Travel Blogs from Skiathos
... early. Again. If this keeps happening I'll be glad to see the back of these two. It doesn't help that I am writing this as I just woke up and am a little grumpy. I don't think they know the meaning of a holiday. It's true that it's hard to find someone you can travel with. I mean I understand making the most of a holiday but seriously, 7am wake up calls?!! This is so not what I signed up for !!! This was the point I realised I was not continuing with the blog and I ...
After a scenic drive along a mountain ridge we arrived at Sendoukia, this is an ancient site and very spiritual. Possibly Minoan or Neolithic with the sarcophagus laboriously carved out of the rocky outcrop overlooking the sea below. The bases of the graves are all oriented towards the sea feet first suggesting an early settlement by the Minoans or perhaps the Romans - traces ...
... to Stafilos for a swim on a beach protected from the wind. The beauty of the Island is that it is not too small but at the same time it is easy to get around a wide variety of different places.
Lunch was low key, eating left overs from the ...
... Jutta, that asked us to join them at the local beach. The road leading there was too primitive for Harley, so we were so greatful for the ride. This picture perfect sandy beach was tucked into a small cove surrounded by high cliffs. To reach it you had to side step down about 50 feet of crude stairs. Beach, pool, beach, pool, beach, pool, that about sums it up.
After about five days of this we started reevaluating our next desirable destinations ...
... real. We headed back to Milos, leaving Bas and Pam to have some quality time together.
Heather Parsons has led a campaign to restore old walking trails in the Northern Sporades of Skopelos. When the council had money, they weren’t interested in restoring the paths. Now they are interested, they have no money! Heather has had little or no support from them and keeping the paths ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Esperides Skiathos
Just returned from the Esperides Hotel. Breakfast and dinner was buffet service and food was first class with plenty of choice for vegetarians. There was both continental and cooked breakfast. One day a week the hotel provided a BBQ. Service was excellent as is the overall cleanliness of the hotel.
We have just returned from a 2 week holiday at the Espirides and it was absolutely wonderful. The hotel itself is spotlessly clean and very tasteful once you get inside the concrete exterior.
For a Free running buffet with @ most times food include, this hotel is a must, very helpfull staff, beach is very clean and the town centre is very close, u can get there by either short cheap ferry, or a cab, about £2.00 max. Very enjoyable stay, well worth the time/visit. Have been there 3 times already, and may opt for a 4th time this sept 05.
Stayed at The Esperides Hotel a bit late in the season in early September (the weather is good, but starting to be a little variable). The hotel was very spacious and comfortable. There is a lovely outside eating terrace with views of the sea. Food was good Greek cuisine with plenty to choose from. Plus they do a fantastic BBQ on Saturday nights. The Hotel is situated right on the beach, so most rooms have a full or side sea view. There was a water taxi from the jetty on the beach to take you into Skiathos Town which took about 15 mins. The last one being at 11.45. At night when you sat in the beachside bar you could hear the waves gently lapping the shore. There are not a lot of sun loungers by the pool - but who wants to sit by the pool in Skiathos when the beeches are so amazing!? There is also a bus service from just outside the hotel that runs to the various beaches on the island. The best beeches in our opinion are Banana, Little Banana and Maratha (which are all on the bus route) . This was our first visit to Skiathos but we hope to return again. We will probably stay at the Skiathos Palace next time though as it is nearer our prefered beeches (but much further from the town). So, if you want the best of both worlds, being near Skathos town, away from the airport but also near a very nice beech, then The Esperides is a good bet.
At first glance this lack lustre building displays all the hallmarks of a tourist hotel; that it has been built to accomodate the "hungry for sunshine Brits".
This was our third visit to Skiathos and Esperides. We have always found the staff polite and friendly. Our cleaner - Katerina - kept the room spotless and in record time.
We holidayed at the Esperides 4th to 11th August 2004. First impressions were very good, however I have to make some criticisms. The pool was deep at the "shallow end"(1.65m). Although the food at mealtimes was plentiful it was a bit bland and "samey". Some greek dishes would have made a change. NO evening entertainment at all. The only Greek entertainment was in the Taverna next door and it was very good. Our maid was next door to useless. I don't think she knew one end of a broom from other. I had to complain about changing the bed linen and towels. The floor certainly was not swept the time we were there. As for the previous reviewer complaining about the cost of sun beds on the beach, I agree they were expensive, 3 Euros per bed and 2 Euros for an umbrella. This has nothing to do with the Hotel. This was run by separate person who has to pay the local council for the area of beach he had the sun beds on. The hotel location was fine, easy to get to Skiathos town (bus 90 cents) and water taxi from the beach (1 euro 50cents each way). We will return. Possibly in 2005. Who knows. There's still plenty to see on the Island. Go by local bus, cheap but one hell of an experience. It was a very relaxing holiday nevertheless.
We felt that the 4 star rating was not worthy of the hotel. The staff on reception were extremely rude, the decor was very dated, the waiting staff were indifferent. The shallowest section of the pool was 1.65m, making it unsuitable for young children. In a hotel that can accommodate 380 guests we were amazed that only 23 sunbeds were offered by the pool. The holiday rep advised that guests set their alarm at 5am to reserve a chair, indeed at 6:50am on one day all the chairs were reserved. The hotel charges for the seats on the beach (8euros per day) The attitude of the staff was 'what sort of person wants to sit by the pool all day?' and 'people are too cheap to pay to sit on the beach!' As we were travelling with our 21 month old baby sitting on the beach all day was not an option. The location of the hotel is good however the Skiathos Princess hotel (also 4 star) is far superior in every way. The high chairs for infants were not wiped down between breakfast and dinner. If you like rude staff, 1960's decor, getting up at 5 am to save a sunbed by a very deep and small pool and a balcony that is more like a concrete prison yard this hotel is for you!!
We stayed at the espiredes from 9th-23rd June this year. It was the best and most relaxing holiday ever. The hotel is fantastic, the sort that if other people are getting off the transfer coach and you're not, you envy them staying at such a nice hotel!! The hotel and the gardens are kept in excellent condition.
Stayed at The Esperides Hotel from 11th - 25th June. The hotel was very spacious and comfortable, bed linen and towels changed daily. There was a lovely outside eating terrace with views of the sea.Food was good Greek cuisine with plenty to choose from. Hotel was situated right on the beach. There was a water taxi from jetty on the beach to take you into Skiathos Town which took about 15 mins. Last one was 11.45. At night when you sat in the beachside bar you could hear the waves gently lapping the shore. Very Shirley Valentine! Only downside was the pool was deep - even at the shallow-end and there was not a lot of sunloungers- but the beach being so close made up for this. This was our first visit to Skiathos but hope to return again. Will maybe try an appartment that has been recommended in the reviews! The island is so easy to get around - first time on holiday we didn't get lost! If you want total relaxation come to Skiathos!