More about Aquis Zorbas Village
great time had by all
the hotel consisted of 2 storeys appartment set in lovely gardens.some had sea views and others were of the garden.it is quite big compared with our previous visits to crete and caters for over 600 people.however this time of year it was very quiet and only about a quarter full which suited us.needless to say the restaurant bar and pool were quiet but suspect it would be a lot different at height of season. staff were very freindly and helpful apart from armani boy.rooms were very adequate with good bath/shower and small fridge.did nt need air con.
a good sized main pool and smaller kiddies pool but water was a bit cold, but when its 84 c who cares. the indoor pool was not much better although we did not use it.
the gym was 4 machines that were finally hooked up after 4 days but did not bother us anyway.
we have seen mixed reviews of the animation team. well we thought they were great and
made friends with them all.some of the games were a laugh and i enjoyed the boules winning 4 times.the shows were very good considering the short time they had to prepare. we had a good laugh as did most of our friends.
we found the food very good and although the a la carte was not open had 2 bbq s with our new friends.
we found the hotel very clean with friendly staff and good food.the beach is only 50mts away. there are some small local shops and cafes/bars all within 2 mins walk.
on the whole we had a really great time and made some special friends all of whom have been in touch.
would definately go back.. tomorrow would be nice..
special thanks to mike/bellinda,mick/joan,affw/barbara,martin/jan,julie/becky and mal & wife for making our 2 weeks so memorable. and not forgetting gigi,jack,angela & amy the animation team who worked their socks off and were good fun and friends for life.
one of our best holidays,would recomend to anyone
Relaxing holiday, great value for money
We stayed at this hotel during half term break from school. Our flight arrived in Crete late at night so it was after midnight when we arrived at our destination. We had a lovely welcome by the staff at the hotel and were shown to our rooms straight away. We were also given sandwiches, fruit and drinks as the restaurant was closed by then.
We had two rooms as there was five of us in all, my husband two children (8,7) and my Mum. The rooms were quite basic but very clean. Beds were made every day and clean towels supplied. There was a nice patio area just outside each room with table and chairs where we used to sit and have a drink after the children had gone to bed.The rooms were set amongst lovely gardens with beautiful shrubs which was a delight to wake up to every morning.
The restaurant was very large and airy with ample room for all the guests. As mealtimes were spread over three hours, there was always plenty food available and never a queue. Meals were served buffet style and included hot and cold options at all times. Wine was very palatable and there was a choice of red, white or rose. Kids were catered for really well as there was a separate section for them. However, they could still help themselves to the rest of the buffet. Desserts were delicious and there was always fresh fruit on offer.
The animation team were fantastic. We will be forever grateful to GiGi, Amy, Angela and Jack who provided us with so much entertainment. The activities during the day consisted of stretching; ping-pong; beach volley; darts and boules. It was great fun to get involved, however, it could be a little competitive at times, especially the ping pong!!. In the evening there was a mini disco and a show/quiz/dancing.
There was three swimming pools, one indoor and two outdoors. The large pool outside was heaven and we all loved swimming and jumping in, especially as the weather was getting hot. There was also a kiddies pool for the younger ones with separate sun loungers to keep an eye on them.
I would definitely recommend this hotel as there is something there for everyone, young and old. The staff are so friendly and nothing is too much bother. The kids loved the animation team and were really sad to leave. They still talk about them all the time! It was a very relaxing holiday with the option of joining in activities organized by the animation team. The highlight for me was winning the ping-pong on the last day (ha-ha)!!
Relaxing, entertaining and all round perfect holiday!
What can I say?! We weren't sure what to expect having booked a last minute and the area is a little quieter than we were expecting but this holiday was one of the best I've ever had. The hotel was spotless (including the rooms, restaurants, pool etc.) all the staff were polite and helpful, the food was good, nothing spectacular but good selection of a decent standard for all meals. The all inclusive deal is fantastic, but more importantly the animation team were amazing. I'm usually a bit sceptical of this kind of entertainment but gi gi and team were amazing with all the kids (old and young). There was something for everyone and they were fantastic in making it a memorable holiday. We are two girls in our twenties, so thought it would be too quiet, but there's an amazing cocktail bar a few doors up and you can get a taxi to Hersonissos for about 8euros. We never actually made it that far as we had too much fun..I'd recommend it to anyone as there was everyone there from young families to elderly couples.
Fabulous holiday - didn't want to come home
We booked this holiday as a bargain half-term break so were unsure what to expect. We couldn't have had a better time. Accommodation is in low-rise rooms which are light, spacious and air conditioned with own bathroom. The towels were changed daily and rooms cleaned. The complex is set in mature tropical gardens, which in May, had bouganvillea blooming and colourful flowers everywhere.
The buffet-style all inclusive menu was good and had a good variety of hot food and fresh salad buffet at every meal. With all this and free supply of wine and beer and soft drinks for our 10 year old, we thought we'd gone to heaven. Zorba's Village is right on the beach - sunbeds and umbrellas were a bit pricey along the beach 3 euros each I think - so we just used our towels. Lots of little rock pools to explore - tiny hermit crabs and small fish - but take your own rod as we found nowhere locally that sold them.
The mainly Italian entertanment team were so upbeat and friendly it was impossible not to join in with the activity schedule: boules, dart games, beach volleyball. Same team also perform their own sketch repertoire for an hour in evenings whick had our son in stitches.
Downside? Yes the pool is cold, but once you're in it's most refreshing. Location wise - it's a long walk to get to Hersonnisos and the local bus stop is a good 10-15 min walk up a winding lane. There is a hotel bus to Heraklion which leaves at 9.45am and returns late afternoon. Lots of car hire companies just outside the back of hotel though.
We managed to get to Knossos, ruins of ancient minoen settlement using local bus and taxis. Reception staff helpful with arranging trips: all bar staff, waitresses and management delightful and speak English.
I could'nt recommend Zorba's Village too highly for a relaxing break and excellent value for money. Looking forward to a return visit.
This hotel was wonderful
The hotel has been recently acquired by Aquis hotel group, who did not have time to re-furbish the premises before the season started. Having said that. the accommodation is very pleasant, consisting of 2 storey buildings, each apt having a balcony or terrace, free air-conditioning, hairdryer, a free television and a fridge. It is set in lovely well tended gardens with a large freshwater pool and the long sandy beach is just over the little used concrete road in front of the hotel.
The highlight of the holiday was the food!! It was absolutely superb, with several different salads, delicious desserts and a very good selection of main courses including local dishes and international cuisine. The soups were particularly good and you could drink and eat as much as you liked. The whole hotel was spotlessly clean and the maid would change your towels as often as you liked. There were also free beach/pool towels changed 3 times a week.
The staff were wonderfully friendly and couldn't do enough for you. Managers were constantly checking that you were happy and didn't have any problems. Would we go back? Definitely!! The only problem is that I think that after the hotel is re-furbished during the winter, the price will be sky high for the sort of service we received.
perfect relaxing holiday
Our first time in Crete and it was one of our best holidays.The few reviews I could find were all good so we arrived quite optomistic.
A small complex in a quiet location surounded by beautiful mature gardens.From the moment we entered reception we were made welcome and experienced nothing but politeness from everyone for our whole stay.
I was worried that we hadn't paid enough to get top quality all inclusive food,drink,service etc. but I needn'thave the food was good to excelent as were the drinks on offer.
The hotel was only half full ,for our stay,maybe this was a factor.
There was always room near the pool but the loungers on the beach incured a charge.At this location the beach is very coarse.We found that walking a few minutes brought us to a better sandy area.
The evening entertainment was probably the weakest part but the enthusiasm was there!
I would only recomend this hotel for couples and young families,older teenagers would probably find eveything too quiet
Excellent Holiday, to relax !!!! aged 38 and 40
Hi travelled to zorbas end of May for 7 days with my partner Paula, we were looking for somewhere where we would not spend a fortune and somewhere out of the way a bit so we could relax and what a gem we found. The hotel is clean and the gardens are amazing ( see photos). All the staff are really eager to please and all seem very happy with their jobs. There are only a couple of tavernas around which suited us as we did not want to party but after the all inclusive finished at 11pm the drinks were really expensive so we walked out of the hotel and went to the second bar to the left. Here the drinks were very reasonable a pint of Stella 2.50 euros and a vodka red bull 4 euros. Costas works behind the bar and Malinos owns it ( the bar has a illuminated windmill outside it)
We had a couple of issues but all seemd not to really matter as we were so chilled, Paulas legs seemed to swell and she started to get some pain in them so the hotel has a doctor come to it twice a day, he examined Paula and gave her an anti allergy injection but also arranged for her to go get an ultra sound on her legs to make sure it wasnt deep vein throbosis .. It WASNT thank god was the heat... Some one came to the hotel took us to the medical centre she was examined and given a presription we were then taken to the pharmacy and dropped off back at the hotel NO Problem. We then needed to print the insurance off which Giorge the assistant manger let us use the internet and print 36 pages off in reception.
The food is good 3 out of 5 I would say on average some times better but that is probably down to my prefernces than anything else pauala loved everything espicially the Feta cheese, but always salad and a meat dish etc etc . The beer is nice and the wine palletable. White anyway rose is bland didnt try the red.
They had a bbq one night which Paula loved but I thought was quite romantic but no STEAK.... The compimentary restaurant was not open yet.
They had a complimentary disco as well one night with choice of 2 free drinks after 11pm but on the second occasion you had to pay 1 bottle of beer and a capari and orange 12 euros OUCH !!! Only had one drink lol.
we hired a quad bike from local car hire 30 euros for 8 hours plus 6 euros ptrol money travelled to Hersonnisas and Stalis ( very nice beach) and also looked in on Malia. IF you want to party go to Hersonissas and Malia no Annissaris or Stalis.
All in all a bril holiday would definately go back but I think the world is too small so maybe in a few years... If you want any questions answering about the nearby place and hotel please feel free to email me... Through Trip advisor of course....
Bye for now Carl and Paula
Relaxing stay with some drawbacks
My partner and I wanted a holiday in the sun where we could just relax. We did indeed do that but I must warn you of the following if you are looking to stay here:
1. To get a sun lounger you will need to place your towels on before 8.30am
2. At eating times the canteen often ran out of plates, glasses etc
3. The food does get a bit laborious
4. The drinks around the pool are served in small plastic cups (beer with a large amount of froth, so you will find yourself making frequent visits)
5. The Bar gets pretty busy especially in the evening
6. There is only one English speaking channel (CNN/BBC News) in the rooms
7. The beach is pleasant however be aware of the huge rocks, which would not be advisable for children swimming or even some adults
On a lighter note:
The staff are great, there is plenty of food and drink. The gardens are very nice. The rooms are adequate (3*, definitley not a 4*) - more channels for the English would be ideal. Do get out and about, the scenery around the Island is lovely, we hired a car and ventured to a few beaches, some were quite littered and busy where the ones of the beaten track were alot cleaner and you had more privacy.
All in all a lovely trip, I probably wouldnt go back because I'd rather visit somewhere new.
My wife and i stayed here for a week to celebrate our 2nd wedding anniversary, and from day one the staff were superb, everyone was so friendly, we arrived at 3 am and there were sandwich's and water waiting at reception, we were checked in within minutes and shown to our room. The food was excellent with a good choice for almost everyone, considering the hotel cater for several nationalities the food and service was superb, the maitre d was very friendly and when we booked the A la Carte restuarant for our anniversary, he arranged for the chef to make us a cake and surprised us with it at the end of our meal, the bar staff were helpful and friendly letting people know what drinks were available on the all inclusive and which were not, although the first night or two was a nightmare getting served with people pushing in, it soon changed and one of the barmen, Giannis, refused to serve anyone trying jumping the que, he is a really good guy nothing was to much and he was always happy to help out when people were unsure what was available to them, and made sure everyone got served, the entertainment team were excellent, trying very hard to keep everyone happy, they worked long days but always had a hello and a smile, and never tried hassling people to join in the activities, again they catered for several nationalities talking in several different langauges so everyone understood, Eva, Angela (1 month and 25 days left 09/09/09), Federico, jack (I think) (the tall one) and the very beautiful, MOLTO BELLA Gigi ( happy now Gigi ) Gigi is a legend very funny and hard working like all the entertainment team they start early in the morning and finish late into the night keeping everyone smiling and even running the on site disco till the small hours, our room was cleaned every day, and towels changed whenever we wanted them doing, there was the main bar in the evening a pool bar for the day time, an indoor (freezing) pool ideal if you need to cool down, and a gym, on site shop selling English papers, outdoor pool, childrens pool, the location of the hotel was superb, positioned almost on the beach, a small road is all that seperates the hotel grounds from the beach, there are a couple of bars next to the hotel, try the one with the different chairs, souvenier shops and car and bike hire all within 50 meters. You can book excursions at the bars and shops to do boat trips and such. All in all a great hotel, with great staff and a great location.
MORE GOOD POINTS THAN BAD
This twenty year old beach front hotel is in a quiet area but within easy reach of the busy town of Hersonissos. All the rooms are 'bungalows' in the grounds, although the word bungalow is clearly 'lost in translation' because rooms are on ground and first floors.
The rooms are small and a little tired looking with a dreary colour scheme, but they are clean and functional. This is one of the few hotels I have stayed in where there was no noise at night, so we slept well despite the rather hard beds. Don't expect fluffy hotel towels, but there was always plenty of hot water. The air conditioning was efficient, and necessary, even in late June/early July.
The public parts of the hotel are attractive - our only criticism there is not enough outdoor seating in the bar area at night. We did enjoy some spectacular sunsets from the bar terrace. We also loved the mature gardens in which the hotel stands. The young adults in our party enjoyed the indoor swimming pool, which was always empty, and the gym equipment.
Sunbeds around the pool are free, but two loungers and an umbrella on the hotel beach cost 9 Euros. Walk a little further along and there is a better stretch of beach with cheaper loungers.
The food was excellent with plenty of variety, even for fussy eaters. We also enjoyed our two evenings at the a la carte restaurant.
There was a show five nights a week in the ampitheatre, not always to our taste, but full marks for effort by the entertainment team. Wednesday is Greek night when everyone is encouraged to join in with the dancing. The hotel manager was much in evidence and is a very friendly likeable man.
Our only disappointment with this hotel was that we paid extra for a sea view and ended up in ground floor beach front rooms. These are apparently the most expensive rooms in the hotel but the view of the sea was non existent owing to the trees in the garden obscuring the view.
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Near the little port of Sisi.
I was in Crete at the beginning of May just as the petrol delivery strike was starting. Does anyone know if it's over yet? Thanks
Gas-tank drivers were not completely satisfied, but they promised no more strike until October. Peak tourist summer season seems to be safe, but oil price is still hiking too fast... According to official data, about 70% of transportation cost in Greece depends on oil price.
Last week,during the last week of our holiday in the Peloponnese, petrol prices rose from 1.18 euros a litre to 1.27. Nearly as expensive as in England, sadly.
Thanks for all your replies. We're going again in 2 weeks and as petrol prices are up to €1.39 per litre in Galway I'm prepared for the worst!:)