I’ve had a great time during the two weeks we spent in Agia Marina, Crete. It’s a nearly week that we are back now, and time has flown. I haven’t had a chance to write my last reflections,just the usual blogging, but here it goes.
My first ever package holiday… will I do it again?
Yes probably, but not sure if I’ll do the whole Sungarden experience next year. I have watched Mamma Mia so much these past few weeks and I guess I would prefer Skopelos instead of Crete. Skopelos have lots of lovely hotels, many seem to be family-run establishments. The beaches are smaller, the island is smaller and greener. I think that Pixie will be well up for a trip back t Greece, she loved the atmospehere and the cliamte, but I think Skopelos
are more ”our kind of thing”.
Package Holiday, was I happy with the set-up and service?
Yes, overall it was very good. It was quite reassuring to have Swedish speaking staff at the hotel. The Ving reps were fantastic and they really took their time to help us with our problems that came up and seemed very happy to get to know us. The travel arragements were very good, flight and welcome. It would have been nice to travel at a different time of the day, a little earlier. The only criticism I have are the bus drivers that took us to and from the hotel from their aiport. They drove too fast, unsafe and made those two journies very uncomfortable. Pixie who gets car sick very easily threw up on the way to the hotel on arrival. It was not very pleasant for her.
Overall mark out of 10
I give this trip 8/10. The Sungarden Stefan Village Hotel is very well maintained, the whole area is cleaned every morning, the garden is full of fine trees and shrubs and flowers everywhere. The Ving Reps (especially Sandra and Conrad) were absolutely brilliant. My little girl loved the mini disco and wanted to take part every time. The playground was great, clean and nice, very child friendly.
The pool area is well nice and we spent a few days there but I would recommend that you go down to the beach, just wonderful. We ended up at Mamma Mia, which was recommended by Ving and it was super. Nice beach, good food and nice playground for children.
If I were to go there again, I would take with me some things, not having to spend unnecessary money. (Coffee filters (large), dish brush, washcloth, potato peeler, a little seasoning, salt and pepper). We cooked some food at home in the apartment, and the kitchen wasn’t very well equipped. There is no formula to buy so I would recommend that you bring that with you.
We didn’t do any sightseeing in the surrounding area, but there were things to see in Chania, Agia Marina is nothing special to see. We did not nothing special when it comes to sports / adventure, but our neighbors, a mother and teenage girl did a lot, riding on the beach, rented bikes, rode on the tour and they were very pleased with what they did.
Shopping was not that good, mostly tourist shops but a lot of junk, fake designer handbags, fake designer scarves, T-shirts and stuff. But if that’s what you like …. However, I found a couple of nice shops with traditional handicrafts and bought a very fine hand-woven bedspreads to my daughter bed.
I can’t comment on the nightlife, for us it consisted of the many family restaurants and the clown show at Stefan Village and the Mini Disco, they were the highlights.
Finally, we would recommend this hotel, very pleasant and nice, superb staff and nice rooms. But Agia Marina was not very exciting, no fun shopping, no pleasant promenade. the balance is all good, kid-friendly and nice restaurants, especially Mamma Mia and Nymfi.