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“Haven of peace on the south coast of Crete”
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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 7
Agia Galini, Rethymnon Prefecture, Crete

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Mimi M
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Haven of peace on the south coast of Crete”
Reviewed September 9, 2018 for a stay in August 2018

I stayed at Mesa Riza for 10 days with my two boys 10 and 12).
The apartment is spacious and clean and foreseen with all the necessary amenities.
The place is really a haven of peace!
The pool is gorgeous and overlooking the valley.
It takes 5 minutes to get to Agia Galini with restaurants and supermarkets.
We did a full day excursion with the owner Paul, who took us to places we would never have discovered alone.
We also had massages on location offered by Astra, the owner.
The whole holiday was a wonderful break for us and wet can highly recommend staying here!

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Management Response
Sep 10, 2018
Thanks a lot:-)
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Trek45479...
1 review
“Perfect relaxing retreat with beautiful view”
Reviewed July 29, 2018 for a stay in June 2018

If you are looking for a quiet place to ease your mind and soul - this is the place!
The house, the apartments, the pool and the shady poolhouse are just beautiful.
And everything is created with love in every detail. You can see the sea and the mountains. And you can walk to the beach in Agia Galini in about 20 minutes.
There are so many things to see and do in this part of Crete. We had many excursions and the rest of the time, we just enjoyed the pool and the house.
Paul and Astra are just wonderful and very helpful hosts. Paul even played a little piece of his own on the piano - amazing!!!
Our kids (11 and 13) just loved it. It was the PERFECT holiday for us!

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Jul 30, 2018
Thanks a lot and hope to see you again!

Astra and Paul
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Trip_Inpu...
Basel, Switzerland
Level 5 Contributor
86 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“A perfect place to relax”
Reviewed July 15, 2018 for a stay in July 2018

The Southern coast of Crete is rugged, rough and relatively lonely, it is still very easy to find a beach where you are alone or only share with a very few people. If you like it busy and you need night life and "spectators" - don't go there....
Once you have decided for the South, the very nice village of Agia Gallini which is stacked on the bottom of a mountain is an excellent decision. Still quiet, but with a good choice of good restaurants, very welcoming staff everywhere, lots of beaches in about 30' driving range (don't come here either if you are afraid of driving steep hills and curves).
Now looking for a perfect place to stay: This is Mesa Riza, about 5' away by car from Agia Gallini along the road to Rethymnon, completely alone, sitting like a castle over a valley with a small river (may be dry in summer). 4 appartments may be rented, all with separate access, and a perfect view over a splendid 8 meters pool towards the sea. Very nicely and complete furnished with style, all details cared of, a true small paradise. To make things perfect, the Belgian hosts Paul and Astra will welcome you, give very helpful hints for places to go, will offer you to go on an excursion (paid), don't say no, it will be the cherry on the cake of an unforgettable vacation.
The downside? Yes, there is one - the wind may be very (!) strong in the South and even last for a couple of days; this is true nature, and with some thoughts you will still find a small, calm beach... and have breakfast inside.

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Management Response
Jul 18, 2018
Thanks a lot my friends! We hope to see you again!

Best wishes from Astra and Paul

P.S. Last year in summer the wind was not so strong and you never know before;-)
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Etienne P
Hasselt, Belgium
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134 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“excellent stay”
Reviewed April 30, 2017 for a stay in April 2017

The location is very nice and the apartment had everything to have an excellent stay. " Mesa Riza" is quite close to the village "Agia Galini" with nice restaurants at affordable prices; The hosts, Paul and Astra were very helpful in showing the places to visit. I would recommend to book a visit of some places with Paul as guide. And the massage given by Astra is a wonderful experience !

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Apr 30, 2017
Thanks a lot for your comment!
We try to do as more then we do now!

Paul
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jess_flyi...
Sydney
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Caring host, fabulous accommodation!”
Reviewed October 5, 2015 for a stay in September 2015

Meza Riza is well located in the hills behind Agia Galini (not Matala as stated in the location). Paul the owner greeted us and could not have been more helpful with suggestions for excursions, directions and other assistance. The accommodation is great - super equipped kitchen, shutters on the windows and fans in both bedrooms meant we slept really well plus air con in the living area which cooled the place easily. The pool was excellent, complete with toys for the kids. Its a short drive to the mountains, beach and historic sites of Phaestos etc. Loved our stay and would highly recommend it to others!

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Liked least: occasional trouble with wifi access. Location when booking stated Matala when it is actually at Agia Galini!!
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Management Response
Oct 8, 2015
Thanks a lot!

We will never forget you!

Nice days!

Paul
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Katia M
1 review
Reviewed July 24, 2018 for a stay in July 2018
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Management Response
Jul 24, 2018
Dank je wel:-)
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Dorothea...
1 review
Reviewed June 7, 2018 for a stay in May 2018
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Management Response
Jun 10, 2018
Danke ons viel herzliche Grusse von uns...
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