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“Excellent Boutique Hotel for a Romantic Couples Vacation”

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Apsenti Couples Only - Mykonos
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Milano Marittima, Italy
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25 reviews
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“Excellent Boutique Hotel for a Romantic Couples Vacation”
Reviewed 22 July 2014

We stayed at the Apsenti in July 2014 and we loved it. They had everything we needed to help celebrate our 10th anniversary without "braking the bank" like some of the other hotels in the area with the same types of amenities but only for couples.

First, the staff is amazing. Olga, Helen and Filippa are all wonderful and they speak numerous languages. We arrived early on our first day and Olga was very apologetic that our room was not ready even though we knew we were arriving 4 hours before our check-in. They offered us breakfast and a place to change into our bathing suits so we could use the pool and relax until our room was ready. At breakfast Filippa is very friendly while still being attentive to everyone. Olga and Filippa are full of knowledge on the area so they can give you lots of advice on places to go eat, beaches to see, where to go out, etc. Olga helped to arrange a quad motor bike for us and suggested great restaurants, one of which she booked for us. Filippa told us about the best beaches and some typical meals that we should try.

Second, the hotel is wonderful. We knew we weren’t staying at 5 star resort but we were very pleased with the hotel. It was cute and full of character while staying true to the typical Greek style of housing. We think we had the best room in the hotel with the Delos Queen room 2. It has a wonderful second floor view of the sea, a large terrace with a sitting area and the Jacuzzi/mini-tub was an excellent way to relax at the end of a long hot day. The rooms are clean and, unlike some other reviewers, we thought our room was big enough for the two of us. It's also a very calm, relaxed environment within the hotel with the chill-out music, hammocks and loungers, candles and the lack of kids running around.

Third, the pool was perfect for our needs. We really only used the pool on the first day but we loved it. The water was refreshing and well maintained. The lounge bean-bag beds along the edge of the pool are very spacious and comfortable. We were actually surprised to find such a nice lounge area because I didn’t see it mentioned on the website.

Fourth, the breakfast was more than adequate. We really only wanted Greek yogurt, some fresh fruit, maybe a croissant and an espresso but they have a ton of other options if someone wanted more. Everything we had was excellent. They have good quality American style instant coffee free of charge and some tea but I live in Italy now so I’m addicted to espresso now. They charge €2 for an espresso but it was the Nespresso coffee system which I have at home so I was more than willing to pay a nominal fee for a quality espresso.

In conclusion we were very happy with the Apsenti and would go back. It’s nice and cute with everything we needed. The location is good and not in the craziness of the town so it was quieter and more chill. It’s 10 minutes downhill to Agios Ioannis beach (which is great) and 10 minutes downhill to Ornos where there are a ton of restaurants, bars and a nice beach. The free transfers offered by the hotel to the airport are very convenient. We really enjoyed the couples-only style, the staff, the pool, the design and the overall vibe of the hotel. On the whole, everything was great and it lived up to our expectations.

Quick Tips
• Don’t trust google maps for the location of the hotel. It’s about 500 meters difference
• We highly suggest a scooter/quad if you want to see the island and get around easily
• The Cretan restaurant in Ornos is excellent and not expensive.
• Lefteris in Ornos is great for gyros, skewer food and other quick meals
• Avra is town is a beautiful outdoor-garden style restaurant with excellent food
• The bus to town stops right in front of the hotel if you want to use it
• The wifi works and it's free but it can be slow
• You have to leave the key to the room at the front desk, odd but whatever
• Agios Ioannis beach has two places to get a beach bed and an umbrella. We went to Hippie Fish and got two beds and an umbrella for €15 which is the standard price for the island.

Room Tip: Get the Delos Queen room 2. It has the best views, a nice breeze and the most privacy.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 July 2014

The room is great, the bed is very comfortable but I have many bad things to point out:
1 - During the breakfast, people is allowed to smoke in cover area. How come? It's terrible the mix of food and smoke, specially in the morning. In the last 2 days I decided to have the breakfast in the bakery.
2 - The expresso and some other hot drinks are not free, they hotel charges prices higher than in other places. I don't like when the hotel try to gather more money of client with such things.
3 - The food of the breakfast has a horrible show off. The food is inside a plastic tray. The presentation doesn't match with the proposal and price of the hotel.
4 - Amenities are terrible. Bring your own shampoo, shower gel and all you need.
5 - The room was very dark during the night. There was no light enough for the room, and also for the bathroom.
6 - The internet connect is very slow, less than 1 MB. So, if you can need internet during your stay(hope not), bring your lap to another area ou buy a prepaid SIM to use its internet. That's what I did.

Room Tip: Try to get a room with a jacuzzi. And if you are non smoker, ask the breakfast in the room.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Apsenti Mykonos Z, Manager at Apsenti Couples Only - Mykonos, responded to this review, 15 July 2014
Dear guest,

Thank you for your review about Apsenti Couples Only.
It is a good chance for me to present the hotel side and support the opinion of the satisfied guests.

1. The Greek law is fair in order to satisfy both smokers and non smokers.
Me as a non smoker had many times the same problem as you.
I must however say that our breakfast area is considered and really is a completely open area.
It is a pergola covered with wide spaced bamboos for shading (80%), it is of course not closed in any way from up and of course is absolutely open to all sides.
Let's also keep in mind that Mykonos is a very windy island and our location is facing the ocean.
You had of course the possibility to choose one of the further tables to get your breakfast, but you have your reason.

2. We serve filter coffee, nes coffee ( with and without cafeine) and 5 different types of hot tea in any quantity for free. We charge an extra 2-4 euro max, depending on the coffee, for that types of coffee that they need special coffee machines and very experienced staff (Olga, Katerina & Filippa). For us a cappuccino fredo is a creature and not just a glass with some coffee mixed with milk and few ice cubes. So don't please accuse us for gathering money, it is only a way to keep our quality high. Don't forget free transfers, free bottled water daily in your mini bar, free pool towels, free welcome drinks & fruits and few other complimentaries, but you have your reason.

3. Of course not plastic trays... We have what the local health care commitee orders us to have for our buffet. They are polycarbonate trays specially made for keeping food warm or fruits cool they are exactly the same like all restaurants in the world have including the famous fast food chains. We left our inox trays away because of worse isolation and less products visibility, but you have your reason.

4. Our amenities (shower gel, shampoo, body lotion and after sun cream) are focused in the ecological and skin care direction. We use products that contain pure aloe vera.
First time we hear something about their quality. Aloe vera is aloe vera and you like it or not, it's clearly question of taste but you shouldn't doubt about their quality, but you have your reason.

5. We have equiped the rooms with center lamp 60w, 2 bedside lampw 40w each and a led stripe under the bed for night lighting. Our rooms are 14-16 sqm and we believe that amax of 140w for lighting should be sufficient. Definately not sufficient for all because you have your reason.

6. Internet is our nightmare and you are absolutely right to all. We have invested lots of money to hardware in order to get a very strong signal to all our accommodation but then we suffer from connectivity that it is a matter of Internet provider. You are used to speeds like 500-1000mbps and in Mykonos the best provider offer us 4 mbs.We have 3 Lines but If we must share 12 mbps to 10 or 15 guests imagine what you get. We fight every second day for more mbps but believe us it is not in our hand. It is a bit better in the city of Mykonos that from this year they provide VDSL with 50mbps but even that wouldn't be enough for some torrent lovers.

7. And for the end, let's tell everybody about your reason.
Cancellation policy is sometimes a subject to nagotiate but not for non refundable reservations and especially not with guests that clearly cheat us in order to escape the penalty, leaving the room empty and going stay to friends that invite them.
Your reason is that I didn't accept your excusion (urgent departure of the island) for free cancellation and I was right. You checked in next morning and your urgent departure was just a trick.

Our key is kindness, next time use it and let us welcome you at Apsenti our way...
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Male, Italy
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Reviewed 11 July 2014 via mobile

We stayed in Mykonos for 2 days and was not impressed with the hotel. It wasn't very clean, small, and the website was misleading To what we actually received. Olga, the daytime receptionist was amazing! She helped us with car rental, reservations, etc. without her this place would go downhill quickly. The night staff have no idea what is going on and didn't even know where to go to find an extra blanket. Anything we asked was directed back to Olga who happily answered any questions that we had. It states for couples only but there were kids at breakfast and the pool which defeats the purpose. Overall an ok hotel but I would find something better if visiting again.

Stayed July 2014
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father3kids, Manager at Apsenti Couples Only - Mykonos, responded to this review, 12 July 2014
Dear guest,

Thank you for your time to write a review for Apsenti Couples Only.

A) Children are strictly not allowed in Apsenti Couples Only. 200 reviews stay opposite of yours to say it, not us...

B) Our linen and bed dressings are suitable for our beds and not for sleeping around gardens, outdoor sofas and hammocks specially when guests have checked out the hotel and use the common use places as "bedroom" in order not to pay their last overnight...

C) It is worldwide known that guests who "take" the hotel's property ( bathrobes, body & face towels or decorative items) without hotel's permision, hidding them in their suitcases are always disapointed from the hotel when they are caught...

For such kind of guests we would also recommend another "place"...

The manager at Apsenti Couples Only.
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Reviewed 27 June 2014 via mobile

My husband and I have just come back from a wonderful 12 day stay at the Apsenti Hotel. We loved the hotel. It's perfect for a relaxing and romantic getaway. The staff were brilliant, especially Olga, Helen and Katerina. They made us feel so welcome and happily helped us with anything we needed. They are professional, efficient, helpful and so friendly. Olga gave us lots of great advice on the island and helped us with various arrangements. Katerina anticipated all our needs at breakfast. And Helen gives excellent massages in the lovely oriented spa! The hotel is stunning, designed in a typical Cyclades island style. It is incredibly clean and well kept. The rooms are individual and isolated from one another. They were cleaned well every day and had great air conditioning and a mini bar/fridge. There is a good variety of sizes and prices. So there is something for everyone. The private hot tub outside our room was a great treat. The pool is small but the double loungers around it were very comfortable. Breakfast is included. It is quite basic but has a good variety of options and is served in a lovely spot overlooking the pool. The spa is a great treat and so relaxing. The location of the hotel is good. A ten minute walk to the nearest beach. And a 20 minute walk to ornos, where there are various restaurants and bars on the beach. You can get into Mykonos town easily with a bus which stops outside the hotel. It goes every half hour and takes 15 minutes. Or the best way to explore the beautiful island is to hire a quad, which Olga can help arrange it. If you stay longer than three days, the hotel arrange a free airport transfer, which is really helpful. The airport is a 20 minute drive away. It was a great holiday, in a beautiful island, in a wonderful hotel. Thanks to all the staff at the hotel for making it to special!

  • Stayed June 2014
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

We pre arrange for a local transfer on arrival at the airport where we were greeted by George and the transfer to the hotel only took 15 mins.
Olga gave us a welcoming drink and showed us to our room of which she gave us 3 to choose from. The rooms are very clean and tidy although maybe on the small but cosy side. It was great to have your own private jacuzzi just outside your bedroom window, these are cleaned at least twice a day. The rooms have a comfortable large bed and a fridge is also in the room although a bit on the small side. The hotel overall has a relaxing chilled out atmosphere. Breakfast is available from 8.30am til midday! There is no bar and don't really cater for any other type of meals. The local beach is a 10 min walk downhill where you will find a couple of restaurants with sunbeds. Orno's beach is the other local beach 20mins walk downhill which has a lot more restaurants and is busier. The local bus stops outside the hotel €1.60 single fare, which you can get into mykonos town and is popular with tourists. All the staff are very helpful with a very good understanding of English.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Udaipur
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2014

we stayed here in september 2013.

The best part was the cozy rooms with private jacuzzis, breakfast till 12 p.m. for late risers and the staff was extremely helpful.

The place was calm peaceful quite well located.

A perfect couples retreat

Room Tip: choose the pool side rooms as they are more spacious than the first floor ones
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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39 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2013

Like mikanos, this hotel is overpriced and the rooms are very small. the bed is awkwardly high. the pool is clean and great setup, but dont try to make too much noise because the staff will stop you. the staff are ok, but annoying with all the shooshing. they dont clean the rooms each day, which makes it even more difficult staying in a room that is already very small. there isnt much variety in terms of breakfast. the location isnt great either, its too far from the beaches so you need to rent a 4 wheeler. the only really memorable thing about this place was the complimentary massage and spa treatment. otherwise, you are better off staying somewhere else.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Apsenti Couples Only - Mykonos
Address: Ag. Ioannis beach, Agios Ioannis Diakoftis 846 00, Greece
Region: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Mykonos > Agios Ioannis Diakoftis
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Spa Hotel in Agios Ioannis Diakoftis
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Agios Ioannis Diakoftis
#6 Romantic Hotel in Agios Ioannis Diakoftis
#7 Luxury Hotel in Agios Ioannis Diakoftis
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Apsenti Couples Only - Mykonos 4*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Apsenti is a romantic refuge, a white oasis wrapped in ecru curtains with satin blue windows to brighten your days and dozens of lanterns to sweeten your nights. Apsenti figured to pamper couples and help their summer dreams come true. Private hammocks, soft soulfull music all over, hundreds of white candles, the scent of night flowers, relaxing treatments in the oriental spa and discreet candle light dinners will drift your senses to unexpected levels. ... more   less 
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