Pleasant atmosphere,beautiful rooms,friendly staff in a wonderful location of folegandros island...Had a great time (spended 2 nights) and definitely will go back later for some more relaxing time...
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking
Lonely Planet nearly put us off staying in the tiny port of Karavostastis, describing it as a 'last resort' but we thought it was a delightful, quiet place ,preferable to the Hora as we wanted to have a balcony closer to the sea instead of being perched 1000ft up the vertiginous cliffs where the main village is located.Vardia Bay offered everything we wanted - roomy balcony with great views over the bay, peaceful, nice bright airy room,clean etc.In fact we were pleasantly surprised by the bleached white wood and white walls and nice shell pictures in our 'superior' room - more attractive than in the hotel photos I thought.There was a tiny second balcony at the entrance to the apt which had a nice outlook over the other side of the hotel(which is on a narrow,rocky headland) but not really the best option for sitting out on unless you wanted no sun at all.Kitchen was small with a hotplate set up which was ok.
We thought Vardia was the best location of the two/three small hotels in Karavostasis - full sun all day(with sun shade) and perched right over the lovely bay yet set higher up away from the (minimal) traffic/visitors.Bus stop was a two minute walk as was a small shop which sold wine/bread and a few supplies(though running low due to off-season).More shops in the Hora though - barely 10 mins by bus.
The Hora itself was one of the loveliest I've ever seen - unspoiled, pretty- a photographer's dream.Some very nice tavernas too.But the best looking hotel - Anemomilos - was perched beside the main platiacar park, albeit with spectacular views- but we were glad we hadn't chosen it, nice though it looked.Vardia was much better all round,for us.Depends what you want I suppose.
We would stay in Vardia again - nice staff,lovely breakfast terrace screened by its garden(meat/cheese was a bit plasticky but plenty toast and honey).Acceptable breakfast in a beautiful location - again, nicer than in the hotel's own photos.
Folegandros is a peaceful, harshly beautiful island, very spectacular and with crystal clear water.Beaches aren't much - with no facilities as such -tamarisks perhaps - but clean and pebbly.We walked out to Ayios Nikolaos - hailed as one of the best beaches - but a dusty 25min walk along the very edge of a steep broken hillside on a gravelly path, a walk I hated and really not worth the effort. Angali -where you start the walk - isn't much, a bit scruffy,but the beach was as good (no shade) and water lovely.The walk looked even worse to Fira beach.This is from someone who regularly hillwalks in Scotland so I don't think I was being a complete wimp!Just holiday laziness and a wish to make things as easy as possible perhaps.
Folegandros is a bit of a special island. You can either stay in the port town Karavostasi or upland, mainly in the Chora town.
In the first case you have a charming harbour to view and acceptable bathing close by or about a kilometer away (good walking road to a sandy beach), but a town with few amenities. In the second case you have a most charming Greek town but will need wheels of some kind to get down to the few natural bathing beaches of the island.
We chose the first alternative and stayed at Vardia Bay. It is just as good as the reviews say, with cable Internet in the rooms. We noticed that apart from reception duties everything seemed to be managed by a single middle-aged lady who met the guests at the harbour, cleaned the rooms and served breakfast each morning. More than that, one morning at sun-up I found her sweeping the small parking lot at the back of the hotel! She is clearly stressed at times!
You can easily find much cheaper accomodation in Karavostasi than Vardia Bay, but not with that location!
We spent a good time in vardia: the staff is really nice and helpfull (thanks to everybody again), the position is good:closed to port, beaches (for a last swim is fantastic, you can get a shower at the reception) and only 10 minutes from Chora by bus. The view from our balcony was really beautifull but the room was not really exciting. Toilet was very small: you could take a shower, brush teeth and use the wc at the same time...) furnitures Are so so.The wifi is not working for Iphone and in any case is available only at the reception. For the price we payed you can find better places even cheaper. The suggestion is to book in advance: folegandros is a small Island...
Folegandros is one of the best destinations I've traveled, Chora is very beautiful, great food and hospitality. Vardia Bay Hotel offers a reasonable service, the breakfast is quite poor, even with the value of housing, could be better. I was trapped on the island due to the winds, and the hotel clerk helped me with the information needed to solve the unexpected. I recommend the hotel.
We never pre-book in the Greek Island, we arrive with the ferry, talk to the people that meets the boat, and then decide where to stay. Vardia Bay stood like a monument over the port , well lit up in the dark evening, and the lady from the hotel was kind. The room was above average in the Greek Islands, big room, nice terace and daily cleening and new towels (not always the normal in the islands). The price was decent, 60 euro incuding breakfast. Folegandros has much to offer, like most other Greek Islands. Nice beaches and clean water is maybe the most important, but also the people, the churches, walking in small villages and enjoiing the sunset.