I have just returned from 2 weeks at Emerald Apartments, Golden Beach, Thasos.
One of the main reasons for choosing this hotel, location etc... was because of the great reviews written on Trip advisor so I thought I would re pay the compliment hopefully helping others with there choices.
The apartments themselves are great - we were in room 44 which had a large balcony which continued out to a huge veranda area. This veranda area is shared with 5 other apartments not that you would have known as it was so big. The views are amazing, prob the best in the resort.
Quite basic inside; 2 single mattresses on 1 large double bed, wardrobe with a safe (key from reception and very cheap I might add too) very small kitchen area with literally 2 of everything forks, knives, spoons, bowls, plates etc... a ridiculous 2 cooker hob thing that looked old (we never used it so I can't comment on how well it worked), a kettle, no toaster and when I enquired about maybe renting a toaster I was told NO because the apartments are so close to the woodland that a toaster could set the woods on fire! I found this quite strange as the room had this old cooking hob that had to be manually turned on and off but no to a toaster that once pops is virtually off already?! The bathroom was fine, the shower head had seen better days but all in all it was nice and clean which is what you want. Towels and beds changed 3 times a week I think it was.. We didn't get bitten at night even though we slept with the patio doors open and the curtains drawn closed. There are nets on the bathroom and kitchen windows which makes a massive difference to the mozzys not getting in. You can drink the water from the taps yes I know unheard off in Greece! They have a supply of spring water from the mountains filtered on site making the tap water drinkable which we did daily and it tasted fine (no upset tummy's from the water anyway). One thing I will say is the beds are awful! The stone floor was looking quite appealing by night 10 as I think this had more 'give' in it than the mattress, it was like sleeping on cardboard it was very uncomfortable I will be honest.
The apartments outside are lovely, the grounds are well kept and it's quite cool once your out of the sun due to all the trees on the hillside.
The pool and bar area were nice with the most amazing views over the beach and bay. The pool area is nice and clean, we noticed sunbeds and tables but didn't venture in to the pool once during our stay as it wasn't that inviting once you were by the water edge. The pool has def seen better days which is a shame as the views are amazing and it just lets the hotel down as everything else was so good. The other thing to mention is that the apartments are located at the top of a very steep hill (by day 3 we were used to it, up and down twice a day for 2 weeks does keep you a little bit fit). I wouldn't stay here if you have trouble walking etc... it took 10 minutes at a fairly normal pace but my god it is steep!!!
The main resort is really nice, a few restaurants and bars along the beach open all day and well in to the evening. There were a few 'drinking bars' but no late night clubs with music blasting out. If you are looking for a more livelier location the next resort is 40 minute walk away which was very popular or catch the train £4 euro's each which goes supposedly every 45 minutes but he seems to have his own timetable so get them well before it states on the board otherwise you will miss him or walk and get a taxi back only £6 euro's and it takes you up the hill!
The beach is great, literally 'Golden sands', all the beds are fairly new and free as long as you buy a drink from the bar that owns them located directly behind the beds. They have 'beach waiter service' he will come and take your orders all day long, it was great you didn't even have to leave the beach to get a drink or lunch!
Don't be scared but there were jelly fish in the water on most beach's, we hired a car and travelled the island and swam at a lot of the beaches. The car hire is well worth it and we booked it directly at the welcome meeting with the rep as I thought it was very cheap and they were doing 1 day additional free. There is only 1 road around the island, a bit like the M25! Follow it and it takes 1 hr 40 mins to drive non stop. Thasos town is lovely, well worth a visit during the evenings as the shops are great, the restaurants have lots of very tasty food, the town is alive and the atmosphere amazing.
Over all I would def go back to Thasos, I think 2 weeks is just about right, we were about to start climbing the walls if staying any longer, 1 week isn't long enough, but apparently Thomson will be doing 10 days next summer 2014. The ferry ride is great as well, look out for the man playing his 'tunes' out on deck!
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