None of the brochures we saw inspired very high expectations, and we only booked Koni Village because we were at short notice and it was the last available apartment package in our price range, for our dates (last two weeks in May) and with a direct flight to Crete
For once, the brochure photos understated the charm of the place, and we (couple, toddler plus bump) were very pleasantly surprised.
We had taken a hire car at the airport, so arrived a bit after the package coach, but got a friendly greeting and arrived roomy third-floor one-room apartment (no. 308, I think) just overlooking the site shop, and it was very nice indeed.
Both bedroom and living room had large balconies, one facing the still-wild steep hills above Stalis, the other with a terrific sea view overlooking the town. Opening both balconies to let the breeze flow through was great (and an alternative to the widespread and pretty loathsome practice of charging €8 a day for the air-con: note to Crete, this is very annoying). We played board games on the balcony at night when we were eating in (pregnant = sober), and I also enjoyed watching the cruise ships line up for the pre-dawn approach to Heraklion (early riser and 2 hours ahead!).
All four beds were comfy, the linen was clean and the kitchenette was adequate, with a reasonable fridge and decent large table taking up much of its nook. Never turned on the telly, always the sign of a good holiday.
There were relatively few negatives: The bathroom cleaning wasn't that great during our stay, although it was clean when we arrived (maybe it was us!). The balcony furniture was flimsy and had seen better days. There was a bit of night noise from the old coastal highway just north of the complex. A kids' playground area might have been a handy addition, and maybe a loo a bit closer to the pool (although there is one just opposite the shop, you have to drip through the bar to get to it). Oh, and if you're hiring a vehicle, the slope in the carpark has to be seen to be believed!
All this was greatly outweighed by the positives:
The upper pool is good and large, with a nice little kids' pool and a good view, and we spent happy times there with our toddler (although beware: the pool surround and steps can be very slippy).
The bar/eatery combo is a nice focus for the site, and both were friendly, clean and efficient - we ate there twice (when getting the sprog to bed was a priority and we couldn't face cooking) and while the food was nothing special, it was actually fine, and not as expensive as other reviews suggest. The sheer awfulness of the two outrageously warped outdoor pool tables gave us many hours of fun, and the coin-op outdoor internet terminals were a first for me. The bar seemed to close fairly early (but let's face it, if you're interested in good bars, there's a few dozen more and far better just downhill), and thus other than the road the only night noise was the occasional and inevitable hammered neighbour.
The site shop was okay, and there are better bakeries and supermarkets a few minutes walk away. Stalis of course has a range of reasonable touristy tavernas, and is always fun, if not exactly, well, very Cretan. But you all know that, and there's plenty of genuine Crete available just down the road a few miles, and it really is a great beach by any standards.
The walk under the main road and down to the main strip and beach wasn't more than 10 minutes, and the oft-mentioned climb back up was really no problem even though one of us was six months pregnant and the other was carrying a toddler.
We moved all over the island during our holiday, and stayed in several other places, and Koni Village measured up well. It's a good location and makes a great base for exploring the centre and east of the island with your own transport (although pushing beyond Sitiea to the east coast, or beyond Rethimnon to the west makes for a very long daytrip), and the whole place was well-maintained and all the staff very welcoming.
I'd have no hesitation going back. Today, preferably.
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- Also Known As:
- Koni Village Hotel Stalis
- Koni Village Stalís
- Koni Village Hotel Stalís
- Crete Koni Village
- Koni Village Crete/Stalis, Greece