Asterias Village Resort
6 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Like a second home
"This is now the 6th year on the trot i have stayed at the asterias village,as i told the owner (Dimitri) who make us feel so welcome every year "it's like coming home to visit family"
Alex who runs the pool bar does such a fantastic job to make even the most shy people feel like they have finally arrived on vacation!
The girls in the Olivia resturant deserve a mention as well. just don't get into a drinking session with them. you will lose!
Can't wait till May comes round again.
Tony and Nina "
- Travel date: Fri 21st of June 2013
One of the best places you will find as...
"One of the best places you will find as it is very clean , great location and most of all its the friendliest place on earth.
You would not be disappointed it you decided to chose Asterias Village as your place for your holiday.
Set between two villages Piskopiano and Koutouloufari which are full of restaurants and a few gift shops here and there, but a very nice place and a lovely atmosphere, just be careful of the mopeds and quads as they are coming at you from all angles, but don't let that put you off.
The Asterias has a large pool which never really gets too busy, even in the heat of the day.(no food or drink are allowed around the pool area)
The pool bar is a great place to chill and have a bite to eat and a refreshing drink, the staff there are fantastic and up for a bit of banter and a friendly chat.
We had our breakfast at the pool bar every morning on our 2 week stay as we were half board and there is plenty to chose from, i highly recommend that you go half board as you get to have a 4 course meal every night from the Oliva restaurant just upstairs on the main road which is part of the Asterias, best place that i have ever eaten in, so tasty you think your in dreamland and great staff there too, again always have a smile on there faces and up for a friendly chat, on the way out we got delayed 4 hours and didn't get to Asterias until 2 in the morning, our taxi pulled up and a great guy called Tony who works there was waiting at the roadside to take our bags down to reception, they then said the restaurant has stayed open for us to get a bite to eat, now baring in mind these people having been working hard all night they still had a smile on there faces for us, really was a golden touch the minute we got there and i knew from that 1st 10 minutes that we was in for a great holiday and i wasn't wrong.
The rooms at the Asterias are basic but large and very clean, air-con is 7 euros a night which is a must if your going in the heat of summer.
The nearest town is Hersonissos about 15 to 20 minutes walk away, which is downhill on the way there but a long hard uphill walk on the way back, get a taxi for 7 euros, but to be honest why go there as its too busy with more bikes coming at you than you can imagine.
If you do go in to the town then walk to the harbour where they do boat trips which are well worth it, the one we did was one called (El greco) which was 20 euros each but lasted all day, they take you to this island with one house on it and let you spend a couple of hours there snorkeling,very beautiful there.
All in all a fantasic holiday which i booked through reading reviews like this, oh and the weather was 30 to 40 c everyday with almost no cloud.
If you want a great holiday go here.(booked through Thomas Cook)
- Travel date: Tue 19th of August 2008
My boyfriend and I had a lovely week at...
"My boyfriend and I had a lovely week at this hotel. The staff were really friendly and approachable, the views of the hills behind and the sea in front are really nice and the room was comfortable and clean. There was a nice balance of people from across Europe, some families and some couples.
The village Piskopiano is very nice with two other really nice villages on either side. Hersonnissos is pretty nasty but you are far away enough to not be effected by it and there is no reason to go there at all. You need to rent a car to visit nice beaches a bit further away or I think there are buses.
As others have said there is a lot of stairs at the hotel and it is not suitable for people who have any problems walking but you can drive up the slope if you have a car. Be aware you need to pay extra for air con if you want this, 7 Euros a day I think.
Once again though it was a really nice, friendly place and we had a really nice time. Also the hotel restaurant Olivia is lovely!
- Travel date: Fri 14th of September 2007
10 out of 10! To the owners Dimitri and...
"10 out of 10! To the owners Dimitri and family and every member of staff even the domestic staff.
My family and I travelled to Asterias apartments last summer and had a super time here.
There are many steps down to most of the apartments and the poolside etc., so not ideal for anyone with walking difficulties, so take note, but if stairs are not a problem then go for it!
Our apartments were very clean and cleaned every day, with fresh bed linen and towels every few days. There is a hair dryer in most of the apartments so worth checking out before you lug your own with you!
The pool and poolside, play area, gardens, etc. are beautiful always very clean and well maintained. The pool is a fair size though no diving, mind your feet, its a wee bit slippy on the way in, I nearly landed on my butt, much to the amusement of my family a few times, one for the video too!
A Jacuzzi, but only on at certain times though. There is a kids pool, a small play park for the wee ones and some pool and table tennis tables.
It is very very warm at night, but you are in Greece after all, so if you want some air con, then budget for it before you go, as it can be a little expensive, during the day it can get very very hot, but there is a lovely cooling breeze and sometimes wind, as the resort is built on the hillside and it can be very refreshing but donât forget the sun cream!
Asterias has some of the most beautiful views over the hillside and Hersonossis and lovely sunsets also.
Everyone knows that when you go on a self catering holiday that you donât expect to find your own kitchen awaiting you.
The kitchen areas anywhere are always very basic but all said we had enough utensils to cook ourselves the odd breakfast, lunch or dinner, but we are on holiday so ate out many times, and most of the restaurants are very reasonably priced.
Asterias boasts its own restaurant upstairs, called, Oliva, the service we received and the food we ate were second to none and we were always made feel welcome by Dimitri his family and staff.
There is also a pool bar downstairs which serves snacks during the day and we again were always treated with a warm friendly face, namely Tony during the day and Remus at night.
George was our receptionist and was always very helpful and friendly towards us too.
In and around Asterias are the lovely villages of Piskopiano, Koutouloufari and old Hersonossis all boasting tasty restaurants, tavernas, gift shops and more.
The added friendliness and warm welcome we always received was superb.
If you hire a car or brave the local bus service then you can find some nice beaches further afield, buy a map or ask the locals, they are worth a look.
Old Hersonossis village has a Greek night every Monday evening with live music and traditional dancing, so make sure you have suitable shoes if you want to join in.
Maybe book a table at one of the many restaurants or just go along a little earlier (maybe before 8) so you can get a table as it can get very busy.
It's about a ten minute walk from Piskopiano and there are some stunning views along the way, but on your return its a very dark road so maybe take a torch or book a taxi.
There are a lot of fun bars to visit for bbq nights or karaoke if you want to give your singing voice a go, but if you want to head to a nightclub, youâve got a long hike downhill to Hersonossis itself, maybe 15 mins at a nice walk, slightly longer if your coming home, and longer still if youâve been sampling the local beverages, but taxis from town are usually no more than 5 euros.
Crete is a beautiful island and there are many sites and places you must visit, but shop around for prices, and sometimes you may get a good deal if you book more than one excursion, same with car hire.
We are lucky enough to have made many friends around this area over the years, and are delighted to say that we made more new friends at Asterias last year.
I could probably name every restaurant or taverna/bar as my favourite as each one had its own special dish or reason for going back a second or third or more time but everyone has there own tastes, so your favourite would be down to you.
I donât think, and I would hope, that nobody would ever have a bad holiday in this area, and at the end of the day YOU make your own holiday too.
My family and I want to return again to Asterias unanimously and are going again in June this year; maybe we will see you at the bar for ouzo!!"
- Travel date: Tue 6th of March 2007
My partner and I gave the Apartments 5/1...
"My partner and I gave the Apartments 5/10 and have tried to be as realistic as possible to give other holiday makers an insight to the complex. I agree that the overall setting is great, overlooking the sea, and the main restaurant and bar have stunning views. The pool is good and there are a few facilities for kids. Overall resort was enjoyable and the Greek taverns plentiful with good food being served and a nearby walk to get to.
Although the apartment was clean, we had a few problems with the toilet smelling, and the TV not working. Which we paid for. Didnât find the staff helpful even after reporting. Although the apartments are supposed to be 'self catering' beware it is not very well equipped and they donât allow any food or drinks you buy around the pool, all drinks and food has to be bought from the pool bar. Obviously the management have a different idea of self catering and I donât know how you can cook with a 2 ring hob only and no oven or microwave.
The swimming pool was clean, but could be a bit slippery and dangerous when entering. Not enough sun chairs to go round.
Recommend you hire a car for the week as getting to the nearby town 'Hersonossis' and local amenities is a trek unless you love walking... great going down hill but we needed a taxi to get back to the village. Local buses are good and cheap.
Overall I enjoyed the holiday, but would advise others to watch out for the scams - and rip offs of your Euros i.e., booking trips via the reps - much cheaper to go it on your own and watch out for the inclusive service charges.
Overall opinion loved Crete - but the Euro has ruined the traditional Greek hospitality or you not all. Wouldnât go self catering again - all inclusive next time as it works out cheaper by the time you paid for all the meals out. Crete is no longer a cheap vacation
- Travel date: Mon 2nd of October 2006
This was a lovely setting and a great al...
"This was a lovely setting and a great all round holiday for family as there are amenities for everyone.
The complex is well laid out and spacious, the pool area is great for kids. The staff were wonderful and nothing seemed to much trouble. Would definitely return there again! This particular accommodation would not be suitable for people who had mobility problems due to the amount of stairs involved. The restaurant at the top was excellent good food and service, with a fabulous view.
Although it is set further up the hill from Hersonissos it is a ten minute walk into town and only 5 euros in a taxi back. To be highly recommended for a family holiday."
- Travel date: Fri 28th of July 2006