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7 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 16
Rethymnon, Rethymnon Prefecture, Crete

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LouiseB19...
Nottingham, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
73 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Absolutely Amazing”
Reviewed May 7, 2015 for a stay in May 2015
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Words cannot describe how beautiful this place is. We came as a group of 10 adults and 4 children (3 of which were under 1). Our flight had an unexpected divert into Frankfurt due to an issue with the plane so it delayed our arrival by 4 (ish) hours. The main person in our group was in contact with the staff at all times making us aware of our arrival and they were really pleasant. When we arrived, they were there to welcome us. Maria (the manager) is an amazing person and will always be on hand to help. It's great to see someone who loves their job so much as it reflects on the stay of the guests. All staff were really helpful and friendly, the lady who cleaned the apartment even made us a cake! (It was gorgeous!). The villa has amazing views of the island and the sea. It gives some amazing sunset photo opportunities for those who want a few pics. The gates are lockable from a 'clicker' which there are 2 of which gave us that added feel of security. The barbecue is fantastic. We took advantage of that at least twice while we were there! It was cleaned out by the staff and coals replaced when we said we wanted another. We had the opportunity of having an authentic meal made for us which was €19 (ish) per person. This got us starters, mains and a pudding, the food was plentiful and absolutely gorgeous so if you have the opportunity to do it then I would highly recommend. We didn't think there was going to be a lot of food initially but we were so surprisingly stuffed. The villa itself is massive which bodes well for a big group. There were 2 separate kitchen and dining areas which gives you the opportunity to dine separately if you wish. The rooms are spacious and the bedrooms are really comfy. There is a water purifier in the downstairs kitchen which means that buying bottled water is not necessary.. Cold and hot which was great. The pool was lovely and clean, I think the only downside is that it isn't heated however I wouldn't let that put you off. We were in there really frequently as the weather was so hot. As the temperature increased, as did the swimming pool but I think for young children it would be helpful if the pool had a constant warmer temperature so they could feel the benefit. But like I say, we were in there in daily basis anyway so it didn't bother us at all. Hope to come and visit again! Thank you for a fantastic stay

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Liked best: The views, The staff
Liked least: Nothing.
Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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SarahWest...
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Amazing, relaxing and simply stunning”
Reviewed May 7, 2015 for a stay in May 2015
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people found this review helpful

The website does not do this place justice, it is stunning, the villa is spotlessly clean, maid service twice a week makes it immaculate once more. Everything you need is provided, there is a bakery a short walk away where again everyone is friendly and helpful and lovely bakery and cake products. Maria the estate manager is always on hand and organised for a home cooked Cretan meal to be delivered for us one evening, well worth doing.
The views are stunning, amazing sunsets, gorgeous and well maintained grounds. Everything is so well looked after, don't hesitate to book it!
A group of 10 adults, a 4 year old and three babies stayed, cannot fault anything and we were all well provided for, hope to visit again in the future!

Travelling group: Large Group
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VeronikaH...
Norwich, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Amazing Villa, Excellent Service”
Reviewed May 1, 2015 for a stay in April 2015
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We decided to book this villa for a wedding ceremony for a small family gathering because from the photos, it looked like a great place. We were not dissapointed, what a luxury!
Before we arrived, the owner Nikos was amazingly helpful with assisting with arrangements, helping us organise decorators, wedding cakes, everything! Being that we had little control over it, there is always a bit of nervousness to see exactly what it will look like when we arrived... but it was perfect! Great job.
Not only that but for the rest of the stay the service was great. Maria was a wonderful and friendly host who was always there to help us if we needed anything, or even if we just needed advice on anywhere to go. Manos the groundskeeper was also fantastic, out there every day making sure the villa was perfectly maintained.
What also amazed me was that the other staff were also so friendly. The cleaner, Lina, was so friendly that she even brought us a cake on our wedding day, and played with our 10 month old baby while we were organising some things!
Overall, I can't imagine that we could have booked a better place to stay. I'd give it extra stars if I could!

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Liked best: Amazingly villa kept in absolutely perfect condition
Liked least: Nothing bad really, perhaps the option heating the pool? But it was quite warm in early May anyway.
Travelling group: Extended Family
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NE123
Centre
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Perfect week in a lovely villa”
Reviewed April 22, 2015 for a stay in April 2015
1
person found this review helpful

We had a fantastic week at Knossos Estate. We were helped before arrival with advice on car rental (thumbs up for Best Cars!) We were warmly met by Maria who was then on hand throughout the week to help with any questions and also to book takeaways, book taxis and help with just about anything we needed! The villa was ideal for our party of 8 adults, 6 kids and 2 babies. The cots and highchairs were ready and waiting and the villa was clean and had everything we needed. The outside is the real highlight of the villa - the views are amazing and the photos that I thought had been photoshopped are actually true to life! The cleaning lady came twice in the week we were there and Manos tidied up the pool area every morning - we felt really looked after. The town of Rhythmno is lovely and the harbour is very picturesque, although the restaurants are priced accordingly! If you're looking for real Creton food then try Zizis where the locals eat - it was great food and very reasonably priced. All in all we loved it!

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Liked best: The play area for the kids and the views.
Liked least: The pool was cold, but it was the start of the season so understandable.
Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups
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Mmikulena...
Vilnius, Lithuania
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Superb stay and excellent hospitality”
Reviewed April 15, 2015 for a stay in April 2015
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people found this review helpful

We just spent a wonderful week at Knossos Estate in a large group of people (April 2015). The property was as advertised and perfectly matched our expectations. On top of that property managers really took care of our stay. Especially thanks to Maria for advises on sight seeing, arranging dinners and helping out with our grocery shopping (getting meat and fish). We found property clean and well equipped. It also had room service every other day when it is usually once a week. Plus if you are traveling with your children it is good to know that property owners is a family of doctors and they could provide you help in case of any emergency.

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Liked best: Hospitality of the owners
Liked least: wi-fi can be better
Travelling group: Large Group
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Families with young children Large groups
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
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antoin34
Ireland
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Superb facility for families and large groups”
Reviewed April 10, 2015 for a stay in April 2015
1
person found this review helpful

What a place, beautiful villa, fabulous pool and excellent playground. The villa is gorgeous but the icing on the cake is the staff, Maria is super, nothing is too much trouble and she is a fountain of information. Magic Manos is most helpful and a solver of all problems. Lena keeps the place spotless. cannot recommend highly enough

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Richard W
Birmingham, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“fantastic family holiday”
Reviewed April 8, 2015 for a stay in April 2015
1
person found this review helpful

13 of us including 5 children had a wonderful time with something for everyone. The accomodation is stunning and the welcome was exceptional even though we arrived after midnight. We would recommend it to anyone.

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