Apartments to let by the sea at Milatos, a small village in Crete. The owners are very hospitable and friendly. There is a tiny sandy beach suitable for children. Some fish restaurants in the neighboiurhood, also shops. The apartments have kitchens where one prepares meals..
Suitable for families.
Note-the bus service is poor and you must rent a car.
20 metres from the sea overlooking a small fishing marina.
We arrived to find a bottle of local wine wating for us in our room and some fresh fruit, a great way to start the day.
The service in numerous areas was superb, from the front desk and their help in guiding us to buses and local attractions, to the hotel dining room, where the selection and quality of food was very good.
I think one of the most attractive features of this hotel was the numerous swimming pools scattered all over. The hotel is built in a number of small two storey buildings that are interconnected, yet seperate, creating small "islands" around the 5 or 6 pools. The beach is of course only a few meters away and the hotel is located in a highly developed area for tourism with everything from gift shops, coffee shops, restaurants, pubs and rental places for cars and quads.
This was our second visit to the Arminda hotel and spa, and again could not fault it, even though it is all inclusive in a sense, it’s not for people who want to get as much food or drink down your neck, this hotel offers a chilled out atmosphere, basic entertainment on a night, this year I noticed it is geared up for the kids from, 9:00am to 9:00pm who all seemed to enjoy it.
We emailed ahead for a choice of room in the block above the snack bar/pool, and were not disappointed, the reception on booking in was first class, and the staff really friendly, The room we choose was 322 on the second floor, gives panoramic views from Hersonissos on the left to Stallis on the right overlooking the bay, The room is large and airy with fridge, TV and the normal extras,
Mainly used the top pool next to the block, but does get busy so you need to be early with your towels etc., Snack bar opens at 10:00am and Water is free from the cooling machine, just save your empty bottles, There is bottled water to buy, but the cooling machine was fine, no ill effects.
Wi-Fi is available for a small charge, and worked perfect on my kindle fire,
Food, there is plenty of choice, but does tend to repeat itself, good choice on breakfast, and a microwave to reheat, seating is either outside where it is cooler or inside, it is best to collect your knife and forks first with napkins and set your table before getting your food, saves time trying to find a table if busy. Snack bar is well stocked throughout the day with sandwiches, toasties, pasties, fruit and cakes, All drinks on tap so you help yourself, again there is only a choice of 3 spirits to pick from, so advise buying a couple of bottles at the airport if you prefer something with more alcohol in,
No problems with taking drinks, ice and food back to the hotel room, all staff friendly and happy to help you,
If you fancy venturing out taxis were only 7 euros to Hersonissos on the left and to Stallis on the right, normally someone else may be waiting so share to half the cost, getting back it’s just a case of standing near the road and watch for a taxi with its sign lit, and flag it down.
Not many English stay at the hotel mainly east European, but don’t let this put you off visiting here,
Overall a perfect week chilling out and for the price, well worth it,
I STAYED HERE IN SEPTEMBER OF THIS YEAR .THIS WAS MY SECOND VISIT,MY FIRST BEEN IN 2004. THE FACILITES ARE FIRST RATE AND ARE A CREDIT TO THE OWNERS,AS THE FOLLOWING PICTURES WILL SHOW ,THIS HOTEL HAS ALL THAT YOU WILL NEED FOR A GREAT HOLIDAY ON CRETE.
1 A GREAT POOL
2 VERY GOOD FOOD
3 VERY NICE GARDENS
4 GREAT VIEWS
5 FIRST CLASS ROOMS
We stayed a week in this rather nice hotel. It has good rooms, being renovated, a nice big swimming pool. Easy access from the main road, a nice walk into the town, but the way back ...
Mikro Village Hotel
72100 Agios Nikolaos
The swimming pool., tennis court, nice garden.
Arriving late afternoon, hotel around 40 minutes from the airport depending on drop offs, , Reception and check in was very quick and easy, Explained the routine and shown to the rooms, staff are so laid back, its unbelievable, in a friendly way, The room we were in was in the block above the Snack bar. First impressions was a light airy large room, air conditioning free, Fridge ( empty ), no kettle for hot drinks, bathroom well maintained and clean, make sure you take a bath plug just in case!! Towels are changed 3 times a week, this includes your first night, no room service on a Sunday, No waistbands to wear, which is a good thing, All drinks that are A/I is help yourself, wine beers and soft drinks from the pull 2 spirits (ouzo, raki and brandy) from the bottle at the end of the counter, anything else you pay for. Bar staff keep the place clean and tidy collecting empties etc., so you know what you are getting A/I,
Snack bar good choice of sandwiches, sweets, nibbles etc. from 10:00am to 6:00pm, main restaurant most people sat outside, never no queuing or waiting for tables, again staff keep all tables cleaned quickly, you will soon fall into a routine tables are not set, so you collect your own cutlery napkins etc., drinks from the side, place on table and collect your food, good choice of all types don’t except dear cuts of meat, think rabbit etc., plenty to fill you but does repeat each meal, Used the microwave a lot just to warm up the food, enough said, There is a grill each night but the chef tends to overcook the meat, just ask for some off the griddle before he puts it on the serving trays, this served me well as I like all meats including chicken medium rare,
Breakfast it is possible to get full English, i.e. bacon, eggs, beans sausage etc., and again popped into the microwave topped with HP sauce, but there is a full choice of fruit, salads, sweets etc., not sure why chips were served with breakfast?
Entertainment is very low key to none, so take some board games, cards etc., consisted of quiz night international karaoke, poker night, and bingo all in the snack bar. This is the main area on a night time; there is Wi-Fi at 2 euros an hour or computers for 3 euros an hour.
Mini market is 100 yards to the right of the hotel and there is one next door in the Nana Beach hotel, plus an ATM cash machine.
2 pools both salt water, big pool mainly with families so there is noise through the day, plus pool games, no life attendant in place so be careful with small ones,
Going out its either to Stallis or Hersonissos 2.5 k either way used taxis which were around 8 euros or you could walk, beach area is very good but belongs to the Nana beach hotel who will charge you 15 euros a day for 2 sunbeds and umbrella, worth a walk around the nana beach hotel to see the different in price, and how the staff dress, think of a scene from the titanic, (navel uniforms all ranks)
Overall a great hotel for a chilled out relaxing break, plenty to eat and drink mixing with all nationalities ( English 10%), if you want action and hassle go next door, definitely on my list to go back at the price we paid.
It's a newly renovated, clean, family owned hotel.You feel like you are staying in his home! Every day he offered us free coffees and raki. Breakfast was very good with fresh foods and traditional pies of Crete. I have never experienced such great service at such a good price.The rooms are quiet and it's very close to the center of the village. I would recommend Hariklia rooms to all !
Hi Maria, Nikos. Hope all is well with you. Just a quick note to say thank you for making our holiday with you so enjoyable. The room was fantastic, the food was amazing, the pool & poolside bar a welcome cool relief from the hot sun & of course your wonderful family, so friendly & accomodating, nothing was ever a bother to you. .All the best George Maniksh
kitchen with a fridge, utensils, a coffee maker and a toaster
balcony or a veranda with a wonderful sea or mountain view
near to cenrtral of agia pelagia
The Athena apartments in Stalis are family run. The lady Ioanna could not have been more helpful. The apartments were clean and comfortable and a lovely pool and bar. The family were always willing to help with advice on where to go, visit etc and nothing was a problem.
Stalis being quite a busy resort was not my ideal choice however these apartments are set back from the main drag and in a nice quiet location with views to the hills and olive groves.
this was a very basic bed and breakfast room. we went at the end of the season so there was not alot of people there. the room had a two rings to cook on and a kittle in the room, a shower room or so called shower room. then ur beds there was no tv or any entertainment there. the town was great if u wanted club land, but most had closed up so was only a few bars open. the room was so close to the beach and the staff there were always polite. the swimming pool was there but due to the beach being about ten steps away was always empty. we had a great breakfast everyday and could always buy more. if u have a night flight to go home to then make sure u pay the extra to have the use of ur room till u fly back. we had to sit outside for 8 hours before our night flight.
The resort was right on the beach and had a great view. as for that nothing special about it
We had booked a one bedroom apartment for four adults here, back in April. We were a little unsure whether this place would be our cup of tea, being a bit too much like a complex and rather large for our taste. We chose it (apart from the price) because we had our 16 year old son with us and thought he would appreciate the facilities and meet other young people.
Arriving at reception sometime after 11pm, we had to wait for reception to be attended. We then waited again while our booking was searched for. No booking! The boss was called, another ten minute wait and then a further ten minutes whilst he searched his online bookings. Finally, he admitted there was a booking under our name, but for next week. We were furious but what could we do, it was pretty late by now. we were sent, along with another couple who had had the same treatment, to Matheos Apartments, further along the road. No apology, nothing. In the end, we were grateful we ended up at Matheos, much more our type of place with lovely owners who really put themselves out for us.
During our stay, quite a number of people were sent to Matheos, having been overbooked at Piskopiano Village.
Helen, our hostess, told us Piskopiano had offered her €15 a room for those of us that had been overbooked. As it stands today, 5/07/11, Helen still hasn't been able to retrieve any of that money.
Greedy to constantly overbook.
We hadn't booked these apartments but ended up staying here when we discovered where we were supposed to be staying had over-booked. How lucky we were to end up at Matheos, they were a godsend.
We received a very warm welcome when we were shunted off here at midnight, nothing was too much trouble for Helen, Kostas and George. Helen quickly prepared rooms and as we were supposed to be in an apartment for four, she gave us two studios next to each other, having no apartments available at the time. Although we were downstairs and had no view, we were lucky in the respect that we looked out onto olive trees and it was wonderfully quiet. We were never kept awake by noise of any sort, nor were we woken in the mornings!
The rooms are immaculately decorated, so clean and bright and the tiling is a real work of art throughout the building.We had a kettle, coffee maker, juicer, breadboard, t.towel, draining rack and washing up bowl, which is unusual in Greek studios. The shower had a tray and curtain and even a hook for the shower head. Water pressure was good. These apartments are classed as basic, but to me, they had more than is usually supplied in many studios.
There is a small swimming pool with sunbeds, ideal for cooling off and a snack bar, serving food all day.
Helen is Irish and has a great sense of humour and is generous and kind beyond measure. I cannot recommend this place enough, just go!!
Peaceful location althoughonly a minute from the shops and restaurants. Immaculately maintained.
Greek mythology warrior King Minos would be mightily proud of this palace named after him. Not that this is a palace - it’s a 4-star hotel on the eastern tip of the resort of Hersonissos, Crete, and a damn good one it is to.
Everything you want from a good hotel is here - very friendly and competent staff; an impressive layout in very pleasant surroundings; rooms of a good size; the hotels public areas, bars, restaurants, guest rooms and gardens kept spotlessly clean; a magnificent pool area, and above all, the food is of a very high standard.
One slight worry some people may have is that the vast majority of the rooms have ‘shared’ balconies; that’s to say the balconies are only separated by a very low rail/wall. Is this a minus for the Minos? It’s your choice.
It’s takes around five minutes to walk to the start of the 2km stretch of shops, bars, restaurants, etc, that make up the resort of Hersonissos and a good half hour to stroll to the harbour.
The hotel is quite sophisticated but the resort is most certainly not. It’s a lively place, particularly in July and August. In May, however, when my wife and I went, Hersonissos is much less lively but none the less busy enough to have an interesting people-watching stroll after evening meal.
It is is very unfair to describe the resort as “sleezy”, as one well-known tour guide does.
There are plenty of good quality bars and restaurants and the shops (in the main) are very well presented. The shops in the streets leading to the lively harbour area are particularly impressive, many of them selling designer clothes which were way beyond our pocket!
There are a number of beaches stretching from Hersonisssos all the way to Malia in the east. The more interesting and less busy ones are to be found walking along the coastline towards Stallis.
One last tip; hire a car and explore the majestic mountains of Crete. The scenery here is quite stunning and has to be some of the best in the whole of the Mediterranean.
This hotel was recommended to us by friends and they were correct, it was quite good. We did have some "extra" experiences there that made it extra special. The first photo shows me with Vasilias. When we arrived at the hotel, this gentleman walked up to me, put his arm around my shoulder, took hold of my beard and said something in Greek. When I asked him he said "follow me". We entered one of the offices of the hotel and he pointed to a photo of a Greek Orthodox priest, also with a beard similar to mine...Vasilias then said "This is my father and YOU look like him". He then took me by the arm and escorted me out to where Zohara and our friends were waiting for me. We were then invited for coffee at the hotel poolside restaurant where Vasilias told the waitress to give us anything we desired. We inquired later and found out that he (Vasilias) is the owner of the hotel...As it turned out, he sometimes sat with us during meals, brought us other special dishes (not those given to the other hotel guests) and invited us to meet some of his family, including his beloved dog Cos who you can see in the last photo with Zohara.
The hotel itself is divided into several sections, the main building which also houses the restaurant, bar and pool, then a detached section of lower cost rooms. Another detached section has a number of larger and more expensive rooms with two pools and bar attached. Across the street is yet another section of middle cost rooms. All use the same dining area.
There is also a gaming area, spa and exercise room in the basement. The hotel is situated just across the road from the ocean, so you only have to walk about 50 meters to get to the water.
This campsite in Hersonissos is in a wonderful little oasis directly on the beach, in fact surrounded by quiet unspoilt beaches. The service is refreshingly fast for Greece but still relaxed and efficient. There is a large open bar next to the restaurant area where you can sit and watch the world go by listening to the waves crashing on the rocks. When the sun went down we enjoyed the banter from the staff and locals and were made to feel very welcome and part of the team. They serve a wonderful variety of food including homemade and very fresh and tasty Pastitsio, Stifado or moussaka but be warned if you have a good appetite try the wonderful mixed grill. When we got the bill we couldn't believe how cheap it was for such traditional wonderful food and great portions. We then once again joined everyone at the bar trying out the cocktails (strong) and then my partner insisted we tried the the local Raki and I opted for Ouzo, this was on the house with George, the owner of Camping Caravan. The drinks flowed and we had some wonderful evenings meeting a huge array of people, a lot of long time friends of George who visit sometimes twice a year from all over the world.
We spent some wonderful evenings at this bar and are so thankful we found this campsite called Camping Caravan in Hersonissos as it is by far the best, cheapest and friendliest on Crete.
The facilities are great and cleaned twice a day. It also has table tennis, playstation, tv and pool on offer. We didn't fancy out tent when we found out there were 14 gorgeous little bungalows to stay in for our 2 week holiday which are right on the beach.
Every morning we woke to the sun and the view of the waves crashing on the rocks right outside our door ........... I can't wait for next summer as we will definately be going there again.
Camping Caravan is in a fantastic location on the beach, with 2 other quiet beaches nearby. The town of Hersonissos is only a short 20min walk or the bus runs every 10mins. It is great to walk from the campground along the beaches for miles and miles towards Stalis and Malia. I have never seen these types of 6 sided houses for rent before, they are perfect, cool and have everything you need. The bar and restaurant is one of the cheapest in the area the food is freshly cooked by all the family and the service was the friendliest I came across, anything you needed to know just ask the staff they are very happy to help you.
Price for the tent is 4 euro and 8.50 euros per person. The bungalows are from 20 euros per person but the price is much cheaper if there are 2 of you and even better if you take the 4 birth bunglow. Website:- www.camping-caravan.doodlekit.com
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