The Roberts family from Suffolk, England - two adults, and four children (19, 17, 16 and 11) - have just spent two wonderful weeks at Villa Helios.
We found the villa to be very much as described and depicted in its publicity. Moreover it was spotlessly clean, well maintained inside and out, cleaned regularily and well stocked with all the equipment and facilities needed to make a self catering holiday succeed.
The pool was a centre point for the children, warm and cleaned every other day. The villa is really convenient for the sea and local ameneties - it was great to be able to walk to shops and tavernas within a few minutes. Strange as it may seem, despite being close to these amenities, the villa is quiet and restful!
It was also great just being able to walk to the beach in less than two minutes, have a glorious swim in the clear blue sea and return to dry off in the garden!
Special mention should go to Mary. Mary was warmly welcoming and nothing seemed too much trouble for her. Mary was a mind of useful information about Malame, Chania and Crete in general, about shops, walks, restaurants and things to do. Mary quite rightly is obviously very proud of the villa and as a result this made it a pleasure to stay there.
We would recommend the villa without hesitation to those seeking a quiet but not insular stay in a beautiful, relatively untouristy part of the island. A car is needed for wider Cretan exploration, although if you wanted to stay in the Chania/Malame area only, you could rely on the bus service which seemed very regular [although we didn't in fact use the bus, it was nice to know that the option existed.]
The local supermarkets were well stocked with the basics, while bigger Care Fores and Lidls were a short drive away. Very fortunately the local supermarkets stocked a good selection of the local - Malame - wines: the rose in particular is not to be missed!!
If you drive westwards you will find some fantastic fish restaurants.
In summary, we had a wonderful fortnight due to a combination of (i) the quality of the villa, (ii) its fittings and equipment, (iii) its cleanliness, regular maintenance and facilities, (iv) its location and (iv) Mary!
Many thanks and five well deserved stars!!
Owner's Response: Thanks a lot for your beautiful description! We hope to meet again in Maleme sometime later.
It would be a great pleasure for us! Mary and Michael
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