Thursday, 11 January 2018

Update on the Hotel Xenia (Update - 11/01/2018) ...

Steve in Skiathos has posted a very informative update on the development ...

'After a lot of help from a Greek journalist, I have obtained a copy of the development plan for the Xenia hotel. I have overlaid it on a couple of images from Google Earth to give some idea as to where everything will be.



As you can see, the existing path to the top of the hill behind banana beach will disappear (shown by the red crosses) and new roads will be in place (shown in red). The paths for these new roads have already been cut. I have included the latest artist’s impression from the developers in case anyone missed it last time and it helps to show the sports facilities, green areas etc.



The area marked OT 4 is to be a restaurant/dining area but, as of summer 2017, the developments at OT2 (57 room complex) and OT3 (10 houses) are subject to a delay. The Central Council of Modern Monuments and the Minister of Culture are insisting on changes to the plans being made before the building licence can be issued. I am not sure if this has been resolved but there is no sign of the actual construction starting yet. The dotted areas around the buildings are footpaths rather than roads and there appears to be very little parking (the plan specifies a minimum of 80 spaces for staff, guests 7 visitors). Anyone who has been to this end of Koukounaries beach in July & August will not find it difficult to imagine the chaos that is likely due to lack of parking!


As you can see, the development behind the two banana beaches is not part of the Xenia plans and I am still trying to get similar details for that'....

Thanks to 'Steve in Skiathos' and 'Skiathos Island News' for very kindly, allowing us to share the following update, and photos of the ongoing works ...

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