Just returned from a very last minute Thomson deal. As my husband was working and older two children at school, I booked a week off work and took just my four year old son, which I anticipated would be a chalenge but I had one of the best weeks ever...and for SUCH a low price!
Firstly, overall Thomson were amazing, I did have a preconceived idea that as we were 'cheap' last minute bookers, that we would receive a second rate service, but every member of Thomson staff we interacted with was friendly and professional, in partcular Georgia, the rep associated with the Zorbas.
The hill is daunting, especially in the heat, but soon got easier to climb; plus the luggage is taken seperately from the airport so you do not need to carry it up the hill. The zorbas would benefit from some direction signs at the bottom of the road as it could be easy to get lost when you first arrive. We arrived at the complex and as another family were being shown their room, there was no other members of staff about so we had NO idea where to go! We wandered around and found the LOVELY GORGEOUS cleaning lady who was more help than the brother's who ran the complex! The room wasn't ready which was a bit of a let down as all I wanted to do was put some cooler clothes on and rest, but to make up for it, we were given a free drink each and my son jumped into the pool in his swimming pants!
The room was bigger than expected, basic but everything you need for a week's holiday is in there! Hob, kettle, toasted sandwich maker, fridge, bathroom, TV with sky and wardrobes/sofa/beds etc. We had an appartment overlooking the pool on the ground floor and the views to the sea were incredible so they must be even more amazing from the higher appartments. I liked the poolside appartment location as was close to pool for ease, but the music was quite loud some nights so had to keep door shut once the child was asleep, but were given free airconditioning (not sure if their mistake or whether it is supposed to be free now, but that was a bonus)!
Bottom of hill is another pool bar some tavernas, the number 16 bus stop and the world's most expensive supermarket!!
The bus cost 1.60 euros to go to most places and the island was amazing. The beach is just passed the bus stop and was my favourite beach on the island, nice and sandy, lovely little shop and plenty of sunbeds, and never too busy; unlike the popular banana beach which although stunning, the effort getting there and the crowds of people made it not worthwhile.
I regret not hiring a car or a quad bike whilst on the island. My husband made me promise not to drive over there as knows how the Greeks drive quickly and dangerously (and they do!), but my four year old constantly pestered me to hire a "super cool" quad bike, and I wish I did as we were restricted to the bus and walking so only saw a small percent of the beautiful island. Plus that would have solved the dilema of the hill.
...anyhow, I digress as you're reading this review for the accomodation!
The family were very welcomming, they made a fuss of my son and were very friendly. There was no Greek night when we were there which was a bit disapointing as I'd read in the reviews how great they are, but the brother's and their families were welcomming and extremely laid back.
If you're planning on visiting Skiathos, I would recommend this as a great place to stay, you will love the laid back Greek life and the sunshine. Free Wi-fi. I miss it already! Hope this helps & if you go, enjoy....
- Also Known As:
- Zorbas In Town Family Studios Hotel Skiathos Town
- Zorbas In Town Family Studios Skiathos/Skiathos Town