It was something like 15 years ago when we first stayed at the Sunrise. We always said that we would go back but - well, you know how it is: there's a huge world out there, and so many other places we want to visit. I guess what tipped the balance this year was that, knowing the pressures that ordinary Greek people are, we just wanted to go back and support those lovely people that gave us such a great holiday all those years ago. And we are so glad we did.
Of course, 15 years on a few things have changed: the hotel has quite a few more rooms, and the then-teenaged children have grown up and fled the nest (though we were pleased to see quite lot of Jimmy – he now has his own seemingly successful business: Gyrosland in the centre of Tsilivi), but it still has very much the feel of the family-run hotel that we remembered. Crucially, owners Nikkos and Sotiria are still there, hands-on; still smiling; still eager to please.
The pool is still, probably, the best on the island; our room was excellent (we had a superior); the food is great and outstanding value. Takis makes the best mojitos you’ll ever taste, and fine espresso, too. We’ve promised to back (not least because there is a bottle of wine there with our name on it).
One very serious word of warning, though. Never, but never, not even if you are completely sober, not under any circumstances should you let yourself be lured into playing backgammon with Nikos. Not for money, anyway. You have been warned.
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- Also Known As:
- Sunrise Hotel Tsilivi