My family and I have been staying at the Amalia for our two week summer holiday since 2006, and have loved it. We first found the apartments by chance, and after the first time here were certain we would go back. The brothers that run it; George, Fotis and Dimitris, are all such lovely people and make the stay so much fun.
The apartments are situated down a beaten track, so taking a torch is advisable but as a family we have never used one as the path is literally lit up by the stars (as cheesy as that is!) because the sky is so clear due to no big hotel lights or buildings. The bar area has such a relaxing atmosphere and you have the opportunity to sit under a canvas watching TV of your choice on a big screen, or away from it all enjoying a quiet drink. Most Monday's George hosts a quiz night, which is so much fun we never missed one. At the quiz you can experience Greek dancing, smashing plates and free shots! Plus various fun quiz rounds; would thoroughly recommend for a great night. George's bar does not currently sell food but the drinks are the cheapest on the island!
The apartments are very basic but as you are only using them for sleeping and showering this does not matter much, although you may wish to take some of your own kitchen utensils.
The gardens and pool are extremely well kept by George's gardener (sorry i can't remember his name!) but he is a very nice man who is up early working till late maintaining the area and making it look lovely.
You can choose from an apartment near the pool or a studio-style apartment around the back of the pool/bar facing apartments, and these are generally much quieter, although our first visit was spent in a room facing the pool/bar and we were not affected by any noise at all and enjoyed staying there. There is a little play area/park for younger children near the studio apartments to keep them entertained, and there is also a pool table and a table football table under cover near the pool.
The apartments are about a 15 min walk to the beach (Koukounaries) and a 10 min walk to the bus stop where you can catch regular buses. The road runs through the whole of the island so the bus can take you anywhere you need to go (Bus stop number 0 is the centre of Skiathos Town). As you leave the beaten track along the side of the road there are two mini supermarkets where you can get most items, along with several lovely restaurants. We have visited most of them and would recommend them all (although only visited the Golden Beach Hotel to eat once).
Beaches my family and I have visited are Koukounaries which is beautiful, it has the tendency to get very busy when boat trips come in from other islands but aside from that is such a relaxing and scenic beach to visit, Troulos beach, Kanapitsa, Aselinos, Mandraki and Agia Eleni. All are beautiful, beautiful beaches and the sunsets on Agia Eleni are renown for being incredible. Aselinos is known for being one of the really quiet beaches.
I would 100% recommend Skiathos and the Amalia Apartments for families and couples as we have been so spoilt being able to this island so many times, everywhere we visit now will be compared to this! Would not really recommend for clubbers/people looking for a party holiday as there are only a few clubs in the town and they are not like typical English nightclubs or the nightclubs that are spreading across places like Ibiza and Malia, and George's bar isnt the place for partying until all hours!
We still keep in touch with the family but just to say thank you again for all of our amazing holidays guys!! Hope to be back again very soon!!
- Also Known As:
- Amalia Apartments Hotel Koukounaries
- Amalia Apartments Skiathos/Koukounaries
- Amalia Apartments Hotel Skiathos