I will be traveling with my husband and 13 year old daughter to Naxos in early July 2020. After much research I know I want to stay in Agios Prokopios. I'm struggling with choosing an accommodation. I have my heart set on a hotel with a balcony with a lovely sea view, proximity to the beach, and a nice pool. The hotel with my dream views is The Liana hotel but I would like a more upscale room. 18 Grapes Hotel & Mitos suites have the type of rooms I'm looking for but it seem like the sea views are not so great - lots of rooftops and the sea seems very far off. Can anyone speak to this? Also, I love the idea of being able to go between beach and pool easily if one of us wants to do something different. It seems like it may be a bit of a hike on a hot busy road to go to 18 Grapes and Mitos. Anyone know about that? Would it be unsafe for my 13 year old to do this walk by herself? I would love to hear from anyone who has feedback on any of these 3 hotels. Also if anyone knows of any other beachfront hotel in Agios Prokopios that fits the criteria I described I would appreciate that info. Thank you all!
I don't think u are going to find your dream beachfront hotel, heart-set or not. Good reason for it -- when tourism emerged in Naxos a few decades back it was for a moderate-budget market, so the beachfront filled up with more modest accommodations, studios & rooms & apts with fine view but not Fawncy, and few with pools. So when upmarket travelers discovered our wonderful island and wanted more luxe, all the beachfront was taken ... so upscale places have had to be built inland, sometimes (if they are Villas) even too far to walk to the sands. That's how it is -- and how I hope it will stay -- would hate to see any of the many smaller family-run places be razed to make room for Posher spots. I hope you'll enjoy Naxos for what it is ... for upscale, there is always Mykonos.
Naxos is rather dusty once you move away from the sand. I was surprised by this but I suppose I should not have been. I don’t think it would be dangerous to walk to the beach but probably unpleasant.
Beth, if you are referring to the outer beaches (NOT Ag. Giorgios), it's because those areas are basically hotels & apart ment strips bult along the edge of farm fields... thus, no trees, and a lot of dust from fields formerly used for crops.. The dif. with Ag. Giorgios is that it's been a fringe area of the port town for probably a century, so it has older well-established buildings, many tall trees, lots of shrubbery and plantings, thus it has shade, flowering bushes etc, no dust. One of the reasons it's attractive walking there.
Yes, thanks for having me clarify. The area around Ag. Giorgios, which is the in town beach for Naxos town (Chora) is not dusty at all. I was referring to the question from the OP regarding her daughter walking alone to the beach. We went to the outer area beaches on a bit of a windy day and were surprised by all the dust. It really wasn't that pleasant. But we picked out our favorite beach and returned to it on a calmer day!
But yes, I agree that some of these areas looked like buildings were just plopped down.
This feedback from both of you has been very helpful! I am ready to now say, "Liana Hotel here we come!" This is a perfectly lovely hotel and the views are to die for. I am an early riser so I know I'll enjoy watching the sun rise over the sea from the balcony every morning and then crossing the street and taking a beautiful walk on the beach. If I could only leave today - ha ha. Thanks.