Skiathos Holidays

Kalamaki Peninsula, Skiathos, Greece Book from Book from £61 per night

Good-value beachside villas and suites set in serene gardens on Skiathos’ upmarket Kalamaki Peninsula (self-catering; sleeping 2-6)
On an island as popular as Skiathos, it’s hard to imagine finding a place to stay that’s stylish, value for money and relatively undiscovered. But you just did. Set in bougainvillea-dotted gardens, seconds from the soft sand of Vromolimnos beach, this family-run mini-complex of 11 self-catering suites and 6 2- and 3-bedroom villas hits the spot with sea views, traditional whitewashed architecture and low-key charm.

Its location on the pine-scented Kalamaki Peninsula - an area of Skiathos known for its private villas and secluded beaches - has made it a longtime favourite with Greek families (who’ve tried their damnedest to keep it to themselves). It also attracts couples and groups wanting the inside track on the island’s hippest beach bars, clubs and boutiques, who will find a ready-made concierge in the owner’s son and manager Christos. Stay local and walk to nearby beaches and tavernas, or head further afield to discover the island’s hillside monasteries, wild coves, forest hiking trails and tiny uninhabited islets.

Highs

  • The beach is on your doorstep: stumble out of bed and into the waves in the time it takes for your morning coffee to brew
  • The great location, simple styling and under-the-radar vibe tick all the boxes - and the price is right, too
  • Airy accommodation options, all with private balconies, terraces or verandas looking out over the colourful gardens or the sea
  • We loved contemplating plans for the evening over drinks at the cabana-chic bar on the lawn; it also serves breakfast each morning (additional charge)
  • Easy access to the bus route to Skiathos Town and the island’s south-coast beaches. You’ll get more out of your trip if you hire a car, but it’s definitely not essential

Lows

  • Bookings for the villas and apartment only open in January each year - you won't be able to book before that, and once bookings open, they get snaffled up very fast!
  • You might pine for a pool when the midday sun hits
  • Kitchens are on the functional side, and cooking facilities in the studios are minimal
  • No basic ingredients are provided so you’ll need to bring everything with you, though a local supermarket can deliver groceries on request
  • Those used to high-end designer hotels may miss little luxuries

Best time to go

The season here runs from mid-May to mid-October, with the busiest time being the 2 weeks leading up to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary on 15 August (a big holiday in the Greek calendar). If you want quiet beaches and idyllic walking weather, come in May or September; for high-season buzz and a party vibe join the crowds in late July or early August. Skiathos Holidays is closed out of season, from mid-October to May.

Our top tips

We visit Skiathos every summer and look forward to catching up on a winter’s worth of local gossip. And we're not the only ones who love a Skiathos story. The island’s most famous son, Alexandros Papadiamantis, paints a mystical picture of traditional Skiathos life in Tales from a Greek Island, while American actor, writer and adopted Skiathiti Richard Romanus’ Sketches of Skiathos has modern-day appeal (sold at the bookshop on Papadiamantis Street in town).

Don’t leave the island without eating at our all-time favourite taverna, Agnadio, on Evangelistria Monastery Road (booking is essential).

Great for...

Beach
Cheap & Chic
Family
Great Outdoors
  • Boutique apartments and villas
  • 11 studios/apartments + 6 villas
  • Self-catering (+ restaurants nearby)
  • All ages welcome
  • Closed: 23 Oct 2018 - 9 May 2019
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
  • Concierge Service
  • Books and games to borrow
Room:

Rooms

Expect to be welcomed by airy interiors that don’t use good value as an excuse for bad style. Bedrooms offer laid-back simplicity, making the most of sea breezes and natural light with gauzy drapes, whitewashed walls, stone floors and white linen. Adornments are minimal: brightly coloured cushions, silver lanterns, the odd driftwood wall-hanging or bowl of shiny seashells. The small, tiled shower bathrooms are similarly fuss-free with white towels stacked next to seashell soap dishes.

The same style principles apply wherever you sleep, but waking up to the dappled morning sun on our villa’s spacious terrace hit the spot for us. Some villas have 2 double/twin bedrooms, others 3, but all have 2 bathrooms (1 ensuite) and living and dining areas. They also have sea views, though not from the bedrooms, which are on the lower level.

You’ll find a mixture of garden and sea views in the open-plan Junior Suites, all of which have sofas and kitchenettes. These are a good size for a couple, but the extra space you get in a Suite (note: these have garden views) or Deluxe Suite (separate bedroom and living area) is worth the small increase in price. There's also a Two-Bedroom Suite, complete with 2 bathrooms.

All options have private outdoor space (a balcony, terrace or veranda), plus air-conditioning, safe boxes and hairdryers. Maid service is daily in the suites and twice-weekly in the villas.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen in villas, Junior Suites and apartment
  • Hairdryer
  • Hob or stove
  • Kitchenette in studios
  • Microwave
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • TV
  • WiFi

Eating

All accommodation is self-catering and nearby supermarket Hermes (300m away) will deliver groceries direct to your door (pre-arrival deliveries can also be scheduled). The complimentary bottles of wine and water on arrival are a nice touch, but you’ll need to bring or buy everything else, including basics like olive oil and salt. If requested in advance, an impressive breakfast spread of fruit, eggs, ham, cheese, bread and juice can be served on the lawn (small charge).

In the villas, Deluxe Suites and 2-Bedroom Suites you’ll find everything you need to knock up a decent meal, including a fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher, oven, coffee machine and kettle. Think clean and functional rather than high-end and you won’t be disappointed. There’s plenty of dining space, both indoors and out. Facilities in the Junior Suites and Suites are more basic (kettle, fridge, 2-ring electric hob) and best suited to those who plan to eat out for most meals.

There are two good tavernas within 5-minutes' walking distance: popular Porto Paradiso at the end of Vromolimnos beach (one of our favourite spots for sundown cocktails) and locally renowned Taverna Stathis. A little further towards Skiathos Town, you'll find Taverna Sklithri, a charming beachfront fresh fish restaurant with gingham tableclothes and twinkly lanterns. For more options, take the bus or a taxi into town for waterfront eateries and upmarket delis (6km).

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Children's meals
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Fridge
  • Hob or stove
  • Microwave
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Shopping service
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Roll out of bed and wander down to Vromolimnos beach. There are loungers and palapa parasols, plus a small and friendly watersports centre offering waterskiing and wakeboarding
  • Explore other beaches on the peninsula (we like secluded Koutsouri and family-friendly Kanapitsa), or head further afield to check out windswept Mandraki, tucked-away Micro Asselinos, low-key Kechria or über-chic Ampelakia
  • Take in the sea views on a walk around the peninsula (take a right onto the road at the top of the hill; it takes just under an hour)
  • Take a bus or drive into Skiathos Town for a spot of shopping, a stroll along the waterfront, ouzerias, cocktails and clubbing
  • Cross the bridge from town to the little islet of Bourtzi, home to a ruined fortress and scented pine groves
  • Head into the hills for some tranquility at the beautiful Evangelistria Monastery & Museum, with its courtyard full of geraniums, lemon trees and tweeting lovebirds
  • Visit the tiny, uninhabited islands of Tsougria and Arkos, just a couple of miles off the south coast - a perfect day escape. Boats offer trips to Tsougria from Skiathos Harbour, but to see the smaller Arkos we recommend chartering a sailing boat or hiring your own motorboat for the day (Christos can advise)
  • Skiathos is known for its well-marked forest hiking trails; tours can be arranged, or you can make your own way using Ortwin Widmann’s well-regarded guide, Skiathos: Hiking in the Aegean Paradise

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Scuba diving courses
  • Shopping / markets
  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming
  • Wakeboarding
  • Waterskiing

Kids

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Children of all ages are welcome here and there are accommodation options to suit all sizes of family. Baby cots, sofabeds, highchairs and bed guards can be provided at no extra cost.

There are no specific activities aimed at kids, but they’ll be fussed over by staff as they tear around the grounds. And you’ll appreciate the short distance from beach to room when they refuse to take another step without the vital stuffed rabbit they left in the bathroom.

Best for:

All ages

Family friendly accommodation:

The Suites and Deluxe Suites are great for families as you can squeeze 2 children onto bench-style sofabeds at no additional cost. Junior Suite are large enough to accommodate a baby cot and have a sofabed suitable for 1 child. The villas and 2-Bedroom Suite have plenty of space, with 2 or 3 bedrooms that can be set up as doubles or twins, plus space for a baby cot. Note all bathrooms have showers only (no tubs).

Babysitting:

Can be arranged on request.

Baby equipment:

  • Baby cots
  • Mosquito nets
  • Highchairs
  • Bed guards

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Children's meals:

All accommodation is self-catering. Grocery delivery from the supermarket can be arranged if you don’t want to bring everything with you, and there are plenty of child-friendly tavernas nearby. Opt for a villa, Deluxe Suite or 2-Bedroom Suite if you plan on cooking full family meals, as the kitchenettes in the Suites and Junior Suites are basic.

Kids Activities on site:

  • Large gardens to play in
  • Books and games to borrow

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Watersports and swimming on Vromolimnos beach
  • Boat trips from Skiathos Town

Distances:

  • Airport: 8km (Skiathos)
  • Hospital: 6km (Skiathos Town)
  • Shop: 300m
Kid Friendly:

Location

Skiathos is part of the Northern Sporades group of islands in the northwest Aegean. Skiathos Holidays is located by Vromolimnos beach on the Kalamaki Peninsula, 6km from Skiathos Town and port, and 8km from the airport.

By Air
Skiathos Airport (8km away) is served by year-round flights from Athens, and direct flights from the UK and elsewhere throughout high season - click on the links below for a list of airlines.

From the Airport
Most guests hire a car (see below), but taxis are readily available if you don’t want to drive.

By Sea
Ferries and hydrofoils (summer only) arrive daily from Agios Constaninos and Volos. If combining a Skiathos trip with an Athens city break and don’t want to fly between the two, we recommend travelling via Agios Constantinos as the bus trip to the port is much shorter.

By Car
All the essentials are nearby and there’s a regular bus along the south coast, so a car isn’t necessary. However, you’ll get much more out of your holiday if you hire one for a few days so you can check out the beaches on the north side and head up into the hills. See our car rental recommendations.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you confirm a booking through i-escape.com.

More on getting to Greece and getting around

Airports:

  • Skiathos 8.0 km JSI

Other:

  • Beach 0.1 km
  • Shops 0.3 km
  • Restaurant 0.3 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 7 independent reviews from i-escape guests

9/10
Room
9/10
Food
10/10
Service
9/10
Value
9/10
Overall

A wonderful place to stay. A discreet cluster of white washed villas and apartments set in lovely gardens, with views from the balcony across the large lawn to the sea and one of the best beaches on the island. A two minute walk takes you to the beach where you will find comfortable loungers, a food and drink service of high quality, and a water sports centre from which we hired a boat to explore the islands.
The place is run very efficiently by Ilias and his brother, and they and their staff could not be more charming and helpful (indeed all the Greeks we met during our week were very warm and polite). We were upgraded to a lovely three-bedroom villa, and once, when the service for beach food was a little slow in coming, Ilias sent us a round of complimentary drinks. They want their guests to be happy. This is why the same families rebook year after year apparently. Skiathios is a gorgeous green island, ideal for people who want to simply relax. There's not a great deal to do, though I hear there are some excellent hikes in the mountains. If you decide to come, I cannot imagine a pleasanter place to stay. But book early!

9/10,

We had an amazing stay at Skiathos Holidays. The apartment was clean, really spacious and nicely decorated. The beach is very near with easy access. As we stayed there with 2 kids (a 7 year old and a baby), we really appreciated the ample space that the resort offers. All members of the staff were very friendly, polite and there to accommodate our needs. Last but not least, both hosts are amazing. They provide useful information about the area, restaurants, etc. This is a high recommended accommodation and we will definitely stay here if we visit Skiathos again.

10/10,

This was our first time at Skiathos Holidays but it was easy to see why Ilias and his excellent team have so many repeat visitors. The hotel was great, and felt more like a holiday apartment with service, which was perfect for us with a 2 year old. Everyone was very keen to help us, from hiring a car to working out which beach or restaurant to visit. The rooms were spacious, well equipped and clean, and everything was right next to a great beach with calm water and good loungers and umbrellas. Highly recommended, especially for those looking for a relaxing stay.

9/10,

Our first floor junior suite was spacious, clean and stylish with a view through the trees to the sea.
The family and staff were a delight - nothing was too much trouble.
The grounds were beautiful and the sandy, safe beach was peaceful.
The nearby taverna - seven minutes easy walk - served excellent fresh Greek food and we found the local bus was an efficient way to access Skiathos town for more excellent restaurants.

10/10,

The location and beach were fantastic, as were all the staff there. Ilias, Stelios & Manos to mention a few. We had a standard studio which only had a cooking hob but that is a small point that didn't detract from the great location and our enjoyment of the holiday. The studio was cleaned every day by the lovely housekeeping staff and nothing was too much trouble when asked for anything. This is a great place to soak up the Greek sun and I have no reservations about recommending the resort.

10/10,

Setting was lovely and owners very helpful.
The only drawback was complete lack of sound proofing between rooms

8/10,

Really well presented, modern and clean accommodation. Friendly and informative hosts. Easy to get to beaches and tavernas, we hired a car, definitely advisable to get to the quieter beaches! Rooms are so close together that the balconies could be made a bit more private, your neighbour can look in on you. More cooking utensils and a sharp knife would have been good. Overall excellent value for money and a wonderful stay.

8/10,

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