Absolutely amazing apartments with gorgeous views of the Messianian Gulf - if you are reasonably fit and enjoy a good stroll to work off those evening meals than one of these four apartments could be ideal for you!
Each one has a fully furnished kitchenette (full-sized fridge/freezer and oven, filter coffee machine, iron+board - no microwave or teapot though!) we did a large shop on arrival at Katerinas Supermarket (20min walk on the main rd - free delivery) and cooked the occasional evening meal which we ate on the balcony watching the sun setting - very romantic! There are two good sized bedrooms with plenty of storage (free air-con), the bathroom is roomy with bath/shower and has a very efficient wall mounted hairdryer. All towels are provided - just bring ones for the pool/beach. There is free Wi-fi access and a very good Information folder with just about everything you need to know about the area and excursions available. Don't bother bringing any books as there are plenty in the lobby. Sunvil provides a well provisioned Welcome Hamper and Lorna the lovely cleaning lady bought us little treats as well as doing a fantastic cleaning job!
Now all this sounds great but the selling factor for us was the huge balcony which is accessible from 2or3 of the rooms depending on which apartment you had and the views were just amazing: such perfection is hard to come by and we found it hard sometimes to tear ourselves away and actually go out into Stoupa! Another big plus is the large swimming pool which we mostly had to ourselves - plenty of tables/parasols/sunbeds available but the pool is quite deep so not really suitable for children - there is a washing machine situated near the pool for guests to use also a brick built Barbeque.
The 15-20min walk to Stoupa sea-front was not a problem (bring a torch for night-time) but I would agree that car hire would be a good idea if mobility is a concern (off road parking at rear of Amalia apts) or if you were visiting in the hotter months. Most evenings we would stroll down into Stoupa: plenty of places to eat and drink with, in my opinion, the Pefko Restaurant giving overall best value for money and the Akrogiali being the most efficient but our favourite place was the Dionysis Taverna (just up the side lane from the 5 Brothers Restaurant) where there was such a lovely ambiance and where I ate the best chicken souvlaki that I've ever tasted! After our meal we would enjoy a drink or two at Patrikos: it's easy to overlook this place but their micro-brewed beer and fabulous Mojito's makes it a must do!
Most days we would stay around our pool but we did spend the odd day at Kalogria or the Towns beaches: beautiful clear water. We paid 5Euros for 2sunbeds, table+parasol at Kalogria beach but used the free ones at either Patrikos or neighbouring bar on the town beach. If you decide to do the paved walk to Agios nikolaos (really pretty village+well worth doing) avoid the heat of mid-day as the suns heat reflects off the concrete path making it a real killer.
We only did one Sunvil excursion and that was to Ancient Ithomi and I would thoroughly recommend it: Mary the tour guide was very knowledgeable and the whole site with its on-going archaeological dig is simply mesmerizing.
We have travelled to Greece for many years normally preferring to stay on one of the many Islands and have enjoyed some super holidays but I think that Stoupa and the Amalia Apartments have emerged as our all time favourite and we certainly will be returning.
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