I just love Ioannis Studios (also known as Green Park) at Aghia Paraskevi in Skiathos.
The complex is set down a quiet lane (no passing traffic, just the man delivering the tomatoes at 11pm!), in a lush garden full of roses and herbs, lemon and mandarin trees, terracotta pots bursting with exotic hibiscus, palm trees, sycamores and the occasional olive (sorry, sounded like a gardening writer for a minute there!)
There are only 16 studios, in 2 buildings, with a kidney-shaped swimming pool with a lovely terrace in the centre. The terrace has rattan sofas with white cushions and glass-topped tables with candle-lamps on each one - very sociable before and after dinner.
Excellent restaurant on site (beef or lamb roast with appetite-defying amounts of jacket potatoes, salad, rice, chips, gravy, courgette fritters for seven and a half euros?!) - if you can manage a starter as well, you're a better woman than I am.
Everywhere's very clean, beautifully kept by the lovely family who own and run the place.
Good music, dancing if you want it, well-stocked bar open until about midnight, generous cocktails with a kick (first time I'd ever drunk about half a pint of Tia Maria topped up with the same measure of vodka!)
Studios have kitchen area with oven (jacket potatoes and garlic prawns? No problem) with 2 hotplates, stainless steel sink and draining board, plate rack, teatowel, pans, corkscrew, tin opener, dustpan and brush, toaster, kettle, plenty of cupboard space, cutlery, crockery, glasses, fridge with ice tray.
Table with 2 chairs inside, aircon (pay at the bar), balcony or terrace with table and chairs or sofa, comfy beds, laundry change at least 3 times a week. Wardrobe with lots of hangers, plenty of drawer space (I ALWAYS take too much stuff), dressing table with big mirror.
Safety deposit boxes in rooms are free - forget the number pad, just lock it with the key and take the key with you.
Bathroom has shower, washbasin, loo, mirror, built-in hairdryer (very handy!), bowl for hand-washing. First loo roll on the house! Washing lines either on balconies, behind the apartments or in the garden.
5 minutes walk to the long and sunny Aghia Paraskevi beach. Plenty of country walks away from the beach up into the hills. About 15 minutes into Skiathos town or the other way along the coast road to Koukounaries by car or taxi, a little longer by bus (but fun).
Various other restaurants within 5 minutes walk - Mesostrato (run by brother of Ioannis as in Ioannis Studios), Jimmy's Pizza, Platanias taverna.
They're booking direct for 2010. You need to email Alex Tzoumas (firstname.lastname@example.org), give him the dates you want, then book your own flights.
- Also Known As:
- Ioannis Apartments Hotel
- Ioannis Apartments Skiathos
- Ioannis Apartments Hotel Skiathos