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Villa Diktynna
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Reviewed 14 September 2013

We really could not fault Villa Diktynna. It is exactly as the photographs, they have not just shown the best bits! We had stayed in Piskopiano last year and were disappointed we could not book in the villa we had there this time, but this was far, far nicer! From our arrival to our departure 10 days later we loved every minute of our stay. The property was immaculate, the kitchen a bit basic but had everything we needed (though we did buy a couple of mugs) but who wants to cook on holiday in any case? There was always plenty of piping hot water in the shower, and the bathroom was very clean with lots of good quality towels. The staff, Vangelis and the lady owner, were so kind and friendly. We had a maisonette, which gave us plenty of room and our only, very minor, complaint was that the bathroom was on the lower level which meant we had to go down two flights of steps in the night if we needed the loo. Though we were tucked away a little distance from the pool this proved to be an ideal spot as it was cooler there in the shade. Perhaps when we go again we might consider a room with a sea view though. As we know the island well we hired a car for 8 days and went off to explore every day, enjoying the little villages in the mountains and finding a deserted beach somewhere down a dirt track, but we were pleased to get back to Villa Diktynna in the late afternoon, cool off in the pool, enjoy Vengalis' dry humour at the bar and generally relax before out for a stroll and find somewhere to eat along the strip from Koutoulourfari, Piskopiano and up to Old Hersonissos. There were plenty to choose from, in all price ranges, and no need to eat in the same place twice and there is always the more in the the main holiday resort of Hersonissos if you want a little more action. A word of warning, Staying in any of these three villages is not really suitable for anyone who is unfit unless you have a car or are prepared to get a taxi to bring you back up the hill from the main town. The road up the hill is long and steep so unless you are fit a taxi is necessary to get back! Still, Villa Diktynna is one of the nicest places we have ever stayed, and we look forward to going back.

Room Tip: All rooms are nice.
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank mummus
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

We've been going to Koutouloufari for about 6 years now, but this was our first time at Villa Diktynna. We went for a tour round the villa's last time we stayed in Koutouloufari back in 2012, and thought it looked delightful, so booked it for this year's holiday. We were certainly not disappointed! Vangelis runs the place very well, and looks after everybody. Our villa was beautiful, overlooking the sea (in the distance) with table and chairs to relax on. The pool wasn't overcrowded (especially since it was school holidays), and there was a lovely chilled out atmosphere around the pool. The apartments are typically crete styled, but beautifully done, even with bug plug-ins for us (although we saw no bugs whilst we were there). Our apartment had 4/5 little steps up to the bedroom, but thought had even been put into that, and a night-light plugged in near the steps, incase we got up in the night. No toaster, but there was a grill, so we sat out each day for breakfast, admiring the view from the balcony. The apartments are simply beautiful, with gorgeous pink flowers growing round them. Not too many apartments either, so you don't feel like you're in a large complex. Pool is only small, but suited us perfectly for a quick dip to cool off. Will definitely be back in 2014...hopefully twice! Thankyou Vangelis for helping make our week perfect and relaxing. See you next year.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Helibobs666
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Reviewed 26 August 2013

We arrived at Villa Diktynna on the 6th of August for 11 days, and were greeted by lovely staff (Vangelis and the woman manager)
We were then taken to our little apartment by the bottom of the villa looking out onto the sea and a hotel infront. The terrace was very nice to sit out on, and thankfully they supplied some chairs and a table.

Accommodation:
The actual apartment was quite small and basic - but enough to last us for 11 days. The two floors were all combined into one big room giving us no privacy but it was nice nonetheless. They supplied the basics - a kettle, grill, hob, fridge, cutlery, hairdryer etc and the layout of the toilet/showerroom, bedrooms and kitchen were very nicely designed. If you are bad at sleeping with heat, you will definitely need aircon (6 euros a night) as the rooms were very hot and stuffy without them and the nights were even more warm, therefore an aircon is almost necessary

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We really liked the staff at villa Diktynna, they were so friendly and kind. The services were very good - a cleaner gave us clean towels, bedding and sheets every two days which was greatly appreciated. Vangelis was really lovely, and must have got so tired working the long hours around the pool and bar, yet still did his job well serving us our drinks/food and doing his jobs etc. Also we were happy to find out Vangelis could do discounts on daytrips to Acqua Plus etc and also book it for us, which suited us perfectly as we wanted to visit the island and do a few excursions.

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The villa itself boasted a lovely average-sized pool which always seemed to be really clean and a poolside bar selling lunchtime meals like toasties, salads, burgers, icecream etc and drinks like smoothies, milkshakes and alcohol. We were absolutely delighted on the first night to discover the beautiful town of Koutouloufari, just outside of Villa Diktynna, as it was one of the nicest villages we have ever visited with it's traditional greek narrow alleyways and gorgeous little buildings covered with fairylights at night. Everyone seemed to be lovely, welcoming you into their restaurants and bars at night and giving you a brilliant eating experience. Our most favourite restaurants were Galini and Taverna Apriadni, a must to go and eat at. The closest beach was Star Beach in Hersonissos, which was about a 20 minute walk from the apartment, which suited us fine but might not be to everybody's taste in the boiling heat. But the beach was amazing and beautiful but we enjoyed going further down to Alekos Gardens' Beach due to the huge waves. The nearest supermarket/bakery was about 2 minutes from the apartments, just outside Koutouloufari which we took advantage of and had fresh pastries for breakfast every morning.

Overall, I recommend anyone of any ages to visit Villa Diktynna as it was such a good experience and we enjoyed the nice services and accommodation we were given but our most favourite part about the holiday was the location as Koutouloufari had everything we needed and was such a pretty town.

We would definitely come here again, thanks for the amazing holiday Villa Diktynna!!!

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a sea view or on the top terrace (such good views!)
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Julie T
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Reviewed 24 August 2013

Good value, clean and roomy accommodation. Plenty of powerpoints for those multiplying devices. Excellent air conditioning at no extra charge. The kitchen was a little under-equipped but nothing serious. We always end up buying mugs to use instead of the meagre tea cups.

Nice pool though maybe tad small when the hotel is full. Room enough for sunbathing though the 'towel drapers' were out in force.
Poolside Bar is a mixed blessing. Food pleasant enough and the usual range of drinks but taciturn host Vangelis insists on sound tracking the day with piped music. Sometimes very loud. Not a problem behind closed doors but VERY wearing after a week or so. Why?
Wi-fi is free but essentially only works adequately in the bar and even then it's not reliable. If you really do need it local bars provide a better connection.
A couple of niggles that wouldn't bother most people but for me the piped music is a deal breaker because by the end of 2 weeks even my favourite songs were getting on my proverbials...

Room Tip: Ground floor apts. near the pool perhaps a little TOO close given the size of the pool area and the late night bar.
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank MyCeredigion
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Reviewed 14 July 2013

We stayed here for one week in June, in one of the maisonettes overlooking the pool. There was a large bottle of water in the fridge when we arrived, which was a nice touch.Everything was spotlessly clean, the sheets and towels were changed twice during the week. The maisonettes are large enough for two adults, but not really big enough for four. The air conditioning and use of the safe were available for an extra charge (6 euros and 1 euro per day respectively)
A couple of slight niggles- the bin in the bathroom wasn't emptied every day, we ended up doing this ourselves. Also the constant piped music from the pool area was a bit wearing, it wasn't that it was too loud, it just became a bit annoying.
I would stay here again, but would request a room with a sea view.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Thank VixLeicester
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villadiktynna, Manager at Villa Diktynna, responded to this reviewResponded 18 July 2013

Dear Guest,

We are happy you enjoyed your stay and we appreciate your nice words.

We take all comments quite seriously and always try to improve our service based on the points brought up by our guests.
Regarding the pool bar music we will work out a solution with the barman, at least with respect to early afternoon and late evening hours.

However, regarding the toilet bin, we wish to point out that cleaning service is provided once every other day.

Thank you again for taking the time to review our property!

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