Detached Villa, Bedrooms 3, Bathrooms 2, (Sleeps 8)
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Really uncomfortable with a dangerous pool
The villa looks beautiful when you walk in. But you soon realise that the furniture is old and back-breakingly uncomfortable. As evening falls, you find that the lighting is really harsh. It is too bright and there are no lamps to create a more subtle ambience. Out by the pool, it also looks wonderful until the tiled patio area around the pool gets wet which it inevitably has to. At that stage it becomes really dangerous - it is incredibly slippery and just asking for someone to slip over and crack their heads. When you combine this with all the signs telling you that you cannot swim before 8am or after 9pm, you begin to realise that this villa is designed to be photographed but is not ideal as a holiday property
I have stayed in Villa Nikolas before. It is a wonderful villa- spacious and very good layout. Pe...
I have stayed in Villa Nikolas before. It is a wonderful villa- spacious and very good layout. Perfect for our needs.
A fantastic spacious villa in a tranquil quiet village location, great swimming pool with open pa...
A fantastic spacious villa in a tranquil quiet village location, great swimming pool with open panoramic views, 15 minute drive from beaches and walking distance to shops and tavernas.
Great house but very difficult to find
The house is wonderful. It is well maintained, the pool was clean and was everything as advertised. The nearby town of Georgioupolis was a great place to relax at night with excellent sea side restaurants and taverns.
However, I must comment on the directions to locate the house. A week before we arrived the owners emailed a copy of the directions to the house. The directions included a series of pictures you had to find, kind of like a treasure hunt. There was no physical address for the house, we were only provided with the name of the town it was in. We called the property mangers and they were of no help on the phone. As it got dark, the picture clues were of no help. It took three hours and six stops of asking locals for advise and directions before we located the house. The house is poorly marked so you cannot see any signage to identify the house from the road, especially at night.
If the owners read this, please update your signage and possibly provide any other customers coming to stay with the GPS coordinates of the house. Once we arrived we "pinned" the GPS coordinates in our phone and it was very easy to find when we would return.
If you are in the area, I would highly suggest stopping at the Cape Town restaurant in Georgioupolis. Maria is the owner and was the one who went over and beyond to help us find the house. We ate and drank there many nights and she was a wonderful host. If you stop, tell her the Americans who were lost said 'Hi".
Enjoy the house as it is a very nice place to stay!
Simply great ...
Almirida, a tiny village around a small sandy cove with miniature port. It is famous not just for the amazing soft sand, but also for the fine handmade glass that is made from it, using traditional techniques. The beach, quaint tavernas and bars means Almirida should be on your 'must visit' list for Crete.
Kalyves is a pretty coastal village with a wide selection of shops, tavernas and bars including a cooper's workshop. The highlight though, is the beautiful sandy beach front and harbour. The beach has been awarded a 'Blue' flag denoting its clean state and safe water. Kalyves has a friendly atmosphere and is perfect for children.
Georgioupolis is a former fishing village by the western end of the bay of Rethymnon. Recently, the old fishing port was extended to accommodate a small marina and the landmark of Georgioupolis is a tiny white-washed chapel at the end of a jetty. Within the village and around the port are numerous tavernas and bars where you can absorb the local.