Grand Leoniki Residence
1 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Good quality apartments
"Flew out of Manchester with Thomsonfly (previously Brittania Airways) â this is not the low cost airline, although it is owned by the same company. The check in staff were charging Â£5 for each kg over the 20kg baggage allowance and they rigorously checked that your hand baggage only weighed 5kg (included in this was your handbag). This was also the case at Heraklion airport. We took the option of coach transfer at a cost of Â£7 each way. Thomson stipulated that we would be dropped off in Rethymnon at a central drop off point, but we got dropped off outside the apartments. However, we had to make our way into Rethymnon on the way home. Did not a pose a problem as itâs not that far by taxi.
The reception staff are very helpful and pleasant. A porter takes charge of your cases and then takes you to your apartment, where he explains the working of the a/c, TV, DVD etc. We had a 1 bed roomed apartment that was adequately furnished with good quality patio furniture. There were plenty of utensils, crockery, glasses and saucepans etc.. I would say that the âLâ shaped bed configuration in the lounge area was only suitable for children and maybe teenagers. There was a large bedroom and bathroom. The shower was over the bath with hot water at all times. Plenty of wardrobes and drawer space.
MAID SERVICE: Every day, except Sundays. Towels changed every other day and bed linen every 3 days.
POOL TOWELS: Available at the pool bar for a refundable deposit of 10 Euro each.
SAFE: In room for a charge of 15 Euro/week â 28/2 weeks (non refundable).
We only had one drink at the bar on the first evening we arrived. The bar and restaurant were fine, but we like to get out and about, therefore I canât comment on whether it was expensive or not. There are various theme evenings e.g. Greek Barbecue (22.50 Euro/11.40 Euro- children), Synchro Stars (water ballet â 30 Euro/15 Euro (children) and various other entertainment evenings.
FOR CHILDREN: A small round pool next to the main one. A play area at the back of the resort and an animation team and crÃ¨che. Looked as if they are well catered for. The second pool at Leoniki is very quiet and relaxing and is more adult orientated. This is the one we favoured.
The complex is situated in a very commercialised resort with easy access to the âOld Townâ of Rethymnon and the picturesque harbour side. Mostly time share, but can be booked indpendently via the internet. A taxi into Rethymnon will cost you 5 Euro each way â the bus is 1 Euro each. We headed for Rethymnon most evenings. To our surprise the food was cheaper in the tiny cobbled streets of the âOld Townâ than in Platanes and much more authentic. Average cost with wine was Â£20 â 25 Euro. The night we had the seafood platter in the harbour cost approx 70 Euro with wine, but consisted of lobster, gambas, white fish fillet and other fishy things. You couldnât get that in the UK!
TRIPS AND SIGHTSEEING: We did the Samarian Gorge (the long way) and this was excellent, if you like hiking that is. The scenery is lovely and at the end you are taken by boat to the awaiting bus for your journey home. I should mention that we had to get up at 4.30 am as we were picked up at 5.15 am!! It was well worth the effort of getting up as to see the White Mountains bathed in the early morning sun. Booked at reception â 26 Euro each. Many other excursions available at reasonable prices that compared favourably with outside agents.
We hired a car for 5 days from Traffic Rent A Car (turn right out of reception and walk along the road â past The White Lady and on some. Very helpful and gave us a map with places of interest to visit. Cost: 135 Euro for 5 days + 10 Euro for extra insurance (Toyota Yaris with a/c). Chania is a larger version of Rethymnon and well worth a visit as is the little beach resort of Georgioupoli and Kournos Lake nearby. Towards Heraklion there are other good beach areas to explore such as Panormo and Bali Beach. We originally dismissed Bali beach as it was listed in the guidebooks as man made, but this area is really nice and has a lovely beach with a good choice of tavernas backing it. Sunbeds here are 6 Euro for two with parasol. This was my favourite and we went twice. Another nice little resort further along towards Heraklion is Agia Pelagia."
- Travel date: Mon 18th of July 2005