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Dias Studios & Apartments
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Congleton, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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“lovely holiday”
Reviewed 5 September 2013

We had a lovely stay at the Dias apartments. The family made us feel really welcome and the whole complex is scrupulously clean. It's really peaceful in spite of being just round the corner from all that Agia Marina has to offer. The only night time noise was provided by the local roosters - but you soon get used to that! We will definitely be going back there.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 August 2013

We have just come back from our first holiday in Agia Marina and The Dias and the 6 of us loved every minute. The apartments are very spacious and thanks to the very hard working Maria, spotlessly clean. Konstantina (Dina) and her family are just lovely people, also Vlad who is the barman...nothing is too much trouble.
The Dias is in a great location, near everything yet so quiet....well quiet except for a dawn chorus of cockrals and a crazy barking dog! haha!!
Plenty of nice restaurants here too, and beach just over the road. The nearest ATM is just at the bottom of the road to the right, and the bus stop to Chania is on the left.
I could go on and on and on.........In a word FANTASTIC......and if we came to Agia Marina again this will be where we will be staying.
Can I just say Magrat7451, love your photo of the pool....with me having a swim and my friend on the sunlounger...our first or second day I think...LOL.
Also CraigAnnJack are you the lovely family who likes ouzo??? If so very nice to have met you : )
And finally A massive THANK YOU to Dina, the family and staff for making our holiday such a fabulous one

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 July 2013

3rd time at the Dias and it was fantastic, room very good,Vlad was a really nice person too meet always willing too learn us Greek ,all the staff very very welcoming , really did not want too come home. Altri a must place too eat , samari gorge a must do too , FANTASTIC holiday would go back tomorrow . Stayed from 16/7/2013 untill 30/7/2013 ,Craig,Ann and Jack Newcastle-under-Lyme

Room Tip: 18 end room up the corner 2 balconys
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 July 2013

We are just back from our fourth stay at Dias and as usual it was fantastic our apartment was yards from the pool and there are always ample sun beds. We are made to feel so welcome by the family who run the apartments. Cosmas and Christina are so lovely and if you are lucky cosmas will do some Greek dancing for you! The pool bar is the place to meet the rest me the guests and we have made several friends over the years as many people return here year after year. Konstantina and Manuela run the bar by day and Vladimir was the bar man
this year and he was just fantastic! The staff at the apartments really make your holiday so much more enjoyable and i can't wait to return next year. It is also close to shops beach and the best restaurant Aletri is opposite!

  • Stayed July 2013
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Yorkshire
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Reviewed 30 July 2013

We had a studio apartment here from 16.7.13 to 23.7.13 and it was very nice indeed. (See photos) Our room was spacious, very clean and, with one exception, we had no grumbles at all. The one grumble was a minor annoyance and has been mentioned in other reviews on Tripadvisor - the single bed sheets are too small and constantly come untucked. The air conditioning was charged extra, which we had expected, and it was very effective. We certainly needed it. There's also free WiFi in all the rooms, although it isn't always reliable.

The views are pretty, over the pool or the nearby olive grove. The pool is excellent. The bar is well stocked and similar prices to other bars in the village. The staff are lovely, couldn't have been nicer. Each evening, after we had been out for a meal - I'll mention a couple of restaurants in a minute- we gathered with other guests at the pool bar for a chat and a final drink before bed. The atmosphere was lovely. We'll go again.

Agia Marina is just what you might expect of a smallish Greek resort. The old village is pretty, though up a very steep hill. The newer part is less picturesque but has a good range of bars, tavernas and shops. The beach is good, with plenty of sunbeds and lifeguards on duty all day. This is needed because it can get windy and the sea is a bit rough and unpredictable at times. It was great fun for wave jumping but not for swimming or snorkelling. however, we were told by several locals that this was unusual weather for July, more like September, in fact.

There is a lovely view across the bay to a small island and many of the sunbeds are owned by the bars along the beach, so, if you buy food or drinks, you don't have to pay for the sunbeds.

Restaurants.We only went to five because we revisited a couple that we really enjoyed. But we didn't have one bad or overpriced meal the whole week. We paid, on average, 30- 35 Euros for two of us - main course, half litre of wine, water and sometimes a dessert or starter.

The five we went to were -

The Skala, straight across the road from the apartments. Excellent lamb chops and Fouriariko. (Goat in a honey and white wine sauce.) Really nice staff, Ivan and Maria. We went twice.

Caretta Caretta, down on the beach and as romantic as it gets. We took the waiter's recommendation - baked lamb roll- and it was superb. Lean meat in a rich golden sauce. We went there twice too.

The Horiataki, up the hill a little way. Very good food and generous portions but the night we were there, there were a lot of insects and it put me off. I'm sure it's not like that all the time.

Family Taverna Roka, just past the Horiataki. It doesn't look much from the outside but has a huge terrace overlooking the olive groves, with a cooling breeze, which was very welcome the night we were there. The waiters were extremely handsome, as well as being efficient and friendly. Generous food and reasonable prices. They do a menu for 1 at about 11 - 12 Euros, which took some beating. Tsatsiki, Greek Salad and Souvlaki. Brilliant.

Aletri Taverna, across the road from the apartments. Again, good food, generous portions and a lovely atmosphere. It's up a few steps from the road, so you can't see how pretty it is until you get there. Worth a second visit.

This was our firsttime in Agia Marina and we would go back and, what's more, we would go back to the Dias Apartments.

Room Tip: Ground floor roooms don't have the views. The air con is worth having.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Dumfries, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 July 2013 via mobile

We're just back from our 3rd stay at the Dias, stayed from 9-16th July, absolutely brilliant!!! Everywhere is clean, the family is lovely and it's all very relaxed! Maria does a wonderful job at cleaning the rooms and changing beds/towels every other day. Vladimir is the lovely new barman, Manuela and Kostantina at the bar during the day serving food and drinks! We'll definitely be back again next year to catch up with our friends we met on our first visit, Nikki and Barbara! Can't wait!!

  • Stayed July 2013
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Accrington, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 July 2013

Just been back to the diaz apartments for the third time and it was just brilliant,last time we went we were downstairs in an apartment which was ok but we prefer to be on 2nd floor so that you also get a nice view.Must mention Maria who cleans the studios she does a really good job and towel change is almost everyday so everything is always fresh,we dont go every year because we like to try something different,but we always come back because we know it works well and aghia marina theirs always something to do and Chania is only a short bus ride away.

Room Tip: i have mentioned the rooms before and our personal preference is a high floor but I dont think you w...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Dias Studios & Apartments
Address: Nea Kydonias, Agia Marina, Crete 731 00, Greece
Region: Greece > Crete > Chania Prefecture > Agia Marina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 41 Speciality Lodging in Agia Marina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:1 star — Dias Studios & Apartments 1*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dias Studios & Apartments is a small and friendly hotel which is situated in Agia Marina. The hotel consists comfortable rooms with air-conditioning and safe deposits as well as designed rooms for people with special needs. You can have a swim in our swimming pool and enjoy a snack or drink in our bar by the pool, in a cozy atmosphere. You only need two minutes to get to the nearest beach on foot and ten minutes driving from the city of Chania. ... more   less 
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