My wife and I stayed here for 2 weeks at the end of June and found no fault with our 3 person apartment (in the newer block). It was roomy, well equipped (despite no kettle) and was kept spotlessly clean by the daily maid service. Clean towels almost daily.When we were there we were the only Brits booked in, most others from Poland, Russia and Norway.
Reception and bar manned by friendly, efficient staff, Giorgios and Evi paricularly. We were self catering while most other customers were all-inclusive. We tried the restaurant 3 times and had a superb Italian meal once and had the buffet twice. The buffet was 9 euros each including as much wine as you wanted. We found the choices very limited but each time we found something to suit (good value with free wine). It's a case of look and see what's there before opting for the buffet. Service was good when Evi was on duty, not so good when she wasn't.
Maleme is a small resort with few shops, a large supermarket on the main road and a smaller, but well stocked one, down towards the beach. There are about 7/8 tavernas and restaurants, we tended to use Perasma Taverna about 50 m away towards the main road and Maleme Taverna about 100 m away at the beach. Both family run and provide traditional Greek food, main courses 8 - 10 Euros, starters 4 - 5 Euros and 1/2 litre of house wine 3.5 - 5 Euros. Both give the normal complimentary Raki and melon or ice cream to finish.
The beach is very pebbly but a few bars/tavernas have sun beds which are free if you buy something to drink or eat but nobody bothers if you don't buy anything. The water was rough when we were there and most days the red flag was flying so we didn't get in the sea much at all.
Platanias, 20 mins by bus (1.60 Euros), has a good sandy beach but is busy. Gerani 10 mins by bus also has a pebbly beach and little else. Chania the old capital is about 30 mins by bus (2.30 Euros) and is well worth a visit, the Venetian Harbour and indoor market are must sees.
Try a trip on the Little Fun Train, we did Southern Comfort, most enjoyable.
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