I've got nothing but good memories about our week-long stay at Apladas Apartments in August this year. The sun, friendly people and great experiences were enhanced by always having this place to come back to.
It's situated right on the main road that runs through Agia Marina and on to Platanias. It's a little nondescript from the outside but any tour or taxi driver will know it. Its main level (upon which the villas and pools are located) is about the equivalent of two floors above the street so you not only avoid the noise of the daily goings-on of the locals but you also have a fabulous view of Agii Theodori and the blue Mediterranean from the bar (which serves reasonably priced drinks).
The property itself is clean and the palmed gardens well-manicured. Rooms are cleaned daily and are simply decorated. Air conditioning is an extra but we didn't bother as the cool evening breeze made the rooms comfortable by the time we returned. The villas have two levels but noise from the above vacationers didn't reach us enough to bother us.
There are two pools, connected to each other but divided by a fence to make the shallower a safe place for kids to splash around. There are more than ten sunbeds around the pool area and umbrellas around if you want some shade.
All of the above were much appreciated during our visit but the best part were the staff who were not only helpful and ready to provide tips or ideas for trips but friendly and effervescent in the typical Greek way and always willing to share a joke. It was great to know that these friendly people were looking after us and that any special need would be no hassle at all (though we didn't need to ask ourselves).
It's not really a downside but this hotel is sold in package deals for Scandinavians so you will likely find yourselves surrounded by Finns, Swedes, Norwegians and Danes. However leave the hotel and you'll meet the full spectrum of nationalities as expected. One great bonus is that the hotel has a special arrangement with a beach bar just down the road which means you can reserve a beach chair free of charge on a prime part of the beach. Excellent!
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- Also Known As:
- Apladas Apartments Agia Marina, Crete - Chania