Despite what some reviews might say, this is a fantastic hotel. It has views to die for, a wonderful setting, great food, great staff, a spa, a gym, two pool areas with bars, a beach bar, an indoor bar and a delightful, bonus a la carte restaurant.
My wife and I had a wonderful, relaxing two weeks here.
I mean, yes, if you don't like the thought of walking hundreds of steps per day (the hotel is built onto a cliff-side hence the views) then you're it's not for you. We saw it as a way of off-setting the enormous amounts of food. However, you can order a mini-bus at the dial of a phone to pick you up and move you around this extensive resort.
The beach is small but private and virtually exclusive. The water is clear,I safe and there is a life guard on duty.
The entertainment could be better; if you are into big, animation then this is limited but the small team do work hard. However, if you like your holiday quiet then this it is perfect at the 'quiet' pool.
Just a final word, this is an international hotel, not your average Brit style resort and this means many nationalities. It seems to be a particular favourite with Russians so if you like the 'fish and chips by the sea' type holiday this isn't that. It was fun to watch world cup games here.
D from London
This luxurious, superior hotel offer excellent value for money and extensive facilities for all guests.Spacious rooms, most …More
Buildings and gardens around property are really well maintained and feel authentically Cretan yet modern. Small cluster of apartments at top of hillside mean it is quiet and a good place for a relaxing stay, yet close enough to Archanes to pop into the town square for a meal in the evening (recommended - local cafes and hotels are good). Staff / owner were lovely. The place is small enough to give a good personal experience.
We arrived late at night and it can be a little hard to find in the dark. Many local roads are unnamed and very steep and can just peter out into dirt tracks. Part of the charm but best to be ready for it. Discovered next day a lot of signs about halfway up lamp posts in the area giving directions.
We arrived at our hotel late at night. It was after 22pm. We were all tired and we had booked an apartment with 2 rooms for 4 of us. We were welcomed at the reception and shown the map where we were and interesting sites near by. We were shown our apartment and were asked if we were happy with it. He sent 4 teas for us courtesy of the hotel. Whenever we had questions they were happy to answer and if they didn't have an answer they would find out for us and come back to us. Family oriented and quite resort. Family owned and all staff were very helpful.
Daksha from London
Socrates Hotel Apts is a 3 star hotel in Malia and the perfect holiday accommodations on Crete . The friendly staff at …More
Terrible hotel. Owner is always with angry face and let himself to scream on guests. Room cleaning is disgusting, sometimes they don't change towels even if you left it on the floor. There is always a smell from toilet.
A lovely hotel, in a scenic location with a view of the mountains. The rooms were clean and the beds were comfortable. The hotel staff were very friendly and approachable, very nice people who know their guests on first name basis. It is a nice retreat and is within 10 minute walking distance to the nice beach. This hotel is away from the toy town of Malia, which is full 16-19 year old party goers on quad bikes. The one thing that let this hotel down was again these exceptionally loud young ones, who were resident and took to shouting every night between 3am-5am.
Nestling in 5000 sq.m. (5979 sq.yards) of lush grounds on a hillside overlooking the lively coastal resorts, the Villa Mare …More
Arrived from airport via hire car to the village. Hire car worth getting as you may wish to get food from supermarkets and sight see. Not imperative - but taxi to & from airport for family of five would have been a fifth of car hire anyway.
Our apartment was self catering (although they obviously do breakfast and other quality food offerings), clean & had air-con in bedrooms. Basic kitchenette was functional with full size fridge. Maid service with fresh sheets every 4 days, and towels every two. Rubbish removed and loo roll replaced. Floor mopped and beds made on towel change over.
Swimming pool clean, nice bar area, not too busy even when hotel was full.
The couple who ran the business were professional, kind, courteous and attentive. They were approachable and extremely knowledgeable about the area. Really can't thank them enough for their welcome.
We went on several trips as we like to alternate between pool days & sight seeing with our 3 kids.
Recommend Spinalonga, Lasithi Plateau (turn right at T junction as you approach plateau and grab coffee at flower laden taverna on left - two km from the cave of Zeus) worth a visit. Take trainers - it's a 1km plod up a rocky path. We also made it to the water park - Aquaplus - which was good to do - but go later (3pm) as there is only so long one can splash about for...
Lots of great restaurants in village - Piscopiano. Kostas; Litchnos; Patricko and Aposperida were our favourite - service and food grea
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