We have just returned from our holiday at Amazones Villas apartments and thanks to the positive reviews we knew pretty much what to expect, and weren't disappointed with our choice. The apartment was roomy and just what we needed, and we intend to return next year if we can. There was a problem with the mattress on my bed but it was soon changed for a much newer one which was more comfy.
We were welcomed by George late in the evening when the coach dropped us at the rear entrance to the apartments and George saw us struggling with our luggage. He immediately helped out despite being off duty and the welcome was lovely, very friendly. Dimitris booked us in and we were shown to the apartment. Yes, it was a little tired and needing some updating but clean and tidy and ideal for our stay. One thing I would like to see tho is mattress covers on the beds rather than sheets directly onto mattresses as this would help the mattresses stay cleaner and fresher as well as being comfier. There are no mugs, only small cups, and stainless steel teapots, but for those who like to make one mug of tea or coffee, it might be an idea to take your own or buy a souvenier one to use and then take home. No tea-towel supplied or pegs so take your own or get them locally. Oh and take anti mosquito things, they were a nuisance despite my efforts with Vit B, and various deterrents. We bought a spray and used it every evening before we left for our evening out and locals suggested we crushed garlic onto saucers to leave by the beds. It seemed to help but we both got bitten as did other guests. Corfu was as bad last year tho so it's par for the course. The fridge, microwave, toaster and kettle and four ringed hob make any food preparation easy altho you won't want to cook much, there are so many lovely tavernas to visit to try the Greek food. Among our favourites were Romantic Corner (nearest to the apartments with good food and staff), Mike-Kostas (wonderful food, and staff, we had several great evenings there - thanks Kostas, Spiros and Nicos), Dianomeas (quite amazing Kleftiko cooked in a pot), Knossos Cafe/Restaurant - quite a long walk but well worth the effort and again we visited more than once and had fun and good food.
The pool area was fairly quiet when we there from 21st Sept and people chatted and were friendly so a pleasant time could be spent in the water or out. George or Dimitris was always on hand to help out with drinks or snack orders, or any questions we had about the area etc. The delightful Natasha was always friendly and helpful despite being kept busy with working on reception and caring for her children and everything that cropped up. The cleaners came often and changed sheets and towels every few days, emptied bins and cleaned floors in fact our sheets etc were changed the day before we left which surprised me.
I would recommend this place to anyone, it was on a par with the great apartments we found last year in Corfu, and we fell in love with Stalis, Amazones and the people we met there. Take some trips on the Happy Train, we enjoyed the trip into the mountains to the village of Mochos, and the ride round the villages of Malia, Stalis etc. We made our own way on the local bus to Agios Nikolaos and then up to Plaka and on a boat to Spinalonga. What an interesting place, we spent a long time there and found loads of things to photograph.
When we left Natasha and George came to the coach to wave us off which was a lovely touch and we felt as tho we were leaving family behind. As I said before, we will certainly be visiting again if we can next year. Thanks to all at Amazones - we miss you already.
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- Amazones Villas Apartments Hotel Stalis
- Amazones Hotel Apartments
- Amazones Hotel Stalís
- Amazones Villas Apartments Crete/Stalis, Greece