19 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
A little GEM in a traditional greek village
"Here we are again in Halkidiki at the Achtis Hotel in Afitos 5th year in a row, sat at the side of the large pool after a hour in the hotel gym and a very nice breakfast of English/Continental. This hotel in our eyes just gets better each year with the friendly and welcoming atmosphere from all the staff. This is like our second home now. Our room is a family room consisting of 2 separate rooms and bathroom we have 2 balconies from which we have an excellent view across Afitos and the sea. Fixtures and fittings of the whole hotel are of the highest standard with plenty of storage and each room comes with air conditioning, T.V and safety deposit box as standard.. There is a poolside bar open from 7.00am to midnight serving food and drinks and there are weekly BBQ and Greek nights in the bar (not to be missed). The owners Achilles and Magda are helping my daughter with her Greek studies at the side of the pool. Afitos is a small village with a big heart. The locals are so very friendly and are always happy. In August there is the Afitos festival every night in the village square there is traditional Greek folk music and dancing. There are no night clubs (Great) but there are several small bars in the village. If you want night clubs they are 2 km down the road in a taxi. We will be back next year. If you want a fantastic holiday go to the Achtis you may even bump in to us
- Travel date: Sun 23rd of May 2010
"Had the most fantastic holiday at the Achtis.From the moment you arrive you are made to feel genuinely welcome.the rooms were outstanding & what with the stunning gardens it felt like paradise.The owners Magda & Achilles were truly excellent hosts which reflected all through this small hotel.The staff all said they are proud to work for this couple.
must not forget the excellent quality of the food. 10/10"
- Travel date: Sun 16th of August 2009
"the achtis hotel was a little paradise, as soon as we got there we felt welcome.
it is a brilliant hotel for couples, the staff are all friendly and they should be proud!
the village is lovely and the beach is in the perfect place!
we will definatly be going back there!!! :D"
- Travel date: Sun 14th of June 2009
Achtis Hotel Afitos
"We have just returned home from the Achtis Hotel and have immediatly booked again for next year,the hotel,staff and the village of Afitos made this the best holiday we have had in Greece.
The view of the back of the hotel from the road is not inspiring but then you enter an oasis and meet the most wonderful staff,Magda,Elisabeth and Christina.
The hotel,in two blocks overlook the pool and gardens (which are kept immaculate)
with sunbeds and sofas,shaded areas with sofas and chairs,all which are above the normal standard in quality and comfort,this is relected throughout the hotel with rooms all tasteful and clean with above average facilities.
With only 35 rooms the Achtis is a very intimate and comforting place to enjoy your holiday.
Breakfast is in the poolside bar and you are are met by the wonderful Elisabeth who brightened even the rainy mornings which met us on a few occassions(well more than a few !)evenings in the bar are made superb with the wickedly funny Christina,and a weekly BBQ and quiz draw a good turnout.
Afitos village is a real gem with some good eating places ranging from restaurants to tavernas (try The Korner)and a range of shops and 2 minimarkets.
The village centre is traffic free in the evening (well almost) and is a joy to stroll around.
Access to the beach is all downhill but the return journey can be a bit tiring !
One drawback at the hotel are the bar prices but you can't have everything !"
- Travel date: Mon 13th of October 2008
What a gem of a hotel!! We arrived late...
"What a gem of a hotel!! We arrived late evening and we were greeted like long lost friends by Magda, Christina and Elisabeth,despite this being our first visit. We had a junior suite which was fantastic, with super large bed and whirlpool corner bath, well worth the small extra expense. The only downside was after 5 days of beautiful weather we had a whole day of rain and the temperature plummeted to 12c which was a problem with the bar/restaurant, where all meals are served, being exposed to the climate with no alternative room available, made it a little uncomfortable. Maybe a heater would have helped on rare days such as this? We would certainly go again as the village of Afitos is so unspoilt and Magda and her hard working team at the Achtis made our stay so memorable. "
- Travel date: Thu 25th of September 2008
Fantastic hotel, as mentioned before, th...
"Fantastic hotel, as mentioned before, the owners and staff are very friendly who will find time to help you with anything.The hotel is well placed for the village and beach, but the prices at the bar are more expensive than eating and drinking in the town and match the prices of the restaurants that overlook the ocean from the clifftop. Also should now mention that Greece with the euro no longer has cheap prices and match prices in England.
Visiting Afitos - here the locals are also friendly and most of which speak English, and the village is old with a lovely classical rustic Greek style to it. With many restaurants all from my experience serving good food, and although I rarely eat salad at home, I had every night and enjoyed the Greek salads which was always served in huge portions. The village has a couple of chilled out bars and a pub, has a safe feel to it even late at night and the only dangers are the kids wizzing about on moped's and drivers who go to fast along the narrow lanes.
The beach is a downhill walk to a long sand and shingle beach with a crystal clear, mottled light and mid blue ocean with a few bars and restaurants dotted along it, at the time we visited there were no sports or activities operating for those who like a bit of action.
If you are in your late twenties and upwards and want a relaxing sunny holiday you should enjoy it here, teenagers and early twenties may want more fun and nightlife may find it a bit boring."
- Travel date: Fri 30th of May 2008
beware small kids
"We are Greek-American and very familiar with the village of Afitos, having visited the area for nearly 2 decades. The Achtis Hotel is a lovely property, but it is a walk/drive to the village square and to the beach. My main reason for writing is to warn families with small children about this hotel. Our children were 2 and 4 when we stayed at the hotel. The breakfast/dining area is adjacent to the pool and it was a constant worry with little children that a few steps away from the table they could be standing right at the pool's edge.
In addition to this, both the hotel rooms and the courtyard surrounding the pool area were a polished stone, making it hazardous for little children, especially when wet. One afternoon during our stay, the owner/manager was hosing down the courtyard when our 2 year old son slipped and fell, hitting his head on the pavement. Although we were right there to pick him up and he was clearly crying and in pain because of this incident, the owner continued with her hosing chore, entirely ignoring us. I guess her attitude was "Oh well; not my problem."
The breakfast, although decent, lacked variety for our 5 day stay there. The rooms were the largest of any hotel we have every visited in Greece. No complaints there."
- Travel date: Sun 24th of February 2008
Nice & Relaxing
"We (a couple, mid 20's) stayed at the Achtis hotel from 1->8 October 2007. When we arrived the coach pulled up outside a dodgy looking hotel, and we weren't impressed. Thankfully the Achtis is on the other side of the road, tucked away, so don't panic when you first pull up.
The hotel itself is very relaxed, only 30-odd rooms, and when we stayed it was half empty. The staff are very friendly and welcoming - just what you need when you've been up all night.
The room we had was a lot bigger than we expected, with a proper double bed (which was HUGE) no single beds pushed together here. The room was cleaned daily.
The pool was a good size, but very cold when were there. I imagine it would be warmer in summer though.
There was a large choice at breakfast, from cereals and fruits, to breads and cooked bacon & eggs. The lunch available from the pool bar was very tasty also.
In the evenings we went into Afitos itself, a few minutes walk, with many restaurants and a few bars. The town was quite quiet as we were there right at the end of the season. I imagine in summer it's busier. However there are no clubs, so if you're looking for somewhere lively, you will probably not like it here.
The beach is a bit of a walk from the hotel, only about 5 mins or so, but there are some steep steps on the way, so not suitable for the elderly, or infirm.
All in all, we had a lovely relaxing week, which was just what we were after. If you're after a peaceful hotel, a good choice of restaurants, and a few beers afterwards then I recommend the Achtis. If you want something a bit more lively, then the whole town is probably not for you."
- Travel date: Fri 12th of October 2007
Lovely welcoming hotel in a beautiful village
"We stayed at the Achtis Hotel at the end of September 2007 and it exceeded all of our expectations.
Although the entrance is via the back of the hotel and from a main road the first impression isn't 'wow' but once you get into the hotel its like a different place. The central pool area is stylishly furnished with sun loungers and sofas with scatter cushions and attention to detail is evident.
Our room (we booked a suite for not much extra) was huge and had a double balcony. The bed was also huge and really comfy and again, really beutifully furnished with a feature stone wall and an ornate head board. I also loved the fact that the rooms were seemingly sound proof even though the hotel was almost full.
The breakfast area is lovely - situated by the pool and was quite adequate.
One thing that really stood out for us was that everyone seemed to love the place. There were no sad faces or unhappy customers and it was very welcoming with guests chatting to one another and making friends. They held a BBQ while we were there and it was very good value and the food was great.
Small candles are put out on tables at night time and the pool area is lit to make it feel very romantic - a great place for couples.
The town/village of Afitos is gorgeous and very rustic and unspoilt. There are plenty of good restaurants and some lovely little bars - again very stylish and chic. The beach is a bit of a trek but there are bars etc down there to relax in. The nearby town of Kalithea is about a 25 minute walk away and is a bit more lively but not as pretty as Afitos.
Points worth knowing: there is no cash point in Afitos and the nearest place is Kalithea so get your Euros before you go (unlike us!) but there are a couple of exchange beaureus in Afitos.
Also, there are a few dogs in nearby properties that sometimes like to bark at 3am! Along with a cockeral who thinks daybreak is also 3am! Its minor but perhaps shutting the patio door and putting the aircon on might be a good idea!
Other than that, highly recommend the place and the owners and staff are really lovely."
- Travel date: Fri 5th of October 2007
Lovely hotel and location
"My partner and I spent a week at this hotel in September and it was truly lovely. Afitos is a small village, very pretty and not over run with noisy bars and clubs. ( you can tell we're middle aged!)
Magda and Achilles and all the staff at the hotel were fantastic, very friendly and gave the hotel a very personal touch, nothing was too much trouble. We had a junior suite which was huge, an enormous and very comfy bed and a lovely jacuzzi bath to relax in.
The pool was a really good size and we found there were plenty of sunloungers and no one put there towels down first! Fantastic relaxing music by the pool too!
Very green around the pool area and everything was so clean. The pool bar was great, fantastic food, in fact better than most of the restaurants we visited. If your'e looking for a chilled out place to go this is it!"
- Travel date: Thu 4th of October 2007
We were so happy with our holiday at the...
"We were so happy with our holiday at the Achtis.
Attractive surroundings, superb rooms/facilities, owners and staff so friendly and helpful, standards of cleanliness and service excellent and constantly attended to.
Start the day with a wide choice buffet breakfast by the pool, then relax in the hotel's tropical style pool surroundings, before exploring the tradionally kept seaside village of Afitos with its paved lanes, tavernas and little shops - such a pleasant change from those concrete apartment jungles. A couple of 'supermarkets' sell fresh bread and all the makings of a balcony lunch back at base, seven days a week, while the hotel can provide a choice of more UK-ish snacks all day.
For venturing out in the evening, we found the typically priced Gastronomia taverna in the lane to the sea promenade served the tastiest usual Greek dishes and the house wine not so bad either. The village is parked on the cliff top (as most on Kassandra peninsular) so if you don't fancy the stairs down to the beach (good exercise) take a taxi for just a couple of Euros.
This is definitely one place to relax and enjoy.
- Travel date: Wed 3rd of October 2007
An excellent hotel
"Stayed at the Achtis Hotel in June 2007, An absolute superb hotel, high standards of accommodation, punching well above it's official rating. Bedrooms are modern and well furnished, pool area is better that what you would expect at any 5* star hotel. Hotel owners make you feel very welcome indeed. Overall, can't fault the hotel at all. We would certainly return in the future."
- Travel date: Fri 21st of September 2007