We stayed in a double room (room 502) at Kassandra Bay Hotel for our honeymoon having booked with Olympic.
We were very happy with the room - a little basic (no pictures on the walls and quite bare) but had everything we needed. The bed was very comfortable, the air con worked fine and the bathroom was modern enough. We received a bottle of bubbly and fresh fruit on arrival as we let them know it was our honeymoon. There was a large choice for breakfast, catering for most tastes and nationalities.
The staff were lovely and very helpful. They booked us a hire car (Suzuki Jimny) which was delivered and collected from the hotel, so that we could drive around the island and take in Castro, Moni Evangelistrias and Mandraki beach. This cost €70 + petrol for the day and was well worth it - 1st and 2nd gears and 4WD will be your best friends for this!
The hotel was in a great location - a quiet beach with ample sun loungers and parasols and close enough to Skiathos Town to go in most nights. Most of the time we got the bus (every 15 mins) which cost £1.60 each each way and was very reliable, where we would get off at bus stop 4 for a nice wander through the residential streets. A taxi to and from Skiathos Town cost £5, the water taxi £2.50 each (though this was noisy and the journey back from Town is quicker than the journey to Town).
We didn't eat in the main restaurant on an evening as the menu was more European cuisine rather than Greek. However, we ate at the taverna next door twice which was lovely - great food, lovely waiters and better value for money.
Other restaurants we particularly enjoyed include 1901 (relaxed atmosphere and waiters and great food), Taverna Alexandros (eating under a tree with festoon lighting and local Greek music), Le Bistrot (excellent fresh fish) and Plakes Taverna (great for lunch after a dip off Plakes - lovely Sardela and salads) in Skiathos Town.
The local Vasilias beach was lovely with clear water but gritty sand. Our favourite beach was Koukounaries (golden sand, and crystal clear water). Banana beach was also lovely (probably the clearest water we experienced) but the beach bars constantly played music which got progressively louder throughout the day (we left at 3.15 as we were fed up of the bass). Mandraki beach on the north was also lovely (it's a long walk but we went after a day in the car) and it was much needed and very quiet.
All in all we had a great stay and would definitely recommend Skiathos and Kassandra Bay Hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxury hotel in Skiathos, Sporades islands in Greece. Overlooking the beach of Vasilias, Kassandra Bay is situated among olive and pine trees that add to the scenery a relaxing aroma. Recently renovated, the hotel is lavishly decorated with bright colours, whilst the rooms offer amenities that help embody the feeling of being at home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kassandra Bay Skiathos
- Kassandra Bay Resort & SPA Skiathos/Vasilias