Booked this place last minute with Thomas Cook for 4 girls at the end of June, and we all actually had the best stay here! If we were to ever come back to Malia, I would honestly stay here again!
Transfer - A number of staff were holding boards of their company; (there were loads of Thomas Cook's!) Once we got passed the crowds, a rep directed us onto which coach we had to get onto and it was as simple as that. We had a rep, Charlie, travel with us who tried to keep the 'bantz bus' going along the journey, which didn't really work out, but was funny never-the-less. We had about 4 drop offs before we arrived and this overall journey took about 15-20 minutes.
First impressions - It was night time, but the music from the charts was blasting out from the hotel and we were greeted by another holiday rep and two more staff members, who checked us in.
You had to leave your passports behind in reception for one night, but we left ours throughout the entire holiday, because everyone else did.
We then hired the safety deposit box out; (sorry I can't remember the price, but it was about £5-£10 each.)
They also tried to sell us the air-con but it was such a rip off, so some nights we just had to sweat, but it was fairly cool in the room anyway. (Also, half way through our holiday we got asked if we wanted to purchase air-con for a reduced price as the weather was apparently going to raise out of the roof - but they were talking a load of crap.)
Our room number was 101, which was the very first room, next to reception, which was great because we didn't have to carry our suitcases up the stairs haha and was great for coming home too when you just wanted to pass out.
(For some reason this random girl walked into the room with us, (who was a drunken mess and had just been in a fight) and wouldn't shut up about this fight she hadn't meant to get into. But this wasn't the staffs fault.)
Room 101 - EXTREMELY BASIC. But what do you expect for less than £200? TV didn't work and there weren't that many appliances for our "kitchen". But still extremely clean and fine.
THE WELCOME MEETING - So, we arrived at around midnight and our rep came into our room and told us everything we wanted to know but then tried selling their package 'deals'. DON'T LISTEN TO THE REPS IN THE WELCOME MEETING! As lovely as they all were, the package deals are a complete rip off! ......Stupidly and regrettably we brought it for over £200 each!!
We didn't even go to half the stuff that was in the 'deal' and this meant we spent over half our budget for the entire holiday on the first few seconds of entering our room.
The hotel itself - So cute! The bar is open 24/7 and the bar staff are so lovely and speak English very well! ...Unfortunately this also meant the music was blasting out 24/7 (literally) and room 101 being right next to the main area, was quite annoying when we came home at like 7 in the morning and just wanted to sleep!
GOT WOKEN UP EVERY DAY BY THE REPS! Annoying as hell! We'd legit just walk through the door, close our eyes and our reps would bang on the door. Sometimes I honestly don't even know what they wanted, it was just so annoying! Even if you just ignored them, they wouldn't accept it, they'd just keep banging on the door!
There was a lil shop, literally about 5 minutes away, which was really handy!
Location - AMAZING! In a cute old village; about 7-10 minute walk away from the main strip; restaurants around us which had loads of locals in; and just walk able distance to everything.
Food - amazing, reasonably priced!
Drinks - Rather expensive!
Going Home - Got kicked out our room by 1100 and our transfer back to the airport wasn't until 10PM, so waiting around all day was hell! The reps played 'goodbye' and 'leaving' songs, which was nice & funny. Pretty much everyone put their suitcases at one side of the pool area, which was great because it felt safe and simply because everyone else's were there too.
We then collect our passports back from reception, which the reps called out our room numbers to collect, so clearly everyone else did the same as us.
Met some lovely people, so said goodbye to them.
And then hugged and said bye to our reps too, Gemma was lovely and so gorgeous!
Our other holiday rep couldn't work out who was going on which coach transfer back, but we managed to find the right out in the end.
Feel like I just wrote an essay, but hope it helps y'all!
Overall stay - 9/10! Truly amazing!
- Also Known As:
- Village Oasis Studios And Apartments Hotel Malia
- Village Oasis Studios And Apartments Malia, Crete