‘A perfect way to enjoy the real Crete’ The Murphs, UK, July 2012

We spent an idyllic 10 days with Lida and her family in July and couldn’t really ask for much more from a real Cretan experience. The location is near perfect – on the small islet opposite Elounda itself enjoying lovely views across the bay, especially the fantastic sunsets, from the good size roof terrace (big enough for a couple of sun loungers and table/chairs) that our apartment had. You have the tranquility of being the only real building on the islet whilst still being 10-15 minutes stroll across the causeway to the restaurants and bars in Elounda. The split level, open plan accommodation is basic but very clean and tidy with enough space for 4 adults to spread out over the 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room and kitchen. If snorkeling is your thing the crystal clear waters and rocky coves are brilliant and right on the doorstep (the closest pebble beach is 5 minutes easy walk) – you can see the fish that you will probably be eating for dinner in one of the many sea side Taverns swimming close in as well as octopus etc! Whilst talking about eating – the food and drinks in the onsite cafe are some of the best you will find – all freshly home made from locally grown produce. My daughter and her friend are still missing the smoothies and milk shakes! Do try the Kanali Tavern too – just 200m away and the perfect place for an evening meal right next to the sea (they keep the lobsters in a rock pool next to the place).We did have a heat wave for part of the holiday but the breezes (and wind!) helped to keep things cool enough at night – the lack of aircon was actually quite nice. The Alexopolous family have really created something quite special here that blends into the natural habitat and takes advantage in a sympathetic way of all that is good about Crete. Ask them almost anything and they will be happy to help with recommendations, directions etc. They really couldn’t have been more hospitable and friendly. So – if you want to try a bit of real Crete/Greece in a laid back and tranquil spot with great hosts – this is the place for you!