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The Rogers’ holiday in Skopelos – Guest Experiences

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The Rogers' holiday in Skopelos

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Inspirational Guest Experiences - the Family Holiday in Skopelos - the Rogers'

It was still winter when we exchanged some emails with Paul.

The anticipation, planning and arrival of the holiday ahead. Their stay in Skopelos Country Villa Delfi.

Along with our guests, I also relate to their anticipation. I get the same feeling when planning my getaway elsewhere.

I know that the travel advice given, can make or break a guest’s experience before their arrival and even during their holiday in Skopelos.

I got really excited when I saw Paul’s email signature at the end of his first personal email to me. It’s not often I would get to meet a Wedding Photojournalist who’s no.1 in the UK.

I’m a great fan of photography from a young age and Skopelos is such a picture-perfect destination.

I knew that having Paul and his family here (although for their holidays), would still be exciting for them.

They could witness first-hand the beauty this island can offer, even to such an experienced photographic eye. So I visited his website to get the first glimpse of his wedding photography work.


A Times Photographer in Skopelos Country Villas

Paul’s Photojournalism days for the Times had taken him around the world. 

The images I saw that day on his portfolio, completely took me aback.

I quickly got lost within his huge portfolio of royalty, world leaders and celebrities. His powerful images from war zones captivated me and I just couldn’t stop looking at them.

How well he ‘froze’ the pain in people’s eyes and faces in those war areas in a way I had never seen before. It was at that point I realised that he had taken his wedding photography to a whole new level.

Capturing, within split seconds, candid frames of happiness from brides and grooms.

The tears trickling down a mother’s face, proud of her daughter getting married to her ‘Prince Charming’. Father’s making speeches at wedding receptions. You can’t hear the speech, but you see the powerful emotions hovering in the air.

The expectations of a family holiday in Skopelos

Paul was very kind in taking the time to document the whole family’s experience from start to finish.

His insights into family travelling, airports, taxis and ferryboats will prove really valuable to everyone arriving in Skopelos Country Villas.

Paul's writing of their journey:

A sunny Winter day in Hertfordshire takes me back to our Summer family holiday on Skopelos.

It was last Summer, and while the tans have faded, our memories of a fantastic mountainside view over Skopelos town towards Alonnisos are still strong.

There’s a small beach just next to the port, and the kids got into their swimming costumes and cooled off in the water.The Rogers' holidays in Skopelos Country Villas
The ferry was completely full, and there were allocated seats.

Make sure you know your seat numbers – if you sit in another seat, the booked passengers will likely come and claim their seats anyway.

Our family is Paul and Helen with 11-year-old Dominic and 8-year-old Maddy.

Helen and I have visited Greece and the Islands many times, and we’d taken Dominic and Maddy to Lefkada a couple of years ago.

We love the laid back pace of life, especially in the Islands, and the food, sun and snorkelling all add up to the perfect holiday destination for us.

This time, we’d found Andonis’ villa on the internet, and loved the look of a tranquil base in the mountains to explore Skopelos. As there’s no airport on the island, we were excited to have a slightly longer journey involving the famous Greek ferry system to get to Skopelos.

Our flight was to Skiathos, just a short ferry ride to Skopelos. We’d researched the ferry timetables online, and purchased tickets.
Instead of having to visit a local travel agent to print the tickets, you can now download then onto your phone, ready to board.
Our arrival at Skiathos was smooth and quick, and we were soon in a taxi for the short drive down to Skiathos port, where we had a 4-hour wait for the ferry. 
No problem, there are plenty of cafes, and we settled in for a second lunch of Greek salad and Mythos. 
There’s a small beach just next to the port, and the kids got into their swimming costumes and cooled off in the water.
The ferry was completely full, and there were allocated seats.
Make sure you know your seat numbers – if you sit in another seat, the booked passengers will likely come and claim their seats anyway.
It was a 15min hop to Glossa, one of two ports the ferry stopped at.
We were met there by the hire car company that Andonis had arranged and were soon driving up the windy road, following the sat nav to meet Andonis at the bottom of the drive to his villas.
Villa Delfi at Sunrise - The Rogers' holiday in SKopelos
Captured by Paul in one of his early morning photo shoots at the premises.

First Impressions of Villa Delfi

The villa is beautiful, just as expected, with the fabulous view the star attraction. The kids were soon in the pool, and Helen and I were enjoying a glass of wine from the generous welcome pack that Andonis had promised to us.

We always travel with a bag of PG tips! It meant that we didn’t have to worry about finding a supermarket until tomorrow, so we enjoyed the view and relaxed into the start of the holiday.


The Rogers' holiday in Skopelos - Guest Experiences
Creating lasting guest experiences at Skopelos Country Villas.

At night, the view of the stars is superb – crystal clear, no light pollution. There’s a telescope in the villa, and we used it to check out the moon… We also discovered that the International Space Station passed overhead several times during our stay, and it was great to watch it pass.

Our next two weeks were a superb mix of discovering local beaches, exploring Skopelos Town and enjoying the plentiful Tavernas. 

One of our favourite beaches was the nearby Glysteri Beach with it’s newly build cafe complete with sun beds. As with most beach bars, it’s not the cheapest, but it’s proximity to Villa Delfi, clean sheltered waters and decent food menu made it a hit with the whole family.

Be aware that they do play music through loudspeakers dotted along the beach. We found a quiet spot between speakers, but you can go further away if the sunbeds aren’t required.

We also spent a couple of days at Stafilos beach too. The kids were keen to try the water sofa, which was pretty exciting. They let me ride in the towboat to film the kids on the sofa as well.

Perivoliou Beach-NE Skopelos - Holidays in Skopelos -Rogers' family
Beautiful colours captured by Paul with his family on Perivoliou Beach on a windy day.

For day trips, we enjoyed driving to Perivoliou Beach on the way to find the lighthouse, (Faros in Greek).

We arrived at the lighthouse at the end of a long and windy dirt frack. Its courtyard inside, (the only accessible part to the public), was unfortunately closed at the time. But stopping at Perivoliou Beach made up for it – the waves were wild and the clifftop cafe did a decent lunch.

It’s also worth taking a days boat tour over to Alonnisos as well. A half-day trip takes in some of the best beaches and includes a trip up to the town for lunch as well. 

For an evening meal in Skopelos Town, we enjoyed Anna’s as well as our favourite, Perivoli. It’s garden setting and menu never let us down – there was something good for the whole family.

Introducing children to the value of family holidays

Overall we had a super Summer holiday on Skopelos, and thoroughly enjoyed staying at Villa Delfi. I’d have no hesitation recommending it to friends. Holidays in Skopelos - Maddy enjoying a dive in the pool.

It’s a great way to introduce younger children to something a little different to an organised package holiday. And providing you’re happy to take on some challenging driving on the island, there’s something for everyone.

We’ll definitely be returning, and look forward to Andonis’ warm welcome again.

Reaching the end of family holiday in Skopelos

Paul and his family portrayed an ideal family holiday at Skopelos Country Villas.

A relaxing break combining island exploration, fun and quality evenings at our premises.

If you’d like to get featured for your upcoming holiday or you’ve stayed with us before, please drop us a line. We’ll be delighted to share your holiday experiences in a future blog post.

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