L Marie the Ilios and Irene apartments have 1 and 2 bed apartments check out there website http://www.sunandpeace.com/ Hope this helps Sarah
My husband and our 2 daughters (age 2 and 6) stayed at the Christina for 2 weeks in August 2009, we loved it, the apartments are clean spacious and the staff are all lovely and helpful. The Christina is just slightly out of the village only a 5 minute walk, it's 5 minutes to the beach and two minutes to either the Half Time pool bar or the pool at Luis apartments. We had a one bed apartment, there is a large bedroom, when we arrived there were 2 z beds in the bedroom next to the 2 single beds so we moved them into the kitchen area as it's L shaped, so we still had plenty of room in both areas. Mastihari is a hidden gem, it is so quiet, enough Taverna's to last 2 weeks, a quiet beach and a few shops, if you like a peaceful beach holiday this is the place for you. We enjoyed it so much we are going back, unfortunately the Christina is full but we have managed to get a room at Ilios and Irene which is opposite, coincidentally we stayed there for 1 night at the end of our holiday as we had a night flight and Christina could only accommodate us until 6pm when we flew at 5am so we paid 25 euros for 1 night and left at 3am. We never ever go back to anywhere we've been to on holiday as there is too much choice in Greece but this is just perfect.
Hi, hoping someone will be able to advise me. I have been to Mastihari before (some years ago) however I have never stayed at the Girillo Hotel. Next year we are hoping to return with our 3 young children and wondered if the Girillo hotel has large family rooms available.
Unless it has changed massively, Mastihari is renowned for low crime. My kids left their DS in a bar (we didn't realise) and a bar man spotted us several hours later and ran out with it. You will certainly not have any problem with the locals and it is not the sort of resort which would attract a criminal element. I personally wouldn't feel the need for a safety deposit box (I am a lone parent and felt 100% completely safe). I work hard for our hols and sometimes find bargains to posh hotels with giant pools but for me and the kids Mastihari always wins.
There is a car hire place (anyone will direct you) just off one of the side roads off the main beach which offered the best rate. No ATM in the resort but they will give you cash from credit cards also. Last time, as I used it a few times, they reduced my commission (I was trying to budget myself).
First time I went, about 6 years ago, on a budget as always, I actually brought money home with me (first and last of any holiday I have been on - without having to dip into my credit card at all). Excellent meal for 4 (my kids eat like adults) with drinks for about 20E. Last time I went (approx 2 yrs ago) the prices had gone up (they had opened a water park down the road and the resort was starting to grow - mostly in terms of a few new establishments being built on the back of the village and a couple of older buildings being renovated) but still good value. I think I paid about 10E per person including drinks. Not sure of cost now, I am sure it hads gone up plus exchange rate not so good. Really recommend El Greco, lovely English lady with Greek husband. I remember ordering a couple of starters (2-3 Euros each) and we couldn't eat the main meals (5-8 Euros). I remember she did a large jug of lovely dry Greek rose wine for 2-3 Euros. Also a lovely restaurant at the end of the strip next to the park. Food more basic and traditional but park a Godsend if you have restless kids. They also give you free (comfy) sun beds if you buy drinks there from the beach or they recognise you. There is a cheap large supermarket at the back of the village for provisions. We went over to Kalymnos where everything was really cheap (especially away from the main port)!
See 2. I think the nearest may have been iat the airport, next Kos Town (so noisy after the peace of the resort I would avoid unless you really want to do the history/architecture thing. Cherish the picture of my kids under Hypocrates tree more due to the fact that we had to conquer the noise and traffic to get it)! The car hire place is totally secure though.
I hope you will love it. If you are more into lively nightlife then you can get a taxi to Kardemena. Even if Mastihari has grown a bit more, it will still be a village. Best sunsets in the world. Superb beach (has seeweed but that is soft on the feet). Cool breeze. Lovely locals. Child friendly. The water park was really expensive and food awful btw - take a packed lunch. It was excellent fun though (and empty two years ago - though I am sure more popular now). Cost about E5 for taxi there - is a bus but a bit unreliable in terms of timetabling - two years ago so not sure of costs now.
I am waiting for cheap flights so i can book again for this summer! Will be my fourth time if I can get a cheap flight. Kos airport is also probably the best in all of the islands - I have been to a few (most are a nightmare that you put up with because the country is so lovely). Hope you love Greece as much as me. Mastihari is a special place if you are into that sort of thing.
stayed at christina july 2007 its about the best apts u will get in that area hopefully they will have a pool 2009 ? but staff are gr8t they will help always and are up 4 a good laugh and the breakfast is good we have stayed there 4 times and cant fault it at all
Can highly recommend these studios if staying in mastihari. Although outside the centre of the resort, it is a small walk (5 minutes) and there is a supermarket very close as well. The walk to the beach doesn't take long (just go past the side of the luis studios on the opposite side of the road). The studio itself was private and clean. Cleaners came every day apart from sunday (a bit too often for my liking, I prefer just 3 times a week at most). the new bar area is nice and the noise couldn't be heard at all from our studio. studios also had a nice extra 3rd pair of sliding patio doors that contained just fine mesh, which allowed you to let the air in at night but not the flies or mossys. studio lacked plugs. (only one plug for the cooking facilities, so they had to provide an extension to both cook and use extractor fan at the same time !!). Overall, definitely recommend these studios.
Amazing critical comment from Zoe regarding cleanliness. Zoe - what's wrong with tying a knot in your own loo bin-bag and disposing of it in the Demos' bins ( which are emptied every day)? It's not rocket science - if you tidy your room on the days when the room cleaning is not available, do the bathroom. If you find it distasteful, what's it going to be like after 3 days for the cleaning staff ? 1. The Greeks don't do "service" but work hard for themselves and their families. They do like the philosophy of filoxenia - just meet them half way and do a bit yourself. Especially when you see the prices we pay for a couple of weeks in such a fantastic country in accomodation such as Christina, Karadonis ( sadly no longer used by Manos), Luis et al. If you want 5 star service then book a £900 p.p. plus holiday ...... and they will still practise filoxenia but more for your money !
I stayed at these for 2 weeks in July...Overall they were excellent, the only problem i had was that the maid didn't come everyday, the first week she came 3 days..therefore my toilet bin was only emptied them 3 days I don't mind my room not being cleaned reguarly, cause i clean up afetr myself, but the fact the bin was not emptied was not nice....only had my bed linen changed once as well...although towels several times...
Message for Sharon Costello: Although there are no ATMs in the village, you will be able to take cash out from your credit card at any of the Travel Offices in the village - there'll be a small charge though!
The biggest supermarket (Constantinos) on the main road in to the village certainly takes credit and debit cards, and many of the tavernas also have visa sign etc displayed, so I wouldn't have thought it would be a problem. If you were desperate for cash, you could always catch the bus into Kos town for the day and use a cash machine there.
Hi we will be staying at the Christina Apartments in Mastihari in August and have noticed on other review pages that there is no cash machines locally, just wondering if the local shops & tavernas acccept debit or credit cards
Just back from 2 weeks
We stayed in a studio which was small but adequate and spotlessly clean, towels and bedding were changed every 3 days
Although there was no reception or bar you can be assured of a warm welcome at the
Ilios & Irini Hotel which is just next door. If you call in be sure to tell Costos to fill the glasses !!!! and mention Bob from the Isle of Man!!! You can get a drink and nice meal if you can't be bothered to stroll into the village.
Deana, when we drove past the Water Park it still was not open but looked to be opening in the next few days, sorry could not find out anymore info for you.
The dog still barks with 20 thousand cockerels accompanying it!!!! And also the local cats fighting over their territory.
All in all we had a fantastic holiday, the place is lovely and the people are wonderful and we hope to go back next year.
Hi, i've booked to stay here 6th july for 2 weeks, i was wondering if anyone could tell me what they're like/ what the resort is like... my parents have been to the resort twice before and hav e always stayed at the Luis...this will be mine first time to kos
We visited the Christina 14-28 July 2005 (myself, wife, children 10 years and 4 years). We found the Christina in an ideal location just about 500 yards from the beach and village centre and set back adequately off the main road. The apartments were fairly clean, slightly dated with a bathroom which needed a good clean. However, this was certainly not an apartment which you would see on holiday horrors. They fitted in with the village, and we certainly would re-book the Christina.
Mastihari has a gorgeous white long sandy beach, and tavernas which overlook this where you can watch the sun go down around 9am. We read 'a few tavernas and bars' in the brochures ! There are more than enough to eat somewhere different every night. Couples, and couples with young families will love this place. Visit the Luis for the free use of the pool, BBQ at the Ilios and Irene apartments a stone throw from the Chrsitina for a hilarious night with Angelo and Kostas and their 'cabaret'. Recommend eating at Vios. You don't go on holiday to Greece to eat pizza but don't miss the menu here.
I read a lot of comments before we went where people would be going back to Mastihari for the third and fourth time. Having been, we will be joining them and the Christina again.
Great to see your comments....we will be departing from newcastle on july 28th for 2 weeks..so we will just miss each other, as your holiday ends and ours begins...we also are going with 2 teenagers (13 & 16)..will visit the taverners you mentioned..am looking forward to going to mastihari.and hope i wont be disappointed.....hope you and your family have a good flight and great holiday
staying at the christina july 2005..are they far from the beach? staying in a 1 bedroom apartment for 4....how big are the apartments are they actually spacious enough for 4 ???
MY HUSBAND AND MYSELF HAVE STAYED IN CHRISTINA 2 YRS RUNNING, THE FIRST YEAR WE WERE IN THE ROOMS WITH THE BLUE AND YELLOW FURNISHINGS AND A BED ROOM, 2ND YR WAS JUST ONE ROOM BUT JUST AS ENJOYABLE, WE FOUND THE OWNERS VERY FRIENDLY, ALTHOUGH WHOEVER DID THE CLEANING USED TO SCRATCH THE FURNITURE ACROSS THE FLOOR ABOVE US WHILST WE WERE STILL ASLEEP IN THE MORNINGS, BUT THAT GOT US UP AND OUT ,NOT REALLY A PROB, WE THOROUGHLY ENJOYED OUR STAY, WE ALSO ENJOYED THE HOSPITALITY OF THE OWNERS OF THE NEARBY IRENE & ILIOS , AND ALSO THE POOL BAR 2 MINUTES AWAY, BREKKIES IN THERE ARE BEAUTIFUL,WERE GOING AGAIN IN MAY, LOVELY PEOPLE, WE LOVE EM
Just returned from a week in Mastihari staying at the Christina apartments. We love the location, not far from the centre, but away from any hustle and bustle (if you can really say that about such a quiet place!). We had no problems at all with the rooms. They were cleaned regularly (except weekends). You can hire a fan from the owners for 1 Euro a day to keep cool at night. This was a godsend. We shall be returning next year!
Sorry - re review below - we found everything excellent - not just good - I clicked the wrong buttons.
We stayed at the Christina for the last two weeks in July. They are in a lovely location. We had one studio and our daughter the one next door. We found them to be very clean. The cleaners came into the studios every day to do whatever was necessary. The towels were changed nearly every day. The only gap in the cleaning was weekends. The building work that is going on wasn't really a problem. It's only a few men finishing off an apartment next door. What kept us awake was a dog kept in a kennel close by which barked every night during the night, but I have to say that not everyone was kept awake by it and we are light sleepers. We would definitely stay at Christina again.
Hope you see this in time, the biulding work is the biulding of a simalar sized block of apartments, when we were there there was not much work being done at all, but i spoiled our view as we looked straight on to it, I'd be more worried about the beds
hope that helps, enjoys your hols