Nymphes Luxury Apartments
Historical Traveler Reviews Ambiente Nieheim
Christmas in paradise
We booked the Nymphes apartments without having a clue about them or the Island.Once we arrived and spent a week driving the Island it was obvious that we had found the gem of the island.the apartments are wonderful, but the view off the balcony is what made it so magical for us.We plan on spending our Christmas and New Year with Pepi at the Nymphes apartments .Pepi did truely make us feel like we were family. I cant think of a better way of ringing in the new year then on our balcony in Crete!
An unforgettable stay in Creta
I stayed with my wife and children at the Nymphes for the third time in Summer 2004. As usual, everything was just perfect! The location of the apartments on the hill, above the gulf of Aghia Pelagia is gorgeous. It also provides fresh air when the temperature becomes high at the sea level. The apartment was quiet and comfortable with a magic aspect. The balcony provides a nice place to stay at each time of the day, with good privacy. The furniture of the apartment was simple, but very tasteful, full of harmony. Last but not least, Pepy, the hostess, is a delightful and friendly person. Overall, a fantastic place to stay to discover Creta!
Nymphes is wonderful!
Nymphes Luxury Apartments was the perfect alternative to staying in the hustle and bustle of Iraklion. If you are planning a trip to Crete but don't want to stay in a cookie-cutter hotel room that could be anywhere in the world, Nymphes is your place! The hospitality was wonderful and we would love to return again!
A Real Heavenly Treat
My husband and I just returned from a WONDERFUL week in Crete at Nymphes Luxury Apartments. As the other reviewers reported, it is a very beautiful and relaxing spot. Pepy is a wonderful hostess. She arranged for our transfers, a private tour of the island and our rental car. She made us feel right at home from the moment we stepped onto the property. Aphrodite prepared us several great meals and delivered them to our balcony. It was really a treat! We enjoyed every minute of our holiday!
Warmth and Hospitality thrive on top of the world in Crete
If you want your stay in Crete to be beyond the ordinary, then you will be hard pressed to find something better than the Nymphes Luxury Apartments near Heracleon in Crete. Set on a hill overlooking the Mediterranean, rolling hills and olive groves, it offers the guests a true feeling of being on top of the world. If nature itself is not enough, then the hostess, Pepy, adds another dimension: her hospitality -set in the long traditions of Crete- is bound to make you feel welcomed. A sense of tranquility and harmony are simple unavoidable!
Nymphes Apartment/Studios was the best hotel I've ever stayed in. Not only was the apartment my girlfriend and I rented luxurious, comfortable, and beautiful, but the hostess, Pepy, was extremely helpful. She helped us get a sense of direction in the town of Agia Pelagia, and also aided us in getting a rental car. The apartment itself was beautifully set up when we arrived, with a welcoming bouquet of flowers, bottle of wine, and fresh fruit. There was a breathtaking view of the ocean from the apartment's balcony, which was awesome to wake up to. We also felt very secure whenever we left our apartment.
Nymphes should and probably will receive the highest rating from any customer.
A close friend, my sister, and I stayed at Nymphes in September 03. We loved it. The apartment was comfortable,and roomy. The porch, lanai, ect. was our favorite spot. We had breakfast there every morning. The view was awesome. It was high on a hill overlooking two beautiful bays.
After checking them out we spent a day at a great beach. This is not a beach front resort, it is a family run, quiet oasis with great proprietors and a terrific location. For beach lovers, 5 minutes. For city lovers, 30minutes to Heraclion. We can't wait to go back!
Nymphes -- Paradise on Crete
Review from Jean and John Frazier: My husband and I stayed at the Nymphes Luxury Apartments on Crete; we whole-heartedly concur that all the praise that others have given this beautiful place is totally accurate and well-deserved. We were there November 20-26 really lucked out with the weather, which was perfect. The majority of accommodations are closed during the off-season; fortunately for us, Nymphes was open. After staying there, we would never stay any place else on the island; I can t believe there could be a nicer place, and certainly not a nicer proprietor. The off-season rate for an apartment was 67 euros. Just the stunning view from the balcony was worth far more than that. The apartment was lovely, too. The icing on the cake is Pepy, the absolutely delightful and charming lady who owns Nymphes. We ve met many wonderful people in the places we ve stayed throughout the years, but they just don t get any sweeter or more hospitable than Pepy.We can t recommend Nymphes highly enough. We also would encourage people to consider travel in Crete during the off-season. The beach resorts are basically shut down, but the mountain villages and large coastal towns are full of life. The restaurants in Agia Pelagia, the pretty beach town below Nymphes, were not open, but there were several excellent tavernas open in Fodele, the next village over (and home of El Greco), 3 or 4 miles west of Nymphes.
A home away from home
To tell you the inside scoop, which is not on the website: Pepy is a Civil Engineer, who dropped out of the workforce years ago to raise her sons. She immediately bought the side of a mountain, and designed this wonderful home away from home. It took her 11 years to complete (just finished this year). The apartments are immaculate and have an unsurpassable view, and are tidied up every other day the maid even straightened our shoes! There is a small kitchen, suitable for breakfast and lunch, but as a family we opted to eat out for dinner.The apartments are situated above the village of Agia Pelagia, just west of Herkalion (the quieter direction), which is not very built up at all. The Idi mountains form a backdrop. The sea practically laps up to the restaurants we have never eaten so close to it!Pepy showered us in Cretan hospitality, including homemade cakes, organic fruit and drinks by the pool all gratis. A British couple was back for the 3rd time in a year, so Pepys husband, Monolis, spent all day preparing a huge meal we all had a night of great food and Greek dancing. Again, just a show of their hospitality. The last day, I was treated to a tour of her organic herb garden, and was given many cuttings to take home. Now my kitchen smells of beautiful Crete!Pepy arranges rental cars (delivered to the apartment), and transfers from the airport all as a favor none of the hidden charges that I have found elsewhere. She even has a complete library of books on the area, available to borrow.By the way, we were given a generous discount for having two rooms, and if we can come back within a certain time period, are being offered half the stay for FREE!This place is a jewel!
Where to stay
We drove all over the island, the best beach on Crete...and small town is Agia Pelegia about 45 west of Iraklion. Stayed at the Nymphes Luxury Apartments. All I can say is that they were some of the best I've ever stayed in. The price was under $100 US, but I would have paid $250 a night easy. The cliff view is second only to Santorini. You can't go wrong with this place!
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