60 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Well worth a visit!
"Ok two things constantly crop up about this complex, the hill and the main road. Firstly the hill - you are not in the foothills of the Himalayas and although fairly steep, it takes no more than a couple of minutes to get up (if you are in one of the higher apartments) Obviously people with walking difficultys, those on 30 fags a day and those on first name terms with the pie shop owners would struggle, but your average person shouldn`t find it too difficult.
Next, the main road. It is not the M25 or the M6!!! It is a two lane main road that is quite busy at times. Using the same level of common sense you would use at home should get you safely across. Obvious factors like they drive on the other side and inebriation have to be considered.
The complex itself is clean, with well maintained gardens. There are two pools, a larger one near the bar which is the busiest, and a smaller one near the entrance which is quieter and quite nice. The bar prices are 2.7euro for a large beer and 2.2 for a small beer. We didn`t use the restuarant. The on site shop stocks pretty much all that you need, but is more expensive than those in the village. The rooms were cleaned twice in our week, the towels and linen were also changed twice. The apartments were basic and clean. The air con will cost you 55 euro and the safe 10 euro.
Stalis itself is a 10 minute walk away. You can either cut through the cactus beach hotel or go down the T junction at the Coach and `orses. We didn`t get a bad meal in the week we were there, we ate at El Greco, Baywatch, Capricciosa, Katerina (x2) and the Chicken House (X2) (avoid the prawn cocktail at the Chicken House!!).
Drinks wise, The Dolphin Club (left at beach road T junction) is a blatant rip off - good talker, miserable measures with sky high prices. Elsewhere, you can get a pint for 1.5 euro - 2 and a cocktail for 2.5 -4.5 euro. You pay more at the joints right on the sea front.
On the beach we used Dwyers Irish Bar where two beds, a brolly and some light lunch was 4 euros.
We went to the water park at Anopolis (Water City). We got two adults and a child with transport for 55 euros from the Exchange Lady down from Coach and `orses. However bus ride took 1 hour 10 mins to get there - due to pick ups. Far better to hire a car for a couple of days and do it that way( 20 euros= bus, car = 35euros for two days). The water park was great and (even) I enjoyed it!!!
All in all we enjoyed Stalis it wasn`t that busy to be a hassle, they didn`t trouble you too much to frequent their bars etc. We would definately return to the Koni Village. From what i seen, it is one of the nicer/ quieter places to stay in Stalis. We were there from 2 - 9 August 2005."
- Travel date: Tue 9th of August 2005
We have just got back from the Koni apar...
"We have just got back from the Koni apartments in Crete and had a great time!
The Koni apartments are a great base. The apartments are quite basic but very spacious. The two pools are excellent, one which is quite lively where all the families go and the other small pool which is very relaxing and people tend to go there who want peace and quiet.
The Koni Village is about a 10 minute walk outside of Stalis centre where the beach is and there is a great selection of bars and restaurants, but if you cut through the Cactus Beach Hotel it is much quicker!
The Koni apartments are built on quite a steep hill but I wouldnât let this put you off going, just request an apartment in one of the older blocks which are at the bottom of the hill.
Overall, the Koni Village is great value for money and i would definitely recommend them for a good holiday!
- Travel date: Sun 31st of July 2005
We arrived here on our 5th trip to Crete...
"We arrived here on our 5th trip to Crete knowing that this was a good complex. Ye there is a hill ye the bathroom may be a bit small, but this is a well run, cleaned and nice place.
Your 10 mins from resort Stalis which is a great family resort, so PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE tour operators stop selling Stalis as being near Malia as the clowns and scum that go there are not wanted in Stalis even the pub owners donât want them.
stay here and relax 2 pools and beer for â¬1.70, with a bit of sun and star beech what more do u need..... a blonde would help.. lol.
- Travel date: Thu 30th of June 2005
Would definately recommend
"I really enjoyed my 2 week break at Koni. For a relaxing break and an enjoyable holiday in Crete this is for you. Easy walking distance, 10 mins, into Stalis which has a nice variety of bars and restaurants including a really good chinese (situated more to the left side of Stalis). A nice evening stroll through Stalis takes you along the road to Malia or you can easily get a taxi from reception at the Apartments. Accommodation was v good. V handy having the mini market on site. The pool was a good size and depending on how early you get up there's a good choice of sunbeds. V nice surroundings and the complex is nicely decorated and laid out. I would def recommend this and would have gone back this year if only the flight was on a Saturday!"
- Travel date: Tue 24th of May 2005
"I managed to get a last minute deal to the Koni apartmants in Stalis after having my heart set on staying in Malia! I couldnt have been more impressed! The rooms were clean and fresh. The lanscape around the hotel is lovely, staff are friendly and helpfull, pools are clean :) The apartments are on a hill and this may cause a problem for some people...but our 2 bedroom apartment had breathtaking views over the beach. Stalis town is a good 10 minutes walk away so you really need to be fit to stay here if you want to venture to the beach/out at night. Because the hotel is on a hill, it gets a nice breeze off the coast which really makes the hot days and nights more pleasant. I assure you that you will love the Koni apartments, especially if you want a week or two of relaxation :)"
- Travel date: Tue 15th of March 2005
Great Greek Days
"Great 2 wks at Koni Village. Staff helpful and accomodation good. Only problem would be having an appartment blocks 8 -10 which are up a very steep incline. However staff were helpful and moved accomodation to a lower level near small pool. Area had good restraunts and our favourite was Dianomeas on beach road. Great food and great staff. Entertainment in itself. Would recommend it to anyone but the incline at Koni should be bourne in mind if you are not fully fit. Would return tommorow."
- Travel date: Sat 9th of October 2004
luvin' the koni village
"While going stay at the koni village in stalis, crete for the sixth year running tomorrow morning, i never get tired of all the very friendly staff that work there. it has two brilliant swimming pools, a big one, and a small one with a diving board. it also has two snack bars and a restaraunt with wonderfull food. The koni village has the most amazing landscape view of the beach which is about 5 mins away. and the best thing is there are loads and loads of restaraunts and bars about everywhere so you wont need to worry about what to eat. one of my favorite restaraunts there is called "El Greco" they do bout every dish you could want. and one of my favorite bars is called "the beach comber bar" they have wonderful cocktails there and other different drinks there to, you even get free popcorn there and every night is a karaoki. over all i think its the best place to go for a holiday and i would give it 10/10."
- Travel date: Sun 29th of August 2004
My family visited the Koni Apartments ex...
"My family visited the Koni Apartments expecting a well equipped apartment.
The bathroom was smaller than any en-suite we have ever seen, certainly not big enough for a family of 4 to use on a daily basis as a main bathroom. It only had a shower. which we did know about before hand but when we arrived it had no shower rail or curtain. We waited 2 days for those.
The kitchen area was small and not big enough again for a family setting. We only used the kitchen area at breakfast time and there was no grill or toaster and the fridge was on its last legs.
Thankfully we were situated on ground level as a hike up a mountainside in mad hot heat didnât appeal to us with our young family. It stipulates in the brochure itâs in an elevated position but it should really explain how "elevated" it actually is.
The main road is a death trap to cross. We would not recommend this to any family with children of any age and the fleets of quad bikes and scooters are horrendous. There are no footpaths and you take your life in your own hands.
However the staff at the koni village are extremely friendly and helpful. The complex on the whole was very clean and well kept and all the pool areas were excellent. Alas, we would not visit again."
- Travel date: Sat 31st of July 2004
This was the first time we had been to C...
"This was the first time we had been to Crete and we really enjoyed it. The apartments were really clean and the staff were very friendly, especially the man who takes your cases up in the white pick-up. We ate in a really good taverna called Minos and Billy the Greek was super really made you feel welcome. Met a really nice family there who we have kept in touch with, we are all going back next year to the Koni Village, and we would recommend it to anyone going to Crete."
- Travel date: Wed 30th of June 2004
Quiet, away from noise of Stalis & Malia...
"Quiet, away from noise of Stalis & Malia but within easy walking distance of lots of restaurants and bars. Lots to do and see locally. Two very good pools on site. two good bars and a reasonably good cafe on site if you do not want to go walkies. Village is family run and it shows, staff are very good and friendly. Wonderful Island to explore by car."
- Travel date: Fri 30th of April 2004
The Koni Village apartments are a great...
"The Koni Village apartments are a great holiday accommodation (although it is not suitable for people with walking difficulties). There is a lot on the complex like 2 pools, 2 bars, restaurant, church, supermarket, and a reception. It is a short distance from the main centre if you take the underpass. All the apartments are very spacious, clean, and have great sea views. The resort of Stalis is very nice although a little quiet but has plenty of bars and restaurants and great beaches."
- Travel date: Mon 30th of June 2003
Excellent accommodation, very clean, ver...
"Excellent accommodation, very clean, very helpful staff - especially Dimitri the barman. To get to the beach road cut through the Cactus Beach Hotel - it is much quicker than using the underpass. Stalis is a great resort with an excellent beach, many very good restaurants and shops. We recommend the taverna next to Katerina appts on the road down from the taxi rank - George has an excellent menu with great daily specials at very reasonable prices. We ate there about 6 times and got great service every time."
- Travel date: Sat 31st of August 2002