Princess Tia Hotel
Address: Balos Koumeika Greece
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Age: 35-49 from Glasgow, United Kingdom
Reviewed on September 4, 2011
"2nd visit - perfect"Rate:  5 Stars
We returned for 2 weeks after staying 1 week last year. Everything was perfect. Balos is so quiet & relaxed, even in high season. Princess Tia is great for chilling, quiet poolside books and the odd dip in the beautiful sea. You can also surf the web using the free wifi in the cafe beside the pool!
Stayed at July 2011
Age: 35-49 from London,
Reviewed on July 9, 2011
"Second visit- still great!"Rate:  5 Stars
Princess Tia Hotel in Balos is a beatuiful, relaxed and peaceful location, ideal for those who just want to get away from it all. We travelled through the tour company Cachet, who have a wonderful representative Dawn, who meets you off the plane and then comes to Tia`s the following day to tell you all about the island which was very useful as this year we hired a car to explore for a few days. A real treat- Samos island has so much to offer, jaw-dropping views at every twist and turn with unspoilt smal towns and villiages. The driving is easy in Samos but better to plan your day not to be driving in the heat of the early afternoon. We had a good road map whch you can pick up for 3 Euros. Useful in identifying the type of roads by which to travel- some would only be suitable in a hire Jeep as gravel, narrow and steep. The small towns and local people and hospitality are unmissable and the scenary changes with every mile. Having siad this, my recommendation would be to only indulge in a hire car for a few days, as the haven and quiet life of Balos is why you would choose to stay at Tia`s and you wont want to be away from it for too long.
The tavernas in Balos serve some of the tastiest food I have ever had, authentic greek cruisine with a good choice of meat and fish dishes, reasonably priced and all with a free sunset over the mountains.
My advice would be dont forget a good camera with a big memory card (for those endless landscapes and sunsets!), some sea shoes, a sufficent supply of reading material and bino`s if you have an interest in wildlife or birds (we had several sightings of hawks and eagles when up in the moutainous parts of the island). For reference there is mobile phone reception, but that will be the last thing on your mind!
I hope to visit Princess Tia Hotel again, for all the reasons that I can relate to reading others reviews. This is the perfect place to relax and unwind. This is a retreat and as such - if you are looking for something more lively or bars then this isnt the place for you, but can be enjoyed elsewhere in `resorts` in Samos.
A note that wont apply to most, but for those who have concerns like myself regarding access to a fridge to keep medication such as insulin in there is one in each room. You really are a long way from medical assistance of any kind so sufficent supplies are a must. However, to my fellow diabetics who may enjoy and gin and tonic just note that there is no such thing as "slimline" on this island! Also I found it was difficult to get a diet coke in a taverna, but Tia`s does sell it in her bar and also it can bought in supermarkets. This is only a minor hiccup, but also to mention that both Tia and Dawn are exceptionally helpful should you need any advice about anything.
Stayed at July 2011
Age: 35-49 from Manchester, United Kingdom
Reviewed on July 10, 2011
"CHILLAXED...."Rate:  5 Stars
just returned from a 2 week holiday here in Balos on the island of
we couldnt have asked for anything more... Tia the host was fantastic a
small family run hotel on the edge of the sea absoloutly the best place
we`ve been to.
The perfect place to totally wind down.
The hotel has 14 rooms so extremly private and quiet.
WE MET SOME REALLY GREAT PEOPLE!! but its the kind of place you dont
have to meet anyone if you don`t want to.
Try Stellas a family run Cypriot restaurant absoloutly delicious... try
the stuffed corgette flowers and the beef or rabbit stifado yummy!!!!
Stayed at July 2011
Age: 35-49 from Svendborg, Denmark
Reviewed on August 15, 2011
"Great place to relax and wind down"Rate:  5 Stars
I cannot really add much to what has already been written about this hotel. It`s clean, quiet and well managed with airy rooms with own kitchen, bathroom and balcony, a nice little pool, a bar and the beach right in front of you.
Balos is a very quiet spot on the Southern coast of Samos, so different from the more touristic places on the islands such as Pythagorion. Nevertheless, there are 4-5 restaurants in town that all seem good so in that regard you are not isolated. There is no mini-market though, but the bread man and the fruit man pass through the village in the morning (you`ll hear the loudspeakers from their cars) and otherwise you can ask Tia for other items from the mini-market in nearby Koumeika (or you can walk up there yourself).
The beach is full of pretty stones but your feet tend to get a bit sore when you enter the sea. A pair of beach shoes for swimming is no bad idea.
Stayed at August 2011
Age: 50-64 from Preston, United Kingdom
Reviewed on July 12, 2010
"What a Gem!"Rate:  5 Stars
Just returned from 2 weeks at `The Princess Tia Studio`s and what a chilled out relaxing holiday we have had , just bliss . At the moment Samos is empty due to the financial crisis , Balos is empty , though I dont think it is ever busy , the beach , which is across the empy road is empty, about a mile long and only 24 sunbeds on the whole beach!! The sea is clean and wonderfull for swimming and snorkeling . The small complex of Tia`s is clean , tidy and comfortable , the beds about the most comfortable we have had .The pool area is comfortable , and the pool big enough with sunbeds. (This is not the standard of holiday that we would normally choose,but for the price you would find it difficult to better.) A little updating wouldnt go a miss , but it works .
Tia and her family are delightful !! nothing is too much trouble .You can hire a car through her , cheaper than the car rentals of the major companies and delivered and collected from the hotel, and if you need provisions she will phone them through and they will be with you by next morning, the baker calls every day except Sunday , and the Veg man ( one of two) calls every day .
The Tavernas / Restaurants of which there are 5 , are all of a good standard , with fresh fish on the menu most nights , be sure to visit the Cypriot one `Stella`s, a group of us went on the last night ,we had a Birthday Girl , and 2 wedding anniversaries in the group , we discussed with Stella and her son afew days before hand what we would like to eat , and as a suprise they made us all the most yummy ice cream cake !!
Samos is a delightfull Island , though as all places there are afew touristy beaches and towns .
Stayed at June 2010
from Brighton, United Kingdom
Reviewed on July 20, 2012
"fantastic tia"Rate:  5 Stars
this was a great place to stay for a very relaxing holiday, the studios are really clean with basic cooking facilities and balconies , there is a really nice little bar and swimming pool for those who want that, and what`s great about this place is you can have the kind of holiday you wish, there is great friendly atmosphere. The sea is across the road. Tia is very welcoming, and very helpful, we will be back, totally smashing.
Balos is small but there are four tavernas, all good but try the brilliant restaurant, Stella highly recommended.
Stayed at July 2012
from Bristol, United Kingdom
Reviewed on October 19, 2011
"The perfect place to relax in Samos"Rate:  5 Stars
Princess Tia, based in Balos, on the south cost of the island of Samos, is the perfect place to stay if you want to spend a week or two in Greece actually relaxing, rather than chasing around after tour reps, being disturbed by rowdy teenagers or avoiding small kids.
Our room was fine, with AC available for a small fee, a comfy bed, plenty of storage space, a small yet serviceable bathroom and more than adequate cooking facilities. It was perfectly clean when we arrived and was serviced several times a week. It was quiet at night too; if you like being lulled to sleep by pounding techo from clubs and bars below, you`ll hate it!
There are five tavernas (Stellas is awesome!) in the village, and the beach that the apartments front onto is pebbly and quiet. You can hire beds and umbrellas from Tia if you need them - we made do with beach towels - and if the sun gets too hot you can retire to the bar area for a mug or two of icy cold Amstel, served by the ebullient Konstantina, and have a chat with Tia and your fellow guests. You can even run up a modest tab and if you get peckish, they will knock you up a decent toastie.
We`d strongly recommend hiring a car as there`s not much else to Balos and public transport doesnâ€™t make it down to the coast there, and needless to say, thereâ€™s parking right next to the apartments. There`s a supermarket about 10 minutes drive away in Ormos and, if you need it, a pharmacy in the picturesque mountain village of Marathokampos.
Tia`s a wonderful host and if you ask nicely she might even lend you her daughter`s guitar if, like me, you can`t go two weeks without playing. She`ll also offer to pick up supplies.
We canâ€™t recommend Princes Tia Apartments highly enough. Itâ€™s not the place for kids older than toddlers, but that has the advantage of attracting people who â€“ like us â€“ simply want (need!) a quiet, stress-free and very relaxing holiday. Places like this are fewer and further between these days, and if youâ€™ve not visited Samos before, make sure you doâ€¦ and stay here!
Stayed at September 2011
from Alnwick, United Kingdom
Reviewed on July 6, 2011
"More than just a wonderful holiday"Rate:  5 Stars
Delightfully quiet location; assiduously maintained simple accommodation and facilities; unstinting warmth and practical kindness on the part of the married owners. Nothing was too much trouble for them, especially in the face of an unusual request from us about tracing
possible evidence of our ancestral history on the island. We were quickly put in touch with their lawyer, whom we met a few days later and who turned up some positive evidence a few days later. He, they and we have happily agreed to keep in touch re any further developments. For all of the above we look forward to returning in the not too distant future to such a happy, comfortable and friendly place.
Stayed at June 2011
from Liverpool, United Kingdom
Reviewed on October 29, 2009
"Best holiday destination in Greece"Rate:  5 Stars
I have stayed at Princess Tia for the last 4 years and intend going back again this year. Balos is totally unspoilt, everyone is very friendly, the beach though stony is a delight as there are thousands of interesting and beautiful stones, no shops, no buses, no nightlife, just wonderful food in small family run tavernas.
Stayed at July 2009