Travel Blogs from Skiathos
... lesser touristy spots. We soon became well known at our favourite sunset bar and regular lunch time restaurant, so much so that our favourite tables were waiting for us when we arrive. We have become true creatures of habit. Phil, in his usual style, jokes with the pretty waitresses whilst Trish tries her new Greek lines with the Kostas' and Spiros' who serve us. Where ever we go the locals are happy to teach us Greek and we are learning quite a few new phrases. Well and ...
When we arrived to Skopelos it was 9:30 at night we drove straight to our hotel we are staying there for 9 nights the first few nights we really tiring. We went to a tavern like nearly every night but one we had a BBQ. We go to the beach and pool every day we some times have lunch at the hotel. We come back home on ...
... early tomorrow morning, before Ali leaves for the UK and I join my sailing trip around Greece on Saturday. We are in Skiathos now and star spotting - Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell are here!! That's about all to tell here tho. Early morning flight back to Athens... I really can't tell you guys how beautiful it is here, I have definitely started my trip with a bang and set the bar high. There's just nothing that will truly do it justice other than being here. So book your tickets! ...
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 ...
Strong winds greeted the morn. Pam had been up during the night rescuing deck chairs, cushions, towels and clothing from the balcony. Wooden window shutters rattled away with each gust.
The girls took time out for shopping exploration. Tony and ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Paradise Hotel Skiathos
The Paradise hotel has it all!
This family run hotel is set in the middle of a forest overlooking the sea forming the backdrop for a peaceful and relaxing holiday. It is the perfect escape from the action in Skaithos town but its' proximity allows you to enjoy the best of both worlds. There is a bus service into Skaithos town six times daily which makes it a perfect location for sun worshippers wishing to explore some of the islands numerous and beautiful beaches by day and those wishing to experience the varied nightlife by night.
From day one we were made to feel extremely welcome by all the hotel staff and nothing was too much trouble. We quickly discovered that this was a hotel where guests returned year after year and it is easy to see why. The hotel is popular with families and couples alike but should not be ignored by those wishing to have a quieter base away from the hustle and bustle of the town.
All guest rooms are extremely clean with good facilities offering either country or sea views. The hotel pool offers something for those wishing to have a quick splash about and cool down or those serious swimmers amongst us. It is cleaned nightly and there are adequate sun loungers and sun shades all around for those who are not beach lovers!
The hotel terrace, with panoramic views all around, comes alive at night, whether you decide to enjoy a quiet drink before hitting the town or savour the tremendous cuisine and service offered at the open air restaurant, you will not be disappointed! The hotel bar becomes the core of activity later in the evening whether you wish to have a quiet drink to enjoy some banter with fellow guests and Kostas and Dimitrios.
We promise that you will not be disappointed, go on try your own little bit of paradise!
Paradise in Skiathos
We have just returned from this hotel after a wonderful two weeks. This was our 5th year at the same hotel and we can't praise it enough. The food is excellent and the hotel and rooms are spotless.
This year the pool has been retiled, the poolbar area extended, new showers and toilets created near the pool and new lounger cushions added. Hairdriers and fridges have been added to the rooms.
We, like many of the guests, are 'regulars' who return year on year, which speaks for itself. The hotel is family owned and run and they take great pride in looking after their guests.It is located 800m up in the hills with fabulous views. The hotel runs a free minibus service 6 times a day into the town. Skiathos has many excellent beaches and walks - there is a wonderful 'donkey trail' from the hotel into the town which takes just 30 mins for those who enjoy getting some exercise. The local bus is also worth experiencing; only 1.40 euros.
Perhaps we shouldn't praise the Paradise too much as then we won't have it to ourselves but then why shouldn't others enjoy 'paradise' along with us.
The name sums it up
Our first time in greece and we could not have picked a better place to stay.
The family made us welcome from day one. I will definately return to the paradise hotel next year. thank you to Dimitri and all his family and staff
for making us feel at home. nothing was to much trouble. and they could not help us enough. once again the hotel name sums it all up. I would recommend this hotel to everybody
A holiday in paradise
The Hotel Paradise in Kaatsarou,Skiathos is just that "Paradise"
This small run family hotel has all that you could ask for:-
Excellent food with an extensive mene.
A wine list to match.
Comfortable accommodation with bed linen and towels changed on a frequent basis.
A large outside pool which is cleaned on daily basis,and an outside pool bar which is open from 1200 hours daily.
In addition there is a safe childrens pool.
Set on a hillside with extensive panoramic views which have to be seen to be believed.
The hotel bus picks you up and also takes you back to the airport,whilst also running into town six times each day between 1000 and 2300 hours.
You can easily make friends around the hotel bar at night and meet people who go back time and time again.
We have been to the hotel 8 times in 7 years and are looking to go back in september 2005 having been there in June.
Try it you won't be disappointed.
Llew and Jean.
Go to Paradise and return again
As we walked into the cool reception for the ten year running we knew we had returned to our second home.
Hotel Paradise is set up a hill at Katsarou, about 3 k from the busy Skiathos town with its hussle and bussle.
The hill is no problem as a coutesy bus runs at regular intervals throughout the day.
The Hotel is family owned and family run, with nothing too much trouble. It is spotlessly clean, with towels and bed linen changed several times during a week. All of the rooms have hair driers, fridges, and televisions.
The pool is a good size, cleaned once a day, and has its own Pool Bar supplying drinks and snacks, with cushioned free sun beds surrounding it
Anastasia's cooking is second to none in Greece and the al a carte menu, or those on Half Board the fixed menu, enjoy superb authenic dishes, accompanied with a good wine cellar.
In the evenings you are able to enjoy a drink on the terrace or in the bar,frequently meeting people you have met before.
We look forward to next year
A hotel where your business is truely appreciated
We've just returned from a week's stay at the Hotel Paradise 10th - 17th June 2005. Having stayed at the Skiathos Princess for two weeks in 2002, we were looking for a smaller, 'value for money' hotel closer to Skiathos Town for our one week stay.
We read the reviews on tripadvisor.com, then looked at the Hotel Paradise website. We were not disappointed. The reviews are very accurate and the website reflects a true image of this excellent family run hotel.
On arrival we were made to feel very welcome and relaxed immediately - most important for a week's holiday. We were very impressed with the attitude of everyone working at the hotel - nothing was too much trouble and there was always a strong emphasis on all of the guests enjoying their holiday and relaxing.
There are magnificent views from the hotel - both the beautiful Aegean sea and the valley of olive groves inland. It is worth noting that the hotel is reached via a steep hill, however a regular and reliable shuttle service is available to and from Skiathos town. We shared many amusing journeys back with the amiable Billy (the driver) following the odd cocktail or five in town!
We met many guests who have returned to this hotel year after year and were pleased to hear that the owners have been making various improvements to ensure that the hotel continues to maintain it's excellent reputation.
To top it all, the epitome of customer service was the unequivocal assistance given to us from Dimitri during a game of poolside scrabble when we decided over a few beers to change from English to Greek words!!
We would not hesitate to book at the Paradise Hotel again on our next return to Skiathos.
All you could ever dream off.
The staff are very friendly can not do enough to make sure your stay is wonderful.
Rooms are very clean and all will have wonderful views of either the sea or inland. Will not be disapointed with your allocated room.
The free bus service is a god send and worth while making note of the time table when you arrive at the hotel.
Your stay at Paradise Hotel will be total paradise.
See you again Soon
It did not take long to fall in line with the rest of the Hotels guest at the Paradise as this being are first visit we where very impressed with the standards Lazing by the swimming pool, some good walking, and easy access to the beach downhill all the way As it is a family run hotel they all have their part to play in your holiday from the front desk to the Kitchen Fantastic views from the hotel, excellent food, and room standards very good. Thats why half the people we met keep going back
Must not forget the punctual courtesey bus
See you again soon
Excellent family run hotel on a lovely Island
The Paradise Hotel is set up high on a hill, and has stunning views of the ocean and other islands. The location is very convenient, as it is nice and close to Skiathos town. I think this is definately something to consider when visiting Skiathos.
The rooms were clean and tidy. Our room had an on-suite shower, and a balcony which had stunning views of the ocean and other islands. Not all the rooms have sea views, some have views of the hills behind the hotel.
We had breakfast in the hotel each day, and dinner most days. We found the meals to be very pleasant. Breakfast was continental style, with rolls, ham, cheese, jams and boiled eggs as well as home baked goods - a different type of biscuit each morning! In the evenings, the menu is typically Greek, and similar to a lot of the restaurants we went to. We highly recommend the "lamb in the oven" off their menu - it was simply delicious and so tender.
There is a lovely terrace which is great for evening drinks. They also have a lounge and bar area indoors, although it was far too pleasant to spend too much time indoors. The pool area is also very nice, with a good sized pool and a kids section as well.
The hotel offers free transfers to and from the airport, which is only about 15 minutes away. (The hotel isn't affected by aircraft noise at all). Also, there is a free shuttle bus to & from Skiathos town 6 times a day. Whilst we were staying there, the bus left for Skiathos town at the following times: 10am, 1pm, 3pm, 7pm, 9pm and 11pm. So if you want a night out in Skiathos town, these timings are perfect. It is also very convenient for picking up the bus which runs all the way to Koukounaries - the shuttle bus drops you off near bus stop number 4. The shuttle bus returns from Skiathos town 15 minutes after the times above. If you wish to go to Achaladies or Vassilias beaches, you can ask to be dropped off at the bottom of the hill - no problem.
We found the staff to be wonderful. Dimitrious was very friendly and helpful. They were very helpful with regards to our 11 month old baby, providing a cot and a high chair, and warming milk for her porridge each morning. They also stored baby food in the fridge for her. Dimitrious's 18 month old toddler and our baby played together very cutely. In fact, the whole family were very pleasant.
Most of the guests we encountered were English. There were a few Germans as well. A lot of the guests were people who came back year after year, to the same hotel. They have always found the quality of service to be great, which is why they return year after year. And to be honest, when we come on holiday to Skiathos again, we will stay at the Paradise hotel - why bother looking anywhere else? Interestingly, there were some people there who had transfered by Thomson holidays - their accommodation was so bad that they had insisted that Thomson find them somewhere else. They were also very happy with their new accommodation.
A lovely and green little island, with stunning scenery. We went in September, which apparently is off-peak. I believe that the island gets extremely crowded in peak season. There are lovely beaches on the island - we went to 4 of them: Achaladies, Vassilias, Koukounaries and Kanapitsa.
Achaladies beach is fronted by a big hotel, so is quite busy. However, the further to the left you go, the less crowded it gets, and we found a nice quiet spot on the far end of the beach. There are a few tavernas on the beachfront, and we had a nice lunch at one of them. The beach is much more crowded near the tavernas, however. You can walk from the hotel to this beach - it is not so bad as it is all downhill! Also, the shuttle bus will drop you at the bottom of the hill if you request it. There is a water taxi to Skiathos town, which is very convenient. You can then easily pick up the shuttle bus back to the hotel!
Vassilias beach is next door to Achaladies beach, and can be reached in the same way. There is no water taxi from here. This beach is a very quiet beach, with darker brown sand. If you want peace and quiet, this is the beach for you - we enjoyed it. There is a very nice taverna on the beachfront - recommended.
Koukounaries beach is described as the best beach on the island, if not the Aegen. It is very pretty, and very big, and you reach it by taking the bus. If you get on at bus stop number 4, where the shuttle bus drops you off, then you are pretty much guaranteed a seat. It is an extremely popular beach, and if you enjoy lots of people, then this is the beach for you. Personally, we didn't enjoy it too much as we don't enjoy crowds of people. We also found it very "touristy". But don't take our word for it - go there yourself. I think you have to go there at least once.
Kanapitsa was one of our favourite beaches - absolutely beautiful. You can get there by bus, or by water taxi from Skiathos town - we did this and it was very nice. The beach is the prettiest beach we saw, and not overcrowded. On the left side of the beach there was hardly anyone. There was also a taverna, although we didn't go there so we can't comment on it. This is a beach which is well worth visiting.
We really enjoyed visiting Skiathos town, and went there several times. The waterfront restaurants we went to had very pleasant food. Lamb chops are recommended, as is calamari! It is great walking around the Plakas region - narrow and winding cobblestoned streets - but watch out for those motorbikes! The Windmill restaurant is worth a visit. There is a steep climb to get there, but the views are lovely. We recommend the chocolate fondue for desert. They bring all sorts of fruit, marshmallow and biscuits to dip in lovely warm chocolate - exceptional.
A day trip to the island of Skopolos is highly recommended. Go as early as possible to make the most of your day. We went on the Flying Dolphin hydrofoil, and it didn't take long at all. It is lovely walking around Skopolos town, and the higher you go up the narrow streets, the better it gets. Lovely views, and very "Greek" near the top. There are lots of restaurants near the waterfront.
If you have a baby or toddler in nappies, we would recommend that you bring nappies with you. We found them to be twice the price of what they are in the UK. Also, we didn't find our pushchair much use at all in Skaithos, because of the steepness of the streets, and the cobblestones. We ended up carrying our baby in a "baby backpack". This worked out very well - she even slept in there. Greece is very "baby friendly" and your baby will be welcome in virtually all places.
A little bit of 'Paradise'
Just back from our 3rd visit, but most people that we speak to have been even more times!. The hotel is situated high up in a tranquil location with a pine forest behind and fantastic sea views in front. You are certain of a warm and friendly greeting by all the staff at this hotel run by Vaios and his family Maintained to a high standard,with excellent food available at the Hotel, but if you fancy a change Billy will take you in the minibus to Skiathos town with its many Tavernas. The only problem is that it is 2 years before we can go back.-Pat & April.