Have just arrived back from a week in Crete, at the Astra Village apartments, Koutouloufari - my wife and I and three teenagers (17, 15 & 15) Booked through Portand Direct and therefore all travel was through Thomsons. Can’t praise Thomsons enough - collecting the tickets at their office at East Midlands airport took less than five minutes, Check - in was also quick and efficient and we were through to Departures in less then ten minutes.
Plenty of entertainment on the flight and the flight staff were friendly and attentive. Transfer to resort was another area where Thomsons rate highly - no sitting in the coach awaiting other flights - onto the coach and away! The reps for Thomson seemed to be a little more professional then from other companies providing just enough information and guiding to the accommodation.
We arrived at Koutoulafari at around 23.00 hours but the main street was bustling and plenty of shops and restaurants still open. I had read mixed reports of the Astra apartments but have leant to make my own judgements and have visited various Greek Islands over the last twenty years.
Astra Apartments are made up of five blocks around two swimming pools. We received a warm welcome at reception. Our two apartments were made up of a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen diner with a sofa bed, TV (limited channels but enough to keep up with news and sport), a fridge and two-ring hob (the usual in Greece although the TV was a nice addition).
The apartments were scrupulously clean and were kept that way by the cleaners who visited every day. In my opinion the apartments were amongst the best I have stayed in Greece
Plenty of sun beds around the pools, never had to go without and the pools although small were great for dipping in and cooling off. There was a friendly bar that made breakfast and snacks and drinks during the day – and satellite TV to keep up with all sorts of sport.
I would say that Koutouloufari is a cut above the normal Greek resort -it is up in the mountains above Hersonnisos and about twenty minutes walk down to the sea. A further five minutes to Star Beach, which is free entrance but a charge for slides, bungee etc, but great fun for teenagers. The restaurants and shops are just a little more sophisticated then found on the beach front resorts, that is not inferring any less friendly, perhaps because it is a little smaller we found it more friendly and you soon got to know a lot of the characters in the restaurants and shops. Don’t get me wrong there is plenty of choice – you could eat at a different restaurant every night for a fortnight and still have choices where to eat.
We did not have a bad meal whilst we were there, the boys went for breakfast each morning at Fabrica, where they veered between waffles, crepes and full English breakfasts all prepared and served with a smile and a joke by Yiannis, the owner (they often returned for a Crepe on the way home in the evenings as well!)
The Ariadni restaurant was virtually opposite the apartments - Manos was always helpful, friendly and important for us Brits never pushy. Great pizzas and well-served traditional Greek plates – we also had nice meals at the Restaurant at the end of the village next to the adjoining village of Piscapiano. Can’t remember the name But there are lots to choose from but we ran out of holiday!
We would definitely return to these apartments and the resort of Koutouloufari.
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