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Bella Vista Apartments
Ranked #4 of 14 Specialty Lodging in Sissi
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Oxhill, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
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“Another Quality Holiday”
Reviewed October 22, 2013

Returned again this year to the Bella Vista after first visiting last year. Once again an absolute quality holiday. I can't say much more than I did last year on the experience we had at this complex. We were welcome back as long lost friends and had a better holiday than last. Irene who now taken over from Christine is a wonderful host along with Michael and van Gellis. Nothing is too much trouble and its a home from home.
Returning to the same country let alone resort or complex is soemthing that my wife and I have never done until this year , and I have to say that we are checking the Airline timetable for next year already , so I will be coming back in 2014 , 'Michael' I've started on the music.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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northampton
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

Our 10th stay at these lovely apartments and we really enjoyed it. The views are amazing, and the gardens surrounding the apartments are beautiful. The place is so friendly and this is due to it being family run. Irene, Mike, Kiki ,Yjollca and Vangelis It in a quiet area 20 minutes from Sissi harbour, which in my opinion is a lovely walk admiring the view of the sea along the way

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

This is our 3rd time in 18 months at Bella Vista. Still as fabulous as before. Mike, Irene and Violet lovely staff and Vangelis is the best barman in Greece! Love this place so much. Views amazing, surroundings fabulous and so friendly. Within hours of arriving feel so relaxed. love it!!

Room Tip: The higher the room, the better the view.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 3, 2013

really loved our stay at the Bella vista. after arriving in the early hours, woke up to such a breathtaking view over the bay. room was basic with a kettle, toaster, cutlery etc, no problem there, clean sheets&towels(except one day). the grounds of the apartments are so charming, pomegranate, lime and orange trees growing all around. the pool/bar area was clean and so chilled and relaxed. Had a couple of meals mid afternoon by the bar found the food to be ok, didnt eat here at night as so many good restaurants in town. Sissi is such a beautiful place, a 20 mins stroll from here although it seemed alot longer walking back in the early hours! We found the best beach was "potamos" a half hour walk through the grecotel and over headland,mind i dont know what it would be like to walk in the heat of july & august. Irene is a lovely host always smiling, nothing was too much trouble for her. If you are looking for a chilled out relaxing peaceful place with fabulous views, then Bella vista wont disappoint, would we go back? 100%, just ask the guests who go there year after year.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 22, 2013

When we arrived we had a lovely welcome from Irene and were shown to our rooms by her brother Mike. First impressions of the apartments and location were good and our room was adequate all the facilities required were present but a little bit of modernisation would not go a miss. The food which was cooked by violet was very good and with later experience could not be bettered in sissi in the restaurants also a mention to Irene's mother who also cooked as well. It is a real family affair and what we saw was they would cook even if you arrived extremely late and were hungry. The walk to sissi is maybe 15-20 minutes which is not far but in the heat is quite a drag a taxi is 6 euros which late at night is a life saver. If you are not mobile ask for an apartment lower down as there are steps but not many if you are able-bodied. The sea views from rooms higher up are worth the steps. We liked the feel of the place being quiet and peaceful with Vanghellis behind the bar who is a very friendly chap who loves to chat and who also can't do enough for you.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 20, 2013 via mobile

The Good
The apartments at Bella Vista are spacious and look as if they have been recently redecorated. The grounds are planted with flowers & fruit trees and there is a nice deep pool which is great for confident swimmers - although we didn't see it get cleaned and there was thick scum line around the tiles.

First impressions are that the owners and staff are friendly. If you just want a week by the pool, eat & drink in the hotel and don't check your bill, you'll have a great time and probably give it a 5* rating.

The Bad
Google & Trip Advisor show the apartments situated in the town centre near the beaches and restaurants - the main reason we chose these apartments, THEY AREN'T.They are a 30 minute walk from the town centre on the opposite side of town to the best beaches. There is a sign & arrow on the wall near the supposed location and on several occasions we were asked for directions to the apartments while walking along the road.

Although described as well equipped self-catering apartments, they have only a few very basic items - plastic plates, a knife & fork each, some small damaged pans & a blunt bread knife. There's also very little space to prepare food.

Some of the wiring is a bit dodgy - a few loose sockets, light switches, and every time we tried to cook the sparking on the kitchen socket would trip the fuses. We brought it to the attention of the owners who said "you're not at home now"

The Ugly
On our first night we had dinner at the bar. The food was fine and came with large piles of frozen chips - even if you ask for salad or rice. When we asked for the bill we were told €65.We asked if we could actually see the bill. When the bill arrived we were told that they'd "miss-counted the ice creams" and the bill was now €61. We have 2 children, they'd had one ice cream each a few minutes before we asked for the bill.

In the town centre we typically paid €40-50 for the same type of meal.

In the morning I asked if there were any better pans or cooking utensils as we enjoyed cooking for ourselves using local ingredients - Bad Move - from that point on their attitude to us was totally different. I was bluntly told that the equipment was good enough and the owner turned her back on me and walked away.

When we came back that evening, food & drink that we'd bought had been removed from our fridge. I confronted one of the owners about it and was told that the maid had probably thrown it away by mistake and they'd look into it in the morning. I said that wasn't good enough and he went off to speak to his wife. I followed him and his wife was able to find all our food and drink in her apartment, except some of the chocolate which presumably had already been eaten.

Don't be put off visiting Sisi as it is a lovely town with lots of fabulous bars and restaurants. We were welcomed by friendly locals everywhere we went ... Just choose a different hotel.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Brisbane
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Reviewed September 13, 2013

At this hotel we met people who had been coming back for 18 years and I can understand why. Our room (5) was near the road and a bit noisy - higher rooms looked much better but hotel fully booked and there's a reason for that. We still liked our room but I'd want a higher one if going back despite the small climb. Loved the location (15 mins walk from town) Other direction a 15 min walk takes you to couple of nice beaches. Beautiful pool but for swimmers only - mostly very deep. A perfect location for couples or friends wanting a quiet break. Teens may be bored here and I wouldn't want to take small kids here unless you're happy to hire a car for the walk and watch them like a hawk in the pool.
Irene and staff here are super friendly. Rooms cleaned daily with multiple towel changes. Air con price stings a bit (49 Euros per week) We managed without apart from one day but you'd definitely need it in high summer so factor it in. I'd certainly consider going back. Sisi was the nicest place I saw by far on the coach drop off.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Property: Bella Vista Apartments
Address: Sissi, Sissi, Crete 724 00, Greece
Location: Greece > Crete > Lasithi Prefecture > Sissi
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Ranked #4 of 14 Specialty Lodging in Sissi
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Hotel Class:3 star — Bella Vista Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 7
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