When the Mamma Mia! cast and crew stayed at the luxurious Skiathos Princess Hotel, on the island of Skiathos, owner Vicky Santikos treated them all just as she does every other guest – with a warm and friendly welcome to her beachfront family hotel.
Everyone had ‘the time of their lives’ says Vicky. “Several of the stars brought their families with them while filming, including Colin Firth and Pierce Brosnan.”
Vicky said: “It was lovely to see these very busy people enjoying the hotel, pool and beach, all having quality family time in-between the filming.
The whole time the Mamma Mia! team were here, there was so much laughter!
“Colin Firth’s wife, Livia, and their young boys were able to have fun and relax while Colin was filming and he would join them later for a family dinner in the restaurant.
“There was a great atmosphere around the hotel, everyone said they enjoyed their sunshine time on the island. We loved it; the whole time the Mamma Mia! team were here, there was so much laughter!
“One day, a young boy at the hotel kept telling his parents he had seen James Bond. The next day he did the same until they realised it was Pierce Brosnan, who played 007! They approached him and Pierce was so friendly and got talking to the family.”
Vicky added: “It is unusual for actors to be together for an extended time during filming. Usually they fly in and out of film shoots but on this occasion, many of the cast and crew stayed together, like a family. It was amazing, a really special time.
“I got to know some the cast well and we still celebrate Mamma Mia! at the hotel. If guests want a private Mamma Mia! party or an event we can do that!
“Guests can also visit places where filming took place on Skiathos and Skopelos or get into theme at Mamma Mia! film nights.
Win a holiday to the Mamma Mia! islands
Olympic Holidays has teamed up the Santikos Collection to offer a 14-night luxury island-hopping holiday to the Sporades islands, so if you ‘have a dream’ to win, read on!
The Mamma Mia! bumper prize is for four people, either family or friends, to enjoy island-hopping on the Sporades islands of Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonissos, plus four tickets to see the Mamma Mia! musical with overnight accommodation for four at the Strand Palace Hotel in London.
Stay at the Santikos Collection’s Skiathos Princess Hotel, on Skiathos, and Marpunta Hotel, on Alonissos, as well as the Skopelos Holiday Hotel, an associate hotel on Skopelos – all three are popular Olympic Holidays’ hotels and the perfect base to explore the Mamma Mia! film locations.
The Skiathos Princess Hotel is a beachside spa hotel while get-away-from-it-all Marpunta Hotel, on Alonnisos, has a superb pool and private pebbled beaches. Five-star Skopelos Holidays Hotel boasts the newly refurbished Emerald Spa and Selinus Restaurant serving fresh ingredients from its organic gardens.
Back in London, but set in Greece, the feel-good musical Mamma Mia! is celebrating its 20th year in London, the seventh longest-running show in West End history. The competition prize includes four tickets to see the musical, which is based on the songs of ABBA, plus drinks during the interval, programmes and overnight accommodation for four at the Strand Palace Hotel.
So, to have ‘the time of your life’ in the Sporades islands – swimming in warm, turquoise waters, eating alfresco, exploring the countryside and lazing on beaches, as well as winning four tickets for the London musical, enter our Mamma Mia! competition.