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Paradisos Studios & Apartments
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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“Nice place for holidays”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2013

My wife and I have been around Crete a lot as well as other countries but lately we come back again and again to this place (>5 times). It is the best combination of excellent accommodation, great long sandy beach, being away from the crowds and at the same time not too far (30 min drive) from the ferry boat in Sfakia to other places (Samaria gorge, Gavdos, etc). Taverna above the beach is very good and convenient, don't have to go anywhere unless you want to explore more. Will definitely come next summer too.
O&J, UK.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2013

Lovely clean family run apartments, the owners are wonderful people. Our apartment had a big kitchen, a veranda and two rooms, each with its own private shower/bathroom. The location is wonderfully peaceful, the beach literally a few steps away, just beyond the garden. Many of the people we met here had been coming to this same place for years. The fabulous nearby taverna has a fantastic sea view and serves home cooked local food.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2013

Great place to be. Great people to be with, helpful, real people. Great beach, big, quiet, unique. Big rooms, clean, fully equiped. Great view to the sea from our balcony (especially the front ones) and from the tavern where you can eat well cooked traditional food. It combines the authentic hospitality of the people with the professional service of a hotel.
Many thanks to Katerina and Andreas, the owners of the place for everything and for the valuable information that helped us to explore the place.

Room Tip: if you are lucky enough to find a room in the first floor you will have better view to the sea
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Vicenza, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2013

If you are looking for relax and a wonderful sea... you have to come here. Apartments are very confortable and clean. They are very close to the sea and the beach is fantastic! there is also a very good taverna where you can taste cretan dishes.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2013

TThe family who own the apartments do all they can to make your stay wonderful. Their (also family owned) taverna on the dunes above the beach is now a really good restaurant and the food is nearly all local and always freshlly cooked (the wine and raki are also amazing).
There are a range of apartments but we like to have a big balcony and also a lovely view (about 270 degrees) so like the slightly larger ones which are also the most private. All are well maintained and the linen and towels are changed very regularly. Bicycles are available to borrow and there is also a general use washing machine.
We'd almost rather not tell anyone about Paradisos and keep it to ourselves (as we have for about 10 years) and the few English families who make the journey over the mountains to the beautiful south coast of Crete - well away from the big hotels and crowds of the north coast.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Perth and Kinross, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2012

Once you've made the drive over the mountains (scary at some points), the view of the Libyan Sea greets you. Soon after, you then make out the shape of the ancient castle, which gives the village its name - Frangokastello. My wife and I found Paradisos Apartments by accident, whilst driving around Crete. That was twelve years ago and every year since (bar one) we have returned to this idylic spot on the south coast of Crete, but now with two young children.

Location; A couple of kilometres from Frangokastello castle. Perhaps two hours drive from Chania. The apartments are as close to the sandy and safe beach as you can get, without getting your feet wet! Little to no traffic and situated well off the 'main' road.

Rooms. Clean and simply furnished with everything you need TV (which we've never used), ditto the air-con, ceiling fan (we prefer), kettle, small electric stove, all utensils cutlery etc, fridge/freezer, shower room, inside and balcony table and chairs. Regularly cleaned and given the time spent in them, suit us perfectly. Each low rise apartment has a good sized balcony, ideal for that 'night cap' before bed, or alfresco breakfasts. Tap water is drinkable, with a slight, but pleasant soda taste.

Facilities. Well, if the beach isn't enough in itself!! There is a tarmac, flood-lit tennis court available at no charge to guests, but best played in the cooler evenings or dates more off peak season. A small, unassuming and ever so laid back taverna is a stone's throw from each apartment. Nothing pretentious at all, but good, well cooked, home style food, served with a smile. A childrens play area with swings etc. Bike loan is free, ideal for short periods like trips to the local shops. There is no swimming pool or fitness centre, why would you need them with the beach so close? There is internet connection and access to a lap-top PC within the office.

Night life. Non-existent!! It really is a case of 'bring your own' entertainment. We find that at the end of an evening's meal, we usually end up chatting to the other visitors, who are mostly, German, Austrian, Italian and Greek; many of whom are also return visitors. It's so relaxing to only be disturbed at night by just the sound of crickets in the olive grove or the odd dog barking from a distant house.

Beach. We find the sandy, clean beach provides all we need for a great day. It's ideal for smaller children and less able swimmers, as it slopes gently into the sea - no sudden drop surprises! Never over-crowded, even in peak season and the soft sand is limitless - no rocks or pebbles to contend with. Some advice would be to bring some shading, like a sun brolly or small pop-up tent. There is an (unofficial but tolerated) nudist section, but situated at the very far end of the beach, so the choice is yours!! There are thankfully no sunloungers etc, so you'll also need to bring your own beach towels and other 'comforts'. Although there are steps down to the beach, some older or less able people may find it difficult to access. That said, there is another beach within eay walking distance. Although more accessible, it does have the dreaded rows of sun loungers!

Area. There is little in the way of other outside activities, although a trip to the nearby harbour town of Hora Sfakion makes for a good day out. A visit to other beaches in the area is also worth it, but none match up to the one near Paradisos. About six other tavernas are located within easy walking distance to Paradisos. They are perhaps slightly more 'sophisticated' but a few do enjoy very good reputation; ask other visitors for recommendations.

Downsides. Well, there really aren't many - if a quiet holiday is what you're after. The one thing worthy of mentioning is the Sfakian wind, which can blow for up to two, even three days at a time and non-stop and all along that section of coast. When I say wind, we're talking Scirroco proportions! On the upside of this however, when it does blow, it makes us plan a day out to Plakias, Hora Sfakion, or Kalikratis, the mountain village.

Overall. If a relaxed, peaceful couple or family holiday is your ideal, then this is the place for you. If you love to be loud, dress up in your glad rags and party into the small hours, you'll be very disappointed. The apartments and local area are very safe for younger kids too. One last thing, this small collection of family (Andreas and Katerina) run apartments does a friendly welcome and hospitality that ANY 5 Star hotel would be jealous of. No, I'm not related or have any vested interests in Paradisos Apartments, it just provides us with everything we need and nothing we don't! The only thing we really DON'T LIKE about Paradisos and Frangkastello is the day it comes to leave!

Room Tip: The apartments are on two floors, the smaller ones being on the upper level. These provide a better...
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Paradisos Studios & Apartments
Address: Frangokastello Sfakion Crete, Frangokastello, Sfakia, Crete 730 11, Greece
Region: Greece > Crete > Chania Prefecture > Sfakia > Frangokastello
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 17 Speciality Lodging in Frangokastello
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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