This is a small hotel with just 15 rooms, it is at the top of a steep winding hill which we would suggest you do not rush on a hot day! Landing at Kavala we travel by coach to the ferry port for the crossing to Thassos the crossing takes about 40mins, then back to the coach for the final trip to Golden Beach. Due to the width of the road, steepness of the hill and lack of turning space the final part of the transfer is by taxi.
We stayed on the ground floor in room 102, for two weeks, some may prefer to be higher as you do hear those above you, having said that it was nice to be able to speak with the other guests as and when they returned from the beach or a day out, we would say in this room again.
All rooms have a sea view and a balcony, the view of Golden Beach and Skala Panamia from the balconies and gardens of the hotel can only be described as stunning!
This is a very quiet hotel, rooms are fairly spacious and are cleaned and made up daily except on Saturdays due to most change overs being Sunday.
The breakfast is adequate as dictated by Thomson Holidays not the owners of the hotel, sadly Thomson Holidays have the monopoly in Thassos and some hotels are pulling out due to the low prices paid to them by Thomson!
This was our only gripe as the hotel get paid a flat rate throughout the season so why do Thomson's prices change on a daily basis? We booked our holiday in October 2012, in the four weeks between seeing the holiday on the Thomson web site and booking our holiday it went up by £250.00 although Thomson paid no additional costs and do not even during the school holidays in July and August!
The same is true of the trips and excursions, all monopolised by Thomson, we went on two trips a 4x4 jeep excursion into the mountains and the Zeus boat trip both were good but at 69 euros per person for the jeep excursion this trip was expensive the 4x4s which were described as large were really only 5 seaters, six passengers + driver made this uncomfortable as two people had to sit in cramped child seats with no view whatsoever at the rear of the vehicle, we did take turns at sitting in the cramped seats but at 69 euros per person should you have to be cramped and have no sight of where you are or going?
The Zeus boat trip is a great day out for 30 euros great lunch well worth the money.
Since our last Greek holiday prices in Greece have risen, it is no longer a cheap place to holiday, we spent as much on food and drink as we did on paying for the holiday for the same money we could have gone all inclusive on long haul, all in all this is a great place to holiday and have no doubt that we shall return to both Golden Beach and the Blue Bay Hotel sometime In the future.
I would however look outside of the Eurozone before returning due to the exchange rate and the additional taxes now posted on Greek prices.
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