What Our Clients Say About Us
Crete Escapes have long collected testimonials from customers who have holidayed in the region. Shared below are a selection of our favourite reviews, all courtesy of visitors who have stayed in our accommodation since 2004 (and for 2020 we are sharing compliments paid to us about our handling of bookings affected by covid 19). Please get in touch to share your own feedback, we'd be delighted to hear from you.
This must have been a very tricky year for you; we really appreciate all the very useful information etc! - July 2021
Just a quick note to say thank you for all your help and advice with our booking, everything went really well and we had a lovely holiday. We found your update letters on current status of travel, quarantining and testing were very useful and supportive. We used Qured for all our tests and their service was efficient and easy to use despite our fears. Surprisingly we transited through Heathrow T5 in the quickest time ever, only 20 mins outwards and on the return journey, from front door to sitting in a cafe! All our PLF and test paperwork was loaded onto the BA website or onto our phones and there was no hold up at check-in or on security on our return. Easy journey and very relaxed. Crete was an absolute delight as usual and obviously much quieter - June 2021.
We would just like to thank Crete Escapes for our recent lovely relaxing 10 days holiday at Villa Thio Koritsia. Inspite of the extra form filling and testing it was more than worth it. The villa was probably the best we have ever stayed in - certainly the stunning views and pool couldn't have been better. The villa cleanliness and covid precautions were reassuring and with covid numbers so low in Crete we felt very safe - more so than on any holiday in the UK at the moment. And going to an amber country meant empty airports and half empty planes and no queues. Getting a lateral flow test to come back was also easy. But most of all we would like to thank you for your help, patience and advice. We are very aware that as a travel company you must be going through a terrible time. When we booked the holiday last year none of us thought we would still be in such uncertain times. We had three flight cancellations, had to keep slipping our dates to accommodate new flights and different airports, were unsure what to do waiting on the government's changing traffic light system. In all of that you were always understanding and helpful and we are very grateful and hope we will be booking another holiday to Crete with you in the not too distant future - June 2021.
Many thanks again for all of our help – I am very glad that we booked with you as you have been so supportive - June 2021.
Hi , We really really appreciate that, so thanks for understanding and extending the deadline, excellent customer service yet again! - May 2021
It was really great to be able to get away after the year everyone has had. Villa Skye was lovely. Nice villa with breathtaking views across Souda Bay. It was really peaceful and a lovely place to relax. It was a surreal time to travel but everything went smoothly and everyone we saw and met in Crete were welcoming and sensible with the restrictions Covid has placed on us all. The only downside was when we learned that we would have to quarantine upon our return, the first time the UK had changed the travel restrictions on a Wednesday ! We are due to return in June and fingers crossed, the world will be a safer place by then and there are fewer restrictions. Many thanks to you guys at Crete Escapes - September 2020.
Just wanted to thank you for arranging our second stay at Villa de Tara. We had a really quiet relaxing time. Everything was lovely. Please thank the owners - September 2020.
That's amazing. What fantastic customer service - September 2020.
Thanks for all your assistance, Crete Escapes is the best villa rental company we've ever used - September 2020.
Hello, I hope you are well. I am sorry for not sending this sooner but here is my feedback for you.
We booked with Crete Escapes in 2019 and due to the fact that we had such a positive experience with them, we decided that if we were going to book a holiday with all the uncertainly around Covid19, then it would only be with them. We took a punt and booked flights when Crete wasn't even open to visitors from the UK in the hope that this would change. We booked the same villa that we had stayed in the year before which is not what we usually do. However, as we loved the villa and the area and we were already taking a risk with booking an overseas holiday, we wanted to have the resassurance that if the trip did go ahead, we knew that we weren't going to be disappointed. The communination from Crete Escapes was brilliant and they managed to reduce the levels of anxiety by responding to matters as they arose and understanding how clients were feeling. We didn't have to pay the final balance until a month before the arrival date with the promise that if travel restrictions were imposed, then we would receive all our money back apart from the deposit which was more than fair.
The villa (Stephania) was beautifully clean and the people who were maintaining the property and grounds were wonderful and respected all the Covid guidelines.
We had another fantastic holiday on this beautiful island and were able to discover other areas that we hadn't visited during our 2019 stay. Thank you for being a ray of sunshine in what was otherwise a rather stressful year - August 2020
From the start of the enquiry, our questions and being kept in the loop about COVID was second to none - August 2020.
Jan. Just a very quick note of thanks for sorting out our stay at Villa Maia over the past 2 weeks. It is a truly amazing villa, it was clean and spacious and had everything we needed for a truly great getaway. The fact that we were able to book it within a 48 hour period was great and a testament to you guys. I hope that now you will be able to get a well-earned break. I was unable to log into the guest login to write a full review. But feel free to use this email if you wish. Thanks again. Martin - August 2020
Just a quick note to say how much we enjoyed our stay at Villa Gaia. The whole process, from booking with Crete Escapes, to the recommended car hire firm and the service received from property manager Marianne was exemplary. The villa itself was superb - a perfect location, beautifully clean and very well equipped. And despite the impact of coronavirus virus, our experience of Crete could not have been any better. It was wonderful. Obviously these are incredibly difficult times for company's such as yours but with the high level of service and assistance you provide, I'm sure you'll continue to thrive. Thanks again - August 2020.
Thank you for your help in organising our stay at the Bay Tree Villa (1st - 8th August). We had a really good time. The villa was clean and had everything we needed. Loved the location and the pool/views. The booking process, directions, car hire etc were all very easy - August 2020.
Hi Julie and Jan - Just a quick email to thank you for how you handled all the chaos of travel during the recent months. We were delighted to be able to go to Crete in the end and had a wonderful holiday. It all felt very normal, much more than here in the U.K. I will certainly use you again for a return to Crete. I was wondering whether you had any sister company for Rhodes as if so I would use them for next year! Best wishes - Sara - August 2020
Just to let you know that we have paid the final balance, and also booked new flights 😊. We are very happy, thank you for your understanding with this whole crazy situation. Fingers crossed we have no more dramas July 2020 (Covid-19 )
Thank you so much for being so flexible and contactable. Crete Escapes must be about the only company where you can still get through to people with no difficulties in the current climate! - July 2020 (Covid-19 )
May I take this opportunity to thank you for your excellent service and understanding in what must be exceptionally difficult times for you. We will certainly consider booking with you again when things are clearer. Best wishes - June 2020 (Covid-19 )
Good morning. We should have been off to fabulous Crete today so am feeling a bit sad (especially after looking at the weather forecast!) but I also wanted to thank you for making the process of changing the booking so easy and I hope you and your families, the business, are doing ok in these challenging times. Best Wishes - June 2020 (Covid-19 )
With reference to our telephone conversation last week, I have had discussions with my family over the weekend, we have decided to cancel our booking with you. I feel very sorry and upset at this time and once things get back to some sort of normality we will be looking at booking for next year, God willing. Thank you for your chats and reassurance I would definitely recommend you, you are very knowledgable, understanding and a very nice lady. Kind regards - June 2020 (Covid-19 )
Thanks for your email and the very pragmatic approach you’ve taken. Fingers crossed! - May 2020 (Covid-19 )
Thank you for this, we are keeping our fingers crossed - May 2020 (Covid-19 )
Many thanks for the update - May 2020 (Covid-19 )
That’s a relief I was beginning to wonder what to do. It's still a worry even then but at least it gives us more time to decide - May 2020 (Covid-19 )
Thank-you so much for keeping us informed about everything and also for being so flexible with the different options, it is much appreciated - May 2020 (Covid-19 )
I appreciate, very much, your offer and flexibility at what is a difficult time for us all - May 2020 (Covid-19 )
Thank you for getting back to me . It must be very difficult for you at present - April 2020 (Covid-19 )
Many thanks for the phone call last week and for your flexibility during these uncertain times. Keep well - April 2020 (Covid-19 )
Thank you for sorting that out so quickly - April 2020 (Covid-19 )
Many thanks for the update - it's much appreciated - April 2020 (Covid-19 )
Many thanks for your call of earlier, much appreciate the proactive manner in which you are dealing with this difficult situation. Please stay safe and strong - April 2020 (Covid-19 )
We are obviously very sorry that we are unable to travel and hope that we will be able to book an alternative holiday with you in due course - April 2020 (Covid-19 ).
Thank you for your email, that has put my mind at rest. Hopefully all will be ok and I wish you all the best at this difficult time. Speak soon - you'll need your own holiday after all this! - March 2020 (Covid-19 )
Thank you both for rearranging our holiday, we are very grateful - March 2020 (Covid-19 )
Thank you very much for this. Appreciate your flexibility – really hoping things improve to a point where we can go! - March 2020 (Covid-19 )
Thanks for your efforts - March 2020 (Covid-19 )
Sadly going home to a cold rainy England after a glorious week in Crete. Highlights in terms of trips have to be Samaria Gorge, Balos Bay and Chania Old town. Food good everywhere really but Elpis in Plaka is where we went most often. Villa (Haroupia) has been so lovely, gardens beautiful and although cold, the pool was great too! Didn't use the BBQ but it's fantastic and so well laid out & equipped. Second holiday this year with Crete Escapes. Thank you so much for everything Julie and team - October 2019.
We had a fabulous time in Villa Almyros. I'm so glad that I discussed the options with you before booking as the location and the villa were perfect for us. We really wished we had used one of your recommended car hire companies as we had problems with Europcar at the airport - a 1 hour and 45 minute wait for a car, pushy staff, very old, poor quality car when one did finally turn up. I would definitely recommend your villas/service/website. You were very helpful, the website is easy to use and well designed with lots of local info and all the booking arrangements were timely, clear and helpful. We are certain to return to Crete at some point as we enjoyed it very much and there is plenty left for us to see on another visit so we will be in touch again - September 2019.
Hello, I just wanted to say that everything was fabulous. The entire booking process was straightforward and stress free and the villa itself (Stephania) was absolutely wonderful. The gardens were beautifully kept and the location was peaceful but close to many towns and villages offering delicious food. Great holiday, just too short ! - September 2019
We all had a really lovely holiday at Villa Haroupia, definitely on our list of favourites. The views from the choice of terraces are stunning, loved the depth and size of the pool, plus a great location too, especially if you appreciate a beautiful sunset. All correspondence, the travel itinerary and the villa info book were all very informative, loved the alternative rules about Greek driving ! None of us would hesitate to book with Crete Escapes again and would thoroughly recommend to others. Many thanls once again for all your help in arranging our holiday - September 2019.
Thanks for the email, I was going to write to you and tell you that we had a fantastic time. The house (Villa Skye) was in absolutely the most incredible location and the roof terrace was spectacular. The booking process and the interaction with you guys was faultless and I only wish all companies were as easy to deal with so thanks so much for that, it was much appreciated. I also thought the price for 16 days was really good for the accommodation we got. I would definitely book with you again if we went back to Crete and thanks for giving us a great holiday - September 2019.
Just a quick note to say how much we enjoyed staying at Villa Stephania. It was a really comfortable, well equipped property and the gardens and pool area were beautiful and private. We’ve stayed at a number of villas in various resorts and Stephania is right up there with the best. Unfortunately, we’d already booked for 2020 otherwise we would certainly have gone back! Hopefully it will still be available in 2021, because we’d love to return. Also, many thanks to Yvonne the House Manager who was really helpful and friendly. Finally, thanks to you guys for handling the booking in a professional and straightforward manner. That’s not always the case!!! - September 2019.
I just want to say how much we enjoyed staying at Villa Almryos. The house was spotlessly clean and beautifully situated. It has a delightful outside area and garden and is probably the best villa we have stayed at in Crete. Thank you for arranging everything - September 2019.
I just wanted to let you know we had a wonderful week at the villa (De Tara). It was spotlessly clean and the best welcome pack we have ever had. Thank you. The villa was in a perfect location with a jaw dropping view. We liked being at the edge of the village but within walking distance of the centre. I hope they don’t spoil the area by building it up too much as we all really enjoyed the peace and quiet. Thank you for all the help. A very professional company! - September 2019.
We have just returned from 10 nights at Villa Polyanna which we loved. Sea views, away from the maddening crowd and very well equipped. Thank you Crete Escapes - August 2019.
Once again we had a fabulous holiday in Crete, enjoying both the villa and the superb weather. We are seriously thinking of going back again next year but I will need to check out the finances so will be in touch. This is one of the best villas we have ever stayed in. I have recommended your website to several of my friends and I think one of them will be booking one of your villas next year. Thank you for an excellent service and I hope we will be in touch shortly to book again next year - August 2019.
Just a note to thank you again (3rd year with Crete Escapes now) for all your help and successfully achieving another fabulous villa and holiday experience, this time at Villa Eremia. We loved the location and now our daughters are a little older, we were able to walk into Gavalachori a few mornings for a quiet coffee before they awoke, which was heaven! - August 2019.
We had a such a great time in the Villa Polyanna, it was an amazing place. It was our first time in Crete and we loved it. Thanks for your help in finding the villa. Many thanks - August 2019.
A fantastic two weeks of relaxation at this well appointed spacious villa (Poppy) that enjoyed stunning views over the bay of Souda and some of the best sunsets I have seen. Conveniently located just a 15 minute walk down into the village of Plaka with its bustling tavernas. Crete Escapes dealt with the whole booking very efficiently with great communication and the car hire was so simple and worth getting the transfer to the villa - August 2019.
We booked Villa Ioanna at Stalos, near Chania in Crete for the week of 11th August 19. Although this is a very busy season for Crete, we enjoyed our stay as we found shelter at the villa. The place is very well kept, it looks and feels like a proper home rather than ‘rooms to let’. The booking was handled by Crete Escapes very professionally and all done with a note of friendliness. The instructions were explicit and there was nothing left to luck or doubt - August 2019.
We are just back from a lovely holiday at Villa Andromahi. The villa was absolutely lovely, probably one of the best we have stayed in. We particularly loved the pool area and stunning views. It felt so private and peaceful yet not isolated at all from Plaka village. Booking through Crete Escapes was brilliant as was all the information provided in advance. We booked transfers through Pancar and they were also great. Thanks for helping us to arrange a great holiday! - August 2019.
The booking was easy and seamless as were the car transfers and car hire, so all in all, wonderful, thank you - July 2019.
We had a wonderful 2 week stay at Villa Dorsey beginning of July. The villa was well equipped and homely and large enough for our family of 5. The pool was absolutely fantastic with plenty of sun loungers and parasols. Reading for hours with a drink under the shade of the garden's large walnut tree will be one of my many take home memories! We absolutely loved Almyrida and having visited some of the larger towns nearby we are so glad we opted for this smaller seaside village. We were a 10 minute walk to the beach with all the tavernas and shops and dining out with the beach lapping up to the tavernas was wonderful! The food and drink was really good value and delicious, the people friendly and welcoming! All in all a great holiday with great memories! Thank you Jan and Julie, we were really impressed with the service you offer, shall recommend Crete Escapes to our friends - July 2019.
We had a fantastic holiday in Crete and found Crete Escapes to be an incredibly efficient company to use. The whole process was seamless and the villa (Poppy) was excellent, exactly as described. The welcome pack was great and we have never received that at any other villa we have stayed at. We will definitely be recommending your company to friends / family and would certainly book via yourselves again. Many thanks - July 2019.
This is the 2nd villa we have booked with Crete Escapes and once again, very, very enjoyable. We have stayed in many villas over the years and I have to say visits to Bay Tree Villa and this one to Villa Icarus have been the best overall without a doubt. Villa Icarus is superbly equipped. To have a villa stocked with all the "little" bits you forget demonstrates that the owners have a real feel for this. Also thanks to the property managers, Walter & Isobel who sourced some gluten free products for my wife in the welcome pack. Little touches that make the difference. I expect we will be booking Villa Icarus again next year ! - July 2019.
We just wanted to say that we thought the villa (Diktynna) was both fabulous and comfortable but selfishly it is hard to broadcast this as we may struggle if we want to book it again!! Real torn on this! It is our second booking with Crete Escapes, previously staying at Villa Florianna 5 years ago. The process and comunication is a breeze and makes life as easy as it can be so thank you - June 2019.
Thanks for everything - you are a very efficient "outfit" and we have enjoyed that ! Glad we found you through our friends - June 2019
Would just like to say a very big thank you. What a great company you are to deal with. Everything went so smoothly from start to finish and we would be really happy to book with yourselves again ( hopefully for 2020). Will definitely return to this beautiful part of Crete. The villa (Antheia) was great. Cool and clean on our arrival, with everything we needed. The welcome pack most certainly was😀. To be on the frontline, with just the sea in front, was stunning. So much outside space and the gardens were gorgeous, with many beautiful plants that attracted the bees and insects. The pool was ideal, being as we had sun in the 30’s every day of our fortnight. We so looked forward to cooling off in it every day after our visits to all the wonderful attractions. It was beautifully cleaned and maintained by the lovely Lee who was really friendly and a mine of information. Thank you again, we can honestly say that the holiday was perfect in every way - June 2019.
I just wanted to let you know we had a great time at Aloni House. The villa is awe inspiringly beautiful and we all felt very at home there. The surroundings are also fantastic providing a superb relaxed area for a holiday. I personally found dealing with your company very easy and the local team you had were also very friendly and helpful too. I raised a query about a lack of towels on our first night and more were provided immediately the next morning. The access to the website and additional local information you provided was a nice extra touch. I will thoroughly recommend both the villa, location and Crete Escapes going forward. Already looking forward to another relaxing visit - May 2019.
We had a fantastic holiday and Villa De Tara was lovely. The photos cannot match the reality of the magnificent views from Villa De Tara and the peace and tranquillity that surrounds it. Where else can you see the white snow capped mountains behind you and the Mediterranean sea stretched out in front of you so far that you can see the curve of the earth. In between is beautiful, rustic country side and wildlife with the sound of goat and sheep bells and all in the glorious sunshine - truly amazing and very special. The villa is spacious and very well laid out with 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and ample indoor and outdoor seating areas. We loved the outdoor kitchen and the pool. There was plenty of equipment, pots and pans etc for our needs. We especially appreciated the screens on all the doors and windows. The villa offers good value for money compared to those of a similar standard in Kokkino Chorio where we have stayed several times. Although Kefalas is a little further away from Almyrida and Kalives, it has a nice village centre. We can recommend the taverna above the Inka shop for honest Cretan food and of course Elpis in Plaka, although most of the time we cooked at the villa. We thank you for booking such a lovely villa for us. Kalives cars were also very good and we would use them again. The property manager, Fiona was also very helpful and she and her team helped us to keep the villa clean and tidy during our stay. We always have great service from Crete Escapes and that is why we continue to use your service and recommend you to others. Thanks again and we'll speak again when we are ready to book for 2020 - May 2019.
We had a fab time in Crete. The villa (Retreat) was lovely, very clean and well equipped with a lovely pool which worked well for us and the kids. The views from the villa are to die for, waking up and looking out just sets your day off to a really good start and then made even greater with the sunset each night ..............We had one problem which the property manager sorted within the hour so impressive service from her. We have been telling everyone how good it all was. We cannot fault your service! - May 2019
We had a lovely stay at Villa Poppy. The villa is very clean and well looked after. We enjoy this area of Crete as we visited last year. Takis from the taverna in the village remembered us, which meant additional food and wine every night! Thank you for the directions, they were spot on. We look forward to booking with you again in the future - October 2018.
We had a wonderful time in Crete. The views were fantastic, the villa (Aegean Blue) was great and the quality of the pool deserves a special mention. The administration and arrangements for the booking were excellent and your personal touch is an added bonus. Many thanks for all your help - September 2018.
Just a quick note to let you know we had a wonderful holiday and will definitely be booking with you again. The villa (Polyanna) was perfect. Thanks and best wishes - September 2018
Many thanks for organising our break at Villa Andromahi. The accommodation was perfect, if a little large, for the two of us but we were never too sure if family may have tried to tag along! Many thanks and if we are looking to return to Crete you will be our first port of call - September 2018.
Note for you to say we had a wonderful holiday at Thio Koritsia. As always, Martin and Debbie were very supportive and efficient. Let me also say that I can never speak more highly about the efficiency and service we receive from Crete Escapes. You have built a very impressive business - September 2018.
We had a great holiday thanks. A wonderful villa (Kournedes) and we would love to return one day. All the arrangements went well and the information you provided was clear and helpful. We were particularly grateful to Stelios from Pancar who got up to meet us off our ferry from Athens at 5am in the morning, after it was rescheduled at the last minute due to a fire on the original ferry - September 2018.
Thank you for all your help. Villa Poppy was fantastic; a really well presented villa in a great area. We’re delighted we made the booking through you. It was certainly the relaxing holiday we wanted. We will not hesitate to recommend Crete Escapes - August 2018.
We have returned from our stay in Villa Eftihia! The villa was amazing and we had a very memorable holiday apart from my husband who became very ill and was hospitalised for 3 nights! Before he became ill the last weekend of our trip, Michael who assisted in the villa with pool cleaning and general maintenance had been fabulous and very diligent in all his work. Anything we asked of him he obliged promptly and is a great character also. Nothing however prepared us for the level of kindness both himself and his wife Christine showed to me and my family when my husband was hospitalised! He brought me in and out to the hospital in chania on a number of occasions and went out of his way to help us. This was a very stressful time as you can imagine and Mike deserves great credit for the humanity and kindness he showed. Mike and Christine have made friends for life. We would like to thank Crete Escapes for the beautiful villa but more over the exceptional staff that are managing the villas - August 2018.
We had an amazing time, thank you. Villa Kournedes was fantastic, so peaceful but near enough to get to the tavernas for dinner. We spent a lot of time lazing round the pool and dipping in and out of the water to cool down. All in all a perfect holiday that we all enjoyed. Thank you for your organisation, all went very smoothly and please pass on my thanks to the owners for the loan of their fantastic villa. I wish we could have stayed longer - August 2018.
Just a note to say thank you for all your assistance for our stay at Villa Polyanna. We all had a wonderful holiday and will be recommending Crete Escapes to family and friends. Thanks again - August 2018.
Can’t praise Crete Escapes enough, thoroughly professional and kept up to date with all information needed - August 2018.
We just wanted to email you to thank you for such a fantastic holiday at Florianna's Villa. Everything was exactly as stated on the website and you have been incredibly helpful and responsive during the booking process. We would have no hesitation in booking with you again or recommending you to friends and family - August 2018.
May I say thank you for your assistance with our holiday this summer. The villa (Almyros) lived up to its specification, location and facilitated a lovely family holiday. All in all a great experience, thank you - July 2018.
We had a wonderful holiday at Bay Tree Villa, thank you. The villa was fantastic, in such a great location. We most certainly hope to use Crete Escapes again - July 2018.
I just wanted to let you know what a wonderful time we had at Villa Kournedes. The villa was gorgeous with everything we could ever have thought we needed. The kids adored the pool, which was spotless, and I couldn’t get enough of those views. Please pass our compliments on to the owner, and our thanks to Nikki from the management team for all her help. We wouldn’t hesitate to return, or to recommend, both the villa and Crete Escapes. Oh and Pan Car Hire, they were excellent - from the swift and safe taxi ride to the hotel, the hire car delivered to our hotel and the easy drop off. - July 2018.
A note to let you know that we had a brilliant holiday in Villa Amaltheia; excellent facilities for self-catering and lots of extras were provided for our two-year-old - all very much appreciated. The standard of accommodation was excellent and the space suited our group of 7 who were able to have meals together but also have private time in the different seating areas available. Another successful holiday with Crete Escapes! - July 2018
Thank you for your correspondence. It has been a pleasure booking through yourselves with such timely and responsive emails. We wouldn't hesitate to book through yourselves again - July 2018.
We had a lovely time at Villa Poppy and we trust that we left everything in order. Beautiful villa and location too. Clean and well maintained. Thank you. Would definitely book this villa again...just lovely. Looking forward to booking again with your great company for next year. Love the way that you work, no unnecessary emails etc and love the low occupancy discount - June 2018.
We had a fantastic week. The villa was spotless when we arrived and had a very welcoming feel. I will certainly be recommending Crete Escapes and Villa Maria to friends and family. Thanks again for a great holiday - June 2018.
Just to say a big thank you. We spent a lovely two weeks in Villa Icarus and could not fault it. The villa was lovely, clean and well equipped. The outside space was such a lovely place to relax and enjoy the stunning view. Walter and Isobel who looked after the villa and pool were always full of useful information and kept the pool and villa in excellent condition. We would not hesitate to recommend this villa and your company. We do hope to visit again soon - May 2018.
The Aegean Blue Villa was lovely with super outside spaces and the booking process through Crete Escapes was very smooth, thank you - May 2018.
We both thought all the arrangements that you had made were first class and we would not hesitate in recommending your company - May 2018.
Thanks again Julie and Jan for another successful stay at the Retreat Villa . I have recommended Crete Escapes to friends - October 2017.
We did indeed have a lovely time in Crete. Villa Haroupia was excellent....really well equipped and comfortable with stunning views. Debbie was very amenable on our last day and let us stay a bit longer as we had a late flight to catch. The villa wasn’t booked for the following week which helped our cause I think! The whole booking process was very good and we would book with Crete Escapes again - October 2017.
Thank you for an excellent service - and a fantastic, hassle free villa experience. Your support, the comprehensive and clear information provided, and the honesty and integrity shown, were first class. Please thank Gerard and family for allowing us the use of their beautiful villa (Stella Donna) - October 2017.
Everything was wonderful, thank you. Mum and Dad had a wonderful time, as did I, my husband and daughters, we couldn't have picked a better week, it was very hot and perfect for relaxing around the pool. Thanks once again for all your help with booking this villa (Andromahi), they loved it, the villa itself was lovely and in a perfect position for Plaka. Time to start looking for next year I think...Best wishes and many thanks, you've been wonderful throughout - September 2017.
We would like to say that we had a wonderful time at Ilios House and would definitely recommend you to all our friends and family. The house was lovely as was the location. Very comfortable and well equipped and perfect for complete relaxation. Thanks - October 2017.
Hi, we have just got back from a week at the Villa Almyros. We had a lovely holiday, the villa is beautiful and really well furnished and kitted out. We had a great holiday and will use your company again when we visit Crete in future - September 2017.
A brief note to thank you very much for booking us to stay in Florianna’s Villa for the week 19-26 September. We very much enjoyed staying in this delightful villa in Plaka. It was perfect for us and so clean, well cared for and beautifully and traditionally furnished. All went smoothly, the weather was excellent, the car hire with Pan Car was straightforward and everyone was so welcoming and friendly. This has been our first visit to Crete, and unlikely to be the last! Thank you also for the wealth of extremely helpful information you either sent or placed on your website - September 2017.
Great holiday at Thio Koritsia. Many thanks to you for very efficient and friendly service. As you know, using Thio Koritsiayou again next year - September 2017.
Fantastic fortnight at the gorgeous Villa Icarus. Thanks Crete Escapes! - August 2017.
Fantastic week at Villa Amaltheia in Xirosterni. Great villa, amazing views, very well equipped and welcome pack was perfect for a late night arrival. Thanks Crete Escapes for your professional organisation - August 2017.
The whole process from booking to our 2 week stay was faultless in every way. Villa Dorsey exactly as advertised (if not better). Will definitely recommend and hopefully return next year - August 2017.
We had a brilliant time and loved both the villa (Villa Haroupia) and the area so much that we will return. Martin and Debbie were really helpful in resolving the problem that I inadvertently created with the safe and the whole two weeks sailed by without any problems. I would happily recommend both the villa and the service from Crete Escapes - August 2017.
We have had an excellent stay in Villa Gaia. Everything was great and the description on the website is in all respects in line with reality - August 2017.
Just wanted to say a huge thank you for the excellent service. Villa Magdalena was everything we could have asked for. The pool and views were amazing and all five of us were sad to leave. Will recommend Crete Escapes and the villa to anyone who will listen - July 2017.
We had a fantastic time at Villa Diktynna which is in an excellent quiet and peaceful area yet only 10 minutes walk to Plaka village centre. Crete Escapes provided all the info we needed and were helpful and friendly throughout the booking process. We were kept up to date with our booking on a regular basis, giving us confidence in the company. I would definitely recommend Crete Escapes and Villa Diktynna - July 2017.
Many thanks for all you've done and sent. It must be so rewarding knowing that it's such a fantastic service you offer and as holidays are what we all work for and enjoy, it helps to have such helpful people organising them for you, it's the best service I think I've ever received - July 2017
We had a lovely holiday, our first time in Crete. We chose Villa Haroupia for the views and the size of the pool and were not disappointed. We did not use the pool much in the end because we loved the beach at Almyrida and spent five of our days there. I am sure we will be returning to Crete and will recommend yourselves to any friends who are contemplating visiting - June 2017.
I just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our stay at Villa Dorsey last week and to thank you for the efficiency with which you and everyone in Crete dealt with our booking. Almirida is so beautiful with its lovely bay, turquoise sea and friendly people - our holiday couldn’t have been more relaxing. A big ‘thank you’ to you all and many best wishes - June 2017
Thank you so much for all your help and assistance regarding our recent trip to The Retreat Villa in Kokkino Horio. The villa was very comfortable and we loved the location. The whole booking process and information provided was excellent. Debbie and Martin were also very responsive. Overall, a great experience - October 2016.
Thanks for all your help with the booking and the really detailed info. We had a wonderful time and the weather was lovely. Villa Andromahi and the views all lived up to our expectations, Crete is one of our favourite places to be and Plaka is definitely a family favourite now. I've liked the page on Facebook too - October 2016.
We've just returned from a week in Crete staying at Villa Amaltheia. I just wanted to thank you for a fabulous holiday - villa was perfect and beyond expectations. Such a beautiful location but still close to amenities - once we mastered the road leading down to it. The whole experience of booking with you guys has been excellent. Great communication and all the information we could have needed - hence no need to contact you about anything! Would absolutely use you again and recommend to family and friends. A huge thank you too from the kids! The pool was awesome and lovely and warm. It really does make such a difference to their holiday and consequently ours! Thank you again from the Hives family - October 2016.
I had been intending to write to you after returning from a fortnight in Crete to say how much my friends and I enjoyed our stay at the Villa Kournedes. In all my years of travelling to Crete this was undoubtedly the most beautifully kept and welcoming of properties, a tribute to your good taste and the hard work of Debbie and Martin. We were delighted with the magnificent location, the landscaped gardens, the high quality of the furnishings, the immaculate cleanliness and the generous provision of kitchen items. I will certainly book with Crete Escapes again next October - October 2016.
Excellent stay at Villa Amalthea. Lovely villa, had everything we wanted. Heated pool was fab, and really made the difference. Many thanks to Crete Escapes for impeccable service and communication - we will certainly be back - September 2016.
Spent a lovely two weeks in party of six at Villa Ioanna, Stalos, near to Chania. The villa was excellent, great location with everything you need. The beach was a short walk down the hill, fairly steep but provided fantastic views from the villa. There are plenty of restaurants in Stalos with great bus service into Chania. I would definitely recommend Crete Escapes, very helpful with instance response to all questions prior to travel - September 2016.
I must say, that contact with you is excellent and information is really professional and helpful. Thank you very much - September 2016.
We had a fantastic stay at Villa Diktynna. It is in a very peaceful location but within easy walking distance of the centre of Plaka. It is very spacious and beautifully furnished. A real highlight is the pool and outdoor space. The villa surpassed our expectations. We would highly recommend it. Many thanks to Julie at Crete Escapes who provided us with excellent advice - August 2016.
We had a wonderful time in Villa Andromahi. Lovely villa, superb views and a pool just with the right depth for two eight year-olds. I would be grateful if you could pass on our thanks to the owners for letting us store away some magic memories. And thank you to yourselves for arranging it all - August 2016.
I have been very impressed with your service and responses to my questions and would certainly recommend your company - August 2016.
Just a quick note to thank you for all your help with our lovely holiday at Villa Stella Donna. The villa was just beautiful and we had a wonderful time. We look forward to coming back in the future - August 2016
Stayed at Villa Almyros in the last 2 weeks of July. Absolutely fabu...lous villa and location! Would highly recommend it. Had a great adventure with our family - children 7yrs-16yrs. The wind was an issue to start with, the Meltemi winds were in, but this died off leaving strong breezes and some turbulent seas. We worked round this eventually, finding calm waters at Marathi beach and the lovely Kournas Lake. The 2nd week the weather did calm down more. Overall a lovely holiday. Great service from Crete Escapes Ltd and Kalives Travel Rent-a-Car! Thank you! - July 2016.
What can we say - we have had the most fabulous holiday in Crete! The villa (Thio Koritsia) was absolutely stunning and far exceeded our, already high from the beautiful pictures, expectations. We were delighted with everything; from the well equipped kitchen, stunning pool, lovely bedrooms and living areas to the most spectacular view! Martin and Debbie (property managers) were brilliant; very friendly and helpful. Thank you so much for all your help too. The regular and clear correspondence was much appreciated and we are so glad that we chose to book our first holiday to gorgeous Crete through Crete Escapes. We are all agreed that it was the first holiday we have been on where we didn't want to come home and could have stayed another 2 weeks! We will definitely return. Our sincere thanks again for helping us have the most brilliant family holiday - July 2016.
We have had a wonderful stay at Villa Diktynna. It was exactly what we were looking and hoping for - and so much more! We are thinking about coming back next year - either to this villa or another one managed by your company. We've been telling our friends about Crete Escapes -July 2016
Thank you. The villa was fantastic (Villa Rigani) as was the service from Crete Escapes. I will certainly recommend to family and friends. - July 2016
Hi Julie - We have just returned from our holiday in Crete and it was great. The villa (Polyanna) was beautiful and everything went smoothly. I would be more than happy to write a review about the villa and I want to thank you for the excellent service provided by your company - June 2016
We had a wonderful time and the Villa Rigani was well equipped in a glorious location. We will highly recommend you and the team who were in Crete. Lovely experience, thank you - September 2015.
We had a lovely time at Villa Kournedes, great location, a well equipped villa and the best pool we have ever had in a private villa rental. I would like to thank you for all your help; you were always supportive and helpful when we needed you and when we go back to Crete we will certainly book with you again - September 2015.
We had a fantastic time in Crete thank you. Villa Polyanna was amazing, probably the best holiday home we have stayed in, it was so well appointed and more than lived up to our expectations. We particularly loved the outside space and pool with its views of the sea and White mountains. We will definitely be recommending Crete Escapes to our friends and family, and when we next go to Crete we will be back in touch. Thank you for a great holiday - August 2015.
Leon and I just wanted to let you know that we have just returned from Villa Almyros and we have had a wonderful family holiday. We loved the villa, the location and area and the bits of Crete we visited. It's unanimous that we shall return one day. We have been really impressed with 'Crete Escapes' too. All the info and particularly your brilliant (and much needed) directions were great - August 2015.
I wanted to let you know that we had a fantastic holiday in villa Thio Koritsia! The villa is just as described and the service provided by Debbie & Martin in terms of cleaning & advice excellent. I would also like to say that we are delighted with the service your company has provided us with & we will highly recommend you to others. Many thanks - August 2015.
Just wanted to thank you for making the booking process and getting to our lovely villa a seamless and worry free procedure. Everything was clear and your lovely friendly approach has left me very impressed. The Villa Hibiscus itself is absolutely beautiful. Thanks again ladies - August 2015.
Just thanking you, we had yet another fabulous holiday in beautiful Villa Rigani. Total relaxation, all too short but just what we needed nonetheless - August 2015.
We had a truly wonderful holiday and we are happy to recommend Crete Escapes. We were very impressed with everything and hope to book with you again. Many thanks - July 2015.
Had a fabulous 2 weeks at Villa Thio Koritsia, excellent facilities, views to die for and a fabulous pool - couldn't beat it. Thanks to Debbie & Martin on site, for the directions/guidance and welcome pack and thanks to Jan & Julie at Crete Escapes for all their help and advice (especially in the run up to the holidays, with concerns over the Greek economy). A great holiday had by us all. Thank you - July 2015.
We just arrived home last evening (stayed a few days in Athens on the way back) and are already planning to bring my parents with us on our next trip back! Everything about our stay at Bay Tree Villa was perfect and we couldn't imagine a better honeymoon. Definitely not our last trip to Crete and we will certainly be recommending Crete Escapes to all our friends. Thank you! - June 2015.
Just a quick thank you to you as well as your property managers for Villa Sophie in Crete; a thoroughly enjoyable holiday... classic case of "didn't want to come home so soon" - June 2015.
Hi, we have just returned from our trip to Villa Hibiscus and have had a fantastic time! We are thinking of returning later this year. Many thanks for all your help during the booking and the pre trip information. All excellent - June 2015.
Thanks for all your help in making our trip a success, in fact the best holiday we have had in many years. We are planning on re-booking as soon as we can organise our dates for next year - May 2015.
Ten blissful days at The Retreat Villa in Kokkino Chorio. Can we keep it as our secret please. Lovely comfortable outside sitting area, fantastic pool and the most amazing views. Great service from start to finish. I think we will be back for more before too long - May 2015.
Hi, we had a great holiday thank you and would definitely use your services again - May 2015.
We had an absolutely super time in Crete at Villa Amaltheia thank you. You advised us perfectly on choosing this villa which was just what we had hoped for. Having never been to Crete before we were also glad of the specific directions and advice on driving, as well as all the local information provided at the villa. Only wished we could have stayed longer. We would certainly recommend your company to friends - and hope we can use you again ourselves! Many thanks again - from website to journey home, you were most helpful - October 2014.
May I take this opportunity on behalf of our party staying at Villa Thio Koritsia for your efficient and friendly service in booking our holiday - September 2014.
Dear Julie - I’m writing as we’ve just arrived back from a wonderful week in Crete, and I wanted to thank you so much for your help in booking and in putting my mind at rest (you may remember I called you for confirmation and to pay by phone, after we’d had a disastrous experience last year with a Mallorcan villa booked through HomeAway). This was our first visit to Crete and we absolutely fell in love with the island and Villa Amaltheia which was perfect for our needs. Thanks again for making the booking process so simple and straightforward. I have already told a lot of friends about our experience with you, and we’ll definitely be back! - August 2014.
Hi, We will leave the Almyros Villa tomorrow. We are delighted with our stay, the villa and the quality of related services because they corresponded exactly to what we were looking for and to the description provided. Crete Escapes will definitely be our first choice for villa rental when we stay in Crete. We have really enjoyed our holidays and we will tell our network of friends about Crete Escapes! - August 2014.
We had a brilliant time indeed at Villa Ioanna and have already started recommending your company to our friends - July 2014.
Thanks so much, we have never used your company before but so far you have the highest recommendation from us in regards to efficiency and customer service. We are really looking forward to our holiday - July 2014.
All the pre holiday advice and information from Crete Escapes was excellent (the 2nd time we have used them) and the service from Yvonne and the team in Crete is outstanding - thank you all so much. We will return to Villa Stephania for sure - but we won't wait another 7 years! - June 2014.
Booking with you is a real pleasure and after the wonderful service we had last year (2013) are really looking forward to this trip - June 2014.
Thank you for all your help with the arrangements - April 2014.
Hi - We have just returned from The Retreat Villa .We just wanted to let you know what a wonderful place we thought it was, we loved it! Couldn't get over the amazing view and the outdoor area was brilliant and there was so much stuff for the children. So just wanted to say thank you for recommending it , we had a fantastic holiday! - October 2013.
Thank you very much for all your help with the booking of Villa Haroupia. The villa was like you said, 'amazing with wonderful views and very well appointed'. The welcome pack was greatly appreciated as was the linen change from Go West - September 2013.
A BIG thank you to Julie at Crete Escapes for arranging our stay at Villa Ioanna - September 2013.
Hi - Just a quick mail to say Thanks again for another wonderful holiday in Crete. The Villa Sophie was beautiful, well equipped and in a very peaceful location. We had a very relaxing holiday. Thanks again for your services in making our holiday run so smoothly. We hope to be back again next year! -
Just to let you know that we’ve recommended Crete Escapes to the Telegraph newspaper and spent Saturday night discussing the things we wanted to do next May when we’ll go back to Chania - July 2013.
One of our best holidays! We had a great time. None of us wanted to go home - thanks to Crete Escapes for good recommendation (Villa Kournedes) and friendly service on site - July 2013.
Just to let you know we had a lovely time at Villa Almyros. Thank you, as usual, for your invaluable help and I'll be in touch again when we next have an opportunity to return - June 2013.
We have just returned from our holiday in the Villa Sophie (2 weeks ending on October 13th). Firstly I want to thank you for a wonderful holiday. The information and service you gave was excellent, well-informed and accurate. Special thanks go to the property managers, Peter and Anne. Their service was great and made our stay in Crete a real holiday. I will certainly recommend your company to friends - October 2012.
i just noticed a postcard from Crete Escapes in my mailbox, and it reminded me to email you to thank you for the flawless arrangements you made to allow the 6 of us to have a truly perfect week in Villa Sophie. In contrast to some of the complaints in the visitor book (some of them truly deranged, complaining that the local taverna was down a hill, or that there are ants in Crete, etc), there is nothing any of us would change about the arrangements, booking process etc. I guess if i was being picky, the directions given were a little unclear at one point (finding the actual villa , i.e. the last 100 yds, at 11pm was a little tricky, but only took 10 mins), and perhaps the light by the barbecue could be placed better (so the assigned barbecue chap said), but that would be as a result of me struggling to find ANY issues - neither of which impacted at all.
I have no hesitation recommending both Villa Sophie , and your organisation, to anyone who asks. Again, many thanks, hope to deal with you again soon - September 2012.
Hi Jan, I just wanted to say a big thank you for all your help and advice whilst booking our recent trip to Crete. The information you gave us - directions, restaurants and places to visit was so helpful. Directions were excellent and we had no problems finding the villa. As for Villa Thio Koritsia, it was beautiful and the views were stunning, we could not fault anything. We had a fabulous 10 days with 3 teenagers who loved relaxing by the pool. I really hope we can return next year - August 2012.
I am emailing to thank you very much for everything about our recent trip to Crete. All the arrangements went well. The rental car was waiting for us at the airport, the road map was precise and above all Bay Tree Villa was wonderful. You can be sure that we will tell all of our friends in Belgium. Once again, thank you for everything, it was perfect! - July 2012.
Hello, I'd just like to say how delightful Villa Antheia was last week. Everything was perfect, there was nothing that disappointed and the little touches really made our holiday fantastic. The info folder pointed us to some brilliant days out. The pool was bigger than expected and the gardens lovely. Thank you so much we will definitely recommend you - July 2012.
Dear Jan - I'm writing to thank you for our brilliant week in Villa Antheia. We are regular villa bookers but in terms of situation, comfort and decor Antheia was one of the finest we've stayed at. It was our first time to Western Crete (and Kefalas in particular was great) but we hope not our last and we will certainly look to book with you again. We will happily recommend you in future - June 2012.
Everything was wonderful; we have thought long and hard to come up with one thing that wasn't to our liking but we can't. We loved it all and we were made to feel so welcome. The weather was perfect, the food was good and the scenery was fantastic. This was our first trip to Greece and we certainly think we will be going back to Crete next spring. We will be booking with Crete Escapes next time, your service was so good - May 2012.
Well, we’re not long back from Heaven sorry, Florianna’s Villa ! This has without doubt been the best holiday either my fiancée or I have ever had. Everything, but everything, was perfect! The villa itself, the location, the proximity of local amenities, exactly as described by yourselves. The whole experience lived well up to expectation and beyond! All in all, then, a truly memorable holiday, and for all the right reasons! Many thanks. (We will be back!) - May 2012.
Thanks for making the whole booking process so easy - October 2011.
We shall be telling all our friends and family about this special place and thank Jan for helping us find a perfect holiday - September 2011.
I just wanted to drop you a wee note to say a huge thank you for helping us with the booking of Villa Amaltheia - July 2011.
Thank you very much. We had a very nice stay in Crete, and the villa was exactly as enjoyable as promised. We will not hesitate to book with Crete Escapes another time, and we will recommend your company to family and friends - July 2011.
So thanks again for your help in organising what has turned out to be a fantastic break - June 2011.
With sincere thanks to you Jan, for your help in salvaging this holiday, and to the owners of Aloni House for allowing us to use their superb home - June 2011.
We were so impressed with your company’s service that we will certainly look at booking future villas on Crete with yourselves. We have already recommended your firm to friends and I will keep passing the word around - October 2010.
.................Also we want you to know how much we appreciate your patience with us while we decided which villa to choose. You answered all of our questions and helped us make the right decision. Thank you - September 2010.
Jan - I would just like to let you know that we had a terrific holiday in Crete and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves at Florianna's Villa. The villa was excellent and exactly what we were looking for. Many thanks to you for the organisation and we look forward to booking with you again one day - August 2010.
Hi Jan, as usual your answers are prompt and helpful. I appreciate your outstanding level of service and I'll recomend you to my friends - August 2010.
Just wanted to drop you a line and say thank you for the excellent service from Crete Escapes. The petrol situation was not a problem in the end but your updates did help - August 2010.
Crete Escapes did an excellent job arranging the holiday for us - June 2010.
We would like to say thank you for the professional yet friendly way that Crete Escapes makes everything about planning and booking a holiday so stress free, we will of course be back with you for our next trip and look forward to speaking to you in the near future - May 2010.
My family are all back safely in the UK. Thank you for making it a pleasant extra holiday rather than the Holiday travel misery all the TV stations were focussing on (volcanic ash situation) - April 2010.
Jan at Crete Escapes has been brilliant to deal with and will gladly try and help you find a suitable villa - April 2010.
Just a quick message on our return from Villa Kournedes - I wish to thank you for your help many months ago when we were choosing the villa as the information you provided at that time was "spot on" and everything was as we had wanted. We could not have chosen a better villa for our needs being remote yet within walking distance of tavernas with wonderful views and excellent patios and pool - September 2009.
I just wanted to drop you a quick line to say thank you so much for helping us book what was an absolutely fabulous holiday at the Retreat Villa in Kokkino Chorio - July 2009.
Just a quick note to say a big thank you to both you and the owners of Villa Amaltheia for a fantastic 2 weeks holiday. The villa was a gem, car hire excellent and the weather was superb! We will certainly recommend you to any of our friends looking to go to Crete and we will hopefully use you again next time we go - September 2008.
Crete Escapes was an efficient and very helpful rental agency. Everything was as described and the support from the Cretan based property management company was first class. Their pool maintenance was excellent and we had a pool which was properly cleaned and chlorinated which is so important when it is in regular use - June 2008.
Well, what can we say! Villa Amaltheia was great! On arrival the welcome pack surpassed all our expectations… we have never been graced with such a stock of food and we have stayed in some similarly well equipped and stunning villas. We actually didn’t drink all the wine that was in the pack! The villa was spotless on arrival and it stayed that way the cleaning and linen changes were always on time and done to perfection all in all an excellent service. The villa was so good that we found it hard to go out but we did make the effort on maid service days. The villa is very well equipped with every item you could possibly need even down to 3 sets of towels, one for beach, one for pool and a separate set for the bath/shower rooms. The beaches were lovely and so were the local tavernas in Vamos. Fantastic villa, fantastic holiday and a big thank you to everybody involved in making our holiday so perfect. We will certainly be recommending your company to others Villa Amaltheia - August 2007.
Many thanks again, we have recommended your company to some of our friends. My brother and sister in law from Holland are also interested - Sept 2006.
A very big thank you for all your help in creating an idyllic honeymoon for us. Out of all our visits to the Greek Islands, this was far and above the most enjoyable of all. The location of Kokkino Chorio was absolutely stunning and an ideal base from which to explore western Crete. The Villa and floodlit pool were magnificent and we look forward to our next holiday with you. Please can you confirm availability of Sevi 2 for week commencing 26th June 2007? Flights for this date are available and reasonable. All being well, we will fit in another visit in Sept 07! - August 2006.
Thanks so much for helping make the trip a success. We certainly will think of you when friends ask us for recommendations in the future! - May 2006.
Thank you for all your help, your service is very pro, we’ve rented houses all over Europe but your service is outstanding - Sept 2005.
Just wanted to say thankyou for arranging the villa for us and the excellent directions that you sent on how to get there from the airport - July 2005.
A note to say how well organised the whole thing was from meet and greet to directions etc and also to applaud the way of life in this lovely village - May 2004.