I didn't think that our hotel/apartment experiences could get any better than before, but they have now!
Aegean Blue was absolutely wonderful in every way.
We stayed the last week in August and first week in September - in a studio (105) with (as with all of the others) a stunning view of the sea. The studio itself was spotless and very tastefully decorated, and Nicoletta did an excellent job of keeping it clean for the fortnight.
It was my birthday during our holiday (the same day as hosts George and Sophia in fact) and when she realised she put fresh flowers in our room every day for the rest of our holiday, and gave me a big hug and wished me a happy birthday all day!
The room had a lovely double bed which was extremely comfortable and extra pillows were provided by Nicoletta when she saw that we had folded the one each we had on our first night.
The bathroom was great, with a very good and powerful shower and hot water at all times of the day and evening. Complimentary soap and shampoo was replaced whenever needed.
Can't really comment on the kitchen area or facilites, as we never used them, but it seemed well stocked, and had extras like a sponge/scourer and washing up liquid.
The linen and towels were changed every three nights without fail and the apartment was cleaned from top to bottom each day. A mosquito plug was also provided for us, and air conditioning was included in the price - and despite the sign saying it was switched off between 10 am and 2 pm - it never seemed to be!
The balcony area was lovely with a table and two chairs and a very helpful folding clothes airer with clothes pegs.
The facilites at the apartments were very good, the pool area always spotless with a very nice toilet area and ample beds and umbrellas around the pool.
It was never crowded around the pool and in fact on many days we were the only two there, which was lovely. Very few people hogged beds with towels - this may be because most other guests were Greek/Russian, with the only bed hoggers being British!
George and Sophia were excellent hosts, despite the fact that they were always very busy, seeing to guests every needs - nothing was too much trouble.
George manned the pool bar every day, and cooked up a mean omelette, along with a number of others things, and served us with some great complimentary fruit and ice cream, along with the odd Greek delicacy.
George was also there during the evening when we went to the bar before heading out into the village for dinner, and again provided lovely little complimentary snacks with our drinks - the prices of which were very reasonable.
Lots of others have talked about the view from the pool, and it is spectacular - at all times of day and night, particularly with the full moon reflecting on the sea, as we were lucky enough to see.
The walk into the village of Afytos took about 5 mins at a fairly slow pace - with a couple of bars and restaurants on the edge of the village, before getting to the main street into the square. The village square is a wonderful place to sit and people watch, with a couple of cafes, bars and shops surrounding the very pretty church. We were also lucky enough to see a couple of evening weddings at the church, which was lovely, and seemed to go on forever!
The village itself is very pretty, but quite deceptive as there is much more going on than on first glance. There is a row of fish restaurants along the balcony which overlooks the sea, and then further bars and restaurants in the streets off the square. We sampled many of them and didn't have a bad meal. There was also a very nice little Italian restaurant on the main street into the village from the apartments, although more expensive than the other places, it was pretty special.
We walked to the next village one day - Kalithea (about 30 mins each way and hot!) but we didn't stay! Afytos is a very traditional Greek village, Kalithea is not! We were told that it is frequented by Russians mainly, and caters for their tastes. It was basically all very flat, with lots of fur(!) shops and a large number of shops and places to eat - with very few traditional Greek influences - not for our tastes but much more lively than Afytos and definitely more busy and commerical - so clearly liked by some tourists.
All in all an excellent holiday - fantastic hosts (even a very friendly dog - Bartez), spotlessly clean apartment and pool area, and within easy reach of the very lovely village.
Thomas Cook informed us that they are not covering Halkidiki at all next year, but this is definitely one to search for elsewhere!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A friendly,family,quiet complex of studios on a unique location at the edge of a cliff at the picturesque village of Afitos.Shared in 3 buildings, first operated 2004,in a garden of 1500 sq.m overlooking the beach and with a breathtaking view to Toroneos gulf and Sithonia peninsula.All studios sea view,self catering,sat tv,a/c, free wifi, daily cleaning also large swimming pool with jacuzzi, children pool,private parking. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aegean Blue Studios Hotel Afitos
- Aegean Blue Studios Afitos, Halkidiki, Greece