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“Tranquility and Hospitality” 5 of 5 stars
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Iliostasi Beach Apartments
2.0 of 5 Condominium   |   Thesi Plaka, Hersonissos, Crete 70014, Greece   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Elounda
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Tranquility and Hospitality”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

In June 2012, we had a memorable stay at the Iliostasi Beach Apatrments. These are attached to the Lychnostatis Museum of Cretan Life and appropriately the owners, Iannis and Maria, offer visitors all the traditions of Cretan hospitality. The apartments are clean and comfortable, set in beautifully kept gardens full of bourgenvillia. We’ve stayed in many places described as “ten minutes’ walk from the sea” which turned out to need jet propulsion to get there in that time. Iliostasi, however, really is only a five minute walk from the quiet and secluded beach, even for old codgers like us! If you don’t want to go even that far for a swim, there is a clean and well-kept pool in the garden. Although there is easy access to the bright lights of Hersonisos and it’s also a good centre for exploring Crete, for us this was a wonderful place just to relax and let the sea, the views and the surroundings wash away stress.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Witham, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2011

Just got back from a week at the Iliostasi Beach apartments.
Our flight was delayed and we arrived very late. Our welcome was exceptional and we even had a cup of tea bought to our room and some fresh watermelon upon arrival.
The apartments are very clean and comfortable. They are basic but for the cheap price we paid I wouldn't expect more. Hiring a fan is essential though as it gets very hot in August.
We had a sea view room and to say the view was beautiful would be an understatement.
The apartments are very quite and if you want a simple relaxing place to stay then these apartments are for you. There are plenty of Tavernas near by for eating and drinking but you are far enough away from the manic night life so not to disturb you at all.
As previously mentioned the Pool bar was closed as they were not busy when we went, however one simple call and a helpful chap would bring us snacks and drinks from the Iliostasi's beach bar so it was not a problem at all.
The pool was amazing and it felt like we had it too ourselves each day. (I read a review on here that said it was salt water...its not)
To sum up the apartments look gorgeous, the views are stunning, the family who run the place are amazing, its quite and it is within touching distance of the hustle and bustle if you want to make the effort - we didnt see the point when you have every thing you need within walking distance.
I highly recommend Iliostasi to any couple or family wanting a peaceful trip.
The one tip I would make is too get a Taxi from the airport (40 euros-ish) as the Transer-4-U coach transfer that websites such as travelrepublic or teletext arrange took 1 1/2 hours and it was the worst journey I have ever had. We actually cancelled our return coach trip and got a taxi which took 14 mins!!!!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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glasgow
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2009

the apartments are a stones throw away from the beach,the rooms very clean,staff very helpful,and kind. we have been to crete for the last 3 years (twice a year) june/ sept. we had passed by the apartments few times but never stayed untill this year wished we had found it the first year. we have booked to go back this sept If you are looking for a liv and itsely place not here its so quiet and peaceful and very much a part of old crete,across the road is camping and caravan with great food and beer and a warm welcome and its right on the sea to view the sunset..
John & Jackie McQuade (Glasgow)

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2009

firstly, to put it in context my girlfriend and i booked the ilostasi appartments on telextext holidays and got a really good deal, less than £200 each for the week including flights, so we weren't expecting much, despite the attractive pictures on the website.
However, upon arriving, we were amazed by these clean and spacious appartments, decortaed in a traditional cretan style. We had one of the smaller studio appartments on the ground floor, but it was more than large enough for the two of us, and had a nice little terrace from which you could hear the sea. This is essentially the best thing about illiostasi the location. It is literally 30ft to the beach, which are several small sandy coves, nver too busy, set on a reef, so great snorkelling to boot. Ecah beach has a little bar where you can get drinks and rent loungers umbrella's etc, but importnatly for me, it was all fmailies and young couples, so nice and quiet. 80 metres towards herenossis there ae a variety of small bars and taverna's the best of these being costa's. He is a charming if eccentric old fella, who cooks classic cretan dishes for a very reasonable price meal for two 3 courses with wine and water never came to more than 20 euros pp. abour 3/4 of a mile in the other direction is the resort of stalis which has quiet and lively parts, and one truly excellent taverna called 9 muses. I have travelled widely in Greece and its islands, and this is one the best taverna's I have eaten in. Their lamb kleftiko was exceptional. Prize again 20-30 euros pp.
The appartment itself was cleaned nearly daily, and the owners, Yannis and Mary, are lovely people very helpful in recommending restaurants and places of interest, they even gave us some herbal tea for the journey home.
there are only a couple of minor downsides, if the appartments aren't busy the poolside bar is closed, which is a bit annoying as if you want a drink its a 10 minute walk to the nearest shop, however, we just stocked up at the start of the holiday and were fine. The appartment has a fridge, one ring cooker etc. Also the pool is saltwater, very clean, and it didn't bother me, but it might some of you.
To summarise, these are GREAT appartments for the price in a fantastic location for lovers of the beach. If you are couple or family looking for a quiet realxing holiday in beautiful surroundings you will love it. If you are a group of lads or a couple who likes the nightlife it may be a little quiet for you, but a taxi to herrenosis town which is very lively is only 7-10 euros depending on who you get.
I will definately be returning, to give yu na idea of the total spend my girlfirend and i spent about £1000 including flights, accomodation, transfers , gifts, souvieners and all meals and drinks, and we did eat out fr every meal and drank quite a lot. You could easily reduce the cost as local produce is very cheap and delicious.
If you looking for a cheap getaway in a beautiful surroundings you won't do better than illisostasi.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Norwich, Norfolk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2007

We spent a week here for our honeymoon in 2003. On arrival, 1.30am, the bar stayed open to we could have a much needed cooling drink! The manager also put a bottle of wine in our room to congratulate us on our wedding. With it only being a small hotel you get to know the staff really well and everyone was very friendly and welcoming. We stayed in a 1 bedroom apartment which had plenty of room and was very clean. The whole building, pool and grounds we're very clean. There is a bar and they will also serve snacks and ice creams. We had a sea view which was wonderful to wake up to in the mornings. The beach was literally across the road. There was a supermarket close by and numerous restaurants and bars. We have had a baby since then so plan on going back in a few years to take him.
We can not say a bad word about this holiday. It was excellent.

  • Liked — Clean and friendly
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed July 2003, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Amsterdam, Holland
1 review
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2006

In August 2005 I spent with my wife and our two kids (4 & 2 years old) three weeks in the Iliostasi Beach Apartments on Crete. The apartments are family run and definitely recommended for family holidays. We spent many relaxing days in the Iliostasi beach (just 30-50 meter away from the apartments!!) playing on the sand and swimming in fabulous clear seawater (see photo 1). Also the pool, the baby-pool and the playing ground were a big success for the children. The scenery around the pool and the poolbar was gorgeous with all the flowers as well as the view from our room (see photo 2)!
Our hosts, Yiannis and Mary, were very friendly and helpful. We enjoyed the fruit - figs and grapes - coming from the garden of the apartments and of the nearby museum "Lychnostatis", which they also run.
Whenever we got tired of sun-bathing, we had some nice scenic drives in the mainland and the south coast of the island. The location is ideal for those who wish to explore Crete by motorbike or car.
We will certainly return, as we have left many places on the island unexplored.

  • Liked — the beach, the pool, the view and the location
  • Stayed August 2005, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Thesi Plaka, Hersonissos, Crete 70014, Greece
Location: Greece > Crete > Heraklion Prefecture > Hersonissos
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 104 Specialty Lodging in Hersonissos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Iliostasi Beach Apartments 2*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ideally located 20m from the sea, Iliostasi Beach Apts. provide modern facilities and services integrated in a traditional environment created by the friendliness and hospitality of the Markakis family. Iliostasi features 18 self-catering apartments/studios, for 1-5 persons with sea/pool view and spacious balconies.The apartments are fully equipped and overlook a sandy beach and the main swimming pool of the complex surrounded by a bustling flower and fruit garden.Only 100metres away the guests will find taverns, super market and activities (water park, horse riding, mini-golf) and the awarded Cretan open-air Museum ''LYCHNOSTATIS''.The center of the town is 2 km away , the ‘‘Cretan Golf'' 3 km away , while the international airport of Heraklion is 26km away. ... more   less 
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