We spent quite a lot of time looking at hotels and apartments online before choosing Aphea Village. We were travelling as a couple, looking for somewhere fairly quiet to use as a base to explore west Crete with some convenient amenities nearby (shops etc) as we were going for the self catering option.
Aphea Village is a small complex of separate apartments built onto the side of a hill that looks out over the bay towards Chania...the views are probably the best in the area. The complex is family run (apologies, I can't remember the names) - Dad is the general manager, Mum does the cooking (very well) & the daughter, Maria can be found in the pool/bar area during the afternoons & evenings helping out & serving drinks.
One point to note here, Mum & Dad only speak Greek/German...Maria speaks english - she wasn't on site when we arrived...but we managed to check in with Dad all the same.
The family are very keen to see that you are happy & will do all they can to help. We kept ourselves more distant than some of the other guests during our stay - they respected this & said a keen hello whenever we were passing.
As mentioned, we booked our stay as self catering - but we did opt to have breakfast their 3 times during our stay...this comes in at €6 per head. Its a buffet affair that changes a little day to day including things like greek yoghurt, honey, local bread, cereal, cheese, ham, juice (sometimes freshly squeezed orange), coffee, sweet biscuits, toast or oregano fried bread (amazing), scrambled eggs etc...you must however, try the omelette (ham, cheese & oregano) - they are stunningly good.
We didn't have an evening meal with them - but the food that we smelt cooking did smell amazing as well.
The rooms are basic as you'd expect & a little rough around the edges - but not offensively so. The kitchenette was perhaps a little more basic & under equipped than we'd have liked - but it was usable & we provided our own breakfasts for most of our stay & some evening meals/snacks as well.
Where I think Aphea Village really comes into its own is the number of different levels that you can escape to, all with views to soak up with a glass of wine. The photos shown both here on Tripadvisor & on their own website don't do it justice...the stairways are covered in plants & vines - many of which were flowering during our stay giving large swathes of bold colour across the complex. The view is so big & wide that it is impossible to show on screen.
We didn't use the pool, but others did during our stay - it was cleaned every morning & looked like it was very well cared for & in very good condition.
There are many flights of stairs (all open air) to get between the different levels...we had to climb 6 flights to reach our apartment...the complex is also up a reasonable hill from the main harbour/village area - this wasn't an issue for us, but it might be for others.
Nearby, within a short walking distance you have a good selection of tavernas, cafes, supermarkets, bakers, patiserie, bank, pharmacy etc
We also hired a car for the duration of our stay. The main national road is 5 mins or so from the apartments giving you easy access further west to Kissamos (15-20mins) & beyond eg Falasarna beach (40-50mins).
We stayed for 2 weeks...but we wish we had stayed for 3. If we ever decide to go back to west Crete - Aphea Village would be at the top of our list.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay & were genuinely made to feel very welcome indeed...I can't really put into words how happy we were at Aphea Village, but it ticked a lot of boxes for us & would take some quite serious beating.
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- Also Known As:
- Aphea Village Crete/Kolymbari