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Villa Sophia Apartments
Ranked #55 of 69 Hotels in Platanias
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2 reviews
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“Friendly people and great food!”
Reviewed July 22, 2009

We came back from Sophia Beach last night after spending 2 weeks there. Nice resort and clean studios. We were pleased because we had a studio on the upper floor. We paid for the 2 weeks air conditioning because the temperature was very hot and we did need it. The price was in fact cheaper than we paidy last year in Cyprus! The owner Theo is an excellent cook and his Kleftico and Stifado were far superior than in any of the other restuaurants down the road and cheaper. He uses fresh ingredients and the meat just melted in the mouth, I would recommend to eat there. Victor was very friendly and kept calling me Olive because of my love of Olives! Anna is Victor's 6 year old daughter who is very sweet. Sophia is Theo's daughter who runs the place and she speaks excellent English and is very friendly and jokey. Our rep Ruddi was a nice guy as well and he was very helpful (which to be honest, you can't say for all reps!) I would recommend these studios and apartments to anyone who want a relaxing holiday on the beach with friendly staff and good food!!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Manchester
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Reviewed June 18, 2009

This was our 3rd visit to the Sophia Beach apartments, Platanias and once again we loved it!! Sophia herself came to greet us with hugs and kisses as if we were old friends, it was a really great welcome. Viktor (bar) was also pleased to see us and all in all a great start to our hols.
The apartments are basic but spotlessly clean. Clean sheets and towels every day except sunday, when the maids get a well deserved day off!!
The food in the pool bar is exceptional, good restaurant standard.
We are already planning next year and can't think of anywhere else we want to go!!

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Stoke
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5 reviews
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Reviewed June 9, 2009

We used this site ourselves before booking and got exactly what we were looking for...

It was a week of total relaxation in family run hotel which backs onto the beach as you can see from the photos posted. We were made to feel so welcome by everyone.

Platania has lots of local restaurants and bars if you want to go out, or you can stay at the hotel bar looking out over the sea. Try their homecooked food which is as good as any of the other places we ate.

Sofia and her dad run the place with the help of Armanda the geordie receptionist (arrrrleeet pet!), and Victor the barman who never seems to stop smiling! Ask him to say "Ey up duck" and see if he's mastered it yet?! And not forgetting the cutest dog ever, Biz!

Have fun at Sofia's Apartments, we did...

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 16, 2009

we went to sofia's and didn't know what to expect, but all i can say is everythig about the place is AWESOME from sofia and her father, to amanda the geordie receptionist the location and pool are bang on.and next door you also have ideal beach bar with bec the crazy bar man. it's a must for familys and teens n couples, sofia's caters for all were going back very soon i hope there ready for us!!!!!

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 8, 2008

Great fairly basic apartments built along a lovely walkway with borders/pots of flowers, leading to bar area, pool, and beach. Convenience of having pool next beach just a stone's throw from apartment was superb.
Sophia and her family (owner) oh and not forgetting Victor, helped make the holiday memorable.
New Platanias not characterful but has all you need, restaurants some with sea views, music bars, shops run along a fairly main road which isn't wonderful but not a major problem.
Old Platanias is much nicer, quite small with some good restaurants with fantastic views, about a 15 min. steep walk from Sophia Beach Apartments.
A small train runs daily trips to water park and other scenic routes, worth going on.
Regular buses run to Chania (Venetian Harbour Town), an absolute must, fab fish restaurants around harbour, windy narrow streets, with interesting shops, bars, restaurants, really special place.

  • Liked — Proximity to Pool, Beach and Restaurants
  • Disliked — As a familly of four we had two rooms and paid quite a bit extra for air con per week which was very much needed.
  • Stayed July 2008
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Knaresborough
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Reviewed September 11, 2008

We stayed at the Sofia beach Apartments in August this year. As always we booked late and did not know what to expect. We need not have worried the place was exactly as described. The family are very friendly, the apartments are very clean and well kept.
Liked being on the beach and also having the convenience of the pool, there was plenty happening on the beach - watch out for the donut man, the braiding ladies and the fresh fruit seller. Plenty of eating places on and off the beach. You do not really have to move from the sun loungers someone is always on hand to bring you refreshments.
Was worried that the apartments were near the busy street but they were located far enough away and there was no town noise at all.
Plenty to do for teenagers and smaller children, recommend for families.
Over all an excellent holiday - thank you everyone, and the weather was fantastic.

  • Liked — Cleanliness and proximity to beach
  • Disliked — slightly small spaces... but normal for crete
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
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wirral
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Reviewed September 3, 2008

We stayed here for one week this August, me, hubby and two kids (17 and 11). We had a fabulous time. Theo, Sophia, Sophie, Victor and Anna made us very welcome. The apartments were agood size, lovely and clean and the maid came every day apart from Sunday.

The pool was great, not too crowded, but we spent all our time on the beach were there was more shade and Victor waiting on you hand and foot. BIG BOSS !!

Theo's food was excellent, home made and fresh. (We also found a great restaurant on the strip, called The Captains Bar where the food was plentiful, tasty and cheap.)

We would highly recommend this place to anyone, we will certainly return there.

Only downside, 45 euros a week for air con, and 4 euros a day for a sunbed on the beach.

  • Liked — hospitality
  • Disliked — price of air con
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
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Property: Villa Sophia Apartments
Address: Platanias, Crete 73014, Greece
Location: Greece > Crete > Chania Prefecture > Platanias
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Ranked #55 of 69 Hotels in Platanias
Number of rooms: 165
Also Known As:
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Hotel Sophia Apartments
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