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“still amazing after twelve years of staying at the Divina” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Divina Apartments
Ranked #4 of 29 Specialty Lodging in Gouves
Certificate of Excellence
Liverpool, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
1 review
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“still amazing after twelve years of staying at the Divina”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2012

me and my family have been staying at the Divina now every summer for twelve years and it is one of those places that you feel comfortable there as Vivian, Alex, Andreas Georgia and Yanis make you feel so welcome that you dont want to come home and are excited to visit again the next year. Firstly, the Divinia is situated just over the road from the beach which makes a perfect holiday as you have a choice to lie around the pool or go on the beach. The food at the Divina you cannot fault Alex's food is the best food i have tasted in my experience of being to Crete for so many years, the food is also great value for money and you will not be dissapointed. the apartments are basic, however, the apartments are the same all over Crete and at the Divina they are spotless the cleaner Kady does more than enough to keep the apartments clean and tidy. the town of Gouves it also only a 15 minute walk away from the Divina where you can find shops and different restaurants such as chinese and indian. i would also recommend people to do the pirate ship excursion it is advertised over the road from Zorbas and it is only 25 euros each that involves a mini bus taking you to and from hesonisous then you go on the pirate ship to Sissi which is really fun (dont go on it if you get sea sick) and then they bring you back AMAZING DAY OUT. Overall, I would recommend the Divina as a perfect place to go and cant wait to come back next year!!!!!!!!!!!! Rach and Jay x

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Rachel B
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Crawley, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2012

Just come back from an amazing holiday at Divina after our friends the Georges recommended it.
From the first moment we arrived everybody was very welcoming and friendly. Lovely family atmosphere. The food was superb and rooms were basic but clean and tidy , towels and bedding changed regularly. The service was very good and Yannis ( the best waiter in town) was friendly,helpfull and makes the best Cocktails. Lovely location right opposite the beach and the town center is close by with a lovely walk along the seafront to the shops and bars. The pool is very clean and you NEVER struggle to get a sunbed. Would defeniatly go back again. Great Holiday, Great location, Great People ( Alex, Viviene, Andreos, Geoprgia, AJ ). Thank you for a wonderful time

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Tracey W
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Crawley, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012

We have just returned from our 4th visit to Divina apartments and as always had a fantastic time. We regard the family as our friends as their hospitality is second to none. We always come away fully satisfied and relaxed after our break. The food as always is superb with an excellent variety of local and tradditional cuisine and Alex is always happy to cater to your needs. Whilst always keeping a professional appearance all the staff will always make time to talk to you and keep you entertained especially Yannis the best waiter in Europe and also best cocktail maker according to my wife. After your meal you can relax in the sofa area and have a complimentry raki and one of Vivienes lovely homemade desserts.
When the Taverna has quietened down it is great to sit down and have a laugh and chat with the family. If ever you have a problem Andreas is always there to sort it out and cannot do enough to make sure you are happy.
Yes, the rooms are basic and typically greek but they are very clean and towels and bedding are changed regularly. There is a kettle and fridge so you can make tea and coffee and to tell you the truth who wants to cook when your on holiday when you have an excellent Taverna on site with very resonable prices and cheap snacks for during the day.
The Beach is over the road from the apartments and the sunset is beautifull. Gouves town is a 15 minute walk along the seafront if you fancy a change of scenery with Sports Bars, Tavernas, Shops and Supermarkets.
For a quiet relaxing holiday with plenty of blue sky, good food, Sea, Pool and Bar we can see no reason to go anywhere else.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Karen-PerryG
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Lille, France
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2012

15 years holidays in Crete and taverna Divina never changes .... a family taverna, very friendly people, now friends, with very nice food from the chief Alexis, Greek specialities and all kind of food also !!! Eating with the sea in front of you is something very special and unforgettable ......
After eating, you get a raki from the boss Andreas and go to swimming pool to swim ..... and sleep a while !!!!!
If you have the chance to pass by Gouves, take it easy and stop for a while and enjoy the company of my friends, you will have no regrets !!! Smile, eat, drink ...... the good life !!!!!!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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6 Thank 44chris11
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Hastings, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2012

Well here is my review (at last)
Myself & my wife stayed for 2 weeks from 3/7/12.We arrived at about 2am due to a delay and was happy to see Alex who showed us to our apartment.As with all apartments in the Greek islands it was basic,spotless and larger than we were expecting.After a good nights sleep in the king size bed we went down to the taverna for the welcome meeting.The pool was fantastic with more than enough sun beds and shades.Across from the taverna approx 10m is the beach the sea is crystal clear and sometimes feels warmer than the pool.For food you cant beat the taverna,Alex cooks everything from scratch and not only is the food some of the best i have had,the portions are large as well.Vivienne (Alexs wife ) is very helpful as are all the family.Yannis looks after you and is never far away if you need a drink by the pool.The rep will say dont hire a quad bike but dont listen get one have a look around at the old town and surrounding area but if you are going any distance a car would be better.PLEASE do not take notice of the narrow minded burger and chip brigade who have slated this place.If you like the Greek islands and the Greek people then you cant go wrong,if all you want is burgers and chips go to butlins lol.Thankyou to all the family for a fantastic 2 weeks we cant wait to come back.......PAUL & ROSINA xx
P.s forgot to mention the room maid kept things spotless

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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8 Thank Rosina B
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Weston-super-Mare, England, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2012

we have just returned from a week at the Divina Apartments, we booked this last minute so didnt know what to expect. we arrived at 10pm and was greeted by Yannis, he was very friendly and showed us to our apartment, it was basic, as expected but very clean and tidy.there is one maid and she is wonderful. This is a family run business, and very well run too, vivienne and Alex are lovely warm friendly people, Alex is the chef, and makes the most wonderful, (good sized portion) meals, and viviene's sweets are to die for. we ate in one other restaurant during our stay, and it was nowhere near the quality or portion size as at Divina. As we had 2 teenagers with us we felt the need to hire a car,, as there is little to do on your doorstep, except the beach.However if your after a week of pure relaxation in a clean place with friendly service, then Divina Apartments is the place for you. we will definately return one day soon. Be sure to get air con in your room if you want to sleep at night, its worth the 6 euros.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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8 Thank Oz C
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lancashire
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2012

My husband and I along with our two children aged 9 and 8 spent a week here.It was just what we expected.The apartments were very basic but very clean,but to be fair you don't go to a very hot country with lovely sunshine and pool to spent your time indoors.Our fridge however was'nt working but it was very quickly replaced within a few hours of telling the rep.The owners were very friendly especilly the waiter Yanis who went out of his way to make your time there fab.The pool was very clean and my kids loved it.We went away with the intension of just chilling round the pool,maybe the odd walk and relaxing in the tavern,with we did throughout the week.We met lovely people whilst there and had a wicked time.My kids did'nt get bored,but I suppose it depends on what your children expect.I would recommend this place it was brill.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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6 Thank ash019
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Property: Divina Apartments
Address: Gouves, Crete 70014, Greece
Location: Greece > Crete > Heraklion Prefecture > Gouves
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 29 Specialty Lodging in Gouves
Hotel Class:2 star — Divina Apartments 2*
Number of rooms: 4
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Divina Apartments Gouves, Crete

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