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- Reviews: 148
Bastas: Rooftop Pool
We have stayed at the Bastas on our last couple of visits to Paxos. Its the only studio accomodation with Olympic in Lakka - they do have a couple of villas in the surrounding area though.
The rooms are typical basic greek. Two single beds pushed together. Hand held shower etc. If you are lucky - as we were on our last visit - you may get one of the few front facing rooms that have large flower fringed balconies with views over the village to the sea - gorgeous and shady for breakfast. If you get a sideroom you will still have balcony but looking out onto shrubland. Nice and shady in the early evening for a predrink before your evening out. Use a citronella candle though as the mossies are rife - you can get these in the local shops.
The kitchen equipment is ok but would advise that you take a scrubsponge and a tea towell as these aren't provided.
There is a swimming pool on the roof and a pool bar serving breakfast. The pool is a suntrap - but there is a covered section if you need shade. If you ask the staff will let you out at the side of the pool bar for a walking shortcut.
There is a complimentary minibus taking guests to Monadendri beach every day at 11am returning at 5pm - the Bastas familiy own a taverna there. There is also a greek dancing night there every Friday night again with transport provided.
By the reception area there is a book shelf where you can borrow and swap books.
Take toilet rolls as you only get left one on arrival which is never replaced.
The Bastas complex is family run - the owner Costas is a lovely funny cheery man.
The pool is in a great position with lovely views.
The complimentary bus to Monadendri is great for a change.
- Reviews: 148
Amfrititi: Right on the beach
This hotel has a brilliant position right on Harami beach. The rooms are basis - which is standard for Greek accomodation.
We stayed here in 2008 when you could book this through Olympic Holidays. The coach drops you in the village and you walk on foot over - up and down - the coastal dirt track to the hotel. It's a brilliant introduction to lakka with some spectacular views of the cape of Lakka and beach. A great way to arrive.
I have read reports on other review sites of damp rooms but we never experienced this. It wouldn't be suitable for anyone with walking difficulties - not just because of the coastal walk but also the complex has stone steps and some extremely steep paths.
Take a torch as you may need it when returning from the village at night and I wouldn't bother with heels.
There is a swimming pool and pool bar - however umbrellas were a little lacking around the pool.
Nancy (the owner) serves at the pool bar - she never has any change but she has an incredible memory. Although we haven't stayed at Amfrititi on our last couple of visits as it's no longer with Olympic - she always remembers us and greets us as old friends.
Nancy also rents out sun loungers on the beach - this is a seperate business to the hotel therefore hotel guests are charged as well - About 3 euros per day per bed. There are no umbrellas but a fair number of olive trees on the beach provide shade if wanted.
Brilliant position on the beach.
- Reviews: 92
The Manor House, Loggos: Location, location, location
We were advised by Planos in late 2004 that Villa Tula (see below) was being sold as a private family holiday home. I've not deleted the tip for it yet, since it's still (summer 2005) under negotiation and negotiations can take quite some time in Greece!
However, to be on the safe side, we booked the Spiros Apartment in The Manor House with Travel a la Carte for our 3 weeks in 2005. It's a little further from the beach, but much closer to the village and we found it to be even better than Tula. We had walked past the house many times and admired its impressive architecture and were just as impressed when we actually got to see the inside of it.
There are 2 apartments for up to 6 people and 2 for up to 3 people and prices vary widely according to season and number of occupants, so any price indication would be wildly inaccurate, but it's about average for Loggos. Our apartment had been newly refurbished with aircon and a REAL shower cubicle and an extractor fan in the bathroom, so none of the hot sleepless nights or permanently wet bathroom floors that we've become accustomed to in Greece! It has a decent-sized double bedroom with plenty of wardrobe space and an airy, open-plan kitchen/living room with a sofabed for a third person. We were so delighted with it that we've already re-booked it for next year.
This was our first time with Travel a la Carte and we were very pleased with their overall service and with their resident Paxos rep, Chris. We can't wait to return next year.
Nearest main beach about 2 minutes walk, but bathing from rocks directly in front of the house.
Less than a minute's walk to the village of Loggos.
Fabulous views across Loggos harbour.
Private tree-shaded gardens and terraces overlooking the harbour.
Aircon and modern shower room.
- Reviews: 92
This is a list of websites to start you off looking for accommodation on Paxos. I have no personal experience of many of these and have posted the list as a resource tool and not necessarily as personal recommendations.
The first section is a list of UK-based package operators. It's still worth looking at some of these sites, even if you're coming from outside the UK, because many of them will break up the package and sell accommodation only:-
The following is a list of local rental agencies on Paxos, for those who prefer to travel independently:-
- Reviews: 92
Planos's Villa Tula: Another Great Location
We went to Paxos with Planos for the first time in 2004 and thought they gave very good service and excellent value for money . We stayed in Villa Tula on Levrechio beach.
It's a wonderful location, right on the beach and only 5 minutes walk into Loggos village. Levrechio beach has no natural shade - just a small daytime bar in the olive grove behind the beach. But with Tula being just a few steps away from the beach, who needs beach shade!
Planos have 3 properties right on Levrechio - Tula, Prokopis and the Beach House. Prokopis is the most expensive, but is really nice and has 2 double bedrooms. We sneaked a quick look around it during changeover, when the people who were staying there during our first week left and we were impressed with it.
We made friends with the family that were staying in the Beach House, so we were able to look at that one legitimately :-) It's on the lowest level, so doesn't have the good views that the other 2 have and it's fairly basic, with 1 of the 2 bedrooms being in a kind of outhouse (described in the brochure as an "annexe"!) but the price reflects this and it's good value if you're on a tight budget. Tula is advertised as being for 2-3 people, and has a single bed in the living room, which was made up during our stay, so would be perfectly ok for a family of 3, or 3 good friends. The only drawback is that from the main bedroom you have to walk through the living room to get to the bathroom. However, it's perfect for a couple and is a really lovely location - highly recommended.
The kitchen is on the lower terrace level and has the fairly basic kitchen equipment that you expect to find in Greece but plenty of cupboard space. The terrace outside the kitchen is a perfect suntrap during the afternoon and is very private and secluded.
Wonderful views of the beach a few yards away and just a short stagger back from Loggos at night!
- Reviews: 92
Around Loggos: Villas on Paxos
Although we love almost everywhere on Paxos, personally, we prefer to stay near the small village of Loggos.
Tour operators that we've been with are Greek Islands Club (our first 4 visits to Paxos), who have some fabulous properties and give really excellent service, but are very expensive. Simply Ionian, who we went with 5 times, but who have also become quite expensive since they were taken over by the Tui Group (who own Thomsons). Planos, who specialise in Paxos and have some really good villas at very reasonable prices (for Paxos!). Fianlly, Kosmar, who offer pretty basic studio accommodation, but good value if you're looking for a cheap holiday.
A lot of people ask us why, after so many visits to Paxos, we don't just get cheap flights and do it ourselves instead of booking packages. The problem is that, because we've been so many times, we know exactly where we want to stay and, since all of what we consider to be the best accommodation in the prime locations is contracted to operators for the whole season, we have little choice but to pay the middle man :-( The other problem is co-ordinating flight and ferry times. Most people who travel independently have to spend their first and/or last night on Corfu and for us that's just not worth the hassle at the moment - maybe when we retire and can spend a couple of months at a time in Greece!
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