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“A wonderful holiday had by all!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Villa Apollon Skiathos

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Villa Apollon Skiathos
Ranked #17 of 88 Hotels in Skiathos
Certificate of Excellence
UK
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A wonderful holiday had by all!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2010

My family and I have just returned from yet another excellent holiday at the Villa Apollon. My husband and I have stayed there three years on the trot and this year we stayed for four glorious weeks. Our son, daughter in law and two grandchildren joined us for the first two weeks. Captain and Dounia always make us feel very welcome and comfortable. They both go out of their way to make sure our holiday is all we want it to be. The accommodation is comfortable and clean and thankfully has air conditioning - much needed because the temperatures were in the 30s in our last week. Linen is changed frequently as well as the towels. This year there is a new pool and some of the accommodation has been updated. There is a lovely bar area and the food that Captain and Dounia cook is delicious so no real need to go elsewhere if you don't feel like it and they will cook whatever you fancy even if its not on the menu. The fish and grilled meats, as well as Captain's special Greek Salad are mouthwatering! We will be back there next year without doubt and are counting the days until then. If you are looking for accommodation in Skiathos with a nice friendly atmosphere, with great hosts and within easy reach of beaches and bus stops the Villa Apollon is the place to go.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with family
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UK
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2010

Stayed for 4 weeks this time cant really get enough. Just read through some of the reviews added by people we met at the Apollon this year, some of which we have met before, and its difficult to add to the positive comments already made. However, I can add that it says volumes for the Apollon if we keep meeting returning guests. Easy to see why, Great hospitality, wonderful food (now cheaper!!). superb location, hosts and staff who are always there for you. The Grandchildren this year had the best time ever ,the 5 year old sobbed his heart out when it was time to go.
With regards to the food served at the Apollon, although this year the menu has slightly less choice, you are now able to order in advance some wonderful dishes, one of which I have added to this review. Once again Captain & Dounia, thank you for making yet another holiday "The Best"

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank pieboy61
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Surrey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2010

Our hosts Dounia & Captain made us both feel very welcome from the moment of arrival.
The rooms were clean, the air conditioning was great and very welcome as the temperature reached about 37C. The only negative comment we would make about the room was the bathroom was a bit cosy.
My wife was concerned that we were a bit isolated but after the first day we mastered the frequent bus and water taxi it was not a problem. You must try Dounia's Greek Salad, the best & a meal in its self.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank gray_cSurrey
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Spennymoor, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2010

V ... Very special place to stay
I ... I will certainly be back to enjoy the company of the Captain and Dounia
L ... Lovely,lovely hosts
L ... Lazy days around the clean, comfortable, pool
A ... Amazing views over the Aegean sea

A ... A steep walk to the gorgeous beach, but well worth the effort
P ... Plain,simple accomadation. Nothing missing in the rooms..hairdryer,towels,fridge
O ... On the no.9 bus stop into town 1.40 Euros, or try the water taxi 2.50 Euro
L ... Lucious food especially the Captain's lobster and pork chop!!
L ... Lovely wine from the Captain's home village -- no headache the next day!
O ... Oh i nearly forgot about Eric. Mr sunshine himself!!
N ... Nothing was too much bother.Everyone helped to make this a special place to stay

Overall the Villa Apollon is a wonderful place to stay , with wonderful hosts.It often felt as though we were staying at a friends home, they were such nice people.Captain and Dounia live on the premisis and welcome you with open arms. The setting has wonderful views and the electric gates ensure privacy.
We will definatly be returning
Many thanks again Captain and Dounia, we had an amazing stay at your home x
John and Hilary

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank lovetotravelwedo
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North Yorkshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2010

Have stayed here many times in past six years and the owners Dounia and Captain have once again improved the facilities. The pool area is now first class and is far more spacious. The ambience is wonderfully relaxing but of course with fantastic weather. Also the hosts make fabulous food all day long so there is no need to venture out in an evening if you do not want. This place is handy for the beach, the town, water taxi option to town if you want. Dounia and Captain make you feel most welcome and are very friendly and accommodating. Also the staff are very friendly and courteous especially Eric or "Mr Sunshine" as we called him.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank HarryNorthYorkshire
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Northants
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2010

Just had a week here with the Captain and Dounia and it was just what was needed
Treated like a family friend always hospitable without being intrusive and the food is so good you needn't go searching out in the evenings. Portions are huge, ingredients always fresh and the cooking particulalry grilling is excellent
It is situated within walking distance of Achladies beach and also bus stop nine from which you can go to Bus Stop 1 Skiathos Town one way or Koukanries beach the other way, Bus Stop 26 l believe
A water taxi is also on Achladies to go ito Skiathos Town

The exchange rate hasn't helped with the cost, but bar and food prices have been cut by the proprietors to soften the blow

The pool has been refurbished and was used every day by my eight year old son, who also had his first water ski lesson on Achladies beach - the ski school there is very good and the instructor very patient

If you want a restful holiday with excellent service then look no further, and it is close enough for visits into town too

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank TJBNorthants
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london
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2010

Bit of a belated review as our lives have been a tad hectic since our return.
Went to Apollo for our anniversary in early September, having not been there for 2 years, and although there was the familiar "family" feeling that felt like comfy slippers to us, there had obviously been a lot of work put in to improve what we considered to be already great accomodation on the island. Firstly the beds - WOW - so good it made us shell out £600 on our return for a new mattress having shown us exactly how comfortable a bed can be. The aircon in every room is great (we've stayed on other islands and at other places around the world and it's really nice to have aircon to let you have a nice temperature to sleep in at night and also if you aren't a "mad dog or Englishman" to come in out of the midday sun to some cool air. There are cushioned sunbeds with the complimentary towels so you don't need to bring pool towels, new chairs - all since we last visited.
We read with interest some of the reviews - size of the bathrooms - hey - this is self-catering accomodation on a Greek Island - if you want a bathroom with a double shower, 2 basins, a bidet, bath, toilet and shower big enough to hold a disco in - why are you going to Skiathos in the first place ! There is so much that is good about Apollo that we felt this a bit pedantic. We have YET to find any self-catering accomodation on this, or any other similar island, equipped to the level of Apollo. As for being by the road - most of the hotels/accomodation on the island is - it's the main road from one end of the island to the others. If you are used to living in the country where you might hear a car every month then maybe if did sound noisy - but fact of the matter is, you notice planes flying overhead more than you do the traffic noise (especially with the music playing quietly around the pool). In our experiences at Apollo there can be guests that are noisier than the traffic on the road below ! Rooms tired - the rooms are less than 10 years old (we know because we were there when they were preparing to lay the foundations) - we think the rooms are extremely well appointed for this type of accomodation and again would be surprised if anyone could quote similar style accomodation with a better level of equipment etc.
The food at Apollo is really good. You MAY find cheaper food at some of the mainstream taverna's, but it won't be cooked to order from fresh, with the chef fussing over it with pride as the Captain does - and we defy ANYONE to say they'd get the size portions you get at Apollo - with the weakness of the pound against the Euro this value for money is something you can't ignore. Amazing steaks, pork chops, and divine langoustine or lobster pasta. Also if you like fish then ask Captain to get you some - he'll go to the market and get some fresh fish (and if there isn't good quality fish he'll come back and tell you "not today - I try again tomorrow" - he won't accept 2nd rate fish) - and on top of that you won't be paying the 40 euro + for a fish that you will in Skiathos town.
We had forgotten how big the mixed grill was - and nearly ordered two ! Thankfully Captain and Dounia told us we didn't need to as it would be wasted - how many other hoteliers would warn you against wasting money in this way - they'd just happily take your money - but not these two.
And this brings us to the main difference between the Apollo and other places - and why it is #1 in the ratings with so many positive reviews .The main difference is the people - I (husband) have been travelling the world for over 40 years, and have stayed at an eclectic variety of establishments from exclusive Maldivian resorts to 5 star hotels all the way down to travelodges, and Captain and Dounia are two of the nicest, friendliest and HONEST "hoteliers" I have ever met in my travels. I would guess that more often than not when totting up people's bills, the customer probably comes out on top. And where they get the energy from I don't know - but I know if they could bottle it and sell it they'd make a fortune - during our stay Dounia was at the pool bar from pretty much 8am every morning until about 2am every night, apart from a small period in the afternoon when she would be dealing with bookings etc, and Captain would keep the bar open until the last guest had decided to go to bed. And even with all that, they bend over backwards to help, and to do their best to make your holiday enjoyable and trouble free.
So to summarise - it seems some people can't be pleased - but it seems to me if people DO go back regularly - then that's not an indication that they don't know better - more a case that they DO know better - and know a good thing when they find one! Yes, the rooms are not "suite" size, but they are so typically Greek and that is what the appeal is - you go to a Greek island not for a "boutique hotel" experience (just as you don't visit the Disney resorts in Florida for history and culture - well - unless your idea of history is "Pirates of the Caribbean" ) - you go to a Greek Island for the smell of the olive groves, the sun, the food, the wine, the people, the "GMT (Greek Maybe Time)" attitude to life that allows you to relax, and get away from the rat race. And apart from anything else - the view from the terrace at the Apollo is worth the price of the holiday alone - sitting there staring out over the bay your troubles melt away - now who in their right mind would swap that for a bigger bathroom and 2 sinks !
Apollo might not work for some people , but it certainly works for us. We don't get to Skiathos as much as we'd like, or to Apollo, and we're looking forward to being able to get back there again soon - and when we do - we hope to hell that it hasn't changed to accomodate the people who want bigger bathrooms !

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Villa Apollon Skiathos
Address: Achladies, 370 02, Greece
Region: Greece > Sporades > Skiathos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Skiathos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are located 3.5 kms from Skiathos town and 4.5 kms from Skiathos airport at one of the best beaches of the island named Achladies where you can find water-sports, tavernas, bars, restaurants, water taxi to town and supermarkets. Bus stop no 9 is 50 meters from the gate of the Villa. The most important characteristic of Villa Apollon is the feeling of comfort and relaxation.PRICE INCLUDES WELCOME DRINK, BABY COT,WI-FI CONNECTION, PARKING.STUDIOS (2 PERSONS) double bed or two single beds.STUDIOS (3 PERSONS) one double bed and one single bed.ONE BEDROOM APARTMENT(2-4 PERSONS) one double bed (bedroom)and two single beds at the living area.TWO BEDROOM APARTMENT(2-5PERSONS) Two bedrooms one with double bed and one with two single beds can sleep up to five-six (5-6) persons adding one or two single beds at the living area. ... more   less 
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