12 Nov 2013
"Fantastic location with superb snorkelling off the beach just outside the apartment"
Even if you only use swimming goggles you must look at the fish, crabs, Moray and octopus all living in the sea even in the shallow waters, we made room in our suitcase to bring along our own equipmen… More
14 Oct 2013
"Perfect spot for an adult vacation"
We just spent 3 weeks here enjoying the beach, quiet nights, and being as active as we wanted each day. There are so many interesting options on Crete we were never bored. The apartment is well equi… More
9 Oct 2013
"super Lage, dicht am Meer und ruhig"
In ruhiger Lage im Garten eines Hotels stehend - nur das niedrige Haus des Vermieters zwischen Unterkunft und Meer - daher nur wenige Gehmeter zum Strand. Vermieter stets ansprechbar/ hilfsbereit. All… More
6 Oct 2013
"Friendly, helpful owners and fantastic location"
After initially being dropped at the wrong accommodation by a taxi driver, Gen Maravelakis came to pick us up and take us to our apartment. He gave us a tour of the facilities and some useful advice o… More
15 Sep 2013
"Lovely stay at Maravel Apartments - Highly Recommended"
We arrived at around 12.30am to find Polychronis waiting up for us with the keys to the apartment. He was very helpful from the point of booking, responding quickly to all emails. His house is directly opposite the apartment, keeping him on hand for emergencies, allowing guests to relax and enjoy the holiday.
The apartment was exactly as described. The modest kitchen and lounge space is open plan, leading on to a pretty balcony, with views of the nearby sea. This is literally a stone throw away from the door and we slept listening to the sounds of the waves. The view from the bedroom window is beautiful. We stayed in the one bedroom apartment which had a comfortable double bed (two singles, joined with a proper mattress connector).
The location is great, just a couple of minutes walk to the main road (Adelianos Campos) where you will find a long strip of bars, restaurants and shops to chose from on foot. Just a 10 minute drive away is the pretty town of Rethymnon, which is well worth a visit, especially the old town, with plenty of choice and things to see. Some recommendations for food include Thalassografia, which is just beneath the Fortezza and boasts beautiful views of the sea. The salmon pasta was stunning. Everything was great value and lovely service. Zizzi's was also very good for local Cretan dishes (great value also) and can be found on the old road near Adelianos Campos. Although the harbour in Rethymnon is very pretty, watch out for restaurants touting for customers. We had a bad experience at 'Palazzo', after being practically forced to sit down and then goaded in to having the fish of the day (after asking for another fish dish), we were given a rather large bill at the end and at no point were told that the fish would cost almost 30 euros! A real rip off and bit of a scam.
Anyway, back to the apartment. I would describe it as basic, if what you are looking for is a luxury hotel room but we found it to be charming and traditional. You have everything you need to cook (sharp knife was a little blunt but that's nit picking) and cleaners come in every 3 days or so to change the towels and linens. So there is no need to buy toilet rolls (we made that mistake on the second day) or bin bags, as these are also replaced. Some cleaning fluid would be handy, so guests can wipe surfaces and bathroom (as cleaners don't seem to do this). There was a good hair dryer and iron provided as well. The apartment does have a small tv but we didn't turn it on once! Must be a sign of a good holiday.
We hired a car so that we could get about and see a bit more of Crete. This is handy but not essential if you're happy to stay local. There are buses running regularly to Rethymnon from the main road by the apartment. We ventured out to Agios Pelagios beach and Bali (both on the same road that travels to the apartment from Heraklion airport) but to be honest, we preferred the beach by the apartment! Much less crowded and beautiful at sunset. The local doughnut seller is amusing too.
We were also able to use the facilities of the hotel next door (pool and bar) and this was perfect. We also had a little visitor every few days, a little ginger and white cat, who was extremely friendly. He seems to love human company and would sit for as long as possible (purring loudly) if you gave him a little attention. The only thing you will want to shoo away is the mosquitoes! Take some repellent and make use of the plug ins in the apartment. You can pick up the sachets from the local supermarket for less than 2 euros.
All in all, we had a really lovely time and were sad to leave! I would highly recommend the apartments to anyone and would very happily go again.
11 Aug 2013
"The best place in the world"
I found my place in the world, where i can be very happy. If you like rest in wonderful place in quiet place - this appartments for you. Very intelligent owners, very good food, in the beach not a lot of people. Very harmony place with a lot of flowers. Realy good rest for big company and for both :)
Finest community! This is the paradise!
16 Jul 2013
"Very nice, intimate place just on the beach"
We spent couple days there and it was great. Apartment was comfortable, clean, quiet, just on the beach. The owner was always willing to help, to advice, very nice to us. We reccomend it very much. The price was reasonable, we would be able to pay even more, because it was just a great place to stay and relax. Andrea, Marie
10 Sep 2012
"Second time to the apartment and not the last"
We stayed here when our children were 10 and 13 and stayed again this year which was 5 years later. Thank fully our experience was every bit as good as the first time around. It's often a gamble trying to re create a holiday. We were not disappointed.
The owner and his wife live nearby and make you very welcome. The apartments are functional, simple and clean, and superbly located between the nearby hotel pool and the sea. The pool is excellent and the sea and quite beach is 30 seconds from the apartment.
We will be back again soon. Thank you Mr and Mrs Maravelakis for a lovely time. I'd like to have stayed to water the lawns. What a lovely job.
23 Aug 2012
"Marvelous Maravel apartments"
My family (2 adults & 3 chld.) stayed in two one-room apartments in Maravel Apartments complex in July-August 2012.
During our vacations we were provided with all necessary service and facilities to feel comfortable: regular cleaning of the apartment, changing of bed-linen and towels twice a week.
We appreciated the location of the apartments having the seashore and a large swimming pool just a few steps away from our place and a variety of souvenir shops and taverns situated nearby.
Maravel Apartment is located in an easy-to-reach place not far from a number of different historical and natural sites that make your vacations more exciting.
Above all we were moved with the hospitality of the owner Mr. Polychronis and his wife Ms. Ioanna. They really surrounded us with care and attention and were always there to meet all our needs. Mr. Polychronis is a man with rich life experience, a person you can always talk to and at the same time he is very delicate and never steps into your personal space.
We had wonderful vacations and recommend this place to everyone who is looking both for seaside recreation and touristic exploration of Crete.
13 Jun 2012
"Quiet and peaceful"
We stayed here for a few days this May on our recent trip to Crete and found the apartments to be very clean and tidy with
really clean towels and bed linen. It situation just behind the Adele Ma… More