Just spent 2 weeks at Blue Aegean traveled with 2 kids of 2 and 4 (nearly 3 and 5)years old and booked with Thomas Cook. Firstly take the extra baggage if with kids! Gouves is extortionately expensive anything you forget with cost at least 7 Euros! The hotel itself is very clean throughout and the apartment was fine for our needs, but no where near 4 stars. it really needs some more crockery, utensils and basic cleaning stuff should be provided. cleaners were fab but did not wash any dishes we left. We booked 1/2 board, blessing and curse am afraid! Gouves was so expensive so it saved us a lot of money but the food at Blue Aegean was so boring! The same thing every night except buffet (themed) nights basically some form of meat (chicken/lamb/pork) on the spit, served with chips, then a buffet salad and fruit for dessert...every SINGLE night! Wheres the traditional dishes...? gemista, mousakka, gigantes, etc...?! although Greek night is a must and pizza night!
The pool area was fine on our 1st week (still school hols) no problems with sunbeds, but the 2nd week omg no sunbeds...they were booked at 5 am, plus I have no idea why they had to be placed at the edge of the pool so my 2 yr old was almost falling in to get round?! Lots of older kids so pool was noisy and my little ones were kicked and splashed in the big pool. Also by the end of the day the pool turned so cloudy!
The bar area was fine but the prices ridiculous! 3.10€ Mythos, 5€ smirnof ice (omg!) 5-7.50€ a cocktail (and they need a proper cocktail barman, my 2 yr old could make the stuff they served!) Compared to Hersonissos (a major-ish city nearby) 2€ a Mythos and 3€ a cocktail served to your sunbed on the beach! the Animation girls that run kids club and some evening entertainment were fab! My little ones adored them and we had such a good laugh with them, I really feel they should be given more freedom in the evenings to do their own entertainment!
Gouves overall was a dump, if you take the Land ('Happy') train you will see so many derelict buildings I did not find it clasically picturesque at all! Although I guess I am spoilt having stayed in Kefalonia, ithaki, Pelaponnese before, my expectations are high! The thing that spoilt it for us was the expense. Gouves is ridiculously expensive brace yourself 30€ for a 48 pack on nappies compared to £8.98 here and that was not even pampers but the greek make! 7€ for a bottle of shampoo, milk 1.80 a litre, I know greece is in trouble and the euro is bad but thats a joke! The only thing that is cheap is water 1.80 for 6 bottles as you cannot drink the tap water, it actually tastes salty. Lunch out was costing us 40€ for a few dishes so we started eating at home! I think which ever way you went SC/HB you would get screwed!
Overall we did have a good holiday, once we got over the shock of how expensive it was going to be which hits you as you arrive with the 63€ a week for AC! We made some incredible friends which we hope to stay in contact with, I thought the hotel was the best in the area and situated in the best place in terms of the beaches. With the Kids Gouves town was a far walk, the bus stop was not too bad. I needed 2 pushchairs as the heat tired the kids out even though my oldest walks everywhere at home!
Some must visits are the Aquarium (if you got kids), Knossos, Star beach (big thumbs up with kids especially as its free!) Hersonissos is lot easier to walk round than Heraklion and gifts are cheaper (as is booze!) And there is a nice beach to cool off in! The staff a Blue Aegean are lovely and happy to help at any time Manolis boys are lovely and work so hard! Manolis I found stuck to his own crowd (the repeaters!) Big thanks to Laura, Igor, Goerge and of course the SClub girls...sam, sarah and sofie!
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