My husband, my daughter (12 Autistic) and I had a lovely stay at the Maleme Mare.
The appartment was clean and as expected. One or two minor problems; there was no plug for either the wash hand basin in the bathroom or the kitchen sink which made washing up impossible!.
The kitchen was, however, inadequate and there is no way anyone could self cater as the cooking facilities are basic to say the least. See picture! Two electric rings on what looked like an electric version of a camping stove!
The Island does have power cuts on very hot days. Apparently when everyone switches on their aircons, the grid cannot cope and out go all the lights. We did experience one of these and watched as two Greek sparks climbed up a wooden ladder to a junction using torches and a tool box that seemed to comprise of a long bamboo stick with a hook on the end - but they got it working after three attempts!
The grounds were lovely and the two pools were of a good standard. Watch out for those Germans and Scandinavians - they do like to leave their towels on the sunbeds! NB: The English are very much in the minority in the Maleme Mare.
Our Kosmar Rep (Angela) was extremely kind and non-intrusive. She even arranged for us to go to the front of the queue in the airport so my daughter didn't have to cope with the crowds - for which we are very grateful. She was very imformative and friendly.
Maleme is a very quite resort with a pebble/shingle/sandy beach. The waves can be quite rough at times when the always present wind is strong (there are lifeguards which are not always there). The beach has some shade as there are a few trees. Not very good for snorkling. The shops sell swimming shoes quite cheaply which will protect you from the little black stinging sea urchins - if you put your foot on one they really hurt.
There are quite a few tavernas along the beach front. In particular the Estia (less than 2 minutes walk from the hotel) was consistently good and also good value for money. We didn't like the Taverna across the road - we felt like cattle being herded along in there! Further along the beach road going away from Maleme towards Chania (turn right as you face the sea) you will find a taverna (10 minutes slow walk) right on the beach which was very pleasant, good food and lots of it too.
Travelling up the road away from the beach towards the main road are some shops selling most of what you need. Along on the left hand side is a Taverna called Perasma (I think that's right) it's covered in vines and looks very pretty. Don't be fooled by its appearence! The service was poor and extremely slow (even by Greek standards). The food wasn't really worth the waiting for.
The Greek evening offered by the Maleme Mare was good fun with Greek dancing, music and food, plenty of it. The evening was very good value for money. Although we didn't see him the hotel also lay on a magician and we heard good reports about him - I believe that was free.
I would recommend the trip to Gramvousa Island. Be warned there is no shade on the beach at Gramvousa or Balos lagoon. The ship hire out sun brollies quite cheaply. The climb up to the Fortress is hot, hard and very high - not to be attempted by someone unless reasonably fit. However the view at the top is worth the effort and the Fortress is good to look round (although you don't get much time). The ship gets very crowded, but there are enough seats under the shade, provided you get there quickly!
It's worth booking a trip on the little red train that runs around. They go on a variety of lengthy trips. We only discovered this towards the end of our holiday and were sorry we hadn't found out earlier. We went on "The Grand Canyon" trip which takes you up into the mountains and through magnificent scenery. The train is covered so you are in shade and as you are travelling there is a lovely breeze. We thoroughly enjoyed it and would higly recommend it.
On the whole the Maleme Mare is a nice place to stay, and is situated in a lovely location, with good facilities around.
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