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Villa Mare Monte
Ranked #4 of 79 Specialty Lodging in Malia
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Grimsby, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
18 reviews
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“Words Can't Express!!!”
Reviewed September 19, 2011

Where do I start...Don't be disheartened when your transfer drops other tourists off at posh looking, neon fronted, marbled reception halled hotels, boasting 5 star luxury and accommodation because where you are about to stay far exceeds any of these for comfort, tranquillity, style and the personal touch.

Villa Mare Monte is for me me one of the best places you could hope to stay when Visiting Crete, around the region of Malia. Nestled in amongst the foot of beautiful mountains with panoramic views of the Crystalline blue Aegean Sea these apartments are spacious, comfortable and well maintained. Our room (No. 12) had views over the sea from the large and private balcony to the rear, and our entrance opened up to a lovely mature Cypress pine standing Majestically amidst a beautifully manicured lawn.

The pool was fantastically clean and of ample size and close proximity to the bar (always essential), with cool music played at a suitable volume to float along too. There is a small crazy golf course and pool table to pass away some idle time if the sun becomes too much and the bar area is shaded also, providing suitable refreshment and traditional Cretan cuisine, expertly produced by Olga (the Slouvaki Pita is highly recommended). The Wi-Fi is also free for those who need it.

The location will require you to put some effort in as regards walking up and down hills, to and from the beaches, bars, restaurants and supermarkets but hey there are always taxis, quads, hire cars, buses and push bikes!!! And it doesn't hurt to burn off a little of that gorgeous tzatziki you're about to have.
Situated 10 mins from Old malia with it's traditional bars and restaurants (Petrino's is a must), you can be assured not to hear the noise and craziness of the 'strip' in Malia resort, which caters for the club 18-30's. Easily reached if you want the madness and mayhem but don't be fooled by the 5 vodkas + 5 Rakis' for a Euro, it'll strip the varnish off your yacht let alone your stomach lining!!

There is a good array of beaches, souvenir shops and organised trips to take advantage of, Potomas beach is probably the best 45 mins walk or 10 mins on a bus (€1.60 single). Sharon your Lady of the Valleys will help with any trips you may want to go on, whilst you enjoy your breakfast. There's plenty of local history and culture tours to enjoy, as well as shopping and boat trips (the BBQ Cruise is great).

As mentioned above for my wife and I it was the personal touch that helped make our holiday as close to perfect as possible. From the minute we arrived and where greeted we couldn't have been more looked after. Koula the owner is exceptionally friendly and gracious, she made sure any problems we had where dealt with and even extended our check out time 'on the house', which was a huge help. Thanks again Koula!!! & Georgious too.
Sharon made our mornings and our trips special with her lively, welcoming enthusiasm and knowledge of the surrounding areas, serving us breakfast with a smile and sparkle in her eye.
'Mandy Oh Mandy' (you could make a song out of that!!) Thankyou especially for looking after our liquid requirements :), providing good advice, intellectual conversation and a keen wit, offering a 'good ear' to our ramblings at ungodly hours when all you wanted to do is go home to your dogs!! Oh and lots of Raki too.

Visiting in September meant that we not only had the wonderful temperatures of 30+ degrees but we often had the pool to ourselves. What we found rare though was the few wonderful couples we did share the pool & bar with, and with whom we hope to stay in touch. Prash & Bejal, Mike & Anne, Jill, Ken & Geoff! It was a pleasure to get to know you all, thanks for the laughs and chats and hikes up the hillsides, not to mention the incites into the area from Jill, Ken & Geoff who have been visiting for the last 25 years (that tells you something about the place).

To sum it up please please go and stay here as often and as long as you can afford to...it will suit any with taste for rest and relaxation, good company and positive outlook on life. Families and couples, youngsters and the wiser generation!!

Go Book now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Room Tip: Room 12 has a great bed and lovely views - Room 18 you'll have to book before Jill, Ken & Ge...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 15, 2011

Villa Mare Monte has been set in a wonderful location between the sea & the mountains (as the name of the Villa suggests) providing superb scenic views! With a warm welcome from the owners, Koula & George, to the friendly management team of Sharon, Mandy & Olga, they will ensure you have a thoroughly great holiday throughout your stay. The apartments are clean & comfortable. The gardens & pool area is brilliantly maintained - the best pool side we've been to! The nearest restaurants are located in Old Town Malia which are only a 10 minute walk away providing good local cuisine & entertainment. Villa Mare Monte is ideal for those who want to be away from the chaotic, noisy crowd of new town Malia. For relaxation, friendly atmosphere, beautiful views to wake up to & good accommodation...Villa Mare Monte ticks all these boxes.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 7, 2011

Spent two amazing weeks relaxing at the Villa Mare Monte in Malia. The whole accommodation is spotlessly clean and the staff are extremely friendly, helpful and knowledgeable and always have time for a chat. Rooms are well decorated and spacious, internet access is available. The food served here is of good quality and value. We were aware of previous TripAdvisor recommendations for Koula's BBQ but she also held a Meze evening and on another evening served Keftiko all of which were fabulous and not to be missed. The location of the Mare Monte allows for easy access to Malia Old town and Stallis, both a 10/15 minute walk away and the frequent bus service to either Ag Nic or Iraklion is at the bottom of the road. I cant remember the last holiday I had that after 2 weeks I wasn't ready to go home, but I really didn't want to leave the Mare Monte, felt so chilled when I did return home that a week later I still feel in holiday mode, lol. Don't book the Villa Mare Monte if you want loud music, lots of action, drunks, screaming kids etc. If you want a relaxing time with good company, plenty of laughs,a great location for exploring with lots on your doorstep if you want it and peace and quiet if you don't then this is the place for you! ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT AND WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND. Thank you to all the staff for a wonderful holiday your hard work is very much appreciated xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Room Tip: stayed in room 17 a 1 bed apt with sea view, ground floor with patio and garden.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 1, 2011

Stayed here with five friends for a week beginning of July and had the best week! Our room was nice and clean and had plenty of cooking facilities- we ate in most nights! The pool was lush and music was played from about 11 in the morning. It really isn't far from the strip maybe a ten minute walk which is fine at night when its cooler but for carrying shopping back during the day it was hot! The owners and staff were all really nice. There is a pool bar where food is served all day for a reasonable price which was handy. Overall we had the best time in malia and if we come back we will defiantly stay here again!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 8, 2011

well.... me and my 5 friends went here for our july holiday, we previously went to zante so no what we wanted and expected!
for the first 5 days we couldnt of asked for anything better! wiked atmosphere, mandy the barstaff was wiked! all though the walk down to the strip in the dark was abit long, we got used to it and it didnt bother us atall! for the last 2 days the hob in our room didnt turn off so was boiling hot and vey unsafe if you forgot it was on! and the manager didnt no how to turn it off either! we got called gypsys by the owner and threatend to be chucked out! they blamed everyone else saying they complained about us but we was very good friends with them all and enjoyed drinking and partying with them! we and had to attend a meeting and write a full apolagy in full then we was aloud our passports back! the security let himself into our room and woke us all up shouting greek to us! we felt unsafe and disgusted that a grown man had a key to our room and let himself into it freely and willingly when there was half dressed girls in there! we got told the balconys and rooms wasnt for socialising. our group was personally targeted by the owners! we got told it was a family hotel but noone in there was over the age of 20 and they shouldnt have acommidated young groups if they didnt expect loudness and roudyness.me and my friends are all 18 and do not recomend staying here if you are wanting an 18-30 holiday! overall malia and the strip are amazing! and however do recommend going therre to partay!!

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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York, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 15, 2011

Arrived with 4 of my friends for a weeks holiday in July, couldn't have asked for a better hotel, it was definitely the right choice! At first we were worried it was a bit out of it (turns out our bus just took us the long way around), but we soon discovered with the thanks to Mandy, it was only a short 15 minute walk to the town centre. We had a room upgrade for the first few days, unsure of the reason, but none of us were complaining, and after 3 days were moved to our two studio apartments as booked. All of the rooms were wonderful, they were simple as we expected, clean, contemporary, not too crowded, all had balconies etc.
The place itself was exceptional, lovely pool, and definitely no shortage of sun beds. The staff were all lovely and couldn't do enough to keep you happy. The addition of the crazy golf course made us all fairly happy and kept us entertained a couple of times, and the food and drinks were absolutely wonderful every time. I literally couldn't fault the place.

As for Malia itself, it was great for us youths, with the renowned night life, but for people wanting a quieter trip there (the hotel couldn't be more perfect), take the turn on the right, up a hill, before you hit the main crossroads where the strip branches off, and you'll find the old village, full of lovely greek tavernas and much less touristy, unfortunately we only discovered this on our last night, but would've spent a lot more time up there if we knew about it.

I definitely wouldn't think twice about staying here again if I returned to Malia, it was a genuinely lovely hotel, and we all had a lovely time!

Room Tip: Room 29 is lovely, but has noise from quads/building sites. Room 18 had the best of everything!
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 4, 2011

The accomodation was clean and comfortable. The management was very lovely. Location was good on the hillside away from the hustle and bustle but the walk may not suit older people -perfect if you have a mode of transport. Villa Mare Monte goes out of its way to ensure you enjoy your stay.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: Villa Mare Monte
Address: 2 Kondylaki, Malia, Crete 700 07, Greece
Location: Greece > Crete > Heraklion Prefecture > Malia
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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Ranked #4 of 79 Specialty Lodging in Malia
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Hotel Class:3 star — Villa Mare Monte 3*
Number of rooms: 22
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