Having just returned yesterday from a 2 week stay at the 9 Muses, I have to say it was the most luxury I have ever experienced when visiting a Greek Island. The accomodation is lovely, power shower, air conditioning with a remote control so you can set it yourself, a TV(Ready Steady Cook is quite amusing in Greek although there are a few English channels if you like to keep up with events and weather at home),and a real king size bed. The self catering equipment appeared brand new too. The staff are very helpful and I was amazed when, alighting from the coach on arrival, all our cases were collected by a guy on what looks to be a flat bed golf buggy, and delivered to our room. There are 2 pools here, the main one which tends to get busy, and 'junior' pool which is at the back of the complex(just up the hill from the chapel). This pool is smaller and only 6 feet deep but it does have a bar and toilets. The gardens are excellent and you will regularly see the 2 young handymen clipping hedges, sweeping up leaves etc. The location was perfect for the 2 of us, lovely and quiet, a 5 minute walk from the main streets and 2 minutes from the beach.This hotel is lovely and I can't wait to rebook for next year!
We ate here on 4 or 5 occasions during our 2 week stay. We found it to offer the very best pizza, nice fresh ingredients on a stone baked base-rather than the bland doughy one from 'The pines'. The Spaghetti Bolognese was also extremely tasty and the portion was just enough. The mixed grill and souvalki both were extremely filling and on many occasions I wanted to try the sweet menu but found I was too full! I did ask to take a piece of apple pie away which they did happily and gave it to me in a sealed foil dish. Nothing was too much trouble. This is also one of the CHEAPEST restuarants we found. The staff are not particularly chatty as I get the impression the English isn't that great but they are very helpful and obliging.
I found the food at The Pines rather bland. The pizza was very doughy and the Spaghetti bolognese was tasteless.The staff like entertaining the customers but it can be hard to gain someone attention without feeling you are interupting! I found the prices quite high but had decided to try it as it was always packed out on a nightly basis. The staff also insist a service charge is paid which is called -cover charge. This usually means bread and butter etc, but this remains whether you have the bread or not. I found the staff to be rather arrogant so didn't go back again. There are too many restuarants in Skala to waste money on bland food and bad service.