We stayed at Anezina for a week as part of a time-share exchange, and it was a wonderful experience.
Our hostess, Georgia, was very effusive and her English was quite good (as was, apparently, her French and German judging by how well she communicated with her other guests). Other than Georgia, however, many of the staff spoke very limited English. They were very friendly and did their best to understand my hand signals and broken Greek, and we worked it out.
The village is actually a compound with several small houses and apartments. There's a central courtyard connecting all of these buildings together and leading to the Reception House/ Club House. Inside the "Club House" is a bar and cafe (offering simple faire such as sandwiches, crepes and deserts), two Internet Terminals (1 Euro per half hour), and a pool.
At the beginning of each week the village has a barbecue to welcome new guests - it was a pricey evening (20 Euros per person), but we're glad we participated. We met a lot of our fellow guests and had a great time getting to know them and our hostess. Georgia really does strive to make everyone staying there "family," and several times introduced us to other people staying in the village to help us interact.
The house we stayed in was very comfortable - we never had to use the air conditioner, in fact. The construction of this traditional Greek house was such that we were always plenty cool by just opening the windows. The sitting area was quite comfortable, as was the bed. There's a small back-porch area behind each of the houses which is also a great place to pass the time (don't expect ocean views, though; our back porch overlooked some olive trees and grass. The village is within walking distance to the sea, but you can't see it from there).
There is no satelite television, just Greek broadcast tv that comes in fitfully from the arial antenna on top of the house. Don't expect to get your CNN or BBC World Service here... we didn't mind, since we were there to relax.
One great feature of our stay at Anezina was the wildlife - specifically the many cats that call the village their home. They don't seem to belong to anyone; rather they wander back and forth from porch to porch or through the fence at will. We made the acquaintance of a mother and her two kittens and got to know them very well during our stay.
The area of Paros the village is located in, Drios, was once a mighty port city fought over by the Phoenicians and Athenians. Now, however, it's a sleepy little town with a lot of hotels and a few people still in the fishing industry. There's a couple of markets near the village and a shop or two, but if you're looking for more cosmopolitan night-life or high-end shopping you'll have to look elsewhere on the island.
We had a very pleasant stay, and would recommend Anezina to anyone who's looking for a quiet place to relax and enjoy the sun.
- Also Known As:
- Anezina Village Hotel
- Anezina Village Drios
- Anezina Village Paros, Greece - Drios