Nice accommodation, well presented. It looks smart and photographs well. Good pool, with a 2.5m deep end. Plenty of sunbeds available. Sun disappears behind a cliff by about 6pm each night. The hotel is about 1 mile from the old town/top of Beach Road (new town). Get buzzed by bats on your romantic walk into town! Plenty of places to eat in the old town, have a wander in the daytime to familiarise yourself. But don't miss the Kreta Tavern ,next to the BP stn on the main road, as the food is good, and it is genuinely family run.
Staff at the villa are friendly and approachable, the owners are nearly always around too, asking if everything is ok. Rooms are basic, A/C works well, about 50E for a week. Elec kettle and a cooking ring, and fridge in each room, as well as a hairdryer. Shower in our room was small, and water goes cold after 7ish, due to the solar panels. Room is cleaned daily, towels changed regularly. Breakfast is the same everyday, with enough different choices of bread and meats, fruit, olives, feta.. There are PG tips for those who worry about their tea!
There is wifi around the pool/bar area, and 2 PC's to use so no need to bring your own.
I like to stretch myself and found the donkey trail, located behind the hotel, thru a gate off the road, fitted the bill. About 5-6 miles of rough uphill, to Mochos, marked with splashes of red paint to guide you. Mochos is lovely, go there by bus/taxi if yoy don't fancy the walk. Meeting wild goats and buzzards circling overhead. Take plenty of water, and avoid the daytime highs. I drank 2 litres. Taking the main road back took just as long, about 5 miles, because of the mountain switchbacks. DO NOT attempt this if you're not fit, it is arduous. 3-4 hours if you walk it, and the same back. TIP - keep at least 2 red paint splashes in sight at all times as it's easy to wander off route. A shorter route is up the donkey trail to the bridge (1k) and then take the dirt track to your right, which leads to the cliff that the sun disappears behind. Great views, run it in 15mins, walk it easy in an hour.
There were some young groups at the hotel, but the staff get them on side, and they behaved themselves very well.
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- Villa Mare Monte Malia, Crete