We chose the Marva based on the pictures online, the fact it was small and family owned and the reviews that said how peaceful it was.
It was exactly like the pictures, the grounds were beautifully kept, the pool was warm and spotlessly clean. The small pool bar was tended by the family; Maria, Vasilis or Mum and Dad who were all exceptionally welcoming and friendly. Dex (the family's dog also likes to say hello and likes you even more if you throw the ball for him. In the bar a half litre of Amstel was 2€ or soft drinks 1€ or 1.50€ if no-one was serving in the bar you could help yourself and leave the money on the shelf.
The apartment we had was spacious, basic but absolutely accommodated all of our needs. It was cleaned 3 times a week and bed linen and towels changed at least once a week. The beds were extremely comfortable. We hired a fan 10€ a week and this was a necessity as it did get warm in the room during the evening.
The bathroom was again basic but functional and typically greek with no shower curtain and a hand held shower head. ( We find this to be the norm in small self catering units).
The kitchen had a good size fridge and a kettle, we didn't use the cooker part as eating out is very cheap. There were plenty of utensils and even mugs for tea and coffee!!
We used the bakery (about 5 minutes walk) to buy breakfast and lunches and it was very good quality and brilliant value. We really loved the dawn chorus as before we opened the curtains we knew we were in Greece, with the donkeys, goats, cockerels all joining together to welcome another sunny day!!!
We were in apartment 12 and like the reviewer from last year who was in this apartment I too truly did not want to leave.
We found the Marva a perfect base for a truly memorable holiday, thank you, we will return.
- Also Known As:
- Marva Apartments Hotel
- Marva Apartments Rethymnon
- Marva Apartments-Studios Rethymnon, Crete
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Marva Apartments is a family run unit located in a peaceful environment in Platanes, Rethymnon. With only 4 km distance from the town center, you can enjoy both the vivid and the relaxing side of Rethymnon. We offer the Cretan hospitality, relaxation and comfort and you have the opportunity to experience your vacation in Rethymnon, a traditional tourist destination from all over the world. ... more less