Overall a great cheap holiday. We went for a week from Belfast (which has costlier flights), as a couple with a 16 yr old daughter and it cost us about £800.
Easily the worst flight experience in 40 yrs of flying. So bad that I think I will write a separate review in the Air travel Forum. Briefly, delays, more delays, poor Rep service concerning delays, 3 broken food trays in the 2 rows I could see and my wifes tray broke mid flight, untrained crew, no tea/coffee, dirty/shabby cabin and the shortest seat pitch in the history of aviation and the thinnest, most unsupportive seats to name a few. Outbound was Sky Wings which were the worst offender and inbound was Air AVI who had no food on board due to the strikes but both Olympic Reps and the ground staff failed to inform us of this in the 5 hours we were sat in the airport waiting to go. All we had for the 4 hour flight was one glass of water or a glass of coke - hopeless.
Poor rep service on departure home. A 4 hour delay and no info from reps. Had to hunt them down for food voucher info and was given 2 separate stories. We booked for 7 nights and only had 6.5 nights as we arrived at resort at about 2 am (not due to a delay). This meant we only had 6 days in resort and we left at 10 am on the seventh day so it was a shortened holiday. Also the flight times were changed twice by Olympic in the lead up to us leaving and the arrival times on the tickets was wrong and did not fully take into account the 2 hour time diference and the 4 hour flight time - it simply did not add up.
Overall we enjoyed our stay at Zygos. With only 9 rooms available to guests (the Olympic rep lives in the other room), the rooms are very basic to say the least. We had room 7 - a one bed ground floor apartment. The layout was weird with two single beds in the lounge - with a settee. The kitchen was off this room. The bedroom with 2 single beds was off the living room with the bathroom off the bedroom meaning that anyone sleeping in the living room has to go via the bedroom to go to the bathroom - unusual. The kitchen was very basic - just a frying pan and a huge 4 pint saucepan and assorted knives /forks. There was a kettle and a two ring table top cooker thing with combined oven/grill. Actually, despite my misgivings, the cooker worked very well. We asked for a smaller saucepan and a kitchen plug which we got by the owner going out to buy the plugs and giving a saucepan from the bar. There was aircon payable locally but we didnt use it.
Hot water was intermittent... as it seemed to be solar powered I expected it to be hot in the day and cool at night but it turned out to be a guessing game when it would be hot. When not hot, it was luke warm. It was more often hot than not.
Roomkeeping was just one visit on day 4 to give us fresh sheets/towels and to empty the kitchen bin once so that was poor in my opinion.
Being a family run place, it had a 'homely' feel about it. I thought that Eva (the owner) and Carol did a good job keeping guests happy. You are not really supposed to bring drinks around the pool but we did and didnt get chastised. Other regular guests warned us that Eva would 'shout at us' if we got caught but a bottle of water and the odd coke is not a hanging offence IMO. The pool, area would get cramped if most of the guests decided to sit around the pool but when we were there, only a few couples regularly sunned themselves there. Drinks/food prices at the pool bar were acceptable (a litre caraffe of white wine for 6 euro).
Zygos is very handy for Sissi... barely a 5 min walk as opposed to Bella Vista , another Olympic hotel which is a taxi ride away. Opposite Zygos is a great supermarket, allegedly the cheapest and best in Sissi which was very very handy. A big French Stick was 90 cents and an average bottle of wine could be had for less than 3 euro.
Sissi has a very pretty harbour area and some nice bars. The restaurants around the harbour were poor IMO, catering to tourists and pricey. The best two we found were Mikes place on the walk in to town and Anatoli Taverna through the town and on the road to the beach - both excellent, quite cheap (esp Anatoli), local Greek food, full of locals - always a good sign.
Sissi is also a very good base to explore eastern Crete. Milatos, nearby is a nice place for lunch and I think another place is called Mouchos, a delightful little seaside place with gorgeous local style tavernas. We went to Vai beach at the far end of eastern crete which was very pretty with a nice restaurant overlooking the bay
Car hire with Olympic was 55 euro a day. Just down the road was New Line car hire. Their advertised price was 50 euro a day but we were offered 2 days for 50 euro with fully inclusive insurance which i thought was a good deal. Other places in town advertise 3 days for 38 euro but this excludes insurance which works out at about 20 a day and so is more expensive.
Would we go back?. To Zygos, with its imperfections - yes - its a 2 star but you have paid your money and you get what it says on the tin. Sky Wings - No No No. But later in the year I see flights are with Thomas cook which give you seven full nights and seven full days (so a day more). The weather was awesome and Crete was lovely and the food was to die for. Why go anywhere else? (lol)
PS - The weekly sunday BBQ was one of the highlights of our stay and well worth the 15 Euro. The food was plentiful and the female singer was good at keeping an atmosphere going.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Zygos Crete/Sissi