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... The restaurant isn’t going anywhere, so if you’re hungry you can always order more (we’d thrown out our fair share of food on this trip already). Plus – there is always “on the house” fruit or dessert items when you ask for the bill.
3) If no one is trying to force you to eat there, it means they know their food is good and that they’ll get customers without the high pressure sales ...
... the shop, the divemasters had asked us to tell them when we got down to 120 bars. Brad quickly got there, but another guy was down to 100 and hadn’t checked. Oh boy.
They split the group in 2 at that point – people with 120 and less went back and greater than 120 kept going. Since I was at 140, they paired me with someone else. Big mistake! Never leave your buddy. Never. Within seconds my buddy disappeared, never to be seen again until ...
... century BC! The potteries are for you Mum..they used some sort of wheel to turn their clay. The large urn is the same height as Brian it was turned in three to four pieces.....someone must have been the turner & someone else the potter surely? Must have been a combination of coils & turning. Later potteries were seen to be painted then the dark paint was etched. You may make out the little blue pottery....time after trade with exports & imports.
... Museum held Minoan artifacts, primarily those found @ Knossos by the excavator Arthur Evans. Lots of great artifacts, and they even allowed photos. Although, not in all rooms – as some artifacts are unpublished so photos were not allowed. We breezed through the building in about an hour, as they had the statutory section closed for renovations. Off to Knossos before closing time!
The 20 minute bus ride to ...
Antonia kindly took us to the local markets this morning. The vegetables are superb.. I know our vision is slightly clouded by excitement.. but they definitely are very good quality as we get to taste now & then. You are so right Manuela...self catering is going to be a struggle to slip back into! There are 2 microclimates here for growing fresh produce.. the plateau in the mountains & the low areas near the coastline....all year ...
Historical Traveler Reviews Hera Village Aparthotel Agios Nikolaos
I arrived on holiday at The Hera Village Hotel in April 2006 and found the hotel absolutely breath taking , the view is out of this world and the staff are extremely friendly and make you feel at home . I have read the reviews that are on the internet and i think that they are absolute bollocks the people do not know what they are talking about . The food is superb and they do a wonderful selection , the srevice is also excellent. The owners George and Manolis are very welcoming and tend to your every need. In fact all of the staff do . They have great entertainment also they cator for every age eg : BIngo for the oldies to musical chairs for the kids, they also do fantastic entertainment around the pool , while i was there every body thourelly enjoyed themselves and all said that they would return . So if you do visit the island of crete i strongly recomend The Hera Village Hotel .
The week I stayed at Hera Village was the first week of the season. The previous three posts were all guests at the same time. It is true, the hotel did have a few teething problems, but a more accommodating and friendly group of hotel staff and owners you would be hard pushed to find. In fact the only time I ever saw anyone of them upset was when they were informed by a group of people on the last night - when nothing could be done to rectify the problem - that the drinks were not up to scratch. Having received nothing but care for our comfort during our stay, I could understand why the owners felt frustrated about not being given the chance to put any perceived shortcomings right. I would say that, given the behaviour of those guests in particular, it might well have been a little stronger than perhaps they thought. It certainly seemed to have altered their state; they were not that bad mannered most of the time.
We read 2005 reviews and decided to book for April 2006. What a mistake. Whatever planet they were on was not Hera Village, Crete. The food was basic and cold. Everynight the sweet was jelly until we complained and they decided to put on ice cream as well. They needn't have bothered as it was served at lunch and allowed to defrost then put back into freezer and served again at night. The drinks were TOTALLY watered down and they would only serve from pool bar during the day and not open the upstairs bar. So if you wanted a drink in bar you had to go down to poolside then back up to bar.As for the accomodation - okay it was cretan style but the bathroom left a lot to be desired - our sink was cracked in two places, the toilet seat was broken and the shower head was filthy. In saying that at least we had hot water for the shower - a few did not and had to have cold showers. DEFINATELY NOT 4 STAR. When we complained to the Med Rep she said the food was fine - but we had fish fingers 2 days at lunch time. It was the first holiday that Iwe have been on and actually lost weight. There was no entertainment at all . The only good thing about this holiday was the company of the other holidaymakers as we all had to laugh at how bad things were. I informed the Rep that I would be putting a bad review on the Internet because they might have bookings this year but I would doubt very much if would have booked if someone had only told the truth. Saying that we were told it was new owners since last year so maybe thats the reason its soo bad. i would say sorry if you have booked but to others thingking of booking DO NOT GO.
My Husbund and i went here from 25th of April till 2nd of May. The beds were just a mattres on a bit concrete, the staff were freindly enoughbut apart from that the place is terrable, the food was the worst ever there was pasty every night with the same sauce just different shapes of pasty ok i think if you like the left overs from the day before, we eat out every day and night to do this you have to get a taxi as there is nothing in walking distantand it will cost you 14euro for the taxi. Not set on a hill its half way up a mountain i felt like Heidi all that was missing was my Goat.
We booked an all inclusive holiday in a studio with sea view at Hera Village from April 25 - May 2nd 2006. Our "double studio" was approx 10' x 11'. The bed was a brick rendered base with a 4'(double?) wide mattress dropped on top which felt cold and damp . This obviously took up most of the available floor space , apart from a stool & small table, there was absolutely no other furnishing. If you wanted somewhere to sit down you had to sit on top of the bed on the floor. On arrival there was no hairdryer, TV or connected A/C. It took 2 days and 3 attempts to get a hairdryer. We came back one day and found an unaccompanied workman in our room installing a wall bracket and TV, the same thing happened when the A/C was finally connected. Apart from a short hanging rail and a brick shelf, there was nowhere to unpack and we had to live out of the suitcase. The room was so small that the fridge was in front of the window and if we moved it to let some air in, it then blocked the doorway. The electrical system in this room was only operational by the room key which operated an "electric power saver". This meant that the fridge only worked when you were actually in the room, obviously when you went out with the key the fridge had no power. In our opinion this "studio" resembled a punishment cell and I consider it a total disgrace to the Greek Hotel star rating system to class this hotel as a four star A rated establishment.. The sea view from the balcony was largely obscured by water tanks and a large solar panel. Now we get to the "clean beach". (The definition of a beach is "an area of sand or pebbles on a shore"). The beach here is stone & concrete with sea access directly off the rocks. It is accessible down an extremely precipitous 6oo metre slope, more suited, in my opinion, to the orienteering skills of a mountain goat rather than human beings. On the "beach" were a couple of old car tyres with rusting metal poles cemented inside them, a wall, and an old shed. I would not take my children there.
I stayed at the Hera Village Hotel for a week, from the last week of September to the first week of October. The staff were very friendly, courteous and helpful, from the moment I arrived to when I left. The view overlooking the quaint town of Agios Nikolaos and the surrounding bay, whether from poolside or in the restaurant, day or night, is breath-taking. The food is excellent, the atmosphere relaxing and soothing. My goal on this holiday was to unwind, and I definately managed to do that here.
Should my future travel plans include Crete, I will definately be staying at the Hera Village Hotel.
- Nick, England
We visited 3 Islands and the city of Athens while we were in Greece for 2 weeks in Sept of 2005. Nothing could compare to our visit in Crete and our stay at the Hera Village. You do not stay in a hotel room, it is a replica of a Cretan home. You could not find a more beautifully laid out place to stay, with a staff that is more like family than people in the tourist service industry. George and his brother Manolis make you feel you are part of their family as do Irini, Alexandros and Spiros.
Fantastic view, very good servise, very kind pepole
We spend 2 weeks at Hera Village Bungalows. We loved the place, the staff,
very clean rooms, very nice pepole.
Super view to the bay of Aghios Nikolaos. You can have your tea or your coffee outside in the terrace of your bungalow with direct view to the bay.
You can cut fresh lemons from the gardens for your Gin&Tonic.
We would visit Hera Village in September again.
Best staff Manolis Irini George Spiros