We had an excellent 2-week stay (self-catering) at the Plessas Palace and we are planning to go back again next year. A warm welcome from Nikos and Mum as soon as we arrived - I have to say that the Plessas Greek Salad was the best I had tried in Alykanas - mum showed us to our room and we opted for the air conditioning for both weeks @50 euros per week, safety deposit was @15 euros per week. It wasnt until about day 4 that we felt that we needed it during the night, we could feel the increase in temperature each day. Our room (205), I felt was the best we had ever stayed in, with the added bonus of memory foam mattresses. Even had a shower tray and screen in the bathroom :-O The weekly Tuesday night bar-b-q @10 euros per head is excellent value for money, plenty of greek salad and chips and meat (lamb, chicken, pork) to go around. Always plenty of sunbeds available around the pool, which is very slippy on the steps, so do take care getting in and out. Depending on where your room is you may find the cockerels a bit of a nuisance. They dont care what time of day or night it is. Didn't bother us as we live rurally and have chooks and dogs ourselves. There was one night when a dog was constantly barking as a resident had obviouslly had too much Metaxa or Ouzo and was sounding off and almost kicking the door in to be let in. Keffi the resident Plessas pooch is a joy, wandering about to greet you, finding him curled up on one of the chairs in the pool bar. The pool bar, excellent, pool table is free, Nikos works so hard from 11am until whatever time the last one goes to bed. Mum is always up in time to organise breakfast. A real family hotel with super characters, Uncle Dennis singing away to us at the bar-b-q will never be forgotten. Happy hour whilst we stayed was 6-9pm, on more than one occasion we got back from the beach and sat round the pool drinking beer and cocktails and not getting out to eat until gone 9.30pm. There was always hot water readily available in the rooms, which were cleaned daily with linen change 3 x a week.
We found our treasure on our 1st full day, the beach at ShoeStrings Restaurant in Old Alykanas is just amazing, with only 9 pairs of sunbeds and umbrellas and although a tad more expensive at 7 euros than the main beach. Although a bit of a walk, about 25 minutes and some of it uphill, it truly was the most relaxing sun-spot from morning til early evening. Shoestrings Taverna has got to have one of the most amazing views, the sunset in the evening is not to be missed up there. And Christina or David are more than happy to run you back down to the Village in the car.
We were staying on a self catering basis and the Plessas Palace is on the edge of Alykanas Village but just a short walk brings you to the busier part of town. Nearby there were the Memories, Alykonis and Vrisaki Tavernas, Vrisaki being our favourite. Busters Bar is also so good for a laugh, watch out for the black sumbucca shots ;-) We found the Milennium Bar next door to Plessas do a fab English breakfast. Taxis in the village are horse and carriage at 10 euros. Cannot wait to go back again next year.
Room 205, pool and mountain view. Sunny in the morning but cool in the evening. Made use of the ai...
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