We were on our honeymoon in Georgioupolis in early May 1992, and spent a lot of our time exploring by bus. My husband suggested a trip to the south and we arrived in Plakias. However, we did not stop in Plakias but got a taxi to Damnoni. I was wondering why, when we had a perfectly good beach outside our door and there seemed to be a decent one in Plakias, did we need to trek so far. When we got behind the rocks at the end of Damnoni beach he stripped off. (No, he hadn't mentioned it before.) There wasn't much at Damnoni, but the shell of the Hapimag was in development. When we got back to Plakias the wind whipped up the dust and we went inside the Souvlaki House for probably my first Greek gyros pitta, whilst we were waiting for the bus. Husband had been following the Rough Guide which indicated that there was a naturist beach at Damnoni but did not mention the far end in Plakias. If it had, our holiday history might have been different.
I suppose we must have been into Plakias again that holiday, because we went to Preveli monastery and the bus goes into Plakias and out again on its way. However it wasn't until May 2007 that we went to Plakias again, when we stayed at Aretousa with Kosmar. We have been back almost every year since, staying at Kostas Chryssoula, including twice last year. (Nothing against Aretousa, which was lovely with welcoming owners, just that it was no longer on offer as a package.)
Incidentally I discovered the Forum by searching for Arethousa and coming upon Ali & Dave's report of the fire.