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Island View Villa
Ranked #5 of 11 Hotels in Golden Beach
Brighouse, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Fantastic!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2007

Stayed at the Blue Bay for a week in June 07 and had a wonderful time. I'm not a beach person normally, so these holidays are usually a no no, but the wife insisted that this year she wasn't going to be dragged around some European city... so hey, what can you do. What the lady wants the lady gets.

Bearing this initial reluctance in mind, I have to say I had a great relaxing holiday and this was down to 2 factors: the location and the hotel.

Golden Beach is exactly as it is described - with beautiful clean sands and crystal clear water. It is a wide narrow beach but was never busy in the time we were there... although I heard from another guest it was unusually quiet as some of the tour operators had pulled out of Thasos at late notice. A selection of bars and restaurants are available, certainly enough for a week, but more available if you want to go across the island or even to the resort at the other end of the beach.

I'll concur with the other reviews with regard to the hotel. Outstanding view over the bay with the magnificent mountain backdrop. Rooms and breakfast are basic, but everything you could need. The staff are friendly.

Two final points to end on:
1. Don't bother with any of the arranged Thomson tours, waste of time and money, no matter how they dress them up.
2. Most of the people at the hotel we spoke to had been multiple times... one set staying 12 times! Say no more...

  • Liked — Fantastic view.
  • Disliked — Breakfast is basic at best.
  • Stayed June 2007, travelled with family
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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England
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2007

I wasn't sure whether to write a review, as i don't want this wonderful hotel to become too popular in case i can't get in! But it deserves a fantastic review.
The views are truly breathtaking. All rooms face the bay so nobody misses out! And watching dolphins as we ate breakfast in the pretty garden is one memory that will stay for a long time!
The rooms are absolutely spotless, and the owners happy and obliging.
We love Thassos, particularly Golden Beach, and have been coming for many years. now that we have found The Blue Bay, we won't be trying anywhere else. Perfection!

  • Liked — everything!
  • Stayed May 2007, travelled with family
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9 Thank Boogus
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2006

A friendly small immaculately clean & tidy hotel with fantasic views across the bay and mountains. Some lovely gentle walks and for the more serious walker some hill walking. The hotel has a small bar which stays open until you are ready to sleep - Anna and her family speak extremely good English and are very helpful. Breakfast is taken in the garden which are kept beautiful but the down side to this are the wasps which can become a pain whilst trying to eat. The beach is safe & clean with plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from. There are two mountain villages which are a long up hill walk (about an hours steady walking) but only a short taxi ride away costing a couple of euros. Both villages are next to each other and are well worth a visit with some lovely little individual shops, bar & a couple of resturants. The boat leaving 4.30pm each day to Thassos town is another good trip and Thassos is nice safe and easy to stroll around. I will return to Thassos it is a beautiful, safe and easy going island. My only critism about the Blue Bay Hotel is I would have liked to have had a fridge in the room for water/wine/fruit & nibbles etc. However, this wouldn't stop me from returning.

Stayed July 2006
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7 Thank Pinto1
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lincolnshire
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3 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2006

My fianci and I arrived back from Thassos last sunday and had a great holiday so had to write a review.
I booked our 7 day hol through Sky Travel 3 days before we flew from Manchester. (We had been looking for a cheap holiday where we could both relax and soak up some rays!!!) We got it really cheap and were happy we were flying with Thomson.
The flight was ok (despite my fear of flying!) and we arrived in Kavala to hot sunny weather which is always a good start!
We then got told we would be at Blue Bay Hotel in Golden Beach - we booked allocation on arrival and at first were wary as never done this before!! We left our cases there and these would be sent to our hotel in a truck while we went to the island by coach and ferry.The ride to the ferry took approx 20 mins and we were slightly put off by having to do this as had been up since 1am that morning! The ferry ride itself was interesting to watch! I deffo wouldnt want to take my car on the ferry as the cars,etc are parked like sardines. The passengers can sit on the top deck and watch the world go by as you sail across to Thassos.
Once we got to Thassos we got onto another coach and set off for the hotel. We were dropped off at the Hotel Federa and told to wait for a taxi to take us to the Blue Bay. We got to the hotel (which is up a track approx 800m from the main Resort of Golden Beach! This track is extremly dark at night as hardly any lights and I wouldnt have walked down it on my own!) We couldnt believe how beautiful the view was! The mountain backdrop and the bay - breath taking! The accommodation itself was very clean and simple with a double bed and a patio area. The staff there are very friendly and speak good English!
Golden Beach is deffo one of the quietest resorts we have been to but has a choice of restaurants, tavarnas,etc, mostly all on the beach front. We are only 20 and 25 and were probably one of the youngest couples there. One nice cafe is the Dolphin Cafe and we went there everyday for breakfast. It is run by a lovely english couple and the food is nice and cheap!
The beach itself has lovely golden sand and the sea was quite calm. There is a sort of strange looking machine further up the coast towards the next resort in the sea but this didnt put us off.
One night we went into Thassos town - we did want to go by the water taxi which leaves everyday at 4:15 but was told that this particular day it wasnt running so we got a taxi which was 11euros (price goes up after midnight) Thassos town seemed a nice place with shops and many restaurants. The habour there is lovely and it did seem to get busy after about 9pm.
We also spoke to a couple who had paid £700 for the week and had gone through thomson directly where we had paid nearly half as much as that! The journey back was a nightmare though - when checking in our luggage at Kavala airprt we were told that our suitcases were over weight (we were never told this on the outward journey!) We explained this to the check in staff and was told that if you book a late holiday your luggage allowance is only 15kg per person! We then had to pay 72 Euros to get our 'overweight' suitcases back to Manchester!! They only take cash as well!!! The flight was also very bumpy and turburlant and was very glad to land! Sorry if Ive gone on and on but wanted readers who are off to Thassos to know more info! We ourselves had never heard of the place before but would go back tomorrow if we could!!!

  • Liked — the view
  • Disliked — En-suite was small and was under the stairs to the above rooms
  • Tips/Secrets — watch luggage weight if late deal!
  • Stayed August 2006, travelled as a couple
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England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2006

We stayed here with friends a few years ago and had a fabulous time. Our friends went back the next year. Last year we had a change but we are all going back this year.

Stunning setting, lovely hotel, fabulous views and lovely people who run the hotel - what more could you ask.

If you enjoy a peaceful setting with a few nice restaurants in beautiful surroundings then this is the place to go.

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17 Thank mondaymorning
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Additional Information about Island View Villa

Property: Island View Villa
Address: | on the outer edge of Skala Panagia, Golden Beach 64004, Greece
Region: Greece > Northeast Aegean Islands > Thasos > Golden Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 11 Hotels in Golden Beach
Price range (per night): ₹ 3,695 - ₹ 4,084
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Island View Villa welcomes you in a unique setting of peace and relaxation.Feel free and allow your senses to embrace everything that the sea, the sand and the sun has to offer.Our completely renovated rooms are designed to blend harmoniously with the beautiful landscape and give you the best quality of sleep that you all deserve. ... more   less 
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