They say that first impressions count and that is oh so true!
From the second you walk up the marble steps leading to the apartments and walk through the well-tended gardens with verdant lawns you feel that you are entering an oasis of calm and relaxation. On arrival we were greeted personally by Nikos the owner who then assisted us with our cases to our apartment. The apartment we had booked was tastefully decorated in relaxing pastel shades with very good quality furnishings that perfectly complemented the colour scheme.
Having been travelling throughout Greece and her islands for close on 30 years, I have experienced many different concepts of what is acceptable to offer guests by way of towels, sheets and pillows. Ranging from towels that I wouldn’t use to clean my car with, sheets that were threadbare and pillows that only just passed the description of being pillows…then there is the standard that Nikos offers!
Lovely, good quality towels, bed linen that looked and felt very high quality and pillows that offer a good level of support and comfort. I have experienced many different types of quality mattress in apartments most of which allow a mediochre nights sleep at best. The mattress in our apartment is without doubt the very best that I have experienced in a holiday apartment to the extent that my wife and I enjoyed 14 excellent nights sleep.
Then there is the standard of equipment in the apartment. All plates, bowls, cups and saucers actually match! A full set of matching glasses – tall glasses, fruit juice glasses, wine glasses and shot glasses (for the bottle of Raki that Nikos gives you on arrival!). A full set of cutlery even down to desert forks!
A sandwich toaster, fruit juicer, electric blender, electric kettle, saucepans and frying pan and of course the mandatory fridge and hotplates.
The apartment is cleaned regularly throughout your stay by a cleaner who actually shows real pride in her work and is very personable…it is not often that you find holiday apartment bathroom hand basins cleaned to a squeaky clean shine.
The wonderful beach of Aghia Marina is only a 5 minute walk from the apartments with the nearest mini market just across the way. The Old Village of Agia Marina with its plethora of tavernas is a pleasant 15 minute stroll and for a more lively night out Chania is a 20 minute taxi ride or you can catch one of the regular buses from a stop just a minute from the apartments.
As you can probably see we were exceptionally impressed with Heaven Apartments to the extent that we have already reserved our room again for 2014.
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