Best things about resort - landscaped gardens, lots of flowers, mini-golf, helpful staff, peaceful location.
Best attractions or restaurants nearby - David's in Piskopiano Village (near to Hersonisos - best way we found to get to it was to go to Limani Hersonisos - the beachfront part of the town - then take the road up the hill next to the Spar supermarket) blue gate next to the restaurant. DO NOT SHOP AT THE CLOTHES/SOUVENIR SHOP ACROSS THE ROAD THOUGH (there is only one so you can't get confused) - utter rip-off merchant selling shoddy things ,who will not refund even though they are damaged.
Diktani Cave - where Zeus was said to have been born - quite a mossy cave with stalagmites and tites. A long, long climb, but easier if you go via the slope rather than the steps, also make sure you have good shoes.
Review - We stayed here at the beginning to mid November 2012. Our first week was very hot (31C) and every day was sunny. The second week was a bit rainy for some of it and a little cooler, but still fabulous considering England was languishing in sub-zero temperatures.
The hotel is really very nice, I think the photos they have produced are very representative of what is actually there, and it is a big complex, but felt very peaceful nonetheless, plus there are myriad places to sit and relax.
Staff are friendly and helpful. Some like Anna, could not do enough to help us, and gave us lots of advice how to get to a chestnut festival we were interested in going to in Elos (a small mountain village in the East of the island).
We stayed our first week in a 2 bedroom apartment, and the following in the 3 bedroom apartment. Both were very nice, although the 3 bed was a good deal larger and had nicer extras, like flatscreen tv in the living area, and also a private pool, which sadly we did not get to use because the weather got cooler that week.
Our tv in the upstairs room did not really work though, and for one reason or other, this did not get fixed. Our pool lights did not work either, and similarly, did not get sorted out. That said, these were fairly minor and I suppose if it had been important to us, we would have made more of a fuss and reminded them.
The hotel provides free dvds if you like from the reception - you can borrow a few at a time, and they had a reasonably large selection. They also have free mini-golf, with score cards, which was heaps of fun. There was also a smallish childrens' play area, which is probably handy if you have young kids.
We only used the small inside pool, but this was good, and fairly quiet. Being the end of the season, I think the outside pool, which does not appear to be heated, was probably a little cold for us, but they had a large pool with a smaller paddling type one next to it. The sun loungers were a very relaxing way to dry off and are spread out all over the landscaped grass area next to the pools. Beware! The olives from the trees do not taste nice, as I found out. There are however, various herb bushes around the complex (we found thyme, rosemary, oregano) should you need some for your cooking.
This brings me onto the food preparation areas and utensils. We very successfully ate in a number of nights, but the knives were so blunt it was a nightmare, and the chopping board is probably the smallest one you will have ever seen in your life. There are however a good selection of glasses, mugs, plates, but no grater.
A tip regarding the beds - do ask for more pillows if you need them, and also mattress toppers. The pillows are bog standard ones, which I found surprising as the quality of the hotel is very good indeed, but I came to realise, that Crete simply does not have nice pillows (we stayed in various other resorts as we moved around the island sightseeing). Luckily I had brought 2 from home.
Everything was very clean, and our cleaning staff very sweet. The towels are a good size and changed as often as you liked, and there are dinky very nice smelling toiletries and a clothes horse on the balcony. If you need extra pegs, they will find extra for you.
One thing I did not like was the wifi situation which was quite expensive and only available in the library area. I thought it was a bit tight given that it is a big/luxury resort, and so many smaller places we went to happily shared their wifi for free. It is sort of self-defeating I thought, as we might have purchased wifi if it had been cheaper, but in the end went into town and got free access at the McDelly's pizza place - password: mcdellys
Cannot comment about breakfast or the food as we tried neither, but the breakfast selection appeared to be good, though possibly a little expensive unless you went for a package deal. There is a very nice restaurant called David's in Piskopiano (very close to Piskopiano Village Apartments), where we had several very tasty and good value meals (the staff bending over backwards to accommodate my partner's mother's dietary issues).
Having read the other reviews, I can say that at no time did we smell goat urine, though in places eg near the mini-golf, you can see goats roaming the hills and hear their tinkling bells, which was lovely.
One thing you really might benefit from is car hire. We did not try the shuttle service, but I gather from other reviews, that it finishes fairly early. We used Bestcar which is a Crete only company, and found their prices very competetive (especially if you tick the discount boxes and book early), plus they were very friendly and met us at the airport.
On a wider note, Crete is very varied. Be aware that some of the roads especially in the mountains to the east are fairly rubbish and the sat nav has a tendency of taking you down some dirt track - if it looks a bit wobbly, then our advice is to turn back whilst you can, as it almost certainly will get worse. I think we came very close to tumbling off the side of the mountain a few times and it was very scary indeed. Also, it was very tricky sometimes with the sat nav as Greek names can be spelt so many different ways. Make sure you get a map from your car rental place which has enough detail.
Our recommendations, should you wish to see other parts of the island are Elafonisi (beautiful crystal clear waters and an island you can wade out to - if you sit in the water, after a while you can see transparent prawn-like creatures nibbling your toes - wonderful), Paleochora (a very nice pretty town) and we also did Imbros Gorge (if you hear tinkling of goats or sheep bells, get to higher ground pronto!) which was stunningly beautiful, but you definitely need walking boots for, but apparently not as hardcore as the more famous Samaria Gorge, and open for longer in the season.
We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday and would go again, and Village Heights was a top place to stay!
- Also Known As:
- Village Heights Golf Hotel
- Village Heights Golf Hotel Chersonisos
- Village Heights Hotel
- Village Heights Golf Resort Crete, Greece
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On the north coastline of Crete, Village Heights Golf Resort is nestled amongst lush landscaped gardens and offers breathtaking views of Hersonissos. In true traditional Cretan Village style studios, apartments and villas are beautifully designed to suit every taste. Village Heights Golf Resort offers a full host of amenities and features to ensure a restful stay.Guests can enjoy a wide range of leisure facilities within the Resort including three pools (one indoor), a wellness centre, kids club as well as numerous dining and entertainment venues. In addition, the Crete Golf Club is just 2km away, with incomparable views and special rates on greens fees. ... more less