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“Brilliant, one of the best holidays ever”
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Achtis Hotel
Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Afitos
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Sheffield
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“Brilliant, one of the best holidays ever”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2010

We will try and keep this short as we could really write a book about this place. When you first get there Magda & Achilles (owners) make you feel very welcome and almost part of the family. The atmosphere is very relaxed, in great surroundings that Achilles especially takes pride in getting and maintaining to his and Madga's high standards.

If you want a holiday in a typical traditional Greek village with a good atmosphere without all the commercial attributes of some of the larger resorts, then this is the place to go.

The hotel itself is fantastic and of a very high standard. We always choose carefully where we stay on holiday, and do not go less than 4*. We can say that Achtis is a min. of a 4* with the use of good quality furnishings throughout. The pillows are the best we have ever had in any hotel which helped get some of the best nights sleep ever!

The village of Afitos is superb, with great taverners and little boutique shops. The village is small and you will have probably explored it all within the first 3-4 days, but we never really got bored of the size during the 2 week stay and always seemed to find somewhere new. We drove around some of the other villages/resorts in Kassandra and spoke to several people and the conclusion was that Afitos is the best resort, unless you like a bit of England when on holiday, in which case the other resorts further down the coast may be to your liking.

On our last day we felt quite sad to be leaving and could have easily stayed another week. We feel we have met some fantastic people and made friends in Magda, Achilles, Matt, Christina, Sarah, Natalie and the chef Anna, and would not hesitate to go back to this hotel in the future and would recommend it to anyone. The other reviews are true and do it justice.

Gavin & Becky

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2010

Yes it was the 'wow' factor! After approaching by car from the back entrance we were wondering what we had booked as the road was terrible but to be honest we had got lost in Afitos and took the wrong road. However the front is slightly better but once in the gate, an oasis opens up! The owners; Magda and Achilles plus their excellent staff (special mentions for Matt and Sarah) could not do enough for us. Our room was on the 2nd floor accessed by lift or stairs with great views and Air Con. This is only their 6th year and we met many guests who had returned year on year. Plenty of room to chill out in the Gardens or by the pool with enough sun beds for all (Towel laying is frowned upon!). The near 3000 year old village is minutes away with many bars, restaurants and shops (No Night Clubs/Discos!!). There are also some excellent restaurants overlooking the beach (which is a bit of a trek). We took 2 trips out, one with Thomson's by coach/boat to Mount Athos which is not to be missed and also a car journey around the Kassandria peninsula which again was stunning. The hotel offered reasonably priced food which was excellent and nibbles given with most drinks. Nice Hotel, nice staff, nice guests! We came away wanting more and we'll probably be one of the 'regular returnees’.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2010

My husband and I traveled to this hotel on 17th May 2010 and had one of the loveliest holidays we've ever had. The hotel is absolutely beautiful. We were dropped off by our tour operator on the side of a dusty road and were immediately worried about where we had come to but when we walked up the drive way we were pleased to see the beautiful pool area, it was like a little oasis.

We were taken to our room personally by one of the owners of the hotel, Magda, who is absolutely lovely. Our room (202a) was quite large, spotlessly clean and beautifully decorated in a modern but homely way. We even had a large fridge where we could store our drinks & snacks & had a kettle so we could make a hot drink if we wanted.

We were staying on a bed & breakfast basis. The breakfast was the usual continental style you get in Europe; croissants, cereals, toast, fruit juice drinks, tea, coffee, Greek yogurt, tinned fruit, some fresh fruit, and they also had sausage, eggs and beans put on for the Brits! There was always plenty of food.

The owners of the hotel, Magda & Achilles, and the staff, Mat, Christina, Sarah, Natalie, Anna (the cook) & the cleaners, were amazing. Nothing was too much trouble for them and they were always friendly and smiling. The service at this hotel was the best of any hotels we've stayed in, and Madga & Achilles have to be commended for this. The food served at the hotel in the day & evenings is beautifully cooked by Anna; everything is home made and so yummy, especially the moussaka! I had some chicken nuggets one day and even these were home prepared!!

The village of Afitos is small but traditionally Greek, with lots of little tavernas & bars to eat in. It is about 5 minutes walk from the hotel down a small lane (just a note of caution - it is a little steep to walk back up!) The beach is not huge but the sea was crystal clear, if still a little cold in mid-May! The beach is about a 20 minute walk from the hotel, down quite a long, but not particularly steep, hill but don't let that put you off going. There are some trips offered by the tour operator but we didn't do any of them because we wanted a chill out holiday to relax and unwind, which we did perfectly at this lovely hotel.

All in all, we had a lovely time in Afitos at the Achtis Hotel and are looking forward to going back soon!

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2010

My now Fiance and I have just got back from staying at the Hotel Achtis and we couldn't praise it enough.
The Hotel is stunning and the staff and management are fantastic. My partner propsed to me whilst we were there and Magda (the owner) made the occassion even more special.

The Hotel has a fantastic relaxed atmosphere, with beautiful gardens surrounding the pool, it's the perfect place to totally relax or use as a base to go and explore.

The Hotel is furnished to a high quality and there is nothing typically "greek basic".

We would love to thank Magda and all her fantastic staff to mek our holiday so good, and we hope to see you again later this year.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2010

We went on holiday to the Achtis in july of 2009 and I can say we were very impressed with it.
The hotel is really superb with a fantastic pool, plenty of sun loungers and helpful stuff on hand to make your stay as good as possible.
Rooms are modern and spacious and cleaned every day by the maids, they have very nice touches and are funished to a very high standard.
Air con is supplied free of charge.
Its never too much trouble for the staff or the owners to help you out.
Barbeque nights are really very good value with plenty of very good food for everyone, as was the quiz night which was a right laugh.
It's just a lovely atmosphere to be in everyone who stayed seemd to be treated like family, something i have never really experienced anywhere else.
There is so much to do locally and plenty of trips to go one if thats what your after, we hardly moved from the pool to be fair, the grounds are so pretty with lots of places to sit the gazebos offer welcome shade in the heat of the midday sun, they also have air conditioned lounges where you can go and chill out with a book, speaking of books they had a book swap which was very usefull and kept us well read.
The food on offer at the hotel ranges from small snacks to full on meals the quality and value of which i found to be unsurpassed anywhere locally.
We are going back at the same time this year and from the amount of repeat guests you meet it just goes to show how good this place really is.
Looking forward to july 2010! x

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2010

The only reason we don’t go every to our favorite Achtis Hotel in Afytos, is that there are so many countries and places we’ve never been before. However, speaking of hotels in sea resorts, for us this pearl discovered by chance few years ago, became like home and family, so we leave it from time to time, but we always want to go back. This sentence remains valid from the strictly local perspective, because Achtis Hotel is an oasis of coolness, calm and relaxation at few minutes walk from the center of Afytos, the most pitoresque village in Chalkidiki, from the beach and from the main street. So you go out for fun during the day or in the evening, at the sunny beach or in the lively streets and tavernas, out in the heat or the noisy highway, and then return and suddenly regain the calm and peace of home.

I wouldn’t speak much about the very elegant set-up and the real comfort of the rooms, you can see it yourself on the hotel website, and believe me, what you see is indeed what you get. I would rather insist on the warm and friendly treatment you can get from the owners Magda and Achilleas and from their staff, because I found this very natural and sincere, as opposite to the usual professional smile. You can feel passion, love and pride in the way they take care of their place and of their guests. Simply, they make you feel good.

So we’ll go back this year. Possibly taking some friends with us.

  • Stayed June 2008, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2010

Here we are again in Halkidiki at the Achtis Hotel in Afitos 5th year in a row, sat at the side of the large pool after a hour in the hotel gym and a very nice breakfast of English/Continental. This hotel in our eyes just gets better each year with the friendly and welcoming atmosphere from all the staff. This is like our second home now. Our room is a family room consisting of 2 separate rooms and bathroom we have 2 balconies from which we have an excellent view across Afitos and the sea. Fixtures and fittings of the whole hotel are of the highest standard with plenty of storage and each room comes with air conditioning, T.V and safety deposit box as standard.. There is a poolside bar open from 7.00am to midnight serving food and drinks and there are weekly BBQ and Greek nights in the bar (not to be missed). The owners Achilles and Magda are helping my daughter with her Greek studies at the side of the pool. Afitos is a small village with a big heart. The locals are so very friendly and are always happy. In August there is the Afitos festival every night in the village square there is traditional Greek folk music and dancing. There are no night clubs (Great) but there are several small bars in the village. If you want night clubs they are 2 km down the road in a taxi. We will be back next year. If you want a fantastic holiday go to the Achtis you may even bump in to us

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
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Property: Achtis Hotel
Address: Afitos 63077, Greece
Region: Greece > Central Macedonia > Halkidiki Region > Kassandra > Afitos
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Hotel Class:4 star — Achtis Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 35
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