Arrival and Transfer
We arrived from England to frighteningly bright sunshine at the small aerodrome at Kavala, cleared Baggage and passport control in pretty short order, there is only one luggage belt so little to go wrong there! We were greeted by a cheerful, helpful, Thompson rep, who gave brief instruction on where to find the transfer coach, again as Kavala is a one plane town, there is little to go wrong.
Soon we were underway for the short trip to the port of Kerimoti to take the ferry over to Thassos Town, as seems to be the tradition having read previous reviews we took a Mythos from the on-board bar, just to be sociable of course.
Thirty five minutes later, we were disembarked and back on the coach for the drive around the island to Potos, there were several drop-offs at various locations on the way, the journey to the Alexandra Beach Hotel taking around an hour.
At check in as previous reviewers have said the staff were professional and informative, if you take the full board option they will keep the dining room open late to accommodate you on arrival. We elected to have the bell hop bring the cases to our room, as we were unsure how many steps we would have to surmount lugging heavy cases. As it turned out very few as we were on the ground floor! More than half an hour later no luggage, wife rings to reception, apparently all cases have been delivered, I went to reception same story, rang again, still no cases! It turned out that the wrong room number was put on the little sticker affixed to our cases and our luggage had been sent to the wrong room. Everyone was most apologetic, no harm done and it ended with smiles of relief all round.
Safe deposit key is €2.50 per day or €15.00 per week which I thought a little on the steep side. At reception you can hire most things at a cost including beach towels, which is a nice touch. AirCon is included and not an option as we have found elsewhere.
On the Sunday evening we had dinner in the works canteen, the dining room at the Alexander Beach having a certain utilitarian charm, with a profusion of white tables and chairs it is pleasant and bright. The buffet had a wide variety of choices, from salads and cheeses to a variety of meats, vegetables, pasta, fruit and sweet sticky confections. A bottle of the house white was €9.00 and was perfectly drinkable, a large bottle of water €2.00. The staff were uniformly pleasant, friendly and keen to help and advise, all of which has been said by Trip Advisor contributors. Having experienced somewhat indifferent service on some other Greek islands the staff and people of Thassos came as a refreshing change.
One of the features of the serving area are examples of intricately carved Watermelons on display, some of which are is quite remarkable in their complexity, I asked the Maître D' who was responsible and he produced a young lad from the kitchen as quick as you like, to shake hands and take the plaudits.
At lunch on the first day we decided to chance the fixed lunch menu, we were one of the lucky punters who upgraded to full board for a penny a day, and I can say with some confidence that for a penny it was excellent value for money! You could, should you wish, and your appetite sufficient, take Tomato Soup, Quiche Lorraine, Greek Salad, then a choice of grilled Vegetables with Fish or Chicken Nuggets with Fries and Mayonnaise, followed by Sweet. As an aside I have to point out that the Chicken Nuggets were delicious, not the minced, processed muck that you may be familiar with, but whole pieces of Chicken Breast in breadcrumbs. The main problem is that in 35°C heat you probably wouldn’t finish a full five courses, and I must point out that the menu changes from day to day.
The gardens of the hotel are beautifully tended, and watching fruit and vegetable ripen daily is a joy, knowing that the produce goes from garden to plate within a few short hours, is a joy not experienced greatly back home.
Thompson Welcome Event
The next morning after breakfast we attended the Thompson welcome sales pitch in the conference room. James, as we had been informed prior to arrival, is a somewhat superior holiday rep, being very informative and knowledgeable about the island. He does go on a bit though bless him.
The beach as has been noted by others is quite stony and beach shoes are recommended for getting in and out of the sea at the shoreline, you can however use the two pontoons that serve as jetties to get straight out to deeper water. There seems to be very little in the way of tides or rips so the bathing is very safe. We found that midway between the two pontoons was generally the quietest area on the beach, although nowhere could it be classed as packed.
A rather brutish Russian in his fifties, who bore all the hallmarks of being a second enforcer for a minor Oligarch of the Zlotŷgrâd collective, and his obligatory young, and pretty wife descended in our midst one day, forcing his beastly society upon us, and drawing others of his ilk around.
I take a slight detour at this point to state that it is with great pride as an Englishman abroad, that the predilection of European males of a certain age to disport their less than toned torso's in high waisted "budgie smugglers" is not a trend that has permeated into the British psyche. For this I give thanks to the quiet determination of the British female!
One has to say however, that Boris does have certain advantages over his British cousin, namely when Boris shouts Sunscreen, Mrs. Boris has the cap off the bottle and is rubbing in the old oil with quite remarkable vim. This is a state of affairs is quite lacking in the average British female. Hem Hem.
After dinner we generally took a walk into Potos, no more than five to ten minutes at a gentle pace. Potos has a lot crammed into a small space the main bar and taverna area is right on the beach it can get very congested. We took to calling at the Boomerang Bar, again on trip advisor recommendation and found the reception to be first class.
As an alternative to Potos you can turn left at the hotel entrance and take a slightly longer walk into Pefkari Beach, which is the local centre for all things aquatic, alas there is little to recommend Pefkari in terms of nightlife, a few bars and Tavernas of no great note. We stopped off at the Pizza Top Taverna, had a Gin & Tonic and returned to the Alexandra Beach.
We had two evening thunderstorms on the Monday and Wednesday evenings, on Wednesday a prodigious wind roared off the mountains of Thassos as a precursor to a not inconsiderable downpour. The rain although intense had the good grace to be brief, and in the time it took to for dinner the drama was played out in a single act. Due to the heat in the ground the residual water had soon evaporated.
It should be noted that Thompson do not have exclusivity on the Alexandra Beach, and there is a large contingent of Greeks, Germans, Eastern European and Russian guests, many of which are family groups, whereas Thompsons guests tend to be couples.
At one point I was extremely tempted to write a poor review and give The Alexander Beach a measly one star, purely selfish of course, as we wouldn’t want too many people jumping on the bandwagon, and spoiling it for everyone who has already ben and wants to return. But in truth it is the best hotel we have stayed at in Greece, a truly joyful holiday, just sad that it has come to an end.
Will we return? Yes I think so, but not just yet, we do like to seek out new places to visit.
Would I recommend the hotel, undoubtedly! Go and see for yourself, you will not regret it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Alexandra Beach is located near the village of Potos on the beautiful island of Thassos, It is an incredible place for family holidays on the sparkling emerald beach, with a panoramic view of the Aegean Sea, many-hued sunsets and a refreshing breeze wafting through the air. Thassos, an all time valued Aegean island with an extensive history, takes you on a journey to its lacy coastline and to the mountain with its picturesque villages and captivates you with its delicaces. It invites travellers to visit the mountain villages and to take a peek at the simple life of the residents and amazing landscape of varied and authentic Greek nature. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Alexandra Beach Thassos Hotel Potos
- Hotel Alexandra Beach Thassos