“Good-value beachside villas, studios and apartments set in serene gardens on Skiathos’ upmarket Kalamaki Peninsula (self-catering; sleeping 2-6)”
Regardless of the type of accommodation you choose (see Rates for full details), you’ll 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: single blooms in glass bottles, 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 piles of 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 (ask for 108, 109 or 110 for the latter) in the open-plan Standard Studios, all of which have sofas and kitchenettes and can be prepared as doubles or twins. While these are a good size for a couple, the extra space you get in a Superior Studio (note: these have garden views) or Junior Suite (separate bedroom and living area) is worth the small increase in price. These larger rooms are also a great choice for families with young children as they have sofabeds for up to 2 kids (no additional charge); there's also an apartment with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.
All options have private outdoor space (a balcony, terrace or veranda), plus TVs, air-conditioning, phones, safe boxes and hairdryers. Maid service is daily in the studios, suites and apartment, and twice-weekly in the villas.
All accommodation is self-catering, but an impressive breakfast spread of fruit, eggs, ham, cheese, bread and juice can be served on the lawn for a small charge if requested in advance. If you prefer to do it yourself, nearby supermarket Hermes (300m away) will deliver 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.
In the villas, Junior Suites and apartment 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 studios are basic (kettle, fridge, 2-ring electric hob) and best suited to those who plan to eat out for most meals.
There are several good tavernas within walking distance (5 mins), including Porto Paradiso at the western end of Vromolimnos beach (one of our favourite spots for sundown cocktails, though it can get busy in high season), and locally renowned Taverna Stathis. Head a little further down the main road towards Skiathos Town to check out charmingly ramshackle Taverna Sklithri, with its beach tables, twinkly lanterns and fresh fish dishes, or venture all the way into town for waterfront eateries and upmarket delis (6km).
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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.
The Superior Studios and Junior Suites are great for families as you can squeeze 2 children onto bench-style sofabeds at no additional cost. Standard Studios are large enough to accommodate a baby cot and have a sofabed suitable for 1 child. The villas and apartment 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).
Can be arranged on request (see Rates).
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
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, Junior Suite or apartment if you plan on cooking full family meals, as the kitchenettes in the studios are basic.