My wife and I stayed here last week and had a wonderful time - so much so we have booked again for 2 weeks next June!
We were were met by the Thomson rep Beckie on our first morning - she was really friendly and helpful, and had some great restaurant tips which we followed up on.
The hotel is perfect for couples or anyone wanting clean accommodation in a peaceful setting - perfect for relaxing. With only 22 rooms, it never feels busy or overcrowded. The pool is wonderful - just the right size, and the warmest water we've known for an outside pool. There are plenty of sunbeds and umbrellas, and if it gets too hot, you can grab a chair in the shade or even in the lounge by the bar. The pool and bar area has a good free Wifi connection.
Our room had a balcony from the lounge, and another from the bedroom, overlooking the pool. The balconies have a table and chairs so its a perfect place to watch the sun go down and do a spot of star gazing. The kitchen area of the apartment had a sink, fridge, microwave, kettle and toaster. The living area had 2 sofas, a small dining table and chairs and a small tv. The bedroom had 2 twin beds, which were a little on the tough side. The shower in the bathroom was very powerful and refreshing.
The rooms were very clean and were cleaned daily.
The bar is well stocked with 2 local beers (lagers), lots of spirits, a separate fridge with chilled favourites, and a cocktail menu. The bar manager Christos (who can speak quite a bit of Welsh!) does a wonderful job and makes great cocktails. The bar is open until 2am each night, and is a great place to socialize with other guests on returning from dinner at one of the many fabulous local restaurants. He plays good music in the background and is happy to take requests. Oh and the beer glasses are chilled!
During the day Elia and Debbie are great hosts - they work very hard and nothing is too much trouble. There's an extensive menu available of freshly cooked food (except the chips which frozen but still nice) - they serve a range of pittas filled with all sorts - bacon and egg, beef burger, tuna salad - they are really good. And the meatballs are amazing. Also try the freshly squeezed orange juice. And there's ice creams in the fridge!
The BBQ night is really good - a chance to dine in for a change. For 12 Euros per person, you are treated to a plate of lovely food, followed by Greek dancing. Don't sit too close unless you don't mind being roped in!
The local supermarket - Konstantinos - is a 10 minute walk away and has everything you could need. Just don't make the same mistake we made by carrying heavy bags of shopping and water back to the hotel at midday in the intense heat.
There's a great local bakery about 10 minutes walk away which is really well worth visiting, for bread, cakes, pastries and ice cream.
The main strip that has all the bars, shops and restaurants is around 10 minutes away. There are lots of restaurants, and from what I hear, most are pretty good. We've added separate reviews for these, but recommend Ikarus (turn left at the roundabout, pass Plori and just keep going for another 3 or 4 minutes - well worth it), Plori for fish and 7 Dayz for great mezze (Greek tapas). What's nice is that all the restaurants greet you as you walk by, but don't pressurize you to come in.
We took a bus to Kos town (bus stop outside supermarket) - just 2 Euros each and 20 minutes to get there. And we went on a trip to the hillside village of Zia - the views and sunsets are stunning. Try the home made lemonade at The Watermill - at the top end of the town - lovely.
So thanks to everyone at the Mayflower for a wonderful holiday, and to the lovely guests we met there too (Tracey and Martin, Dave, Christine and husband, Michael from Tenby and family and his great granddaughter 'Tia Maria'!)
See you next year!
- Also Known As:
- Mayflower Apartments Tigaki
- Mayflower Apartments Hotel Tigaki
- Mayflower Apartments Kos/Tigaki, Greece