DD & boyfriend would like to go to Greece for a fortnight after A levels. They've saved about £700 each & I'm happy to give them a few spends. Their wish list is a sandy beach, some good local tavernas and not needing a car (they're both 18). Not interested in the Clubbing scene. We've been trying to find a waterside cottage or apartment in a small block. Somewhere pretty with local transport would be ideal. Any ideas?
Rhodes is beautiful and there's as much or as little as they'd like. We stayed in Rhodes town last year in one of the older more boutique hotels but got a great deal on a cancellation through teletext holidays. The transport is good but it does get busy. We're going again this year but hiring a villa in Kolymbia as there's a lovely beach, nice tavernas and we really like the local area. Definitely need a car for that one though. Tsampika is just down the road a little from there and if I remember correctly the bus stops nearby. Huge beach with loads to do.
We've been to Meganissi Hotel on and off with them for 12 years (the "off" years have only been because we've started on occasion booking direct with the hotel) - love it but don't think it would suit your dd actually, it broke my own criteria the first time we went but.... - but they've got lots of lovely other places.
Thomas Cook normally come up cheaper than Thompson ...look for voucher codes too. I wouldn't book anywhere with less than 3* on TripAdvisor, but as they're young, I'm sure they could cope with a basic studio/apt and spend the extra money on trips, meals and drinks!
Prettybird that company looks great. They don't seem to have many details about the properties though. Do they look after you well, ie provide helplines, arrange decent carhire without salespeople pressurising for add-on insurance etc? Am strongly considering a place near Skopelos, anyone know if it's good for kids?
I think their recently redesigned moble site makes it more difficult to find the details of the properties. Via my laptop I never had any difficulty getting details.
I did find this on the mobile site, by searching for Skopelos and then chucking through to the accommodation.
They're not into hard sell: iirc, car hire comes as standard with villa hire but as we always go to Hotel Meganisi, we've only organised car hire with them once (when we were going for 2 weeks, so organised car hire for the Wednesday to Wednesday in the middle). Iirc, it was Avis.
Service has always been excellent - both at booking and out there. Transfers were efficient and friendly and the reps on site are locals - often older people than is the norm with "holiday reps".