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“Paradise in the sun.”
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Vergis Epavlis
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Reviewed 19 June 2014

A truly beautiful, idyllic place to stay in Crete. Located near to Heraklion is this peaceful and unique hotel. The suites are very individually designed, we occupied the Eros and Rafkos. Immaculately clean rooms, amazing food, most of the vegetables and salads organically grown by owners, Stella and Stellios. They are such wonderful, kind people and hosts, nothing is too much for them.
They have created a little peace of paradise. Have visited a few times and certain to go again ASAP.
Their Dalmatian, Sara is also lovely, gentle and so affectionate.

Room Tip: All the rooms are lovely, particularly the Rafkos and Eros.
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 April 2014 via mobile

We experienced love again from the very first moment. We were offered the love suit and found that love is present every moment here. Isn't love the purpose of life? Thanks God that we met with the lovely Stella and Stelio who made this lovely experience for us. We both felt such great experience that preferred to get back to the hotel soon to enjoy the peace and love by staring at such beautiful views and listening to singing birds.

Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 March 2014

Well whatcan we say ?,Fantastic location,stunning views,great room,Spa bath,Huge bed
Breakfast very good,Made to feel very welcome by Stelios,very attentive
Will be back as soon as possible,cant wait to use the pool

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 December 2013

I could not even in my wildest dreams think what a treasure was waiting for us when Stelios picked us in his car and drove us to Vergis Epavlis. We only stayed two nights but if ever again we return to Crete - which I hope will happen - we know where we will stay. Not least because of the super good and beautifully presented breakfast! We also appreciated the generous amount of interesting information of Crete and it's history. Stella and Stelios obviously love their island and want the rest of us to love it too.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled on business
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6  Thank Sikke S
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Reviewed 8 November 2013

We (2 adults, 2 children 14 &12) recently enjoyed a weeks holiday at Vergis Epavlis and cannot recommend it highly enough. Everything about the accomodation was excellent, the rooms were spotless and beautifully furnished offering stunning views across the valley. The pool was very clean and very well maintained. Other travellers have mentioned the breakfast which was a real treat (the yoghurt and honey a particular favourite !) with Stella making a different hot dish everyday - fantastic !

It is centrally located so is a good base for travelling about the island and the nearby village of Agios Myronas has a few small shops and a taverna that offered good food and value for money.

A special mention must go to the staff and, especially, Stella and Stellios who really did make this a special holiday for all of us. They were the most helpful and friendly people you could hope to meet and it felt like we were being welcomed into their family, not just their hotel !

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 November 2013

We had been the first guests of Stella and Stelios in 2005 and we returned with our 7 year old to find that nothing had changed and all was as warm and welcoming as ever. The couple and team of lovely local ladies work hard to make the stay as personal and memorable as they possibly can. Nice touches like a hot breakfast dish every morning and a naughty dessert (chocolate mousse, fruit jelly, cake etc). It's hard not to put on a few pounds whilst there! We had forgotten quite how hospitalble the Cretans are - free dessert and raki in 99% of the restaurants you visit. The driving requires nerves of steel and it's the only thing I find difficult - everything else about Crete and Vergis Epavlis is amazing. A late summer break to treasure - last Saturday on 2nd Novmeber we were swimming in the sea at Matala! Fabulous - do try it and immerse yourself in the Crete warmth....

Room Tip: Eros is our favourite suite
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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6  Thank Anita M
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Reviewed 18 September 2013

Recently, my husband, adult son, and I spent 8 days at the Vergis Epavlis. We found the superlatives used by other travelers to describe their experiences at this lovely small 4-suite inn to be absolutely true. The owners, Stelios and Stella, go well beyond what is expected in order to make the stay truly memorable in the absolute best sense. In fact, staying here was very much like a warm and welcoming visit to the home of dear friends as compared to that of staying in a regular hotel or inn. Below are a few of the highlights that we enjoyed during our stay:
- standing on balcony of our suite in the early morning, having breakfast in the restaurant, or sitting poolside in the late afternoon all while enjoying the breathtaking scenery overlooking a picture postcard view of the valley below
- anticipating and enjoying the wonderful breakfast that included traditional Cretan cuisine. The number of items included in the selection was large and it was obvious that much care and skill went into preparing and presenting the breakfast fare. Stella takes great pride in serving only the freshest local items which also includes picking pomegranate from the trees on the grounds of the inn (of particular note for my son who loves this fruit). Stella’s concern for guests’ enjoyment always included her insistence that we take extra along with us to enjoy later in the day.
- discussions with Stella about activities for the day. We appreciated getting a local’s opinion on the sites that were “must see” and the ones that could be omitted from a crowded itinerary.
- Tuesday night “fish night” in the restaurant. Other travelers have indicated that this should not be missed and we concur.
- visits to the local taverna in the village (Agios Mironas) which is a short walk (albeit uphill) from the Vergis Epavlis. The food served in the taverna is simple, traditional, and delicious. The upstairs is open air and provides a view of the valley below. One word of caution – it is very easy to order more than one can possibly eat, given the large servings and tempting selections, only to learn that meals are followed by complimentary (large) fruit platter and dessert and a round of raki for the table.

Given the location of the Vergis Epavlis, it is necessary to have a car if one wants to do much “touristing.” We were very concerned about driving on the narrow mountain roads to reach the inn. However, Stelios picked us up at the airport the night of our arrival and went out of his way to show us the landmarks that indicated our path to/from the inn. As he had promised us, we quickly became comfortable with the drive. During our stay, we saw many of the must-see sites in the east (Agios Nikolaos, Elounda, Spinolonga Island, Lasithi Plateau), west (Hania, Rethymno, Imbros gorge), and central parts (south coast beaches such as Matala, Iraklio wine country, Minoan palaces) of the island and found the Vergis Epavlis to be a good central location from which to launch these day trips.

We were thrilled with our experience and highly recommend the Vergis Epavlis to anyone fortunate enough to visit the lovely island of Crete.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Vergis Epavlis

Address: Agios Myronas, Heraklion, Crete 70013, Greece
Region: Greece > Crete > Heraklion Prefecture > Heraklion
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 16 Speciality Lodging in Heraklion
Price Range: £97 - £172 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Vergis Epavlis 5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Vergis Epavlis Luxurious Suites with spectacular views, spa, pools & lounge restaurant can be your base for a romantic exploration of the most beautiful island of Mediterranean. Our philosophy and concern does not only include the delivery of reliable services but also the creation for each guest of his own private milieu in which he will relax and enjoy all that Vergis Epavlis offers within its aesthetic environment and incomparable beauty of the surrounding nature. ... more   less 
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