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First floor living area with balcony
First floor main bedroom with en-suite and balcony overlooking pool
Ground floor twin bedded room
Fully equipped kitchen
Kitchen dining for 6
Front balcony overlooking pool
on the beach
outdoor dining on the back patio
our house is set in well maintained and colourful grounds
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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Makry-Gialos, Lasithi Prefecture, Crete

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Rachel C
Banbury, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
48 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“good family holiday”
Reviewed August 24, 2017 for a stay in August 2017

We enjoyed our week at GrapeVines. The villa itself was well appointed and comfortable. It was spotless, the air con was very welcome, and it was nice to have a choice of terraces to choose sun or shade, plus a little bit of outside space downstairs. The bedrooms were quite small but absolutely adequate, and it was nice to have two proper bathrooms.
The GrapeVines complex itself is lovely - I didn't see anywhere in Makry Gialos I'd rather have stayed. The pool was great - a really good size and lovely and clean - perfectly big enough for a proper swim. It was a pity the pool shut at 8pm - it felt a little early in the summer months and for those of us waiting for the pool to quieten down for a proper swim it was very frustrating to see a beautiful empty pool that we couldn't use! My only other gripe on the pool was the convention to reserve loungers first thing and 'own' them for the whole day ... even when people were leaving the complex, they often kept their loungers. We were determined not to get sucked in to that inconsiderate behaviour but it did mean that after days out we had nowhere to sit by the pool.
The complex itself was a good size - nice outside space and not too crowded. It was immaculately tended by Rosemary and Nico and once the trees grow bigger it will be absolutely beautiful. It was walking distance to 3 good beaches. It's up on the hill on the outskirts of Makry Gialos town which we liked as it meant it was a bit more quiet, but still with some great restaurants right next door.

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Management Response
Aug 28, 2017
Thank you for your honest and positive review. Sorry you had a problem with sun loungers round the pool but at least you could make use of the ones on our roof terrace. We took advice on the pool closure time and set 8.00 pm for safety reasons but it does create a lovely tranquil atmosphere in the evening. Really glad you enjoyed your stay and thank you for all your positive comments about our house and Makrygialos.
Wendy and Phil
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Schmoobag
Bedford, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Stunning”
Reviewed July 1, 2017 for a stay in June 2017

Beautiful villa in a lovely location, has all the facilities you could possibly need for a self catered holiday. The house is immaculate with lots of space and the pool is only metres from the front door. The pool area is really lovely and fantastically well looked after. The villa itself is just outside Makry Gialos, has a supermarket virtually next door and a lovely walk in the evening will take you to the seafront and harbour where there are lots of fabulous tavernas to choose from. Couldn't fault a single thing on the holiday and we'll definitely be back.

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Management Response
Jul 1, 2017
Thanks so much for a great review and really glad everything was just right for your holiday.
It means a lot to us, that you've taken the time to review our villa as we pride ourselves on giving the best experience to our guests.
Looking forward to welcoming you back,
Wendy and Phil
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racheldig...
Norwich, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Modern, clean, spacious home from home & perfect location.”
Reviewed May 28, 2017 for a stay in April 2017

This is our 3rd visit we love staying here, Wendy & Phil are really helpful & equip us with lots of info which is really useful & will even book our car hire for us with a local company who deliver our car to the airport & we simply drop it back at the airport & pop the keys in the box. An easy drive to the villa, supermarkets are close by together with plenty of restaurants & bar even out of season & a pizza restaurant who will deliver! Only a 20 min drive to the most beautiful waterfall & within walking distance of a fabulous gorge walk with a couple of tavernas at the top to make it all worth while! We love it here & I wouldn't hesitate to travel alone as it's perfectly safe & the lovely Rosemary & her husband are waiting to greet you on arrival plus the rock bar on the beach is another lovely friendly place to relax. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to my friends & family.

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Management Response
May 30, 2017
Thanks for your great review, Rachel. We do try to anticipate what will best meet the needs of our guests to ensure they'll have a wonderful stay in Makrygialos. Really glad you had another super holiday.
Thanks again,
Wendy and Phil
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racheldig...
Norwich, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“'Modern home from home luxury villa'”
Reviewed October 28, 2016 for a stay in October 2016

This is the 3rd time I have visited, this time with girlfriends and previously with my 3 teenage boys. Its a wonderful pace to visit, the villa has everything that you would need to eat in although even at low season there are plenty of restaurants to visit. The villa is spacious and has 3 floors including a roof terrace, 2 bedrooms but also a sofa bed in the living area should you need it. On arrival you are greeted warmly by Rosemary who shows you to your villa and is on hand throughout the stay should you need her. The car hire can be arranged through Wendy and Phil the owners and you are greeted at the airport on arrival and shown to your car you then return the car by simply dropping the keys into a box! There is everything you need at Makrigialos we didn't even use the car this time as we ate out every night and there is a small supermarket a min away if you need a larger one its just a 10 min drive and there is also a butchers and greengrocers withinin walking distance. We did the beautiful gorge walk which is well worth doing it does take you most of the day but is well worth it and the focus is the taverna at the top in the village of Pefki to keep you going. Although there was no water this time as there had been no rain, in previous years I have driven to the waterfall which is about a 20 min drive, a rocky drive along a track and then a 30 min walk aprox to the amazing waterfall. For me, the Rock Bar run by Clare and Chris a lovely friendly English couple is a lovely place to spend lazy afternoons/evenings as you can relax on the large cushions on the verander and just loose yourself looking out to sea, reading a book or chat to the customers. This is just a 10 min walk and a lovely place to go if you want a bit of company. I would definitely visit again and not hesitate to go alone although my next trip will be with my 3 teenage boys again, its not commercialised at all but you have what you need with a lot of culture if that is what you are looking for.

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Traveling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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Management Response
Oct 29, 2016
Thank you for your positive review. It's wonderful when others appreciate all that Makrygialos has to offer, they way we do. So pleased you enjoyed this time of the year and found plenty to do. Looking forward to having you back next year. Wendy and Phil
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Bevster73
Leeds, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Loved it - beautiful apartment with great shared pool in a nice family resort”
Reviewed September 10, 2016 for a stay in August 2016

Really enjoyed our stay with our three children in this lovely, modern, clean apartment which had all the amenities we needed. The children enjoyed the wi-fi and watching the occasional DVD from the apartment's collection of classics (Top Gun, Sound of Music...) but mostly just loved the shared pool which was never too crowded.
Makrigialos was a really nice little town, perfect for the family with lots of friendly tavernas for a drink or dinner after visiting one of the beaches. We quickly settled into a very slow paced, relaxing routine of pool, beach and taverna! The Dragon's Cave Taverna was particularly good.
We also very much enjoyed a couple of the gorge walks up into the mountains; these were energetic but beautiful.
Rosemary, who manages the apartment complex was very friendly and helpful and quickly sorted any minor issues. Overall a fantastic holiday.

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Liked best: Surrounding area
Liked least: Tight spiral staircases
Traveling group: Young Children
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Management Response
Sep 11, 2016
Thank you for your positive review. It's wonderful when others appreciate all that Makrygialos has to offer, they way we do. So glad you enjoyed your stay and that all the family found lots to do. Wendy and Phil
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London
Reviewed January 4, 2014 for a stay in November 2013
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A romantic getaway
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Sam42345
East Preston, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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“Relaxed,clean,safe, helpful staff, good location,perfect weather and a wonderful holiday place.”
Reviewed August 29, 2013 for a stay in August 2013
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We are a family of 5 plus my mother who have just returned from Grapevines on Monday 26th August after 2 weeks away! Our holiday was fantastic from wonderful beaches to great restaurants and bars (check out The Rock bar & Lounge run by Claire and Chris!) The accommodation was clean and perfect for our family (our kids are 13,10 and 7 years old) with everything we needed. Rosemary was great and sorted any problems or answered any questions. The pool was wonderful being a good size for the amount of people there and we never struggled to get sun beds.The weather was amazing everyday with a slight breeze (we had 2 days where it was very windy but it was still hot!)The 2 hr drive was a bit of a pain but so worth it to be in this lovely village! Make sure you check out the amazing bakery in the middle of the village with heavenly chocolates,cakes and ice cream (especially profiterole ice cream or bubble gum flavour for the kids!!) and their Greek cheese pies with sugar and cinnamon! Gabianos restaurant next door to Grapevines makes its own lethal Raki with honey and cinnamon which you can buy!
If you love a bit of Greek dancing try Pefki,a village 5 miles up into the mountains ( Rosemary can book it for you) I felt like I was in Mamma Mia!!
Definately do the boat trip with Michalis on the Nautilus (you can get info from The rock bar). He takes 17 people at a time over to Chrissi Island (5 min walk to Golden Beach which is stunning!) for 2 hrs and then you get back on the boat where he takes you to a couple of places where the sea is 4-5 metres deep and crystal clear for snorkelling (the kids loved jumping off the boat!) whilst he cooks up a BBQ! it's not cheap but it was one of our best days! 50€ adults 35€ kids.
I would recommend hiring a car for 2 days beginning and end of 2 weeks and 3 in the middle to keep the cost down as you don't need it every day (again Rosemary will sort it out for you,we paid 300€ per week)
We had a late night flight so got up early and took the kids to a water park near the airport for the day 25€ adults 16€ kids 12 and under which they loved.
There are great little beaches with rock pools especially if you go past Dragons Cove and follow the road for a few minutes where you'll see some white steps going down,I don't think it had a name but take the big parasol provided at grapevines because all the locals sit in the cave bit where it's shady!!
On your way to Grapevines I would recommend stopping at Lidl (about half an hr before Makrigialos) to get provisions as the little supermarkets charge a fortune (7€ for a small pot of cashew nuts, 12€ for a small bottle of Gin etc!)
All in all we couldn't have wished for a better holiday it was brilliant and we will definately go back as we didn't try Stratos restaurant or go to Sitia or do any of the watersports on offer or drink enough G&T's in The Rock Bar!!! Thankyou Wendy and Phil for sharing your little piece of heaven!

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Liked best: Great pool and beaches
Liked least: 2 hr drive to get there
Traveling group: Extended Family
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