The Elenis Village apartments and studios are high on a hill overlooking the sea. The place is laid-back, things don't happen straight away all the time, but this is Greece, you're on holiday. There isn't a reception as such, just go to the bar and tell them who you are. The transfer bus can't even get there and your cases are dropped off later outside.
We stayed in number 22, which was a studio for two people. The room measures around 7 x 3.5 meters, and half of this is taken up by the bathroom and kitchen areas.
The bathroom has a basin, a sunken shower area and toilet, the whole room was tiled and is what I'd call a wet-room. It was adequate but the fastidious might be looking at the grouting.
The kitchen has the usual Greek Basic self catering set; the small two ring free-standing hot-plates, a small sink, kettle and fridge. There's just enough plates, cups, bowl and cutlery and a few other kitchen tools. I cooked spaghetti bolognese one night, but that might be about the limit in there.
There are twin beds pushed together to make a double, the beds were comfortable and clean, as is the whole place. It was cleaned most days we were there and the sheets and towels changed at least twice. There is a small television mounted on the wall opposite the beds showing twelve channels of Greek TV through a snow-storm plus a Euronews channel in English.
We paid for the air-con and the room-safe the first night we were there, the cost of these were 40 and 10 Euros per week respectively. I didn't quibble over either, the price seemed reasonable and the air-con was a must in order to get any sleep.
Even though this was a ground-floor apartment, there was a small balcony which stands around a meter over a lawn, and it had a little table and a couple of chairs. The views from the room are OK, you see a lot of neighbouring hillside, and the sea was to the left; it was nice to wake up to every morning. The previous occupants had fed the two local cats, and these made a point of coming to look for food all the time we were there. We have a cat at home so didn't mind too much, they were easily shooed away when not wanted.
I ate in the pool bar a couple of times during my stay, the food I had was tasty and well prepared, and was on a par with most other meals I had during the two weeks, no complaints there. There isn't a huge choice but it's only a tiny place.
Others have mentioned the walk up from the beach. Yes, it's very steep and not for any that don't like to walk on a regular basis, but I saw people get fit over the time they were there, so if you're willing to do it, it is possible. There are about 30 steps to get to the main road (the bus route) from Elenis, then a short length of steep road, and then another load of steps (I counted them but I was happy and relaxed at the time, say 60-80) if you go through the Acladies Apts gardens coming out at the Paradise Taverna on the beach. The beach is clean with good sand, the usual sunbeds and umbrellas and some water-sports. The water taxi to Skiathos Town also goes from here, 2.50 euro one way.
Altogether, it was pleasant stay and I would go again. The only downsides for me were the distances from the beach and from Skiathos town, but you can't have everything I suppose.
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- Also Known As:
- Eleni's Village Skiathos/Skiathos Town