We found this place in Andros on our upteenth internet search. Our original thought was to stay in Batsi where, years ago, we had been happy to stay. But times have changed and Batsi on a summer weekend is hard to come up for a family of four adults and two toddlers. So, as a last chance we gave Allegria Studios a call to see if there were any rooms available.
Immediately Georgia (if I remember correctly), the co-owner, answered the phone and was as friendly as can be. She guaranteed a good time for the entire family, and I must admit that we were not disappointed. The owners, a couple, go to great lengths to make sure that the visitors are happy and feel very much at home. The hotel itself is in a small village between Gavrio (the port, just 2 km away) and Batsi (5 km). The place is not for those who are looking for action, but for a family with children it is great!
Just down the street from Alegria (a dirt road, about 150 meters, perhaps) is the beach. From what we gathered it's one of those wonderful beaches mostly frequented by the locals and the water was crystal clear. Our daughters were happy as can be. There are no services on the beach that I recall, but a short distance away (across the main road) is a bakery and tourist items store, a small supermarket just a little further down the road and a great taverna (traditional restaurant) a little further than that (maybe 500 meters further).
George and Georgia, the owners, will often bring out goodies for those sitting around the back yard which was the highlight. The lone tree covers almost the entire back yard and creates a beautiful shade for those wanting respite from the mid-afternoon sun. Though unadvertizes, this tree is probably the best thing about the place if you like the outdoors. On the other side of the tree is a small set of child play things (a plastic house, a small slide and some swings). Out there, while supervising my daughters, I had a chance to chat with the owners about the local history, about their lives and favorite Greek discussion items: politics, economics and sport.
Between the beach, the supermarket and the hotel, it's the perfect place for a family prepared to make it's own meals. In fact, the only drawback to the place is that the breakfast is very basic and not worth the money (5 euro for bread and jam, essentially). Better to buy your own things and keep them in the fridge of the room and enjoy them with the family.
By the time we left we felt very much at time here. Georgia noted that the majority of their clients are return guests, and it's easy to tell why. This probably isn't where you want to go for a honey moon, as it lacks the over-the-top amenities. But if you want a clean and friendly place for a family, this is a great option!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Cycladic-style Allegria Studios is located at the unspoiled coastal settlement of Agios Petros, surrounded by a lush garden with bougainvilleas 200 meters from sandy Agios Petros Beach. It offers air-conditioned studios with free Wi-Fi and a furnished balcony overlooking the Aegean Sea or the mountains of Andros.A kitchenette with cooking hobs, fridge and dining area is included in all the spacious studios at the Allegria. Each has an LCD TV and private bathroom with toiletries.Guests can relax with a book from the small library in the 600m²-garden that features seating areas and BBQ facilities. A children’s playground is available for younger guests.Restaurants and shops are within 200 meters. Gavrio Port is 2 km away. The lively Batsi is at 4 km. Free private parking is available on site. ... more less
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