When you are north of 60 returning to a place for a second, let alone a third time becomes increasingly rare. But once Hydra has scat its spell, a return visit is hard to resist. And if you like the convenience of self catering in the sleepy village of Plakes, HydraVista is the go to property.
I can't add much to the multiple 5 star reviews, many posted by returning guests. Let's just say my wife and I regard HydraVista as a home from home. We feel instantly relaxed the moment we see Trevor at the quayside because we know we're in great hands. Nothing is too much trouble. If we have a question he'll either have the answer to it or know someone who does.
For us, the routine of two swims a day in the sea from the tiny secluded beach below, walks with magnificent views and indulging in a bit too much good wining and dining makes HydraVista a magnet. We,re already planning a forth visit!
PAUL & SUE R (UK) September 2003
4th July 2023
We have just returned from 10 nights staying in the Coral. What a truly beautiful property. It is absolutely 5 Star. Everything was as pristine as the website photographs. We booked this travel in 2020 but couldn't due to COVID. To be honest, we expected signs of wear and tear, there were none. If anything it is even more beautiful than the photographs. Trevor continues to add and improve his properties. It really was immaculate. Trevor is a fascinating host. Nothing is too much trouble and nothing phases him. We really appreciate all his help. He arranged all the transport that took us from Athens to his doorstep! He met us at the water taxi and helped with our luggage. The island is just beautiful. We loved the Four Seasons a few minutes from the house. The food was excellent, the service, beyond excellent. The boats into town (every thirty minutes) just down from the property worked perfectly. Again the crew were wonderful and helpful. I totally appreciated the hands that helped me on and off. The port is totally unique. Picturesque, full of history, beautiful shops and places to eat and drink. We wandered around the back streets. 30 seconds from the port you have it all to yourself, apart from a few other fans we found outside Leonard Cohen's front door! This is a unique destination. We didn't explore it as much as we could. We were so captivated by our holiday home, our slowed down life, how relaxed we felt, we became Zen and just enjoyed the moment!
SHIRLEY V (UK) copied from Trip Advisor July 2023
We have had the most amazing week in this truly beautiful property. Met by the wonderful Trevor at the harbour we took a short ride to this gorgeous private little paradise. Everything is as shown on the photographs, stylish and excellent quality throughout. The location and vista from the property is amazing with just a short stroll to the four seasons for excellent food and also near to other local really good tavernas. The coastal path into the harbour is a lovely walk also enjoyed many times throughout our stay. Trevor this place is a an absolute credit to you and Lili we loved every minute and thank you for looking after us.
ADELE & DUNCAN H. (UK)
Beliggenhed er fantastisk og service fra værten kan ikke være bedre. Havde han kunne gøre noget ved vejret havde han også gjort det.
PALLE LIKKE N. (DENMARK)
Fantastische ligging Het strand en een schitterende taverne op 5 minuten stappen De rust en het comfort Zeer vriendelijke eigenaar die zeer attent is
GEORGES J. (BELGIUM)
Le paradis sur terre... Endroit très calme
La vue est absolument incroyable, la maison est très agréable. Idéalement situé Restaurants et plages à proximité.
Trevor est un hôte exquis, toujours à l’écoute et très serviable. Un grand merci à lui.
CHRISTELE P. (PARIS, FRANCE)
HydraVista is superbly located 5 minutes from Plakas Beach where you have ammenities such as sun beds, refreshments without having to move, and an appealing taverna serving great Greek food - it became my dining room! There are a few other tavernas around there as well, if you don’t want to go into the Port. Just have to wear those weird rubber shoes on the pebble beach and you’re set! There’s a beautiful 45 minute walk into Hydra Port along which you can stop for refreshing swims off the rocks in water that ‘caresses’ you. In the Port you can shop till you drop, including your supermarket shopping, have coffee or lunch (or drinks and dinner later), hop in a water taxi and in 5 minutes you’re back at HydraVista. If you don’t want to walk, there’s a boat every half hour to take you into or out of the Port - of course, you pay for the boats. Being out of the Port gives you respite from the crowds - I loved that! HydraVista itself is beautifully appointed, is comfortable, well-looked after, and has a fresh white decor. It’s also fairly new. It is best for a couple or a single. My host,Trevor, was wonderfully amenable - there was a problem with the internet wiring in the street, and Trevor immediately provided a local chip until it was fixed. On arrival, he picked me up from the Port, helped me do the supermarket shopping, and helped with my bags. He was friendly and helpful in every way which makes a massive difference to a traveller without the local language. I stayed a month and didn’t want to leave! Big thank you to Trevor!
SUSIE N. (AUSTRALIA)
We spent a magical week in Trevor's Paradise. Every thing is perfect: the house with terrace which offers incredible views over the sea, Peloponnese and incredible sunsets. The interior of the house is so charming that it seems to be angelic house with purity and peace, the place where times stops, the place that enables fantastic walks passing through sea and typical greek villages to go to hydra, to go trekking in the mountains and finally ...Trevor, the owner with a golden character ! Hydra is an enchantment, maybe heaven on earth .. with so cute cats & donkeys ! To quote Nietzche saying " We must have music itself to make people dance" It's in Hydra there is the best music to make dance all people ..!
AURORE & OLIVIER M. (PARIS, FRANCE)
HydraVista ist ein Ort zum Seele baumeln lassen, dort anzukommen war wunderbar Nach einer leider nicht so gelungenen Anreise hat uns die Herzlichkeit und Fürsorge des Vermieters und seiner Tochter besonders gutgetan Die Umgebung und auch Corall Vista ist zauberhaft und wir sind fest entschlossen den nur kurzen Aufenthalt bald und länger zu wiederholen
ELKE B. (KASSEL, GERMANY)
The Pearl is a perfect vacation retreat, able to fulfill all needs. We rented it for one week. One of us just wanted to rest and unwind; the other preferred walking and swimming. It was perfect for both of our needs. The three-level split interior is ideal for a quality vacation, home away from home. There is a fine sitting area with TV, a fully equipped kitchen and bathroom, and the most comfortable bed ever. Windows offer plenty of light and views of the sea, which is just a short walk away. The very comfortable outdoor sitting area offers astonishing views of the sea and spectacular sunsets. Water taxis offer regular service to the port and other points on the island. Or, you can walk. The total absence of cars and motorbikes makes Hydra unique and played a major role in our choice of the island and the Hydra Vista Pearl. There is an excellent restaurant, The Four Seasons, a short walk away, which also offers umbrellas and lounge beach chairs for swimmers who prefer an organized beach setting. The owner, Trevor, is the most accommodating host one can imagine. Knowledgeable about everything on the island, including its history and folklore. Always eager to help, providing every conceivable help. And he is simply a wonderful person to speak with. Very unintrusive, though, and respectful of guests' privacy. A perfect balance, the best vacation getaway in our own experience. And very reasonably priced. Stunning location! And Hydra is the best Greek island, hands down! We will stay at the Pearl again.
KONSTANTINOS & MADELINE S. (PORTLAND, MAINE, USA)