We last visited the Thomas Bay in August 2012, our 6th visit in 9 years. The hotel is family run and is in an excellent central spot on the main road in San Stefanos, please don't mis interpret this, San Stefanos is a tiny, peaceful resort with just a handful of bars, restaurants and hotels and a beautiful white sandy beach with gradual shelving sands.
The rooms at the hotel are basic, but comfortable with daily maid service and fresh towels and bedding every other day. The hotel is also 'adults only' through Thomson holidays so is peaceful at meal times and around the pool. The hotel is open to the general public for drinks and snacks through the day, great economical daily specials, and in the evenings for entertainment including quizzes, karaoke and cash bingo with the lovely heather. Also, regular Greek dancing by the staff and everyone is encouraged(but not forced) to join in.
The hotel basis is half board, the breakfast is continental style with tea or coffee, juice, then Greek yoghurt, fruit or cereal and toast. If you prefer a cooked breakfast this will cost you 2 Euros. The evening meal is 3 courses and the food is home cooked traditional Greek and is delicious.
Most of the guests are returning guests like ourselves who have been going for years, it's like catching up with your holiday family !!
Nic and Nico run the bar area and nothing is too much trouble for them and their sense of humour is fab.
As I mentioned earlier, the beach is beautiful and the 'Mango Beach Bar' offers 2 sunbeds and a parasol and ice bucket with 1litre of water for 10 euros per day and they hav staff on the beach to go and get you a cocktail or beer if you need one. They also do fab lunches and it is so relaxing eating lunch looking out to sea with a drink and a cool breeze.
At the end of the main road to the beach is the 'juice bar' run by Shane and his wife. They are from Australia and their daughter and her husband run the 'Ozzy Oil' restaurant. Shane is the happiest person I have ever met with a huge smile for everyone, they do freshly squeezed juices, sandwiches and afternoon tea. You can order your lunch from them on your way to the beach in the morning and collect them at lunchtime in a cool bag, their feta cheese and olive baguettes are to die for.
I can't write a review for San stefanos without mentioning the 'Condor' bar (opposite Thomas Bay) another family run bar with great home cooked food (huge portions) fab cocktails and super entertainment including tribute acts and karaoke.
All in all this is a quiet resort with entertainment for those who want it or peace and relaxation for those who don't. I personally like a mixture of both. On you have been here you will return, I guarantee it. See you in August xx
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- Also Known As:
- Thomas Bay Hotel Corfu
- Thomas Bay Corfu/Agios Stefanos