We have stayed on many Greek islands over the last 30 years, but there is always something special about Skiathos. As we had booked this during the summer holidays on a budget, we didn't anticipate anything other than a basic studio to sleep. We would never consider cooking when there are so many nice restaurants within a stone's throw.
We booked on Olympic being far cheaper than Thomas Cook. Met at the airport, cases taken off us to travel seperately. The Olympic coach rep wasn't particularly helpful pointing in the direction of the accommodation, however we followed some repeat visitors so found Amalia very easily.
We were greeted by Otis and George with a very welcome complimentary shot and a beer.
Otis showed us the apartment whilst we waited for the baggage some half hour later.
We stayed in 9b (I think) which was a room with twin beds and a split level with a further 2 single beds. As there were only 2 of us these were never used. The bathroom was clean and even had an enclosed shower so no soaking floors, which is so rare in Greek budget accommodation. If you don't want to be exfoliated with the handtowels, as has been mentioned before, bring a soft bath towel from home. The kitchen area is again clean, comprising of kettle, 2 ring hob, plenty of utensils, pots and cutlery. There was a toaster, juicer and some kind of food processor, not sure that all the other apartments had these so perhaps shouldn't have broadcast that!
There is a bumpy walk off the main road, so torches are recommended, high heels are not!
Several lovely beaches within walking distance, some take a little stamina over the tops of the hills as they are steep, dusty, and it is very hot. Try them all.
We ate at Stifilia, The Big Bad Wolf, the 'Runway' locally, although George, Otis and Dimitrius can offer plenty of tips for great restaurants.
We went into Skiathos town twice, once eating at The Windmill. This was a beautiful hilltop setting overlooking the harbour. We booked 2 weeks prior to visiting for the balcony table to celebrate our wedding anniversary. I was a little disappointed to arrive there to be greeted with 'we thought you were coming tomorrow'. I had my printed e-mail confirming our date, however she insisted a couple had booked prior to us with a 30 Euros deposit (suspicious!). We hadn't been asked to pay a deposit on confirmation of booking. However she sat us at a nice table with a lovely view, and we were offered champagne by way of compensation.
The meal was lovely, both having fillet steaks which were perfectly cooked and presented.
We also went to the Final Step, also on the hill. The lady who is here worked at the WIndmill for 17 years. This is slightly cheaper, but the service and the view are just as good, and the food is gorgeous and just as beautifully presented. I would strongly recommend it.
The night life, how can you better a night at Agustera with Dino and Effi? This couple run one of the best bars on the island and it was just around the corner from where we were staying. Perfect.
The end of the evening was always back to Amalia sitting around Georges bar, with many of the other guests who we befriended on our vacation. So many are repeat visitors, and I can honestly understand why. George and Otis are wonderful hosts, offering occasional complementary shots, the cheapest beer and wine on the island, and the warmest hospitality.
They work so hard keeping this place nice.
We want to go back next year, and would not think of booking anywhere else in Skiathos.
- Also Known As:
- Amalia Apartments Hotel Koukounaries
- Amalia Apartments Skiathos/Koukounaries
- Amalia Apartments Hotel Skiathos