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Specializing in family accommodation

Platanias

The Hotel des Roses is situated in Platanias, a lovely fishing village and summer resort in southeastern Pelion 62 klm from Volos and 60-80 minutes by boat from Skiathos and Skopelos of the Sporades Islands in the vicinity. Platanias is blessed with a unique natural beauty as it is surrounded by soft-rolling hills covered with olive groves while its picturesque little port and beach (100 metres from the hotel) opens onto the azure expanse of the Aegean Sea and is flanked by magnificent beaches.

One of them is Mikro, a heavenly and much photographed sandy beach 15 minutes' walk away. It is accessible by a footpath over the cliffs on the shore. In springtime the track is adorned with wild flowers and butterflies, dragonflies and bees that happily flit in the foliage. The beach is ideal for children. It offers a choice of tavernas and the protective shade of a great plane tree under which one can enjoy a refreshing, cool drink or a meal. In high season Mikro can also be reached by boat-taxi.

From Platanias starts a network of paths and stone-paved mule-tracks that lead to the neighbouring hamlets and villages, to sights of archaeological and religious interest, and to spots and landscapes of great beauty, all of them waiting for the adventure-minded visitors who like going on walks and hikes which are particularly enjoyable in May and September.

Platanias' miniature port comes to life in spring. Fishing trawlers dock here and give it a colourful, working rather than touristy aura, which embraces the place throughout the summer. There are several tavernas where one can savour fresh fish cooked on charcoal or traditional Greek cuisine. There are also 3 mini-markets, a bakery and 3 cafes that serve delicious pizzas as well. The hustle and bustle of a highly developed tourist resort is absent here.

At the Hotel des Roses the vacationer will be able to appreciate the atmosphere of serenity and relaxation even more as he will immediately feel as a family relation of the owners, Nikos and Yianna Dovas and Toula, Nikos' mother. They are the descendants of a Greek family from Alexandria, Egypt. The Dovas family have a long tradition as hoteliers, for they have been in the hotel business since 1950, when they built and ran the 32-room Hotel Zephyr in Marsa Matrouh near the Shiva Oasis, Queen Cleopatra's favourite summer resort. However, in 1965 the Nasser regime brought their thriving business to an untimely end as thousands of Greeks were forced to leave Egypt. This unfortunate turn of events did not discourage John Dovas, the family patriarch. He brought his family back to their roots at Platanias, where he erected the Hotel des Roses, a pioneering venture for the area and the times. John Dovas' vision and business acumen paid off. His family have been running the hotel ever since with great skill and love and respect of their clientele. Today, Nikos Dovas and his wife Yianna continue the tradition and they have established an excellent reputation for their hospitality and quality of service. They have renovated, refurbished and upgraded the building by turning a 29-room facility into a 14-studio operation specializing in family accommodation.

The hotel has a large courtyard lined with colourful pots of flowers; azaleas, hydrangeas, rhododendrons, camellias and -- of course -- lots of roses are lovingly grown in and around them in order to create a little paradise on earth. The building is also embraced by orange, cherry, apple, eucalyptus, plane and poplar trees, whose aroma and shade combined with the fragrance of the flowers make for an ideal environment for unforgettable vacations. Amongst all those carefully selected flowers and trees stands a most impressive, enormous magnolia tree, which adds its own special note to the music of colours and scents of the surroundings.

The Hotel des Roses has 12 spacious studios [twin, double, three and four bedded]and 2 bedroomed apartments Kamelia on the 1st floor and Magnolia on the 2nd floor all with TV, w.c.-cum-shower, kitchenette and balconies. There are also fans and thermostat-controlled central heating in every studio. Two of the studios have jacuzzi. At the kitchenette the guests can prepare snacks, simple meals and breakfast. There is a reception hall at ground floor and a small bar area in the courtyard, where light snacks [mezes] and tsipouro [the ouzo-type local aperitif] or other drinks are served. On request, the family can provide breakfast, which will be a real treat. A typical breakfast will include butter and home-made jams, eggs, home-made cheese, pita [home-made cheese and/or pumpkin pie], cookies, cake, bread from the local bakery, orange juice, tea and coffee. In our garden there is an inflated children's swimming pool (4,50x4,50x1,20) and some toys.

Linen is changed twice a week.

Cruises to Skiathos and Skopelos can be booked with the local boat " The Africana" in summer.

If your flight lands on Skiathos we can arrange your transfer to Platanias by "The Africana". Should your flight schedule not coordinate with the Africana we can propose that you use a private "speed boat taxi" for your transfer to Platania. We can book this for you if required. The other option for inbound flights is the International Airport of Volos, about 90 klm or a 2-hour ride by car or taxi from Platania.

To the visitors who wish to move independently and explore the entire Pelion area we recommend car hire, which we can arrange on request.

Buses to and from Volos and the neighbouring villages run 3 times a day on a regular 2-hour journey.

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Hotel Des Roses
Tel: 2426049086
Fax: 2426049565
mob.: 6937156780
E-Mail Us Here jill@pelionet.gr

MHTE: 0726K032A0151400

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Kapetanakis Ilias

We highly recommend this accommodation for:


1. Families with children
2. Beach and adventure lovers
3. Hikers who like roaming in the countryside
4. People who do not care for the cosmopolitan and active nightlife of a highly organized resort, but opt for a vacation in the peace and quiet of simple Greek life


RATES:
Twin/Double from
€ 40.00 to € 65.00 per day

3 or 4-bedded from
€ 45.00 to € 70.00 per day

Studio with Jacuzzi from
€ 65.00 to € 85.00 per day

*The prices quoted are per room per day

Breakfast [on request] € 7.00 per person

Travel agents can contact us for special rates for group
bookings of up to 40 persons.

   
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