Some of the best holidays are the ones that have a sense of adventure. Trying your hand at some adrenaline-pumping water sports, getting lost in an ancient castle, hiking up a neck-craning mountain… or exploring multiple destinations in one trip. That’s where Olympic comes in. Bespoke island-hopping is an adventure like no other, putting you directly in the driver’s seat for a getaway that’s exclusive to your needs, fulfils your desires and has all your transportation and accommodation included in one price wrapped up in a bow. Alonissos and Skiathos tick every box and so much more, and this 10-night extravaganza will certainly be one you’ll never forget. With five days split evenly across each destination, you’ll get to discover the beauty of each island to the fullest, soaking up the culture, lounging on the beaches and simply basking in Grecian excellence. Olympic Holidays is called the Island Specialists for a reason…
The best of both worlds
Your journey begins in Skiathos, where you’ll spend five nights in pure paradise – or the Aegean Paradise as the locals call it. Blue Flag beaches, cobblestoned streets and striking towns make up the personality of this beautiful island, which is the perfect blend between Greek traditionalism and exciting cosmopolitanism. For an experience filled with vibrancy, Skiathos Town is the place to be. The buzzing atmosphere carries throughout the day and well into the night as you indulge in authentic fare at one of the many tavernas that line the waterfront or sip on your favourite tipple at a lively bar. Skiathos has a laidback element, too. So calming that you’ll feel as if you’re floating on air, here is where you can stroll through forests and explore magical Venetian castles, discover hidden bays with sparkling cerulean waters, and simply watch the world go by on your own terms.
As your Skiathos getaway comes to an end, you’ll head to the picturesque port to catch your ferry to Alonissos. Utterly amazing in every way possible, here is where you go if you want to get away from it all. Embrace the incredible views of the intense natural beauty as you sail into Patitiri, the small town and main port. The vivid turquoise sea creates a mesmerising contrast against the bright white sands, and the beaches are surrounded by verdant pine forests of various hues of green. Oh, and did you know that Alonissos is in Europe’s largest marine park? The park protects monk seals and dolphins, and you certainly shouldn’t miss out on a visit the rescue centre dedicated to baby seals.
We know what you’re thinking – where’s the best place to stay on my island-hopping adventure? The incredible Santikos Collection has got you covered…
Princess Resort, Skiathos
A hotel that’s truly as royal as its name, the Princess Resort is worth every one of its five stars. The property occupies the best beach on the island, nestled in the pine-covered hills on the Grecian gem of Skiathos and is perfect for every kind of traveller. Experience barefoot bliss as you take sunset strolls across the soft sands, keep yourself occupied with the extensive facilities and fall into a heavenly sleep in your luxurious accommodation. If you’re seeking relaxation during your holiday to Skiathos, the Princess Resort is home to the Juliette Armand Spa, boasting services and signature treatments inspired by the region. Or why not simply bask in the sun by the pool? Hunger isn’t on the agenda during your stay here either, as the bars and restaurants are second to none. Pr Ammos Restaurant, named after the executive chef, is the epitome of Greek excellence and shouldn’t be missed out on. An all-white modern taverna style restaurant sitting directly on the beach, waterfront dining comes to life as you indulge in fresh fish and seafood that’s brought daily from Alonissos, as well as crisp salads and delicious appetisers. It goes without saying that your five nights here will be spent in utter heaven.
Oh, and did you know that the Princess Resort is where the cast and crew of Mamma Mia! stayed during filming? The hotel is the perfect base to explore the iconic filming locations of this modern classic and paired with a day trip to the neighbouring island of Skopelos, you’ll truly have the time of your life. Sail the short journey across the water and visit Skopelos’ famous clifftop chapel, Agios Ionnis Chapel, which is also known as the Mamma Mia church and is now a popular spot for weddings. Kastani Beach is also an unmissable spot and is where Lay All Your Love on Me and Does Your Mother Know were filmed.
Aegean Suites, Skiathos
Seeking some alone time during the first portion of your Skiathos and Alonissos island-hopping holiday? The adults-only Aegean Suites is the one for you. The gorgeous five-star property has been designed to tantalise all your senses – hear the gentle Mediterranean breeze rustle through the trees, feel the warmth of the sun on your skin as you lay by the pool, watch the glorious horizon enriched by the sea from your private balcony… the list goes on and on. The glorious hilltop location provides breathtaking views while guests can expect to be just 20 metres away from the white sandy beach; the property simply exudes cool, calm and comforting which is exactly what an adults-only retreat should be about. The suites themselves are a work of art, decorated in neutral tones with luxurious furnishings and top-of-the-line amenities. Guests are also invited to embark on a gastronomic journey thanks to the on-site champagne bar and Pelago restaurant, a fine dining eatery overlooking the Aegean Sea, perfect for tucking into gourmet Mediterranean dishes enhanced by romantic lighting. Trust us, five nights here will be some of the best you’ve ever spent.
Marpunta Village Club, Alonissos
Alonissos is all about getting closer to the beauty of unspoiled nature, and Marpunta Resort is no exception. Centred at the heart of the famous national marine park, the resort is a small paradise, close to a number of beaches and built in the style of a traditional fisherman’s village overlooking the Aegean Sea. Marpunta Resort is a destination unto itself, offering a homely feel with a heavy touch of luxury thanks to its glorious architectural design, excellent accommodation options and fantastic facilities. Relaxation and rejuvenation are popular pastimes here whether you want to embark on a hiking tour, make use of the tennis courts, revitalise with a yoga class or take to the water with scuba diving, paddle boarding and kayaking. You’re certain to have worked up an appetite so be sure to stop by the restaurants and bars for a dazzling array of flavours and beverages and finish your day with a sunset aperitif as the Mediterranean heat turns into a gentle breeze and the horizon is twinkled with tiny but vibrant stars. We told you it was paradise.
Lucky for you, there’s really minimal effort required to make this dream a reality. Simply tell us what you want, and we’ll do the rest, making your bespoke island-hopping getaway to Skiathos and Alonissos an adventure like no other. Once you island-hop, you’ll never go back to exploring a singular destination again, but never fear –Olympic Holidays has plenty of multi-centre experiences to choose from…