My husband and I have just returned from a 2 week holiday at the Villa Apollon. Captain & Dounia certainly do make you feel very welcome, and urge you to come to the bar for a welcome drink once you’ve got all your bags upstairs. The first thing we did was to open our patio doors to see what the view was like, and we weren’t disappointed, the view over the bay was beautiful. A quick change of clothes and we were down to the bar to have our drink and to say hello to everyone. Captain is a character, full of banter and larger than life!!! (just don't get into politics, or mention anything Turkish!! ha ha!) Dounia was very friendly, and gave us a brief chat on what the area had to offer etc.
The bar area is nice and big, with a covered eating area and also a few tables outside facing the bay, so you certainly get a nice view when eating your meal. All the reviews you read about Captain's steaks and Greek salad are true - he definitely has a knack in the kitchen!! There is a nice pool, and the sunbeds are luxurious, with lovely padded cushions, and fresh blue towels are laid out on each bed every day.
The staff at the Villa were lovely and friendly, always ready with a smile and quick to help.
The apartment itself was basic but had everything you needed. A bit of extra worktop in the kitchen area would have been good, because there are some nights when you just can’t be bothered to go out and it’s a challenge to prepare a meal when you’ve only got the draining board to work on!!! Also, we thought we would lose the shower curtain a couple of times as the rail was practically out of the wall at both ends, but we managed!!
The nearest beach, Achladies, is a steep 5-10 minute walk down the hill along the main road, and once you get there it is lovely, beautiful clear water and nice sand. We had a couple of really lovely evening meals in the hotel restaurant (try the moussaka), which is right by the water, a perfect place to sit and watch the water taxi come and go. The taxi, by the way, is a brilliant way to get to Skiathos town, one of the highlights of the holiday! It only cost a couple of euros each and is great fun!
Skiathos is a pretty small island, and to see the best of it we really recommend hiring a 4x4 jeep (rather than a car) and going for a good trek, especially up to the north coast. We found some lovely beaches there – Hidden Beach (near Aghia Eleni) and Mikri Asselinos are both lovely. Also the Evangelistria monastery about 5k from Skiathos is beautiful, and definitely worth a visit. There is only one main road on the island, and you tend to go by the numbered bus stops (there are 26) as reference points! We stopped off at various beaches along the south coast, some better than others. The one to visit if you are feeling adventurous is the Little Banana beach, which is the islands main naturist beach. The water there is crystal clear, and has a nice taverna.
One of the most exciting things we did was to go plane spotting at the airport!! You can stand literally at the end of the runway and the planes come in within feet of you, it is the most incredible sight. Be warned though, I thought I was standing at a pretty safe distance whilst filming a plane taking off (even though I took notice of the warning signs!!), and I was still blown more or less off my feet!!! If I had been standing any closer I’m sure I would have landed in the sea!
Now for the grumbles!!
The main thing we found about the majority of beaches in Skiathos is that they are a little dirty, the main culprit being the cigarette butts that are everywhere. I think we had a whole summers worth on some of the beaches we went to – a bit off-putting.
We were a little concerned when we arrived at Villa Apollon to find that the main road runs right outside, and sometimes the “mosquito” motorbikes and lorries were very annoying!
I think our main gripe is the end of season Skiathos “wind-down” that we experienced the last couple of days of our stay. This was evident in some tavernas we visited and was also apparent at the Apollon. We found all the cushions had been taken off the sunloungers and the pool hadn’t been cleaned for a couple of days when we went down the last but one afternoon of our stay. That next night the parasols and tables and chairs outside were all put away, and the bar was completely cleared out!! It made you feel a bit like you were outstaying your welcome! I don’t know if this is typical, we were the last people there (apart from a young family who left on the same day), but in our view if you still have people staying with you, you wait until they have gone to clear everything away!!
Having said all that, we had a cheerful enough goodbye from the Captain the next morning (Dounia didn’t appear unfortunately).
Overall we enjoyed our stay at the Villa Apollon, but I think that if we were to return we would go at the start rather than the end of the season, as everything seemed just a little tired and jaded by the time we left!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are located 3.5 kms from Skiathos town and 4.5 kms from Skiathos airport at one of the best beaches of the island named Achladies where you can find water-sports, tavernas, bars, restaurants, water taxi to town and supermarkets. Bus stop no 9 is 50 meters from the gate of the Villa. The most important characteristic of Villa Apollon is the feeling of comfort and relaxation.PRICE INCLUDES WELCOME DRINK, BABY COT,WI-FI CONNECTION, PARKING.STUDIOS (2 PERSONS) double bed or two single beds.STUDIOS (3 PERSONS) one double bed and one single bed.ONE BEDROOM APARTMENT(2-4 PERSONS) one double bed (bedroom)and two single beds at the living area.TWO BEDROOM APARTMENT(2-5PERSONS) Two bedrooms one with double bed and one with two single beds can sleep up to five-six (5-6) persons adding one or two single beds at the living area. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Villa Apollon Skiathos Hotel Skiathos
- Apollon Hotel Skiathos