“When in Greece – never do what the Greeks do.” That seems to be the mission statement of the Village Heights Resort. Yes, this is the kind of place that offers a ‘Greek Evening’ once a week (I’m not joking). So, if you fancy Greek yoghurt and honey for breakfast, some feta cheese or a nice Greek coffee – forget it. Even if you ask politely in Greek, your waitress will not understand you because she is from the Ukraine. If this sort of thing irritates you, and you want to stay up here in the hills, you should seek out the Greek-owned accommodation in nearby villages, such as Koutouloufari. Or you can do what we did – go to a supermarket (Lidl and Spar are on the road into Port Hersonisos) and cater for yourself. Our kitchen was well-equipped and our large balcony had better views than the local restaurants, taking in a sweeping 8-10 km of coastline. It’s usually nice and breezy up here too.
To eat out in the evenings, you will need persistence to find ‘real’ Geek tavernas among the dross. Try Harakas in Old Hersonisos and Pithori in Koutouloufari. For the ultimate in delicious, no-frills Greek cooking in a rural setting, drive South for five minutes to Taverna Nikos Papadakis, on the Kastelli road, about 1 km after the turn-off. Don’t even think of descending (in every sense of the word) to Hersonisos-on-Sea, which has decided to compete with Malia as the larger-lout capital of Crete.
In addition to its location, the resort has several other positives. It is pleasantly landscaped, and much effort is taken to keep flowers alive in the dry heat. The swimming pools are fine, if sometimes noisy (not the guests – the hotel’s loudspeakers). The staff are friendly and efficient. Our one-bedroomed apartment was spacious, well furnished and air-conditioned. Only the ‘square-screen’ TV seemed a bit retro (at last! – something Greek!). As others have said, a car is essential here, unless you are happy to laze all day by the pool, and ignore the delights of Knossos, the Malia palace, Krita, Aghios Nikolaos and the Lasithi Plateau, all of which are within easy reach. In short, if you are offered a good value low-season deal here, or a timeshare swap, you could do a lot worse. But true lovers of Greece should look elsewhere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On the north coastline of Crete, Village Heights Golf Resort is nestled amongst lush landscaped gardens and offers breathtaking views of Hersonissos. In true traditional Cretan Village style studios, apartments and villas are beautifully designed to suit every taste. Village Heights Golf Resort offers a full host of amenities and features to ensure a restful stay.Guests can enjoy a wide range of leisure facilities within the Resort including three pools (one indoor), a wellness centre, kids club as well as numerous dining and entertainment venues. In addition, the Crete Golf Club is just 2km away, with incomparable views and special rates on greens fees. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Village Heights Golf Hotel Chersonisos
- Village Heights Hotel
- Village Heights Golf Resort Crete, Greece