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“Very Calming” 4 of 5 stars
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Olympia Mare
2.0 of 5 Resort   |   Aranghi, Kardamena 85302, Greece   |  
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Ranked #1 of 44 hotels in Kardamena
Mary Tavy, United Kingdom
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“Very Calming”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2012

We have just returned from our first holiday to Kos staying at this hotel. All the reviews for this hotel are amazing and I wouldn’t disagree however I don’t know if there had been a very rough sea prior to our visit but the beach was somewhat disappointing. As you can see from my two photos, there were many rocks to be found and the only way to get in the sea to swim was to negotiate over the rocks. Once beyond the rocks the waters were clear and a very pleasant swim could be had. The sand on the beach was dark, even black in places and very course not soft white sand as can be seen in other photos on the website for this location.

I would recommend that you collect some essential provisions on your way from the airport as there is nowhere to purchase. We hired a car for 10 days out of 14. The alternative is a reliable bus service although they only run 5 or 6 times a day in May. A cab cost 7 Euro.

The kitching equipment is as basic as you will find but we managed to turn out some good meals and Captains Restaurant was a favorite for not just fine food and comfortable surroundings but the staff made us feel most welcome indeed. Super place.

Nikkos the owner of the hotel is as charming as already mentioned in the reviews. Nothing is too much trouble and he provided anything we asked for if it wasn’t already supplied.

I don’t think I am being negative in this review, we had a lovely time in what I can only describe as a tranquille setting and we returned home relaxed and recharged. Thank you Nikkos for making our holiday one of the best we have had!

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

The perfect spot for a break from the tourists of Bodrum. An easy ferry ride across the strait to Kos and a 40 min taxi ride to Kardamena. Olympia Mare is situated out of town with its' own beach frontage (without having to coss a road). The apartments are large, airy and immaculately clean and provided with everything you need (including a beach towel).Short cheap taxi rides get you to town or the airport or there is a periodic bus which stops out the front of the apartments. The owner Nikos is a most friendly and helpful gentleman and nothing was too much trouble for him, his advice was invaluable. Highly reccommended.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Stony Plain, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2011

Quiet and relaxing atmosphere, Olympia Mare still has the original Greek charm. Family run apartments that make you feel at home and welcome, you will want to return after you leave. I have been coming to Kardamena for over 30 years, and this, in my opinion, is the best place to stay.
The beach in front of Olympia is probably the best swimming you'll find in that area. Sand all the way when you walk in, and clear, clean water. Beach sun beds for the guests are free, and also trees along the beach if you want shade. There is good snorkelling and it is windy enough for windsurfing, (which I do a lot when I am there) and kite boarding. And all this is just a few meters from your room. It has the feel of a private beach, because it is almost exclusively used by the guests of Olympia.
Being 2 km outside of Kardamena makes this a perfect base for renting a car or bike and exploring the island from this location. There is also a bus stop in front of the Hotel, Nikos will give you the time schedule. It is a 20 min. walk to Kardamena.
The apartments are very spacious and very clean. All bedrooms have a balcony or terrace, and all apartments have living room area and kitchenette. One of my favourite things to do at the end of the day is to sit on the balcony (beer in Hand) and enjoy the most beautiful view of Greek islands and Turkey. Watching the full moon rising from this location is spectacular.
Even when Olympia is completely full, it is still quiet and peaceful. The guests come from all over the world which adds to the atmosphere.
Nikos, your host and the owner, is full of information and will give you good suggestions on where to go on the island and recommend good restaurants.
Wi-Fi is available in the lobby, and outside underneath the grapevines.
The village of Kardamena offers good Restaurants (Posidonia is our favourite and the Laikon has the best Pizza in town, you can even order it to your room) and is a good destination for all ages.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2011

Wonderfully situated, perfectly clean accommodation just a few kilometres from Kardamena. We enjoyed swimming, sitting in the shade of the trees on the beach and the views over to Nisyros. We also appreciated the advice and local information about the island from Nikos. The apartment was spacious, very comfortable with air-conditioning and great views from the balcony.

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Omer
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2010

Olympia Mare is a bit secluded complex of apartments of various sizes with airconditioned rooms, kitchenette and a terrace or balcony ( if you are staying on the upper floor). The rooms are spacious, the cleaning lady comes every day, and towels are changed daily. The complex and the private beach give you the felling that you are far from the hordes of tourist that invade Kardamena. Nikos, the owner of the place, is always available and has great pointers on what to see and where to go. I would recommend renting a car but at my age (64) - I am a bit spoiled and like convenience. A great place to stay on the island if you want peace, quiet and the nature about you.

Stayed July 2010, traveled with friends
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Kent
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2007

We loved these apartments, which are perfect for a peaceful romantic break. They offered a real sense of Greece and traditional Greek hospitality.

The apartments were in a quiet location and right on a sandy beach, which was quite secluded. The beach stretches all the way into Kardamena. This is the only accommodation we saw that doesn't have a road separating it from the beach. There were free sunbeds and umbrellas and they even had lilos available for guests to use.

The room was clean and spacious and offered spectacular sea views of Nisyros and Turkey on one side and a chance to watch the sun go down behind the beautiful mountains on the other side. It was lovely to chill out on the balcony of an evening and watch the moon rise over the horizon. The balcony was also completely private, so there was no bumping into other guests while we were trying to relax.

It was a fair walk into the resort of Kardamena, but we enjoyed the stroll along the coast road, which was well lit at night for the walk back. When we didn't fancy the walk, a cab ride was only a few euro.

The family who run the apartments were really friendly and helpful. Nikos couldn't do enough for us, whether it was providing information, booking a cab or even ordering us a pizza when we wanted a night in. We really felt looked after by him and it seemed that nothing was too much trouble.

We would definately return to the Olympia Mare. After more than 20 years of visiting Kardamena, this is the best self catering accommodation I've found. We almost don't want others to know of our discovery, but we feel that the lovely family who run this place deserve to have this favourable review.

  • Liked — The secluded beach location, the beautiful views and the owners' friendliness and helpfulness.
  • Disliked — The water in that part of the island has a brown tinge to it and can't even be used for cooking.
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Also Known As:
Olympia Mare Hotel Kardamena
Olympia Mare Kos/Kardamena
Address: Aranghi, Kardamena 85302, Greece
Location: Greece > Dodecanese > Kos > Kardamena
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Kardamena
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Kardamena
#5 Family Hotel in Kardamena
#8 Romantic Hotel in Kardamena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Olympia Mare 2*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Olympia Mare Beach Hotel is located just outside Kardamena (1.6km) on a quiet stretch of beach 7km from airport and 27km from Kos town. It is a friendly and small family complex, with Aegean Style environment, ideal for families with children and couples. ... more   less 
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