Traditional good looks and stunning sea views go hand in hand at this peaceful, hillside retreat.
Surrounded by pine trees and flowers, The Skiathos Blu has a hilltop position providing perfect vistas of Janeira Bay from most vantage points. There’s a stairway with 350 steps that lead down to Tzaneria beach, where you'll find a bar* and taverna*. This is also the launching point for water taxi rides to Skiathos Town, which is around 10 minutes away.
The hotel underwent a full renovation for summer 2016, including the rooms, restaurant, bar and reception. While still maintaining its Greek village style of traditional bungalows, it has a light and modern feel.
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Food & Drink
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Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. Selected local-brand alcohol, soft drinks, tea and coffee. Snacks at set times.
Buffet breakfast and dinner.
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Serving up exotic cocktails and a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
This place serves up a varied buffet platter for breakfast and dinner. It's being refurbished for May 2016, so it'll have a fresh, new look.
A good-sized pool, framed by sunloungers and parasols.
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bungalow with garden view and balcony
Just to let you know, there are steps leading from the main hotel building to the bungalows.
main building double room with limited sea view and balcony
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A lovely stay
We stayed here for two weeks at the end of September, it wasn't our usual holiday as we actually had 37 people join us for our wedding on the 2nd week. The staff were all fantastic and handled it incredibly well, a special thanks to Maria, the restaurant staff and reception, they couldn't do enough for us. They upgraded our room to a suite for the second week, we had a lovely card and bottle of prosecco waiting for us on our wedding night. The hotel is a little out of the way but if you hire a car or Quads which most of us did it was brilliant. We will be back!More
laura n, 186342
Visited in June, lovely small hotel with a fantastic pool and tasty food. The meal selection wasn't the widest one but always very fresh and tasty, so was the coctails selection . The staff was friendly and very attentive. The stairs to the beach may be a problem for people with walking problem but it is still very doable as there was a free shuttle bus from the hotel reception. We rented a car for couple of days so we could really enjoy the beauty of Skiathos. More
Average hotel. Definitely not a Thomson/First Choice Platinum Hotel.
This hotel was rebranded as Skiathos Blu in the Summer of 2016, and in Thomson's own brochure they stated "The hotel is undergoing a full renovation for summer 2016, including the rooms, restaurant, bar and reception. While still maintaining its Greek village style of traditional bungalows, it will have a fresh and modern feel". So some of the positives - the staff are very friendly, the food is okay - although there is not a very wide selection, and the view from the hotel is beautiful. The rooms are minimalist, and have a funky design but having reviewed the pictures against the artist impression - it is far less luxurious than it was planned to be. According to Thomson, this is a premier hotel. I disagree. I feel that this hotel was dramatically oversold by Thomson (TUI UK) and it no where near the quality it is designed to be. This hotel is a good three star but it is very basic - and I did enjoy my holiday. However, I booked early and got a very good deal - almost 50% less than the late deal price. I'd have been so disappointed if I top dollar expecting the Premier/Platinum Hotel that it is being sold as. This hotel was far from what I would consider a Platinum location. The description of Platinum is 'We handpick our favourite hotels for the Platinum range, and they have to go on to score âgoodâ or âexcellentâ with 90% or more of our customers to keep their place in the collection. You go to describe that the properties are 'first-rate'. I have compared the pictures from the brochure I reviewed upon purchasing against the pictures I took, and the hotel design looked far more luxurious then it actually turned out to be. On the First Choice website - theystate that hotels of this level are 'all about top-to-toe luxury'. There is not a huge selection at the restaurant, but my favourite night was the Sunday Greek night. The food really was very good.More
A lovely Holiday & Island
This is a late entry from September 2016, and it would be sad not to review the hotel because we had a ball. We travelled as a couple for two weeks . The rooms were sparse but clean and very comfortable. The hotel is on the side of a hill and has many steps which can be a bit daunting. There was everything for a lift present except for the carriages which should be ready for this summer (2017). The hotel has a driver with a carrier and he makes regular trips from the hotel reception to the beach, and if your room is near the bottom of the hill will collect you for lunch dinner etc. The quality and the presentation & quality of the food was excellent as was the service. Although not a huge choice it was always freshly prepared. We hired a Jeep for 3 days and explored the Island and with an offer that was available, good value. Its a lovely Island with plenty to see and the jeep is a good way to do it, especially the north side. We also did a couple of boat trips to the adjacent islands. A restaurant, the Olive Thea is very much recommended. The restaurant will collect you from your hotel and bring you back. The Thomson rep, who was very good, arranged this. The food is excellent. The views over the bay at sunset make it essential not to forget your camera. The beach is of coarse sand and sun beds readily available. A water taxi runs from the beach to Skiathos town, but the bus is an experienceMore
What is it is, What it Was and What it Wants to be.
If you have at least skim read some of the other reviews you will be getting the feel that the hotel is not quite the Platinum advertised. I wont go on about that as it has already been established. We stayed in July 2016 for two weeks, all-inclusive. We booked into the main building with a sea view. We had a challenging early part of the year so decided to treat ourselves a bit. It was the most we had spent on holiday in a while - approximately Â£1100-1200 each. First of all, the decor in the main building communal areas is fantastic. Updated really well. The food in main restaurant was outstanding, the best we have ever eaten at a hotel during going on fourteen years of travelling together. The staff were also very good throughout and worked exceptionally hard. The hotel appears to have been bought in 2015 and refurbished and renamed for 2016. We have booked holidays off plan before and relied on Thomson's classification of its hotels. We recently stayed in the Protur Playa Cala Millor in Mallorca (which was fantastic) and that was booked on the plan and classified as Platinum. We have been fortunate enough to travel a bit together and this clearly looked like a hotel which had failed to meet what it had sold itself as. For example, the room was missing quite a few items of furniture. In fact the shower did not even have a holder to shower under so we had to ask them to fit one (which they did, the same day - which was great service). Let's be clear, we had a fantastic holiday, with great food and lovely staff but there were too many things 'off' for it to be Platinum. The bungalows were no way Platinum and the "views" from most of them were poor, mainly looking at other bungalows. The drink quality was really poor. A base alcohol spirit then flavoured to taste like gin, whiskey, rum, vodka etc. There was one place to get drinks during the day, the pool bar, which only had one person serving. On an evening you could only get drinks from the main bar in the hotel. They ran out of de-caf coffee for four days running (it could have been longer, I was embarrassed to keep asking). I appreciate it is an island, and a small one, but it was just another thing to add to the list to not make it Platinum. The Thomson brochure also advertised a fine sand beach, but it isn't, it just isn't. It is a fine shale, many years of erosion away from sand. Also advertised was the restaurant, Salty Bone, on the beach, which is part of the hotel, apart from you have to pay, even in all-inclusive. You do get 10% discount, but you do for a lot of the restaurants on the island with the free voucher book, including the other one by the beach. So it is basically a nearby restaurant you have to pay for. Why advertise that in the brochure? I, and this was common amongst the other guests, felt that was a bit misleading. For the room we had, in the main building and with a sea view, it was four star, but only four star. I did communicate this information with Thomson, not with the aim of getting anything back but to inform them of the issues. They refused, on several occasions to acknowledge these issues and said that "customer feedback from before and after our stay corresponded with their ratings". This is clearly a lie and I asked to see the feedback, but they didnt come back to me on that one. I was also not sent a Customer Survey, even after asking. Strange. Anyway, I am not a moaner, please look at my other reviews (not the Stonehouse in Blackpool!) and that will do me justice. The hotel is good, we had a great holiday, the food was superb, the island is lovely, the weather was great. It just isn't (well it wasnt in 2016) a Platinum hotel and it somehow got through and Thomson should have acknowledged this. They spoilt their reputation a bit with me by not doing so.More
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