The excellent Bali Star has been refurbished over the winter of 2009/10 to a very high standard and it would be a very picky guest who found any fault. The owners Dimitri and Georgio are extremely friendly and helpful as indeed are all the staff.
If clubbing is your scene do not come to Bali or the Bali Star which are best suited for people wanting a quiet relaxing time with peace to sleep at night..
My wife and I stayed bed and breakfast and the latter was of a very good standard with a wide variety of choice a few of which appealed more to Eastern European guests.
For eating out the village has many tavernas of which we preferred the Nest which is behind the harbour area. The Nest invariably has evening specials cooked on the spit, is very much family run and whose waiter, Fortis, is hilarious.
Dinner with drinks and tips ranges from about 20 to 30 euro per couple. As usual in Greece the complimentary extras mean that it is usually only worth ordering a main course.
The two storey hotel is extremely well located with a very nice pool area from which you can walk through the hotel's large garden area on to the sandy beach. The beach itself is sandy and safe for swimming only shelving very gradually. We did not bother with the beach sunbeds as the hotel was so close to the beach but there are plenty available for those who want them. The beach is edged with a number of tavernas one of which, the Mambo, belongs to the Bali Star.
Bali is well located for visiting many parts of Crete. There are hourly buses to Heraklion and Rethymnon. The latter has a fascinating old town and the best way to get there is by boat. The aforementioned Fortis crews on the Poseidon which sails to Rethymnon three times a week. On the return journey from you will be plied with ouzo and raki.
There is a cash machine in the village but it doesn't seem to accept cards with the latest security. The nearest machine that does is the one in the national bank in Perama.
Driving on Crete provided you keep well to the right on the main coast highway to allow for the reckless overtakers (many of whom seem to think that double white lines should be straddled!) is easy enough and roads are well signposted. On the main coast highway each junction is preceded by a sign in Greek followed by a second in English. Petrol in Crete is significantly dearer than in the UK. Lots of cars for hire in Bali.
There are lots of places to visit though personally I thought Knossos a waste of time. The Samaria Gorge walk needs a full and long day and is pretty strenuous. Just as nice but shorter is the Imbros Gorge. Leave your hire car at the bottom of the gorge in Komitades. Go in to any taverna and for 5 euros a head you will be taken to the start of the walk possibly in the open back of a pick up truck.. very exhilarating.
If you want to visit Spinalonga Island (well worthwhile) drive to Plaka from which boats go over every half hour. Much better than going from Elounda or Agios Nikolaos from which boats seem to be packed to the gunnels.
A hidden beauty spot is the Amari valley ,very lush with fantastic scenery, Stop off here at Thronos and ask the taverna owner to open the Byzantine Church which is an amazing place. Travel on to Agia Galini which is very nice little port resort.
Hania is well worth visiting once you have managed to park the car. There are a fair number of car parks in or near the Old Town. To escape from the town follow the signs for the hospital and Souda.
Nearer to Bali Agia Pelagia, Melladoni Cave, Arkadi monastery, Fodele (El Greco) and Margaritas (packed with potteries) are all worth a visit.
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