10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Not For Teens!
"returning to elounda 10 years after our first visit we figured it was a time warp.... nothing had changed! on our first visit in 1996 we stopped in the Irene Apartments wich at the time was run my michalis, returning to the island over 10 years later we chose a teenage and adult frendly resort.... Alikes. i would not advise for anyone between the age of 12 - 19 to go to the resort unless you want a very very quiet and relaxed holiday. Myself i wanted nightlife... the club scene. although i know that elounda is a quiet village it was like a ghost town! after taking a long look around me i figured apart from the friendly bar staff i was the only person under the age of 30. Not one child or teenager in site, although i wished for more people to arrive at alikes on the change over day i figured i should of stayed at home! there is no evening entertainment, the food and drink is very expensive and the rooms are very small.although i wanted to go on holiday for a relax and break from work i also wanted some sort of entertainment or nightlife to keep me occupied, obviusly i wasnt looking for 'space' and 'pascha' in ibiza just something a little bit more lively than the Alikes appartments. i think in the near future i will be returning to marmaris where it is alot more child friendly and gives you a fantastic holiday"
- Travel date: 18th June 2006
Lacked the warm welcome usually experienced
"My husband, 17 year old daughter and myself stayed at these apartments between 9th and 17th june 2006. While we found the complex to be of good standards, we found the hospitality somewhat indifferent. We did not take an interest in the gym and sauna facilities so we had no problems in that department. There were 2-3 days of windy, overcast weather but that did not spoil our holiday as we walked a lot and visited local friends we had made on previous visits. The pool area in particular we found to be too cramped. There were about 5-6 sun loungers but there was little room to manouver and it was quite dangerous - there were few holiday makers during our stay so it was managable but I think peak season would bring overcrowding problems. Bar noise at night was irritating too particularly for anyone staying directly opposite bar/pool and first studio 101. I did get up one night about 3.00am to tell some people to shut up! Alikes for us was merely a place to base ourselves at. We would only go back if we couldn't find anywhere else in elounda itself - which incidently is the most beautiful and unspoilt village in crete and its locals are lovely. I agree with the May visitor from ireland - the proprietor was very indifferent to the holiday makers and didn't care much to be in our company. We never ate or drank much at the complex and went elsewhere. I think to describe it would be clean, modern but without warmth."
- Travel date: 17th June 2006
"We have just returned from a 2 week holiday in Crete.We chose these apartments because of location, facilities and price. The rooms were very clean and comfortably furnished. Bathroom was a good size and had a bath and shower attachment and hairdryer was also available in the bathroom. The kitchen had 2 rings ,small kettle and adequate dishes and cutlery. We planned to eat out most times anyway and did so in the very pleasant local tavernas in the town. The pool was narrow,deep and cold and not suitable for children or small adults. There was only a 10 cm path at edge of pool where one had to walk to reach the sun loungers. This was very dangerous .The other side of the pool was lined by the ground floor balconies of the rooms so no access was available there. The pool bar served food and drinks but was considerably more expensive than other local tavernas and so was seldom used by residents. The only users seemed to be the family and friend of the owners of the premises. The gym had excellent equipment and there was a jacuzzi, steam room and a sauna. The apartments were family run and the daughter was the manager. She was a very difficult personality and told us different stories each day as to why we could not use the facilities after the gym.They ranged from, 4 persons required for jacuzzi before it could be turned on. The weather was cold so it was easy to get 4 + people.Next day we were all told the jacuzzi was a cold one. This was nonsense and my son showed them the controls.Next day it was a government rule one could only have 1 jacuzzi per week. We checked with 2 local hotels with facilities and this was untrue.Then steam room was not working and when my son asked her what was wrong she said it needed fixing. He actually saw she had taken out the fuses and told her what was wrong. We complained to the First Choice rep but she was not a helpful lady and never came back to us with an answer. We left for 4 days and went to another hotel with full use of facilities free when we wished. We had offered to pay for use of all facilities at Alikes but even this did not help. Several families were annoyed with this woman as they were only there for a week and weather was cold, windy. wet and the young people could not use the pool as it was too cold. Elounda is a lovely small town and I would recommend it as a quiet lovely place to visit. Sadly our experience with Alikes apartments was disappointing. The other staff were kind and friendly but they admitted this woman was very difficult . We did not let her spoil our holiday but she certainly spoiled the atmosphere of the place."
- Travel date: 6th May 2006
"Our first stay at the Alykes in 2004 was great, very relaxing and quiet on an evening to enable a restful night sleep, the staff were friendly and helpfull. On a return visit in 2005 our stay was not so good inthat the customer focus had changed to that of looking more to cater for those holiday makers who liked a more livelier holiday. This resulted in a lot of noise and music from the bar area well into the early hours of the morning. Given that our apartment was next to the bar area (on the block facing the sea) the situation was not ideal. We managed to get round the noise by pulling down the outside window shutter. We will not be returning to the Alykes this year which is a pity as we thought we had found the ideal holiday apartments. The location and the village of Elounda itself is lovely it is such a shame that the focus had changed to that of pure commercialism on the part of the owners."
- Travel date: 5th March 2006
Great place loved it
"These apartments are lovley, the ones with a seaview are especially nice. The apartment block is small enough and everyone is really friendly, alcoholic drinks are very generous at the pool bar and the food they cook is really nice too. There are some lovley shoreline resturants just seconds walk away. And its only a few minutes walk to all the other bars and resturants, but still nice and quiet. Sometimes just a little noise from the pool bar. Elounda is a lovely resort too, not too hectic just right."
- Travel date: 25th January 2006
Great if you get the right rooms
"I really dont want write anything negative about the Alikes apartments because the staff there were so lovely but unfortunately we were given the room (room 107)which was less than 5 meters from the bar and had to put up with bar noise for the first 6 nights of our hols (when we finally got moved).On speaking to other guests it seems that if your room overlooks the pool you will get bar noise till about 2am. It wasnt excessive but we go to elounda for peace and quiet and it was enough to mean we couldnt get a good nights sleep. Also our original apartment didnt have a stone balcony and this meant that we didnt have any privacy.People from the bar could see straight into our bed!!! However,I do believe that this is perculiar to this room so just mention you dont want room 107 when you book! On the plus side....The location is great and the rooms were modern and very clean and have TVs and hairdryers in them.The gym was good (25 euros for the fortnight)and the staff were very friendly.Its the sort of place you get to know other guests. Although we had a few problems we'd still go back."
- Travel date: 1st October 2005
"The apartments were brilliant. We had a studio, but had ample room. There were 2 beds (almost 3/4 beds) plus a couch, a large bathroom and kitchen space including, kettle, fridge & 2 cooking rings. There is a hairdryer in the bathroom, and a safe and air con available (the latter two at a cost). The balcony was plenty big enough. The pool was a tad small however it was more than made up by the bar area. There are gym facilities, steam room and Chacuzzi ('cuse spelling) Would recomend them to anyone."
- Travel date: 28th September 2005
"Firstly let me say that as we arrived at the apartment we feared the worst.....there is a dust track leading down from the main road as it is too close to the coast for coaches to risk driving down there, so first impressions were not fantastic, however it is only a two or three minute walk down to the Alikes apts which we found immediately very pleasant and the rooms spacious and clean. The only initial problems I could see with the rooms were the showers, which you have to hold and would break at least once a day! Also there is air conditioning in the rooms but I don't think they are connected up so it gets a bit stuffy. The staff are likeable, especially Polis, although the apartment seemed to be quite inflexible with certain things (based around profit, mainly) which included: A chap was told he could not drink coffee he made in his room either by the pool or anywhere in the apts but his room. If he wanted coffee he had to pay 2,3 Euro's for it from the bar. He had a running battle with the management about this, quite hilarious to watch! Drinks were very expensive- working out at around 4GBP per pint of local beer (Mythos) which is expensive even by London's standards. One guest asked for the music to be turned down, at about 1,30am on a Wednesday night, because her husband had a bad ear infection and could not sleep. The staff protested but she threatened to make a complaint so they turned the music down. Within two minutes the music was turned right back up again!! On the positive side there is a fitness centre on site and many guests praised the masseuse saying the massages were much better than any they had in England. The apartment has a large projector screen which is ideal for guest wanting to catch up on Football or Basketball games which were shown regularly. Considering the price of the whole trip it's not surprising that stuff like drinks were relatively expensive, and its worth it because the location is fantastic- minutes away from a nice, friendly local beach with watersports. An additional beach is hidden about 1500m away and is a bit nicer. The local restaurants neary were excellent, especially Melissos which served some tasty vegetarian dishes which was ideal for my other half. Also although the value for money of some of the restaurants and bars was quite poor compared to my last visit to the area, Elounda has not become an Agios Nikolaos or Malia , which I hope continues to be the case. I don't think you could be disappointed by these apartments- I would recommend highly visiting in late September, when Elounda is comparatively quiet but the sun still continues to shine."
- Travel date: 24th September 2005
Best Place in town
"My wife & I stayed for a week at the end of august and it was out of this world. Zak and the rest of the staff made us feel more like family friends than paying tourists. We will be going back next year this time in May hopefully. An experience not to be missed."
- Travel date: 11th September 2004
loved it all!!
"Fantastic place, Elounda is wonderful. The appartments are spacious and well equipped. everything works! Electricity is on a key that works when you enter the flat. Air coditioning is cheap and very effective. Zak runs the bar and is a mine of information, the whole place is 'low key' child friendly, ie no kid clubs but just people who respect people. Swimming pool on site which is immaculate. We are planning to go back next year, I just hope they dont build in the area too much. These appartments seemed to us to be much the best in the area"
- Travel date: 29th June 2004
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