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Olympia Mare
Ranked #22 of 39 Hotels in Kardamena
Reviewed 21 February 2012

The perfect spot for a break from the tourists of Bodrum. An easy ferry ride across the strait to Kos and a 40 min taxi ride to Kardamena. Olympia Mare is situated out of town with its' own beach frontage (without having to coss a road). The apartments are large, airy and immaculately clean and provided with everything you need (including a beach towel).Short cheap taxi rides get you to town or the airport or there is a periodic bus which stops out the front of the apartments. The owner Nikos is a most friendly and helpful gentleman and nothing was too much trouble for him, his advice was invaluable. Highly reccommended.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 June 2011

Quiet and relaxing atmosphere, Olympia Mare still has the original Greek charm. Family run apartments that make you feel at home and welcome, you will want to return after you leave. I have been coming to Kardamena for over 30 years, and this, in my opinion, is the best place to stay.
The beach in front of Olympia is probably the best swimming you'll find in that area. Sand all the way when you walk in, and clear, clean water. Beach sun beds for the guests are free, and also trees along the beach if you want shade. There is good snorkelling and it is windy enough for windsurfing, (which I do a lot when I am there) and kite boarding. And all this is just a few meters from your room. It has the feel of a private beach, because it is almost exclusively used by the guests of Olympia.
Being 2 km outside of Kardamena makes this a perfect base for renting a car or bike and exploring the island from this location. There is also a bus stop in front of the Hotel, Nikos will give you the time schedule. It is a 20 min. walk to Kardamena.
The apartments are very spacious and very clean. All bedrooms have a balcony or terrace, and all apartments have living room area and kitchenette. One of my favourite things to do at the end of the day is to sit on the balcony (beer in Hand) and enjoy the most beautiful view of Greek islands and Turkey. Watching the full moon rising from this location is spectacular.
Even when Olympia is completely full, it is still quiet and peaceful. The guests come from all over the world which adds to the atmosphere.
Nikos, your host and the owner, is full of information and will give you good suggestions on where to go on the island and recommend good restaurants.
Wi-Fi is available in the lobby, and outside underneath the grapevines.
The village of Kardamena offers good Restaurants (Posidonia is our favourite and the Laikon has the best Pizza in town, you can even order it to your room) and is a good destination for all ages.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 June 2011

Wonderfully situated, perfectly clean accommodation just a few kilometres from Kardamena. We enjoyed swimming, sitting in the shade of the trees on the beach and the views over to Nisyros. We also appreciated the advice and local information about the island from Nikos. The apartment was spacious, very comfortable with air-conditioning and great views from the balcony.

Room Tip: Rooms on the second floor have good views.
  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 July 2010

Olympia Mare is a bit secluded complex of apartments of various sizes with airconditioned rooms, kitchenette and a terrace or balcony ( if you are staying on the upper floor). The rooms are spacious, the cleaning lady comes every day, and towels are changed daily. The complex and the private beach give you the felling that you are far from the hordes of tourist that invade Kardamena. Nikos, the owner of the place, is always available and has great pointers on what to see and where to go. I would recommend renting a car but at my age (64) - I am a bit spoiled and like convenience. A great place to stay on the island if you want peace, quiet and the nature about you.

Stayed: July 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 July 2007

We loved these apartments, which are perfect for a peaceful romantic break. They offered a real sense of Greece and traditional Greek hospitality.

The apartments were in a quiet location and right on a sandy beach, which was quite secluded. The beach stretches all the way into Kardamena. This is the only accommodation we saw that doesn't have a road separating it from the beach. There were free sunbeds and umbrellas and they even had lilos available for guests to use.

The room was clean and spacious and offered spectacular sea views of Nisyros and Turkey on one side and a chance to watch the sun go down behind the beautiful mountains on the other side. It was lovely to chill out on the balcony of an evening and watch the moon rise over the horizon. The balcony was also completely private, so there was no bumping into other guests while we were trying to relax.

It was a fair walk into the resort of Kardamena, but we enjoyed the stroll along the coast road, which was well lit at night for the walk back. When we didn't fancy the walk, a cab ride was only a few euro.

The family who run the apartments were really friendly and helpful. Nikos couldn't do enough for us, whether it was providing information, booking a cab or even ordering us a pizza when we wanted a night in. We really felt looked after by him and it seemed that nothing was too much trouble.

We would definately return to the Olympia Mare. After more than 20 years of visiting Kardamena, this is the best self catering accommodation I've found. We almost don't want others to know of our discovery, but we feel that the lovely family who run this place deserve to have this favourable review.

  • Stayed: July 2007, travelled as a couple
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Address: Kardamena 853 02, Greece
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Region: Greece > South Aegean > Dodecanese > Kos > Kardamena
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Kardamena
#4 Romantic Hotel in Kardamena
#8 Family Hotel in Kardamena
#15 On the Beach Hotel in Kardamena
Price Range: $79 - $133 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Olympia Mare 2*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Olympia Mare Beach Hotel is located just outside Kardamena (1.6km) on a quiet stretch of beach 7km from airport and 27km from Kos town. It is a friendly and small family complex, with Aegean Style environment, ideal for families with children and couples. ... more   less 
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