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Princess Tia Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Ormos Koumeikon
Reviewed July 10, 2011

We've
just returned from a 2 week holiday here in Balos on the island of
Samos,
we couldnt have asked for anything more... Tia the host was fantastic a
small family run hotel on the edge of the sea absoloutly the best place
we've been to.
The perfect place to totally wind down.
The hotel has 14 rooms so extremly private and quiet.
WE MET SOME REALLY GREAT PEOPLE!! but its the kind of place you dont
have to meet anyone if you don't want to.
Try Stellas a family run Cypriot restaurant absoloutly delicious... try
the stuffed corgette flowers and the beef or rabbit stifado yummy!!!!

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 9, 2011

Princess Tia Hotel in Balos is a beatuiful, relaxed and peaceful location, ideal for those who just want to get away from it all. We travelled through the tour company Cachet, who have a wonderful representative Dawn, who meets you off the plane and then comes to Tia's the following day to tell you all about the island which was very useful as this year we hired a car to explore for a few days. A real treat- Samos island has so much to offer, jaw-dropping views at every twist and turn with unspoilt smal towns and villiages. The driving is easy in Samos but better to plan your day not to be driving in the heat of the early afternoon. We had a good road map whch you can pick up for 3 Euros. Useful in identifying the type of roads by which to travel- some would only be suitable in a hire Jeep as gravel, narrow and steep. The small towns and local people and hospitality are unmissable and the scenary changes with every mile. Having siad this, my recommendation would be to only indulge in a hire car for a few days, as the haven and quiet life of Balos is why you would choose to stay at Tia's and you wont want to be away from it for too long.

The tavernas in Balos serve some of the tastiest food I have ever had, authentic greek cruisine with a good choice of meat and fish dishes, reasonably priced and all with a free sunset over the mountains.

My advice would be dont forget a good camera with a big memory card (for those endless landscapes and sunsets!), some sea shoes, a sufficent supply of reading material and bino's if you have an interest in wildlife or birds (we had several sightings of hawks and eagles when up in the moutainous parts of the island). For reference there is mobile phone reception, but that will be the last thing on your mind!

I hope to visit Princess Tia Hotel again, for all the reasons that I can relate to reading others reviews. This is the perfect place to relax and unwind. This is a retreat and as such - if you are looking for something more lively or bars then this isnt the place for you, but can be enjoyed elsewhere in 'resorts' in Samos.

A note that wont apply to most, but for those who have concerns like myself regarding access to a fridge to keep medication such as insulin in there is one in each room. You really are a long way from medical assistance of any kind so sufficent supplies are a must. However, to my fellow diabetics who may enjoy and gin and tonic just note that there is no such thing as "slimline" on this island! Also I found it was difficult to get a diet coke in a taverna, but Tia's does sell it in her bar and also it can bought in supermarkets. This is only a minor hiccup, but also to mention that both Tia and Dawn are exceptionally helpful should you need any advice about anything.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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3  Thank Woueza
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Reviewed July 6, 2011

Delightfully quiet location; assiduously maintained simple accommodation and facilities; unstinting warmth and practical kindness on the part of the married owners. Nothing was too much trouble for them, especially in the face of an unusual request from us about tracing
possible evidence of our ancestral history on the island. We were quickly put in touch with their lawyer, whom we met a few days later and who turned up some positive evidence a few days later. He, they and we have happily agreed to keep in touch re any further developments. For all of the above we look forward to returning in the not too distant future to such a happy, comfortable and friendly place.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank steve504032
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Reviewed July 12, 2010

Just returned from 2 weeks at 'The Princess Tia Studio's and what a chilled out relaxing holiday we have had , just bliss . At the moment Samos is empty due to the financial crisis , Balos is empty , though I dont think it is ever busy , the beach , which is across the empy road is empty, about a mile long and only 24 sunbeds on the whole beach!! The sea is clean and wonderfull for swimming and snorkeling . The small complex of Tia's is clean , tidy and comfortable , the beds about the most comfortable we have had .The pool area is comfortable , and the pool big enough with sunbeds. (This is not the standard of holiday that we would normally choose,but for the price you would find it difficult to better.) A little updating wouldnt go a miss , but it works .
Tia and her family are delightful !! nothing is too much trouble .You can hire a car through her , cheaper than the car rentals of the major companies and delivered and collected from the hotel, and if you need provisions she will phone them through and they will be with you by next morning, the baker calls every day except Sunday , and the Veg man ( one of two) calls every day .
The Tavernas / Restaurants of which there are 5 , are all of a good standard , with fresh fish on the menu most nights , be sure to visit the Cypriot one 'Stella's, a group of us went on the last night ,we had a Birthday Girl , and 2 wedding anniversaries in the group , we discussed with Stella and her son afew days before hand what we would like to eat , and as a suprise they made us all the most yummy ice cream cake !!
Samos is a delightfull Island , though as all places there are afew touristy beaches and towns .

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank candytuft1
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Reviewed October 29, 2009

I have stayed at Princess Tia for the last 4 years and intend going back again this year. Balos is totally unspoilt, everyone is very friendly, the beach though stony is a delight as there are thousands of interesting and beautiful stones, no shops, no buses, no nightlife, just wonderful food in small family run tavernas.

Stayed: July 2009, traveled solo
1  Thank Strawberrysheep2342
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Reviewed July 13, 2009

We have just returned from a wonderfully relaxing two weeks staying at the Princess Tia in Balos. We were made very welcome by the owner Tia as soon as we arrived and were provided with a range of complimentary provisions to get us off to a good start. The apartments are very clean and comfortable, as are the pool and bar areas. The quiet, pebble beach is quite literally a stone's throw from the apartment; the only sounds on the beach are the waves tumbling on the pebbles!
There is no shop in Balos but the bread van calls daily (except Sunday) and you can order other provisions through Tia which are delivered with your bread. A fruit and veg man also pops along on some evenings.
The week before we arrived in Balos a new bus service was introduced. There are about four buses each day which take you to the neighbouring resorts in the South west of the island. The road down to Balos is in the process of being widened which should make the resort more accessible.
Through Tia we booked a car for a couple of days - we didn't find car hire cheap on the island but Tia did get us a good deal. Driving is good on Samos; uncrowded roads but some interesting hairpin bends!
Tia speaks excellent English and is always available to help out or just for a chat!
Food - there were really only three tavernas in Balos. We liked the taverna on the square which is run by Thernos but my husband is vegetarian and there wasn't a great deal of variety for him there. We found our food heaven at Stella's Cypriot restaurant! Fabulous home-grown, home-made food. There's no menu; you are offered food which has been freshly prepared and cooked in Stella's stone oven. It is beautiful! The vegetarian choices grew as Stella and her son Kyriakos rose to the challenge of providing a different veggie dish each time we went ( we went a lot!). You must try the Cypriot salad (made with fresh salad vegetables from dad Nikos's garden), the homemade bread and the aubergine dip - everything here is delicious, be guided by Kyriakos and you won't go wrong! By the end of stay we were being told what they were going to cook for us the next evening - not once were we disappointed!
Wonderfully relaxing break with everything you need for a quiet "couples" holiday.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 13, 2009

Arriving in Balos was like entering a secret, peaceful world - far from the madding crowds! Princess Tia studios however has all mod cons - spotlessly clean rooms (all sea-facing), air con, pool, quiet bar, freshly baked breads delivered every morning, lovely deserted pebbly beach with tamarisk trees and Tia's brollies. We saw dolphins on a couple of occasions. Tia is charming and makes you feel very welcome. There are no buildings either side and inland views are of the hills. Although technically the studios are separated from the beach by a road, there is virtually no traffic to speak of as it is a 'no through road' and ends at a lovely taverna within easy walking distance. Food in the village tavernas was very good with all having daily 'specials from the oven'. Local wine is also very palatable!

We would recommend Princess Tia's studios if you are looking for somewhere pretty and quiet but with all the necessary trimmings! You can book with Cachet Travel or direct with Tia (who speaks excellent English)

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Address: Balos Koumeika, Ormos Koumeikon 831 04, Greece
Location: Greece > Northeast Aegean Islands > Samos > Ormos Koumeikon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Ormos Koumeikon
Hotel Class:3 star — Princess Tia Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 14

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