We stayed, 2 friends, for a week in July and couldn't believe our luck. Having lived in rural Greece we wanted a more traditional place to stay but close enough to visit beautiful Old Chania. Lefteris ( based in the UK) had assured me by email that this was a small family run place with normal Greek life going on around and he didn't lie- it was wonderful! Coming through Platinias on the bus was horrible but we left that behind and got off at Gerani, bamboo and olive trees lined our walk to the apartments.
Herula and her parents were the perfect hosts, the food was excellent ( no problem being a vegetarian here!), they were so generous with their time, and service was excellent ( the free raki and cake helped of course!). A special mention for Giorgos too who worked most of the days we were there and was just the perfect waiter, host and trip advisor!
Our apartment ( no. 9 I think?) was delightful, thoughtfully but simply decorated. For us 2 the
layout was perfect, privacy given by a dividing door between the 2 rooms and 2 shower rooms, an unexpected luxury for £400 for the week for 2 of us!!! We had balconies front and back, very private and peaceful. We were further from the sea than the studios but for us the privacy was worth it- at least one whole day was spent at the apartment ( apart from a brief stroll for a swim- just perfect) in quiet, comfortable laziness reading and resting.
Of course you can also stroll down to the tavern and position yourself there easily for the day, they even have a library of donated books if you finish yours.
The bus service is excellent and so cheap- a tip though, if you go straight up the sloping road to the bakery it takes you straight to the main road and bus stops, worth knowing when it's 40c!
We explored, and loved, old Chania several times ( Nostos hotel is lovely) and also went the other way to Kolymbari which has a lovely setting and a beautiful monastery.
I must also mention Maleme, the village immediately next to Stavros apartments, 10 mins walk along the beach? It is well worth a look, a lovely family run taverna, pottery, organics shop and a bit of normal local life going on.
Throughout our stay we met nothing but friendliness and kindness, even at the bus station in Chania at 5.30am when we arrived! ( note- no buses from Chania airport until 6am).
We both hope to return one day and for sure are recommending Starvos to our like-minded friends for a relaxing wonderful holiday- a place surley becoming so rare on that coast these days? I hope Maleme and Gerani can hold off against the march of development madness for some years to come.
The only reason I may have held off from five stars was the lack of dish towels etc, just the very basics, in the kitchen but that seems harsh- we just nipped to the supermarket and bought some, which are now in my kitchen at home. Our apartment was cleaned every day, you don't get that in some hotels!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stavros Apartments really is blessed with everything most people look for on a relaxing holiday: long quiet beach, large clean pool, a natural setting far from mass tourism, a quiet romantic beach-terrace taverna, and yet within easy access of a nearby village. Families who have returned again and again say it is for a combination of the sense of seclusion and relaxation it gives them, safety for the children and child-friendliness. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Stavros Villas And Apartments Chania, Crete