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Studios Nikos
London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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“a perfect location and wonderful hosts”
Reviewed November 24, 2013

We visited Studios Nikos right at the end of the holiday season in October 2013.

The location of Studios Nikos - right on the beach - is picture book perfect. Beautiful plain whitewashed rooms, with traditional blue paint work, look out onto vivid pink bougainvillea, and beyond that (but only just!) to the sea. It is the kind of scene that would rightly grace a promotional postcard for the island - and it is the view from your very own balcony!

The self contained apartments are modern, clean and comfortable, with comfy beds, plus fridge and hob for basic cooking, though there are several beach side restaurants a few minutes walk away if you want to go out for meals instead.

The sun loungers out front of the Studios good for sunbathing and sun umbrellas help you shelter when the midday sun gets too strong.

Vathi itself is small but perfectly formed - ideal for a quiet retreat. The harbour is protected and clear - perfect for swimming and snorkelling.

Plus the room rates are a bargain and the owners lovely. As the buses to the capital (where the cash points are; this is a small village) were running only irregularly at the end of the season owner Dina told us to enjoy our day instead of taking up an afternoon traveling to get cash to pay her for the room, and to instead pay when we got home, and then gave us a gift of traditional pottery from Sifnos. This isn't the kind of attitude you get in many places! Totally recommended.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

We have just returned from spending two weeks in the beautiful bay of Vathi in Sifnos. Studios Nikos must be the most perfect place to stay on the island. Wonderful, comfortable apartments. From the garden you step onto the beach and take just a few steps and you are in the sea. The water is shallow and very pleasant for swimming. The apartment (no 6) on the first floor has a balcony overlooking the garden with the most spectacular views of the bay. It was cleaned daily and linen changed every couple of days. The kind and helpful owner, Dina, was extremely nice but never intrusive. Every few days we came home to find a bowl of tomatoes and peppers freshly picked from her garden, or a plate of biscuits. We felt so comfortable in Vathi that we never locked our door when we went out! (There is a safe for important valuables.)

We ate very well in the excellent tavernas along the beach. All in all, Vathi is a wonderful tiny piece of paradise hidden away from the crowds. And Studios Nikos is probably the best place to stay there.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Chester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

My wife and I have been taking our family to the Greek islands and Vathi on Sifnos for 15 years. We stayed at Studios Nikos for two weeks in June 2013 for the first time. Dina who owns and runs the small block of apartments with her husband looked after us fantastically, nothing was too much trouble. The rooms are meticulously cleaned every day and the majority have sea view and are 20m from the beach. All are equipped to a high standard in Greek terms with a two ring hob and good range of cooking utensils along with fridges, air con and a TV. I could not rate the rooms, service and hospitality we received from Dina and her family highly enough. If quiet lazy sun drenched days on the beach and cosy taverna based evenings with solitary romantic night time strolls on the shore are your idea of a holiday I would not recommend a better destination or accommodation in Greece having travelled here for 35 years. One request please please keep it to yourself. I would hasten to add that the vast majority of accommodation we have stayed at in Vathi has been good and it would be difficult to find anything in Vathi that disappoints.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 29, 2013

We've been going to Greece for over 40 years and this is quite the most wonderful place we have stayed in.While all the other studios/rooms on Sifnos have been very good, Studios NiKos surpasses them all.Dina and extended members of her family live in an almost village like setting and the view of the Anchorage is over glorious Oleander bushes and the young and old Bouganvillea blossom drifts effortlessly around your feet. The studio is kept spotlessly clean and the linen was changed every 2 or 3 days .The wonderful sea and the monastery on the beach and harbour can be seen from the studio we stayed .in. Everyone in the Village of Vathy and on the island are so hospitable and remember us from our previous 7 visits there ( since 1996 ).
Sifniot chefs mare known throughout Greece for their excellent cooking and the local Tavernas
live up to this reputation in spades .... we love being able to eat and drink 1/2 litre of local wine for under 12 euro each. On a new exploration by foot into the hills we passed herds of goats, sheep and adorable ' babe ' like piglets and on returning found they were on the farm of Nikos's
Taverna .... proving its all locally grown food . Nearby Apollonia has wonderful shops and late night music bars, Castro has a medieval centre with 5 th Century BC walls and some excellent
terraced cocktail bars, Faros is a busy fishing centre near the wonderful Church of Chrissiopighi out on a rock promontory over the sea, Platy Yialos is a lovely Resort with a perfect beach ( sandy ) and some excellent tavernas. The local Bus system runs like clockwork and costs 1.60 euro a ride but in June only runs 3 times in each direction to Vathy, so
a little planning and a few local beers in between journeys are called for.

Its a little piece of heaven on earth and these studios make it all the more magical.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Nevada City, California, United States
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

The only reason i would be nervous about giving Studios Nikos a rave review, is that it might mean it would become so popular, that the owner would be inclined to raise the price per night, and I'd have a hard time getting a room next time I'm in Sifnos!
My husband and I honeymooned at Studios Nikos, and it was perfect! The room was cozy and literally RIGHT ON THE BEACH! If you're looking for a quiet getaway on a Greek Island that is small, quaint, and traditionally Greece, you will love staying at Studios Nikos! Our stay was a repeating series of sleep, beach, have a Mythos, swim, read, lounge outside on our patio, go to dinner, drink house made wine, relax, repeat! In alternating orders. Our room was cleaned daily and sheets changed every few days. We'd sip coffee every morning from our patio and watched the sun rise, perhaps sip a Greek liquor in the evening and watch the sunset over the bay. With sail boats coming and going, it made the already gorgeous landscape even more interesting and colorful. The owners of Studios Nikos live right next door, which only made our stay more enjoyable as we were occasionally surprised with delicious cookies. And even though the owners are close, the place still feels very private and the owners certainly give you plenty of space. We didn't take advantage of the kitchenette, as we were more compelled to enjoy restaurants in walking distance from the room. But I can attest that it was very clean and useable with anything you might need to cook meals in.
I truly can't say enough about how perfect this place is! The town itself is quite small which for us really gave us a chance to get into rhythm with it's inhabitants, people and creatures (stray cats and fishing dog!). But if you'd like to travel around the island, you can do so easily from Vathi via scooter or rental car, as both are quite cheap and accessible. We adored every single person we meet here while frequenting restaurants and shops, and so though we had initially planned on traveling around the island, we decided to stay put at Studios Nikos and enjoy the small slice of paradise we found.
We hope to return to Studios Nikos again, and I do not hesitate to say that it comes highly recommended in every way. You will not be disappointed!!!

Room Tip: Studio 5, was where we stayed.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed October 17, 2012

Studio Nikos has what may be the best site in Vathi, as not only is it directly straight onto the beach, it has a wonderful view from its private garden, and also from some of the studios, onto the old church on the waterfront. My wife and I have stayed there three times, returning by choice to this most perfect location. Our studio has a double bed (of good quality so that I, a back sufferer, can sleep well), a single bed, a kitchen and bathroom, all on a good scale, with double doors to our own loggia with table and chairs. From the loggia you walk through the little garden to the beach, and there is a back door to a lane. The Studios are run by the owners, who live above, and particularly by the wife Nina, who is on hand always and is totally charming, and speaks English.

Since cars stop short of the village, the whole area is a relaxing playground. Vathi has a row of tavernas on the beach, each different from the other and all with good food. To watch the sunset while seated there, staring out to sea between the headlands and towards the next little island, is a prolonged moment of pure beauty.

From the car park inland, there is a bus service to Apollonia and Kamares, and from there to anywhere else on the island. From the village it takes only about 20 minutes to walk to the top of a ridge, from which there are lengthy paths along the contours around that corner of the island, and to monasteries and archaeological sites.

I have visited many of the Greek islands, and not found anything more perfect. And on our repeat visits we have not been surprised to meet other visitors who evidently felt the same.

We last stayed there in September 2012.

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 13, 2012

We were very impressed with the studios and the service that we received.Dina could not of been a better host and nothing was too much trouble.The setting was perfect and not too far to walk to the beach!!!
A great place to relax and enjoy the local tavernas which all serve great food.
Will visit again and again .....

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Studios Nikos
Address: Vathi 84003, Greece
Location: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Sifnos > Vathi
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 8 Specialty Lodging in Vathi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our studios are located in the sandy beach of Vathi in Sifnos which is ideal for quiet and relaxing vacations. Our studios are on the front line of the beach and they have fantastic sea view. At a small distance from us, you can find restaurants, cafeterias and mini markets. It is worth visiting us for unforgettable vacations. ... more   less 

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