Having just spent a week at the Paradise Apartments much of what has been said by other TA contributors is as we expected. The accommodation we had, for two persons, was more than adequate and in fact larger than we had had anticipated. It was spotlessly clean (a testament to the work of one cleaner) and had everything we needed for the week.
The pool area has plenty of sunbeds and a couple of trees at one side so you can lie in dappled shade. The pool was kept meticulously clean. Toula, who runs Paradise, is a lovely lady, and never stops looking after the place.
We went for the last week in July and I have to say I thought the place was quiet considering the time of year with less than 50% occupancy whilst we were there. There is no doubt that there has been a drop in numbers of tourists, particularly from the UK and reflected by the exchange rate, and this has been echoed by other proprietors of businesses in Agios Nikolaos who we spoke to.
Mention has been made of the little shop at the end of the gravel track leading from Paradise. Well it must have been so bad as it is now currently closed so the nearest supermarket is by the Mirabello Hotel a 10 minute stroll. Expect to pay more for what you buy as this is a convenience supermarket. If you have hired a car visit Lidl which is well signposted and is on the road to Kritsas (well worth the visit).
On car hire don’t be afraid to shop around. Those recommended by the travel reps were expensive. There are loads of companies offering good deals. Nearest hire places to paradise are on the road into town, Economy just past the Mirabello Hotel and Kera Hire another three minutes walk after that. We paid €80 for 4 days.
There are loads of restaurants to be found. Next to Paradise the pick of the crop is Elotia where the service and quality of food far outweighs that of Olga’s Restaurant which has excellent views to the sea and in my opinion not a lot else.
In town I would certainly recommend restaurant visits to La Strada which is on Nikolaou Plastira and Okeanos Seafood Restaurant which is on one side of the “Lake.”
A must for the visitor is a trip to Spinalonga Island which lies offshore from Plaka and close to Elounda. For those of you that have read the book “The Island” when you visit you can tangibly feel the atmosphere of sadness.
In the main I agree with all TA contributors about Paradise but have a couple of suggestions:
1. 10€ a night for air con is very expensive – equivalent to nearly £60 a week – it was hardly surprising that the greater majority of visitors, all Brits while we were there, chose not to use it. I fully appreciate the owners are running a business but they need to balance the fact that people will also be looking at value for money as well.
2. I was surprised that there were no protectors on either mattresses or pillows. With all due respect to previous visitors, I would have thought that for longevity and for economic sense alone, the fitting of protectors would be a sensible idea.
3. 1.50€ for a small bottle of water is a huge mark up.
Would I recommend Paradise apartments – yes.
Would I stay there again – yes.
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