Have just returned from a week long-stay at Villa Mary, which is perfectly located just outiside the small town of Pigi and just 15 mins drive from the larger town of Rehtymno.
I travelled as part of a group of 11 friends and the villa could not have been any better in terms of our needs and expectations. All facilities were exactly as promised and even exceeded our expectations. From the rooftop terrace with brick-built barbecue and panormaic sunset view to the huge pool and sun terrace area and multiple on-site sports facilities!
The bedrooms were all spacious and well-equipped, as was the main living room and kitchen.
If you want to venture into Rethymno, as we did on a number of occasions, there is a bus stop right outside the villa that offers frequent services into the centre of town for just €1.20 per person. A taxi back to the villa wil cost you around €15, if you decide to stay out late.
The town of Pigi is just a 10-15 min walk down the road and we used the butchers and mini-market here on a number of occasions; the food was briliant quality and an even better price. If you want to sample a nice laid-back meal, Zorbas is perfect - you can eat (a lot) and have a few drinks for around €10 a head here and the atmosphere and service here far exceeded our expectations again. I would recommend it to anyone!
The owner of the villa, Stelios, is very accommodating and ensured we all had a very pleasent stay he'll even cook you up some lunch or dinner at very reasonable prices if you want.
There was nothing we could find fault in with this place and would reccommend to anyone looking for a spacious and well-equipped place to enjoy all that Crete has to offer!
A few tips though:
Make sure if you're getting a taxi from the airport, as some of us did, that you tell the driver that the villa isn't actually in Pigi but down the road, opposite "Pigi Paradise". We were dricing around Pigi for some time looking for the villa!
Also, the main pool is on the deep side for families with smaller kids or those who aren't that confident in the water. It was 2m at its shallowest and 2.8m at its deepest; although there is a shallow section that's cut off from the rest of the pool.
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