18th June - 2nd July
Our first real trip to "Greece". Oh boy - are we smitten! This place was all we'd hoped for and much more. The first hint that things were going to go well, was with the welcome we received. We were met by Dounia and Captain (our hosts for the holiday) and shown to our room/apartment which was clean, neat and functional - all you need on a holiday. Air conditioning was free, the fridge was brand new, lockable safe was free and bathroom more than adequate and a balcony with a fantastic view. Within minutes of arriving, in the pool bar area which has undergone a very extensive and modern refurbishment (padded free sun loungers and free towels!), we were "forced" to drink the first of many welcoming drinks (antibiotics still working well Captain!!). Here we met more new arrivals, most of whom had been there several times before (another hint that we'd chosen well). Our hosts were fantastic from the off, giving us hours of great conversation, expert knowledge of the island and surrounding area and many a happy evening was spent with them.
Captain's knowledge of how food should be and can be cooked is unique but bloomin marvellous, only to be surpassed by Dounia!! We ate in more often than out - although both of them encourage you to try other places to eat (and will advise you), it is difficult to find somewhere that produces the same quality and QUANTITY of food. Dounia (bank of bra!) is the brains behind this fantastic establishment but it wouldn't be the same without Captain, who is cook, host and chief bottle washer!! Smiling Eric and Eileen - handyman and chambermaid - are also definitely part of the family. Speaking of which, even when Dounia and Captain's family visit, you are not treated as a stranger - more like friends staying for a fortnight! (Hello Alex!).
The Villa is situated just 10 mins short bus ride from Skiathos town (2 mins in a taxi!!) just by bus stop no. 9. The nearest beach is only a 5 min stroll downhill, however, not such a stroll on the way back up! (very steep in places) - but this is more than compensated by the views you get from the villa. A water taxi from the beach (2.50 euros) will take you directly into Skiathos town centre, where there are many bars, restaurants and shops. The island is lush green (we were expecting it to be arid). Do not expect to find McDonalds or Burger King - you don't need them - they have their own version of fast food - Gyros/ Solvaki - which is 10 times better than any fast burger!
There were several occasions during the day when the other guests disappeared all over the island - we had the pool, bar and villa almost to ourselves - bliss! However, if you are a beach fan, there are so many wonderful beaches across the island, you'll be spoilt for choice.
We also took 2 sailing excursions, recommended by Captain. These were 2 of the best days we've ever had - thank you Dimitri (thank you Captain!).
And finally - there are 4 other permanent residents at Villa Apollon - the dogs. The stars of the show are no doubt Tulip and Brutus. Two of the ugliest, yet prettiest British Bulldogs you're ever likely to see! Their characters reflect their owners warmth, friendliness and relaxed manners.
Could do it all again next week - but will have to wait until next year!
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Villa Apollon Skiathos Hotel Skiathos
- Apollon Hotel Skiathos