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Malia Village, Malia, Crete, Greece   |  
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Ranked #24 of 60 Specialty Lodging in Malia
1 review
“Great place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2012 via mobile

Don't believe the horrible reviews! The hotel was great, the rooms were basic, but comfortable and clean. The cleaner came in every day to empty bins and changes sheets and she was lovely. The shower does make the bathroom a but wet I would recommend bringing a spare hand towel to dry the floor so you don't slip over, but apart from that the bathroom was nice. The pool is lovely. Plenty of sub loungers and places to sit, the pool was always clean, only downside is you can't bring your own food or drink down there. However the bar served nice food that wasn't too overpriced. The staff were amazing, the girls and lad who worked on the bar were very friendly. Nikos was very nice aslong as you weren't disrespectful or rude.
It's about 10 mins from the strip as it is located in malia's old town which is lovely. Make sure you go to Taverna Odas - great food and such a pretty resturant. Amazing holiday at a great hotel!

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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English first
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012 via mobile

Village oasis is right in the old town of malia so you have a five minute walk to the strip which tbh is just what you need to sober you up a bit before crashing.
The staff are friendly, would recommend getting to know Paolo for sure, he was a babe! And the rooms and big and reasonably clean with basic cooking equipment. All you need really. :) I had to pay 40 euro for a new pan as I burnt one beyond repair on a late night bacon snack. But if your carefully you should be fine.
I loved the fact it was in the old town as in the day you could almost forget you were in malia as soon as you leave the hotel. It's quiet, quaint and completely beautiful. Would seriously recommend a meal out at a place called Odas which you can find easy enough if you look out for signs or if you ask some of the Greek hotel staff. It's under this tree with the most beautiful pink flowers and they served the NICEST FOOD EVER. if you want to be a bit adventurous then defo try their Greek dishes, the people there love to see the English enjoying some culture and we very friendly. :)
San Giorgio is also worth a meal as served traditional food as well as English, Italian, etc do something for everyone. :) this one is impossible to miss and right on the walk to the strip.
Make this holiday into an unforgettable one by mixing the excitement of exploring a classic Greek village with the wildness and drunkness of the strip at night.
I honestly ask you not to simplify spend all day by the pool!
Village oasis offers so much more by having its situation where it is. Highly recommend. Best time of my life. WANT TO GO BACK!!

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

If your looking for somewhere to sleep, get ready and then get back out there then you wont have any issues with this hotel. Air con and a safe will cost you 20 euros each for the week which i thought was pretty reasonable. The shower might flood the bathroom a little but not a major issue! The staff at the apartment are friendly and a good laugh, they will not mind you causing a racket and messing on during the day. Fair enough on the night when we were coming in we got told to keep the noise down because there are locals near us. All this talk about getting tasered is NONSENSE, if anyone was going to get tasered it should have been us. Unreal holiday and would reccomend it to anyone!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

Me and my 6 of my friends stayed here in June and after reading the reviews we were paranoid incase we were living in a bin with a scary security guard who would taser us but its NOTHING like that in reality. Its not true that the rooms dont get cleaned, they were cleaned about 3 times during the week we were there, although the maids do come in while your still sleeping and tell you to get up so they can clean. The security guard doesnt have a tasergun hes just a pain, he does tell you to turn music down after about 11 oclock because the hotel is in old town and hes pretty strict about bringing people back to the your room. The rooms are pretty basic but its not as if your going to malia for a 5star hotel! The pools usually busy and all the staff down there are lovely, if your staying in village oasis area its 2 minutes walk if even that to the pool. Its only about a 10 minute walk to the strip and about 20 minutes to the beach, but we stayed at the pool most days! The pool is usually quite busy and lively but if theres an 18-30s event on dont expect anyone to be there lol.. They do take your passports off you on arrival but you can get them back and the rumours about not having towels is true but you can give a 10 euro deposit and get towels and if they are in good condition you get your 10 euros back at the end of the week or whatever so its not as if you dont get any sort of towels. Its true about there being a tsunami everytime you have a shower but it doesnt take long to dry out! Also make sure you report anything thats wrong with your room as they WILL charge you even if it was broken before you arrived, so just double check everything on arrival.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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St. Andrews, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2012

We arrived at the hotel at about 10pm, to be met by our rep (who was lovely)...we had to hand over our passports to the receptionist (but yes, you do get them back...we chose to let them keep them till the end of our holiday so that they couldn't be lost or stolen etc). The receptionist gave us our room keys and asked us if we would like air con (which was much cheaper than other reviews on here had suggested - 80 euros - between 2 of us for safe and air con).

Our rep then took us up to our room and began telling us about all the 'deals'...however, don't be scammed into buying them all...a lot of them you could buy tickets later and on the night, for example, 'the geek chic' night, you could have got a ticket later if you liked. We didn't do the silent disco however everyone said it was amazing, so i would recommend it on their part. Boat party is a MUST...our advice is after the clubs shut, go skinny dipping down the beach return home at 8am ish and stay steaming till meeting time for boat party at 10:30 am!!!

The hotel is nothing like what it's made out to be...and the staff are LOVELY...especially the bar staff. the maids can't speak english, but they give you a nice smile etc if your polite to them. my favourite staff was 'pedro' (he can't speak english, so we don't know what his name actually is, but he is super nice). only thing is that if you bring food or drink down with you or from a shop and eat/drink it by the pool then you get it taken off you (you can get it back later though)...unless your sneaky or become friends with 'pedro' who let us finish of our magners after our afternoon adventure down the strip.

the hotel bar is pretty cheap, one euro for a bottle of water (40 cent in other shops) but it's easy to get it from there. although, you can do what we did and buy large bottles of water and fill up your small bottles to save money. theres a charge for bringing people back to you room (like 25 euros), but not to the hotel bar etc...so just find people from your hotel!!! haha. the foods good and super cheap aswell if you feel like eating something there before getting ready...but there is a supermarket down the road, like 2mins if you want to get some munch and a huge one further down were you get hotdogs, noodles etc for making for your tea.

air con didn't work in one of our friends rooms, so the manager came up to look at it as soon as we mentioned it to him, he couldn't get it fixed so within half an hour they had a new room, which eneded up being bigger...happy days :). word of advice, don't leave the air con on 24/7 because me and the girl i shared a room with experienced reaaaaally sore throats, stuffed noses (basically a cold) becasue of it, but it got better after we stopped sleeping with it on (well, the 3 hour nap we had when we got in before going to the pool!!!!).

it's only a short walk down to the strip...it's quite fun with the girls and a 'can' to walk down to it...photo opportunities galore. drinks are cheap, you usually get offered by the pr's a fishbowl, 5 shots each and 2 doubles for everyone (5 euros each)! drinks don't taste like home, but you get used to them. drinks when your in the bars are about 2 for 5euros for a spirit and mixer...but they give you a load of free shots and if you dance on the bars you pretty much get free drinks all night!

the manager at the hotel is lovely aswell!

you should ignore all the bad reviews on here, they're just people having a joke clearly. yes, the hotel is loudish around 6am with people returning to rooms (banging on doors to get in etc) the security guard is straight there if anything gets to rowdy. we did get told once at 1.30am when we were pre-drinking to go inside the hotel instead of the balcony to drink because we were being to loud, we just obliged and carried on drinking in their, loudly with music and without any bother. did have the security guard come up to one of our rooms (because we were having a party) but we just told him we'd be quieter and he let the people stay and left us to it!

finally, to round off...you DO NOT GET TASERED! and this hotel is a million times better than what people on this have made it out to be, we were in a group of 5 (girls) and we LOVED it, met great people and had an amazing time. also, the rep (well our one) didn't moan or not speak to us or anything like that when we only paid for one of their organised nights and the booze cruise, he spoke to us all the time, like he did with everyone else. don't worry about this hotel. the showers are also good, like powerful, which we DID NOT expect...although keep your towels in the sink as the room is like a wet room so the floor gets soaking....oh, and you do need to take your own towels! the music by the pools good and the banter is even better...you'll love it, so don't stress...the rooms are fine and so are the staff. people did get charged for their rooms having stains on sheets etc, and cutlery going missing...but both of our rooms were fine (even though we had bronzer on the sheets)...but i cleaned up a little before we left and were nice to the maids, think that helped a lot :).

you'll love it, have fun and make the most of it...the week will fly by their...oh and one final word, make sure you go to banana bar...it's good...and candy and zig zag :).

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Hornsea, England, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2012

ive read so many reviews online about this hotel, so when id booked it i was a little unsire as to what to expect i was expecting to rock up to a hotel simular to one on the film inbetweeners, but it was lovely the transfer couch was amazing got to know loads of people who are staying in your hotel, have a chat to the rep! however i was a little dissapointed we didnt get there till like 2am but you get what you pay for at the end of the day!

as soon as you arrive they ask for all your passports and give you your room key! (they do say you can get your passports back the next day, however we chose to leave ours so we couldnt lose them or get nicked)

we didnt actually stay in the main bit of the hotel we stayed in a flat like building like 2 mins (if that) away, we was walked there by our rep and he chatted to us about malia and stufff, then when we got to our room he wanted a meeting that he said would take 30 mins (cos we wanted to go straight out) however it did take slightly longer as he wanted us to buy the trips and stuff! but we didnt wanna pay 240 euros straight out so we decided to select a few of them as we wasnt so interested in some of them and we managed to get it down to 160 euros!! alsoo dont listen to what people say you cant get them cheaper down the strip because their not 18-30's ones so their not as good!! but yeah i would deffo reccomend the boat party (but dont get trollied the night before or you spend the day hanging over the side of the boat)! also dont listen when he says that drinks are real expensive down the strip we got really good deals like fishbowl 2 quad vodkas and redbull and shots for like 5 euros each!! and if your anything like me and my friends then two lots of that offer and we was done haha!

but yeah when he finally went we went out and the strip is AMAZINGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! all the bar workers are soo friendly all the pr's are hilarious and down for a laugh, however sometimes they do get quite annoying so we found when you see one walking towards you, just runn haha!! they find it funny aswell!!

they dont provide towells there so i suggest you take your own towells and some toilet roll as they only give you a little bit then you have to buy your own!! you can buy towells from the reception but i heard their quite expensive, they also sell 4 toilet rolls for 1 euro on the shop outside fanourakis appartments.

the maids are a little funny and we had £20 taken from our room so just make sure you keep it hidden away!! we didnt bother with the safe or the air con because you can just open your balconyy and we found we didnt care how hot it was when we went to sleep because we was too drunk!! but yeahh she did change our sheets and they had stains on!! but we didnt use our sheets because it was too hot!!

i would make one suggestion because as we were leaving they told us we had to pay damages because we had a cup missing and a sheet was ruined!! so what i would say is as soon as you get there take a picture off all the stuff in your cupboards because we only had one cup and pan and they tried to tell us we'd lost it!! so i suggest you take a picture and show the rep aswell!! just so he knows because our lock was broken and we told our rep and he got it fixed and we didnt get charged but if we hadnt told him we'd have been charged!!!

i assume you would have read about the security guard, i read somewhere he had a tazar gun and was horrible and beat people up!! we he issnt that bad he does get quite angry and comes knocked on your door telling you to be quiet and he shouted at one of my mates but when he squared up to him and told him to stop being such an a r s e and that if he carried on speaking to him like that hed report him, he piped down!! but yeah you cant make much noise on an evening especially with the balcony door open he storms up and starts knocking on the door we just found it funny ahah!!!!

the bar staff are hilarious lovely lovely people!!! i lost my voice and this guy zach gave me this horrrid shot but it actually sorted my voice out!!!

also be careful with ice over there because thats what i suspect made me lose my voice!! but its not confirmed!

the reps are amazing really funny they used to come in our rooms every morning and ask about our nights!! really decent guys!! and they even helped us play pranks on some of the lads who were staying there ;)!!

i hope this has helped you!! but deffo book this place its way better than actually being on the strip atleast then you can actually have a little sleep cos the strip never sleeps!!

Room Tip: id much rather stay in the main bit of the hotel the rooms are a bit nicer and you dont have to walk...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2012

Just got back from Malia with three other girls, stayed for 7 nights at the Village Oasis in June and thought it was absolutely amazing! It is about 10 minutes maximum walk from the top of the strip a bit further to the bottom but it's worth the walk as the hotel is buzzing with atmosphere, the reps are top class and the overall feel is unbeatable! We were friends with some boys staying in Mirage which is in the middle of the strip and they paid 150 pounds more and we enjoyed our hotel better! You do have to pay deposits for a safe and air con and also towels which shocked us but just take your own! Each of us had a bed which we have never had on an 18-30s holiday before and the 18-30s events were 10x better than the ones in Ibiza far better value for money and entertainment! Do the boat cruise on the Sunday best day of our lives :D

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Malia Village, Malia, Crete, Greece
Location: Greece > Crete > Heraklion Prefecture > Malia
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Ranked #24 of 60 Specialty Lodging in Malia
Number of rooms: 7
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