels, but we were disappointed. I realise this contradicts the majority of reviews on here and I can understand why this kind of holiday might appeal to some people, but it just didn't do it for us.

There are around 15 rooms in total. We stayed in a one-bedroomed studio which was very basic and looked rather dated. Ours had cracked foor tiles, a tiny unappealing bathroom and a broken blind. In my opinion they weren't particularly clean either. Our balcony was swept/mopped twice in total. On a positive note, the room was well equipped with iron, microwave, plenty of utensils, crockery etc. We also found having a fridge a real benefit. The whole place was winding down despite there being several weeks left before the end of the season which meant that it was up to guests to get their own (grubby) sunlounge covers and some of the food was not available. There was no evidence that the pool area was cleaned in the week we were there and we did notice dog poo on one occasion. Although Captain and Dounia were always available, we did not experience much in the way of hospitality. We asked Dounia if she would mind reserviing us a table at the Windmill and were given a map with the phone number on and told to ring them ourselves. Our flight wasn't until late afternoon so on our last day we planned to relax by the pool before checking out at the designated time (midday) but were asked to vacate early to make way for incoming guests which left us feeling uncomfortable.

The general location of Villa Apollon is good, being only a few minutes by bus from Skiathos town. However, it is right next to the main road and, although this wasn't a problem at night, it was very noticeable through the day. The views are lovely and it was only a few minutes walk to the nearest beach / supermarket / bakery etc. We got the water taxi a few times (2.50 each way). We only ate at Villa Apollon once and the food was reasonable, but we preferred to eat out in Skiathos town where there are some lovely places. Folio, Amfiliki and especially the Windmill were all really good.

Skiathos itself is lovely with lots of beaches and really good public transport. We didn't hire a car but found it very easy and cheap to get around using the local bus service. We went to Skopelos/Alonissos for a day trip which we really enjoyed. I loved Skiathos old town which is full of winding cobbled streets and, although it is touristy, it remains charming and manages to avoid feeling like a resort.

To conclude, we didn't feel Villa Apollon represented particularly good value for money (we paid 65 euros/night which in peak season rises to 110 euros). Hotel Paradise (around 1km away) charges roughly the same amount but looks much nicer. Kivotos Suites further along from Hotel Paradise was only 15 euros/night more and the difference was incomparable, although a car would be necessary. We also realised that we prefer staying in slightly larger hotels as we felt Villa Apollon was rather cliquey. If we returned to Skiathos we would stay in the same vicinity but definitely won't be going back to Villa Apollon.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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20  Thank GillianandChristoph
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Reviewed 24 September 2009

We have just returned from our second visit to the fantastic Villa Apollon and can't wait to return again next year.

This year we stayed in room 14, a second floor apartment that is on the end of the building, that has a lovely balcony and affords views of the whole of Achladies Bay! What a joy to step out onto the balcony first thing in the morning and watch the sunrise.

As usual Dounia and Captain were the most perfect hosts, nothing being too much trouble for them. The food was wonderful, the surroundings magical and the friendliness of the other guests staying there ...................... well, it is like being part of one big family. I would have no problem spending a holiday at the Apollon on my own as everyone is made to feel special and very, very welcome.

The surrounding area is just beautiful with a lovely beach, water taxi into town, numerous tavernas, a couple of little supermarkets, a gorgeous bakery, bus stop 9 very convenient to catch the bus to either town or the beaches.

I could go on forever about this little palace, but you need to try it for yourself. Trust me you will not be disappointed. The reason why people return here year after year is because it is just the most amazing place on earth. Our paradise!

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Athertonlass
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