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!!
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Mare Monte Hotel Malia
- Villa Mare Monte Malia, Crete