We stayed here as a couple in September and were delighted with Ariadne. However, we would not recommend it for more than five people, two/three is very comfortable. It has one good upstairs bedroom with a balcony with table and chairs, a smaller bedroom also with a balcony with table and chairs and just about room for its twin beds, and a good bathroom with enclosed shower. Downstairs is the living area with access to the terrace, with a sofa converting to twin beds - the only indoor seating. This adjoins a small kitchen area with reasonable storage and equipment, a standard size fridge, two burner electric hob, sandwich maker and coffee machine. There is no oven. The downstairs bedroom is a good size and nicley furnished and has patio doors with curtains but no shutters, opening on to the terrace. We assume in the summer it would be necessary either to have the patio doors open or the a/c on at night if you wanted to use this room. The downstairs bathroom has an unprotected shower so items including the loo roll would probably have to be moved before showering – we didn't use it.
Outside there is a canopied area with a table big enough for six, then the pool area with a 7x3m unheated pool – fine mid September, getting quite cold by the beginning of October. There's a good but not very well equipped barbecue – packs of charcoal, matches and lighters are available in the first supermarket on the track back to Naxos Town. The immediate neighbours are quite close but the only overlooking window was almost always closed – I enjoy being naked and this was possible in the house and garden nearly all the time we were there.
We found the agents Despoina and Luca extremely helpful; the villa was cleaned excellently every day and the linen and towels usually relaced on alternate days.
We particularly enjoyed eating at Akrogiali in Agia Anna, about 20 minutes walk from the house; or at Three Brothers or Vlissis family tavernas, south along Plaka beach, under 15 minutes walking from the house. Flisvos in Mikra Vigli - with an Italian slant - was also good - but it means a 20 minute drive.
Plaka beach is 600m down a track and is a lovely sandy beach, very good for swimming and lined with tavernas and sunbeds. If you go north 500m so you are beyond Paradiso taverna, there's a stretch of beach without facilities where most visitors are nudist, but we didn't find the swimming very good here. Going south 500m just beyond Three Brothers taverna there is a section of beach with sunbeams and shallow sand so very pleasant swimming, and about 50/50 clothed/nudist. Between the two tavernas there is no nudity. My favourite beach was Kastraki to the south of Mikra Vigli, which shelves very gently so we found it warmer than Plaka, and when we were there the taverna at the Mikra Vigli end was open, but the one in Kastraki was closed. The beach is about 3Km long, and once we were away from the Mikra Vigli taverna there was a mix of clothed and nudist visitors on the rest of the beach.
Very helpful hosts who also helped us arrange transfers and motorbike hires. Lovely location close to the beach with fab eating places nearby. Kitchen not fully equipped but we could get enough together for 6 of us to have breakfast and meze before going to the restaurants. Lots to see and do on the island if you have transport.
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