It was a long journey from home that morning but when the taxi dropped us at our hotel in the dark, we just had this sense that we had struck gold with this one. We had definitely done our research for Thassos accommodation, but you never know – it’s amazing what an applied dose of photoshop can do, we have turned up at hotels and villas before where your heart just sinks.
Feeling a little bit peckish from the journey, we dumped our bags and headed for the town.
Island View Villa, Thassos, is at the end of Golden Beach known as Chrysi Ammoudia. From high on its shelf above the Aegean Sea, in the dark all we could see was pitch black ocean edged with a sprinkling of lights and it was clear we were at the more remote end of the cove. Although, the faint sound of music coming from the nearest bar was a reassurance that at this late hour we were still going to find refreshments. An hour or so later we were stumbling through the dark again, light-headed from the Ouzo and fumbling for our hotel keys. Little did we know that this walk would become a treasured memory from our Thassos holiday – that familiar Greek setting of chirping cicada’s and the smell of basil and oregano from an evening dew.
The next morning when we opened the curtains we were met with the most incredible view and wondered if we had been so lucky as to have discovered the best hotel on Thassos. It certainly seemed that way!
Golden Beach Thassos, is the kind of location Hollywood scouts for its next blockbuster. The green slopes of Thassos, especially on this north-eastern coast, could be mistaken for the Jurassic Park landscapes of Hawaii and feel like a balm to the soul. Perched on its ledge at one end of Golden Beach, this Thassos hotel must surely be the luckiest bystander to one of the islands most beautiful scenes.
Golden Beach, Thassos
It’s a 5 minute walk down quite a steep track to the nearest bar and from there another few minutes to the white sand of one of the nicest Thassos beaches you will come across (it has blue flag status). Or, take a sharp left turn and you will encounter the cutest little Greek harbour with just a handful of fishing boats bobbing against their anchor.
At the Chrysi Amoudia end of Golden Beach, there are a handful of restaurants and bars, a handful of gift shops and one or two places to pick up some groceries or hire a scooter or boat or car. We did in fact hire a car from ATW Moto Rent as public transport is sketchy at best from Golden Beach. The car was a wreck on the outside, which maybe highlights the state of some of the roads on Thassos, but nevertheless the hiring process was smooth and extremely cheap at €10 a day.
Several of the beach bars let you use their sun loungers for free if you are eating or drinking with them – we particularly enjoyed the Gyros and greek salads from Beba Greek Taverna on Golden Beach.
If you are looking for something a little more special, or even just a great choice for an evening meal, Enavlion Hotel does a really good set menu at their La Terrasse Restaurant – 5 courses of top quality food for €35. The hotel may look like an architectural disaster (it’s nicknamed the Wedding Cake) but you are waited on in style and the food was the best we had on our entire Thassos holiday.
The opposite end of Golden Beach is known to locals as Skala Potamias after the little port there. Again there are several bars, restaurants and shops in this section of Golden Beach. The slopes aren’t quite as steep in this neighbourhood which has laid the way for more Thassos accommodation on the beach. Apartments, small resorts and even camping spots seem to attract a more family-oriented crowd at this side.
For us, Island View Villa was the perfect location. We loved the 5 minute walk to Golden Beach’s bars on an evening and didn’t even mind the steep climb on the way home. Being higher up on the slopes just meant the views were better.
We took advantage of those views every day whether that was at breakfast on the terrace, or later on a sun-lounger. The hotel has been built so that every room has a balcony with a seating area too – a hotel extra that we always look for when we are booking accommodation.
Breakfast was excellent and ample enough that we often skipped lunch or just shared a gyros from a roadside cafe. There was always someone on hand to restock items or refresh your tea and coffee.
The rooms are modern and fresh with just a hint of colour against the white in that traditional Greek style. The bed was a Coco-Mat – apparently a good brand of mattress and we certainly couldn’t fault it. Add to that the peaceful neighbourhood (there are very few houses in the immediate vicinity) and a good nights sleep was a guarantee – perfect for a full day exploring!
There is ample parking for guests and the staff were on hand throughout the day and were extremely helpful and very friendly – the lady who owns the Island View Villa Hotel is clearly very proud of her business and prides herself on being a great hostess. We could not fault this hotel and being 5 minutes walk from one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece yet with these amazing views must be a rare find indeed.
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After a week in Thassos’ Golden Beach we spent a few nights at another really lovely hotel on the other side of the island – Ilio Mare. It was a 5 star hotel with all of the trimmings and a good dollop of Russian millionaires and their dolly-birds (great for people watching!) I would be equally as zealous to recommend this Thasos hotel too as we had a lovely few days in the lap of luxury. Huge rooms beautifully decorated and landscaped grounds with a great beach section full of hammocks, loungers and bed’s a lá Beyonce and Jay Z – I felt right at home in my big floppy hat with a cocktail in hand. The restaurant was fine-dining and the breakfast was also excellent. It’s located on the beach at Skala Prinou and a half hour walk to the nearest town. It’s a lovely walk, along the beach, but it’s perhaps not as good a location as Island View Villa if you were keen to try a variety of bars and restaurants. We did do a lot of research though and I would still say this was one of the best hotels in Thassos for luxury and glamour, perfect for couples or a special occasion.
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Thassos has been one of our favourite Greek islands to date and we had a fabulous time exploring – we wrote a travel diary of our trip here. And, if you’re interested in visiting a few of Thassos’s hidden gems or even just exploring the island in a bit more depth be sure to have a read of our little travel guide here, it’s full of ideas and things to see in Thassos. Enjoy, and be sure to let us know what you thought of this beautiful Greek island.
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