Managing to pass under the mass tourism radar for many years, Skiathos is now making a bit of a comeback. Although this Sporades island does see a steady influx of regulars each summer, it has never quite been up there with its siblings in the Cyclades like Mykonos or Santorini, nor has it fought for attention with its cousins in the Ionian like Corfu and Paxos. Despite its pristine beaches, of which there are over 60, and its pine-green hills, it has remained largely unknown and has thus managed to retain that quintessential Greek island charm that everyone dreams of.
Quietly minding its own business, Skiathos has begun offering a low-key escape for some very high profile celebrities since a few of its beaches were used in scenes from the ‘Mama Mia’ movies. Although its neighbour Skopelos was the main protagonist, it seems that Hollywood warmed more to understudy Skiathos. Hence, well-knowns like Goldie Hawn and partner Kurt Russel have come to frequent the island, often spotted enjoying a simple meal in one of the local tavernas, minus the paparazzi. Actress Kate Hudson was also instrumental in raising the island’s profile as she Instagrammed her way around it when on holiday, while celebs like Lady Gaga and Shakira have hopped on and off the island without causing too much of a stir.
The island’s welcoming emerald harbours have developed a magnetic pull on superyacht owners, with the likes of the late Ferrari & FIAT CEO Sergio Marchionne nonchalantly mooring there last summer. The floating palace Al Miqrab of the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani also recently dropped anchor there for a few days. In addition, there has been an increased interest in the island by large investment funds, mainly from Saudi Arabia, promising to add even more kudos to this enchanting Greek treasure.
Skiathos Properties from Greece Sotheby’s International Realty
For palatial elegance: Mediterranean Blossom
Set within dense pine forests, the villa handsomely stands to overlook its own semi-private beach and offers exclusive charm and traditional architecture. A very unique property in a resplendent location.
Double the delight: Seaside Vista
An exceptional waterfront property consisting of two villas with infinity pool, spacious outdoor-indoor living areas, a wine cellar and beach access. This luxurious estate is the personification of luxury, privacy and serenity.
Spectacular design: Seascape
An architectural landmark in its own right, this ultra-modern villa is a mix of contemporary design and an environmentally-friendly philosophy, making it a superb choice for those seeking elevated luxury with a conscience.