26 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"Stayed here in June could not fault anything just perfect staff cant do enough for you will be going back again.have to book early though. "
- Travel date: Thu 10th of April 2014
Cretan Hospitality !!
"We have just returned from a last minute 7 day break to Crete and booked these apartments without doing any research and I can only say that it was a stroke of genius.
From the moment we arrived Yiannis and his crew did their utmost to make you feel at home and treated you as a long lost friend.
They were a real real pleasure throughout our stay and we were greeted with a smile alaways no matter what time of day.
Aris - you were a mine of information and never failed to keep us amused.
These apartments are fantastic value for money and ideally located for the many nearby tavernas and little bars in Koutouloufari which is a taste of the old Greece.
I cannot recommend this place enough if you are looking for a relaxing break in the sunshine of Crete.
Only negative is (not connected to the apartments)the steep hill back up from the beaches downtown - a short taxi ride for a few euros is best !"
- Travel date: Sun 11th of July 2010
sunrise to paradise
"We stayed at the sunrise on june 2010 and were very welcome by aris and his family.
The studio was very cozy and very clean, and every morning as we picked our heads up from our beds, we saw the most amazing view from our balcony.
most the people who stayed there were very welcoming, I recommend anyone who stay here to go to there very famous BBQ held on sundays, all the food is homemade greek cusine and unlimited, the entertainment of live greek dancing was excellent,and boy did we dance our socks off!
Sunrise is only a short walk to the old town which offer many restaurants and bars.
I recommend anyone to stay at Sunrise and we will definitely be returning again.
The only thing we did not enjoy was drinking Raiki (traditional drink) which taste like cough mixture and burns the hell out of your chest!
Please, Please, Please stay here and enjoy the same experience as we did and i will garantee you will go back again for more.
Tia & Caroline
- Travel date: Sat 19th of June 2010
"Lovely apartments. Could not believe the size of the apartment we were allocated which overlooked both the pool and the sea. Koutoulafari is busy enough for a decent selection of tavernas and restaurants but by no means crowded. Although we went in May which was probably lower season, it was just perfect for us as a couple or for families looking for enough diversions but not the tack that you might find if you walk down the hill about 20 mins to "Star Beach" and the like. Perfect Greek town. Easy to walk into other villages in the hillside in the afternoon or evening. Would recommend to couples and families."
- Travel date: Sun 2nd of November 2008
"Great to see all the excellent reviews of the Sunrise. We've had 2 great holidays there, but haven't been for a couple of years. Have booked for July 09, can't wait to get back there, especially as 10 out of 10s show that they clearly haven't lost their touch!"
- Travel date: Mon 27th of October 2008
The view was spectacular, in front was t...
"The view was spectacular, in front was the Hersonnisos and the beautiful sea and behind us was the mountains, the apartments were clean and well kept and the pool and garden well taken care of. Had a wonderful stay at the sunrise, the family were lovely and there wasn't a lot of noise at night. There was an added bonus of a shop just across the road which wasn't busy. The village at night was very picturesque and the food was excellent. My favourite holiday to date. Will def go back there again. "
- Travel date: Wed 1st of October 2008
These apartments are fantastic!! Could n...
"These apartments are fantastic!! Could not fault anything about my stay! I stayed for 2 weeks and still didnt want to come home. The apartments are spotless and the maids work so hard. The family that run the hotel are so freindly and after meeting you once never forget your name they cant do enough for you. The only downside to the holiday was the steep hill that you had to trail down and with 40 degrees heat it can be quite a struggle. There is a lovely supermarket and bakery just across the road from the apartments that youcan get lovely fresh bread every morning and cheap beer dont pay the hotel prices!! The apartements are very spacious we had an upstairs where the bedroom was and at night it was boiling so i would recommend the air con which is about 7 euros a day dont pay for the fans as they just circulate warm heat. If your a youngster or a family you will love star beach. But i preferd the village which is a bout a 2 min walk from the hotel. Overall a fantastic hotel will definatly be returning back next year.."
- Travel date: Thu 4th of September 2008
Sunrise Appartments is a lovely place to...
"Sunrise Appartments is a lovely place to have your holiday, it was our first time on Crete and definatley not the last. Sunrise is well situated, yes .. up a hill but if you cut throught the all inclusive hotel down the road from the Rainbow supermarket it is a far easier walk, and a free shuttle bus runs you to Star beach.
Star Beach provides a great service and facitities for all the family, it is quite over priced but you can always stock up in their little shop en-route and save a fortune.
Do take a good supply of high factor sun lotion with you, it is VERY expensive to buy over there.
The bus service is good and regular, its about 5 euro return to Heraklion, we also got the bus to Malia... Big mistake, it is an absolute dump and the beach is about a mile and a half walk and is quite horrible, full of rocks and rocks and rock pools.
Undoubtedly the best restaurant is Sergiani's in Koutouloufari, fantastic service, clean, friendly, very reasonably priced, free puddings and enough choice to last you a month!
We tried others, Gallini was very nice, a bit more expensive and classy but you came out still hungry, Emmanuel (opposite Sergiani's) was the worst, i had a pile of slop which was quite vile and full of fatty meat, our son was asleep in the pushchair and when we got our bill it had 3 items we were unsure of, when questioned the manager said it was a cover charge for the use of the chairs table and table cloth! We were shocked and a a bit annoyed as we seemed to have to even pay to park a pushchair there too, the manager told us this was normal ! OK!
You can get some nice Jewellery in the shops, but do haggle especially for cash, the first shop you reach is reasonably priced but the one the other end of the little town is about 3 times the price!
Whilst on our 2 weeks break we found that this area of crete perfect for all the family, there is no noise or yobs anything to ruin your holiday. we look forward to returning there soon."
- Travel date: Tue 15th of July 2008
just returned from a fantastic holiday a...
"just returned from a fantastic holiday at the sunrise aprtments with all our family
exceptional in every way, cleanliness, friendliness, comfort, anything you can think of will be there, if not one of the sunrise family will fullfill your needs.......every member of the family welcome you with open arms and you become part of the family for your stay and beyond, quiz night, greek night, every week, and fun fun fun every day.
i celebrated my 40th birthday there and it was made ever more special by not only my family but the sunrise family too, what a party!!! thank you, all of you......
10 out of ten for everything, Aris, Yiannis, there parents, grandparents, the domestics and the gardener all work very very hard to ensure that you are made as comfortable as can be, have met many friends this year and everyone of us have booked up to come out same time next year, for a reunion.............
miss you all xxxxx "
- Travel date: Fri 4th of July 2008
My family and I have been visiting Crete...
"My family and I have been visiting Crete every year since 2002 and we have stayed in Sunrise every time, simply because it's everything you could ask for. The apartments are very clean and have everything you need (the Sunrise family stock your fridge with basic necessities for your arrival). They are set in an ideal location in the lovely village of Koutouloufari. There are plenty of lovely restaurants and little shops and the village is only a 10min walk from the town of Hersonissos (so you have the best of both worlds as Hersonissos gets pretty lively at night). The Sunrise family are just lovely - friendly, helpful and very attentive - they couldn't do more for you! There is a BBQ night on Thursdays and Quiz night on Fridays. The pool is a good size and very clean and there are plenty of sunloungers.
- Travel date: Mon 25th of February 2008
Just back after our 9th time at the Sunr...
"Just back after our 9th time at the Sunrise and booked again for May which says it all.
The family are lovely all very friendly even the gardener playing tricks on us.
Very clean and lovely pool. A great shop at the bottom of the drive which has everything in it. Jean and Carole very helpful there.
Canât wait to go back.
- Travel date: Sun 21st of October 2007
As always we had a fantastic time. BBQ n...
"As always we had a fantastic time. BBQ night coincided with both our friends and my husbandâs birthdays which added to the celebrations. The sunrise family make us feel that we really are part of their family making us welcome every time.
The apartments are spotless and have a fantastic view over the bay. Restaurants are excellent, only a few minutes walk away. Missing the Cretan hospitality, we have already booked for next year!
- Travel date: Mon 24th of September 2007