After reading some of the reviews on here before we went on holiday we decided to go with open minds and not to expect too much but to make the best of a holiday in Crete. We found the room basic but clean and had everything we needed. The balcony had lovely views and we weren't there to sit in a room but it was nice to sit and relax after a day out before going for dinner. The staff were friendly and helpful, always seemed pleased to see us and genuinely interested if we had had a good day. We found all the Cretans that we came across genuinely friendly and most spoke very good English. The food was fairly tasty and we didn't find it monotonous, yes breakfast was slightly different but in temperatures of 30 degrees plus the last thing i wanted was a full English and as the saying goes 'when in Rome'! Lunch and dinner always had a variety and on a few occasions 2 meat choices and a fish dish plus a variety of vegetables.There was always a good variety of salads too. At no time were we rationed or told we could only have one item. Puddings were not the usual things you would eat at home but again ,jam roly poly and custard in a heatwave?The staff worked really hard, clearing tables, fetching drinks and generally keeping the place moving and were always friendly which is more than i can say for all of the guests! As previously mentioned in other reviews Russians and Germans are not good holiday companions but i'm afraid not all of our fellow countrymen were perfect either. Language barrier or not (and as i have said English was spoken by most if not all of the staff) when did it become acceptable to stand in front of somebody who wants to serve your meal and point and grunt? The staff seemed to take it in their stride but it certainly wound us up. Crete, as is well known has economic problems and tourism is probably the major income for a vast percentage of the population so why would they bite the hand that feeds, perhaps some of the guests could have had the same attitude. We hired a car which i think is a must if you stay in Gouves or happy with a very chilled beach and relax holiday, this was also a good move as the air con in the car was a welcome escape from the heat. I'm not sure if it is an ideal place for children especially if you weren't able to travel round but for us as a couple it was perfect. We tended to keep to the beaches on the edges of the resort as they were quieter and the sunloungers at Isla bar were lovely, well padded, with a towel, a bucket of iced water and it's own little sandy beach. This was more or less directly over the road from Kalia beach. Kalia beach did have sun loungers round the pool but we preferred the sea and sand. For the price we paid to stay at Kalia beach we didn't mind paying to eat out occasionally or to go for a drink somewhere else. Again Isla bar was lovely in the evening. All in all we loved our stay in Crete, we loved the whole package and Kalia beach didn't disappoint, we got what we paid for and more i would say. We loved the country and the people and will certainly be returning. The sooner the better.
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