Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Graaf Van Vlaanderen Aalst
We went to petra mare on 6th may for 1 week 2 adults an 2 kids aged 8 & 3 years was a long journey from airport 1hour and 50 mins ,,but once there you soon forgot about that. Hotel sat on top on the sea great views of the sea the pool areas were lovely ,pools were cleaned everyday day we were there.The restaurant was good , not to bad you could always get something to eat from pool snack bar most of the day. kids really enjoyed the kids clubs also the different pools and slides. We would go back maybe go for 10 -14 days next time staff were also friendly.
we wera at this hotel in septenber 28 for two weeks the hotel is exellent the food is good loads of choice every thing about this hotel is good ive been to meny hotels but this is the best kids love it
Went to Petra Mare end of September for two weeks and had a wonderful time. The hotel and its surroundings were excellent and facilites great. Only let down was the Entertainment of an evening but they did their best. Organised trips out were good especially the safari into the mountains and Chrissi Island. We enjoyed it so much that we have already booked to go back next year...Can't wait.
Went to the petra mare at the end of september.
The hotel was exellent, food was ok, drinks great.
Went on some trips organised by the reps. All in all these were good with the safari into the mountains brill and chrissi island a must. The evening entertainment was not so good but the reps did their best. All in all a very good holiday, that good we are going back next year.
Eight of us, 4 adults, 3 11 year olds and a 15 year old stayed at the Petra Mare from the very end of September for 2 weeks. We were aware from early on that the transfer time would be long but were more than happy that they had managed to get travel time down to 1hr 30 mins. The hotel itself was everything I'd read about on this site, plus more. Very impressive, absolutely spotlessly clean and I can verify that the pool was emptied and scrubbed once a week. Again I would agree with most of the other reviews here, but with one reservation. The evening entertainment wasn't really up to scratch. It was probably the one thing that let the side down.. but that's my opinion. The food was very good, except maybe for the breakfasts. Bacon seemed to be on ration and the milk, according to the kids, wasn't very nice. which in turn made the cereals inedible. But these are only minor moans. Hotel staff were exceptionally friendly, the locals very hospitable - especially the evening we watched England play Wales in one of the local bars. That was a fantastic evening out. We also did some of the hotel-organised days out which were very good. Chrissi Island is a must for a chill-out day.
We went to the Petra Mara hotel for a two week stay from Sept 14th. Transfer from airport took 1hr 40mins not that bad really soon went by. Hotel itself looked lovely from the outside and was very clean inside. The rooms were adequate and nice to have a fridge in the room they were cleaned on a daily basis. We had a great view of the sea and the the whole of the pool area which was fantastic. The food on the whole was good, after a week it did get a little boring but then who eats something different at home every day of their life!!!!!! There was always something that you could find to eat. We had our 3 year old son with us and he didn't have any problems with the food or finding something on the kids menu. The Kids pool area was a great layout with all the slides and then the soft play area next to it. The big pools were cleaned every week while we were there (and I mean they emptied them, scrubbed them and filled them back up again, which I can honestly say I have never seen in any other hotel I have stayed in over the years) They could have done with cleaning the little kids pool though as well. The reps were great, they helped you with anything you wanted and put on some great shows we had a laugh (especially at Deano does Queen) . The only thing I would say let the hotel down was the snack bar, we didn't eat anything out there as it was full of grease. It was also only cold snacks at night, a burger,hot dog or toasties would have gone down a treat of a night time. On a scale of 1-10 though I would say it scored an 8. A great holiday had by me and my family and we met some really lovely people there.
Best holiday in Greek Island
Best holiday we have had out of the greek islands.We stayed at petra mare for 10 nights in early august 2004.Hotel was very clean, staff very friendly.Plenty for our 2 children to do [ages 9 & 15 years].Plenty of food and drink [all inclusive]. Restaraunt catered for breakfast, lunch and dinner.Lots of choice in food. Snack bar open from early morning until 12 midnight.First choice entertainers were very good, although we missed the karioke, which was planned for the night after our departure. Slides near pool open twice a day.Pool was very clean, also pool area.Beach was shingle rather than sand, but still seemed to spend most of our days there, as it was very pleasant. Would reccommend it to all.Cretans are very friendly and warm people.
A great holiday
10 of us went to Petramare 6 adults 4 children we fully enjoyed are stay the people were nice and helpful the pool is nice and there is plenty for the children to do and adults the food was good and so was the beer the beach was empty as it was not sand but grit being to most parts of the island we found this to be very nice and unspoilt from turisium. I have been to many islands throughout Greece we find the Crete people the warmest. If you want to make it extra special, the trip to Crissi Island was fantastic a couple of trips makes up for the lack of beach
We had many excurtions (Knossos, musseums, Heraklion) the best being our safari into the Crete mountains absolutely brilliant thanx George and Micheal
would i go back........... without a doubt
HOLIDAYING AT PETRA MARE
We holidayed here from 18th May 2004 for 14 days. The childrens buffet was not very good and on occasions the surrounding areas of the hotel were strewn with rubbish from local building works. The lazy river did not move but on the whole the kids loved it. The beach was not overcrowded which was nice as sometimes you felt you had the beach to yourselves. People tended to stick to the pool. Not much to do of an evening once dinner was over. Unspoilt (as yet) from tourism and people were friendly. Didnt quite like the 2 hour transfer from Heraklion but in all fairness, the brochure was very honest about the transfer time. Would I return? Dont really know.
This hotel is excellent, the only downside was the food was slightly boring after a week. The facilities and cleanliness were outstanding. It was a lovely, relaxing place to spend a week chilling out.
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To be continued…..