“On the wooded island of Evia, far from the madding crowds, a sleek, friendly, beachfront hotel perfect for couples and families alike”
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, and the mattresses, bed linen and toiletries are said to be top-drawer.
Rooms on the first floor are the quietest, and most have a full or partial sea view. Junior Suites and above have enormous LCD TVs with DVD players, Nespresso machines and a daily turn-down service. Rooms on the ground and lower ground floors are considered the most suitable for families, and some have kitchenettes.
See Rates for full details of each room category.
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.
You can book a half-board stay, with daily Greek-Mediterranean buffets laid out by the pool each evening; the food is fresh and enjoyable and a chef is on-hand to talk you through the menus. Alternatively, there are 2 a la carte restaurants.
On the beach is open-air grill bar Meze, specialising in small Greek plates of fresh fish and seafood. 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. For something even more romantic, book a table on the beach itself: white napery, candles and stars.
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 huge, shallow, and monitored by a lifeguard from 8am on. There’s also a daily kids' club staffed by a team of 'animators' for kids over 4, games room and a ‘Magic Forest’ play area. Older kids can learn how to sail and horse ride.
Double Rooms have space for a baby cot. Superior Rooms and Junior Suites have an L-shaped sofa, which can be made up as as 2 extra beds for kids, or there is space for baby cots. Executive Suites and Thalatta Suites have a double sofabed for 1-2 kids, or space for baby cots. Note that all of these rooms have a shower bathroom 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!
Baby monitors to borrow, that have video cameras and work on WiFi
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
A fabulous kids’ club for 4+ year olds, supervised by a dedicated ‘animation team’ and running daily starting from 10am until 730pm. 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
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
The pools are not fenced. The beach is pebbly, not sandy. The last hour of the drive from Athens is on winding roads.