We booked a bargain deal to these apartments a week before going as due to illness I was sorely in need of a bit of r&r. I had looked into Plakias a few years ago as a destination but my then partner would not entertain the thought of it as the transfer time is so long - well he missed out on a treat! Yes the coach transfer is long especially dropping off en-route via Rethymon and Bali etc but as it was daytime it was good to enjoy the scenery, the drive through the gorge was breathtaking. We were met in resort by the Olympic rep - Ian who walked the last 100m to the complex with us where we were greeted with a drink by the 2 Kosta's who then showed us to our rooms. The rooms were basic but I didn't expect anything more and as they were spotlessly clean and the beds were comfortable and there was a fridge and a kettle, what more do you need?
The resort itself was perfect for us, lots of good travernas and restaurants and kebab places which are excellent value and a chance to mingle with the locals. We did not have a bad meal the whole time we were there and we were pleasantly surprised with the amount of traditional home cooked food on offer - makes a change from mass produced 'moussaka' and chips with everything! The best taverna we found was Manoussos - up the main street and turn left, it's tucked away but is a real gem, excellent food and a family running it who were so friendly and welcoming. The only bars we didn't like were the newer 'modern' places which look a bit out of place really and are very expensive.
The beach is gorgeous, the further towards the nudist beach you get the sandier it gets and as it was the first week of the season many people were nude before that section of the beach - it didn't bother us as we happily joined in but there was plenty of room so that if you didn't like it you didn't have to see it! A couple of days were really windy and so the sea was quite choppy but part from them the sea was very calm and turquoise.
We walked to Souda bay - approx 2 km and a bit hilly but the views were stunning, there were 2 tavernas there - 1 ridiculously expensive and the other only had 4 dishes available -- but as I said it was the first week of the season.
We didn't do much else - just had a beach holiday but I can honestly say it was the best holiday I have had - I go to Greece usually twice a year and am definitely a convert to Plakias, I would love to go again but for longer and hire a car and explore the island a bit.
The apartments were fine and I would recommend them to couples, not necessarily families with children as the pool would not really suit and the complex is quite small. everyone was friendly and welcoming and we had no problems to report. Ian the Olympic rep was a gem, not pushy but available should you need him - we didn't as we are quite happy to go with the flow but be assured that he could deal with any crisis in a friendly competant manner.
I would definitely go back again and again.
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