We arrived from Koufonisi on a very delayed Bluestar ferry, due to high winds that had seen all other ferries cancelled. We'd stayed in touch with Sophia via text and she still made poor old Giannis turn out to collect us from the port at close to midnight, despite which, he was still very welcoming and we made stumbling conversation on the short journey back, my greek rather than his english I confess.
Regardless of the late hour, Sophia greeted us and made sure we were happy before leaving us to relax. So, just gyro's for dinner this night, with my daughter falling asleep even before this.
Sophia is very chatty and interested and Giannis, her husband, is a stoic, smiling ally, both greeting us the next day with a gift of their home made wine,...which didn't last long :)
Summer Times is a modern-ish build of 4 units atop the Zoom supermarket, just off the road entrance to St Georges beach, accessed via it's own stairway opening to a large picturesque terrace with great views down the beach. Each room has it's own small separated area of terrace out front and 1, not ours, has a rear balcony also.
There is a further stairway to the roof of the rooms which has some rather comfortable loungers and table/chairs/parasol etc which is lovely for late afternoon and sunset viewings. The rooms are very clean, adequately sized, with a good bathroom and a slightly undersized kitchenette, but sufficient, with a kettle etc. for 'self-catering' in the 'go out to a taverna every night' sense. The only complaint is that the 'inner' room we had, has no windows other than at the front onto the terrace. Not a big deal unless you are the type to spend a lot of time in the room. The beach is just...there, go down the steps, pop in to Zoom for beers/snacks and you're on the beach, rather busy in August but a walk down towards or past Flisvos sports finds you plenty of space, or not that far if you're more sociable. Incidentally, Flisvos is a great place for a drink, even into the evening.
A stroll up from Summer Times takes you past several tavernas to the 'new' square, then another 100 yards or so to the start of Naxos town 'proper' seafront paralia.
I was expecting it to be a bit noisy here but, elevated up from the street and, to be honest, with most of the businesses around here not overbusy even though peak season, it was a very peaceful and discrete hideaway.
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- Studios Summer Times Naxos, Greece