Thalatta Seaside Hotel

Agia Anna, Evia, Greece Book from Book from £162 per night

On the wooded island of Evia, far from the madding crowds, a sleek, friendly, beachfront hotel perfect for couples and families alike
Greece’s second-largest island rivals Crete for natural beauty, yet is far less known. For Athenians, Thalatta’s 2-hour proximity but remote position are the attraction: dense forest behind, the scent of pines, the infinity of the Aegean sea. Constructed of wood, glass and polished stone, its low-slung buildings stand in harmony with their surroundings and are as serene as can be. Earth tones blend with natural finishes, rustic canopies are slung between trees.

Experience the simple pleasures that this place offers: clear sea water and sunbeds on smooth pebbles, fresh seafood from the beach restaurant, indulgent spa treatments. Best of all though, parents can relax here as little ones have a ball. No question, Thalatta is a dream for families. There are daily events, movie nights and games organised by the unfailingly kind and caring team. And, once the kids are in bed, dinner is served on the stunning upper deck, gazing on the distant scatter of lights from the Sporades.

Highs

  • An idyllic location between forest and sea, and a lovely base for natural pursuits: sea swimming, horse riding, biking and hiking
  • Bedrooms are spacious and special, especially those with full ocean views
  • Run by a young and friendly team
  • Just a 2.5-hour drive from Athens via a bridge, so no need for ferries
  • 3 restaurants serving everything from healthy buffets for half-board, to mezes on the beach and gourmet adult-only dinners

Lows

  • The beach has pebbles rather than sand, and is hit by seasonal winds (especially in August)
  • Some find the pool area too kid-friendly (although the children's pool is partly separated from the main one)
  • The nearest life (a village with shops, cafes and bars) is a 30-minute walk away, but there are 3 restaurants on site and attractive half-board rates
  • If you're coming outside of peak season (Jun-Aug) you might find that some restaurants and services are closed

Best time to go

May, June and September offer pleasant temperatures (25-29C) and fewer crowds, and the sea is warm in September. In July and August midday temperatures will hit the low 30s – but one of the pleasures of forested Evia is that nights are cooler than elsewhere in Greece. Be aware, it can get very windy in August.

Our top tips

If you're coming with kids, aim for the school holidays; lots of families come in the summer, so your children will easily make friends. If you're coming without kids, avoid the school holidays! Out of season, this is a serene place, with a back-to-nature vibe. Note Greek school holidays start earlier than English ones, typically the end of June or early July.

Great for...

Beach
Family
Great Outdoors
Honeymoon
Spa
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 50
  • Restaurants and bars open daily
  • All ages welcome
  • Closed: 24 Oct 2018 - 30 Apr 2019
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Bicycles Available
  • Personal trainer
  • Beach library
  • Beach volleyball
Room:

Rooms

There are 50 rooms at Thalatta, all stylish, sleek and spacious, with cool stone floors and sliding glass doors. There's space for sofabeds and tables, the bed linen is excellent quality and toiletries are Geneva Guild. Ask for a room on the south side of the hotel for uninterrupted sea and mountain views.

The Junior Suites on the first floor are the quietest. Ours was perfect for our small family, with plenty of space inside and a lovely terrace with table and chairs overlooking the sea and mountains in the distance. If your clan is a little bigger, there are 3 Family Suites, located on the lower ground floor, which have kitchenettes and gardens.

For added luxury, the Executive Suite, set on the ground floor, boasts 2 private balconies with forest and sea views. Top of the pile is the Thalatta Maisonette, which has its own private pool and balcony. It's enormous inside, with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms - there's an option to book these rooms individually as Thalatta Suites.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Cots Available
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • TV
  • WiFi

Eating

A generous breakfast buffet is included in the room rate, and lasts until a leisurely 11am. It includes fresh Greek staples that change from day to day, and is served on the stylish decked terrace alongside the pool.

In peak season you can book a half-board stay, with daily Greek-Mediterranean buffets laid out at Asado each evening; the food is fresh and enjoyable, with an array of international favourites and just about every type of sweet delight you can think of on offer. We tucked into fresh sea bream, which was grilled to perfection.

For something a little more authentic, head to open-air grill bar Meze, set on the beach and open during the day. Here, you'll be treated to Greek plates of fresh fish and seafood, and there's a chef on-hand to talk you through the menus. On the hotel’s upper deck, by an open fire, is the adult-only Baxe, with just 5 candlelit tables (be sure to book). It has a bar for zippy cocktails, and dishes that are loyal to the Slow Food culture. Dine under the stars as the waves hit the shore, or, for maximum romance, the hotel can set up a table on the beach itself.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Children's meals
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Bask by the pool, then amble down to the beach - the 2 are linked by a boardwalk that’s lined by flares at night
  • Bikes are for hire, the cookery lessons are praised, and there’s horse riding in the forest. Complimentary activities include morning and sunset Pilates, basketball and volleyball on the beach, and jogs along the beach to the village
  • The hotel yacht can be booked ahead for day cruises to the gorgeous sand beaches of Skiathos, and to more rugged Skopelos
  • From its fertile north to its mountainous south, Evia is a beautiful and unexploited island. Drive to the 15th-century Galataki Monastery, now a nuns’ convent, 200m above sea level with breathtaking views. Or Saint David's monastery in Rovies, founded in 1540 on the site of a church destroyed by the Turks
  • 25km south is the pretty fishing village of Limni: steep cobbled streets and a waterfront lined with cafes
  • Bring walking boots: the ravine of Boulovinenas is a 3km walk away; hardy hikers can continue along the river. You can also hike to seasonal waterfalls at Drimonas, on a signed adventure trail
  • Relax in the hotel’s spa; their range of massages, facials and aromatherapy products are excellent
  • There are weekly movie nights, with giant beanbags under the stars

    Activities on site or nearby include:

    • Beach football
    • Beach volleyball
    • Boat trips
    • Canyoning
    • Cooking classes
    • Cycling
    • Hiking
    • Historical sites
    • Horse riding
    • Kayaking
    • Kitesurfing
    • Mountain biking
    • Pilates
    • Plantlife / flora
    • Private guided tours
    • Sailing
    • Swimming
    • Well being
    • Windsurfing
    • Wine tasting

Kids

Thalatta warmly welcomes children of all ages. Various equipment is available to borrow and babysitters can be booked. There are special mealtimes for kids, healthy dining options, and a nightly kids’ movie enables parents to eat on their own. The children’s pool is large and shallow, and during peak season is monitored by a lifeguard from 8am onwards. There’s also a daily kids' club staffed by a team of 'animators' for kids over 4, a games room and a ‘Magic Forest’ play area. Older kids can learn how to sail and horse ride.

Best for:

All ages

Family friendly accommodation:

Double Rooms have space for a baby cot. Superior Rooms and Junior Suites have L-shaped sofas, which can be made up as 2 extra beds for kids, or there is space for baby cots. Executive Suites and Thalatta Suites have double sofabeds for 1-2 kids, or space for baby cots. Note that all of these rooms have shower bathrooms and are open-plan.

Family Suites have a double bedroom, a twin bedroom, a separate living area with a sofabed for 1-2 kids or space for a baby cot (there is also a Family Suite with an additional single room for a nanny). The Thalatta Suite Maisonette has 3 double/twin bedrooms, enormous living areas and a private pool, so is basically family heaven!

Babysitting:

On request

Baby equipment:

  • Baby cots
  • High chairs
  • Night lights
  • Baby baths

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

Creche/Kid's Club:

A fabulous kids’ club for 4+ year olds, supervised by a dedicated ‘animation team’ and running daily from 10am until 2pm and then 6pm until 11pm. There are 4 scheduled activities every day based on that week's theme, such as the Greek myths. Expect pool and beach games, cooking, game playing, story telling, puppet shows, arts, crafts, visits to the horses, and evening cartoons and movies. Greek and English-speaking staff are well-organised and exceptionally kind and caring

Children's meals:

There are early meals for children and a children’s dinner buffet that includes healthy options, from grilled vegetables to smoothies. The Snow White kitchen is where they dine, enjoy cooking classes and is also a space for the animator team to stage plays, puppet performances and tell stories

Kids Activities on site:

  • Kids pool
  • Dedicated Magic Forest space (an eco-friendly playground) among pine trees with wooden tables, a playground, organised team activities
  • Kids pool
  • Games room
  • Kids DVDs
  • Kids books / toys
  • Cartoon and movie nights
  • Art lab

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Beaches
  • Sailing lessons
  • Horse riding
  • Cycling
  • Boat trips

Families Should Know:

The pools are not fenced. The beach is pebbly, not sandy. The last hour of the drive from Athens is on extremely winding roads and is best driven in daylight.

Distances:

  • Airport: 2.5-3 hours (Athens 157km)
  • Hospital: 20 minutes (Mantoudi)
  • Shop: 5 minutes
Kid Friendly:

Location

Thalatta Seaside Hotel is on Agia Anna Beach at the northeast end of Evia island, on the Aegean Sea in Greece. It's a 2.5-hour drive from Athens.

By Air:
Fly into Athens (157km). It's a 2.5-hour journey from the airport to the hotel. No need for a ferry: there are 2 bridges to the mainland. The hotel offers a private taxi service for max 3-4 people, but you'll want a car, as it's 2km to the nearest village Agkali, and this island is well worth exploring. See our car rental recommendations.

Detailed directions will be set to you when you book through i-escape.

Airports:

  • Athens 157.0 km ATH

Other:

  • Beach 0.1 km
  • Shops 2.0 km
  • Restaurant 2.0 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 3 independent reviews from i-escape guests

9/10
Room
8/10
Food
9/10
Service
8/10
Value
9/10
Overall

Thalatta seaside hotel will forever be in our memories as the most warm and friendly place we may have ever been. The staff were so lovely with our children and couldn’t have done more to make us all feel welcome and looked after. The hotel itself is well designed and in a perfect, and quiet, setting right on the sea with the mountains and forest as back drop. We loved waking to hear the waves each morning from our beds. The food was very good with a different theme to the buffet each night. The room was quite simple but clean and everything worked well. We both had a lovely massage in the spa also which was gorgeous and they have special offers at the spa each day. Our older kids loved the ‘magic forest’ kids club which is included in the cost of tour stay which I think is excellent value. They chose to spend hours there which has never happened before wherever we’ve been.
The location of the hotel on Evia is very remote, other than the sleepy Agia Anna beach front tavernas, the closest little village of Limni is a winding 40 minutes drive which isn’t much livelier! We ate away from the hotel only on two occasions because of this, but the food at the tavernas was very good and straight from the sea!
If you’re looking for night life and shopping this isn’t the place for you. But if you want a break from all of that and time to rest and swim in the beautifully warm Aegean Sea in a cool and relaxed setting then Thalatta won’t disappoint. The forest also offers great walks if you get a day that isn’t too hot that is! And horse riding which our children loved. It really is a great family hotel, the Greeks are so friendly and relaxed with children and their noise is totally accepted. So to go for a romantic getaway wouldn’t be ideal. The journey from Athens airport to the hotel is quite a mission and at least 3 hours by car, once on evia it’s also very windy for a while. We opted for a transfer arranged by the hotel which was excellent and hired a little car once there for a few days- cheaper than hiring from the airport and you really don’t need a car the entire time.
We would definitely consider going back another year

9/10,

We loved the staff, all super helpful and cheery and very attentive. The layout of the hotel with beach and pool so close was great. The hotel looks super cool and there is a lovely atmosphere at all times. Night time around the pool is stunning and with a good vibe. The beach restaurant food is really good and in a great location. Breakfast is really good and varied. The kids club team were excellent. Shame our kids didn't want to go.
Could be better: beds were really hard and they had no way of making them more comfortable. Different mattresses! Choice of eating places in the evening was really restricted - the Baxe restaurant is adult only which limits and the beach restaurant is shut at night. The menu on the poolside restaurant doesn't change and the food isn't mega inspiring. Our room looked really cool but the furniture was a bit cheap and the sofa pretty uncomfortable. They say it takes 2-2.5 hours to get there but was more like 3. Good for those who like cycling and walking. We're too lazy... The other restaurants are a 40 minute walk down the beach which is really nice but very dark coming back! Take a torch or a taxi. Lovely hotel apart from beds and choice of food. If they addressed them we'd definitely go back.

8/10,

Our room was very spacious and clean, the personnel very polite and helpful but I think that the breakfast buffet needs to be upgraded. Although it does not lack of quantity it lucks of quality.

8/10,

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