GREEN SEA APARTMENTS, SKALA POTAMIA, THASSOS
Resort: Fantastic. Traditional tavernas, beautiful little sandy beach by end jetty - shallow, clean and clear sea. Couple lovely souvenir shops. Plenty supermarkets.
Apartments: 4 bedded rooms have side mountain view - only 2/3 bed face pool/sea (Not told in brochure). Worst basic kitchen facilities ever had and this is our 9th greek island. Shower screen broken. Power point by only mirror broken and never fixed despite constant requests. Only 3 chairs for 4 of us. Very cramped apartments. Only plus was constant hot water.
OUR EXPERIENCE: Maria (family daughter-in-law who spoke perfect English) accused our 3 yr old son of crayonning/ruining 5 sheets (they were all covered in red) and demanded 50 Euros on spot until we paid. Knew he had got 2 feint lines off crayon night before on one sheet and said so but it should have washed out. She wouldn't believe us & sarcastically said I could take 5 sheets home & try and get them clean in my machine. She wouldn't budge til we paid up. In shock at what had just happened, husband rang Thomson 24/7 helpline, relayed events and they told him to get sheets off her, she'd no right speaking to us and demanding money like that which we would get back. Husband went off to find her and retrieve sheets. On closer inspection it was clearly red felt pen (which we didn't possess) and lady guest in same block agreed with us. Maria shoved money lback at me later, said Thomson had spoken to her and they would pay.
All very shook up. Told Rep Susan on her next visit & said wanted to move because felt so uncomfortable being there being falsely accused. Each time we went by pool, family were coming out & obviously talking about us. We resorted to going out for meals the back entrance and felt like criminals. Everywhere was booked solid except one which wanted 233 Euros extra for us to stay there which we couldn't afford.
4 days later, feeling a little less intimidated we went by pool for afternoon. Just talking to fellow guests when the old maid ("Mama"), who had smiled and waved at us 1/2 hour before, slams wet washing basket down at my feet with yet more red and purple inked sheets, starts yelling in Greek & pointing at my boys (aged 9 and 3) obviously accusing us again. It was humiliating, embarrassing & very upsetting with all the new arrivals from day before by pool listening. Couple we were talking to said how disgusting their behaviour was and gave us their home address in case we needed back-up. We were so upset just wanted to come home, which obviously we couldn't. At that moment Rep Susan turned up to see how we were anyway following first incident. Told her we weren't prepared to stay another night.
She was fantastic. and even moved us to our new accommodation in Thassos Town - Villa Eden, rightfully at no charge. What a contrast - family friendly greek husband Dimitri and english wife Denise with baby Lucas and 4 yr old Yannis who played with my boys by the pool for last few days of holiday.
This was our first break in 2 yrs and we have come home feeling like we need a holiday. We still don't know why we were victimised. We are not liars. There were other kids staying there too.
Have never come across anything like this in 35 yrs of travelling abroad, so i'm advising - DO NOT STAY HERE - ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE CHILDREN.
p.s. Thomson, and in particular Susan our Rep were fantastic.
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