Villa Nafsika is a comfortable, beautifully designed and well equipped place to stay, with lovely interior, and the most fabulous views of the White Mountains. The pool is fantastic, and the villa's setting perfect for a family who want to be off the beaten track but within easy reach of lots to see and do. Vamos is a lovely place to mooch about and enjoy. Ariadne and her colleagues at Authentic Crete are very kind and helpful.
John Ballatt, July 2013
Just a brief message to tell you that we had a wonderful time at Villa Poppy last week. The house was even better than we expected, the weather was perfect and we had a great holiday. We have been to Crete a number of times before, but this was probably the best visit.
Could you please thank Sandra for coming to see us and for her useful advice. We went to the restaurant that she recommended in Kalives, and it was excellent.
We very much hope that we will be back next year. In the meantime thank you very much for arranging everything for us.
Christine, Samuel and Oliver Linehan
Villa Poppy, October 2013
We loved the Pegasos maisonettes - fabulous location and views of the bay, great proximity
to the beautiful beach, really well designed apartment with 2 generous bedrooms upstairs,
2 great shower rooms and a lovely, large lower level kitchen/diner/sitting room.
3 big sunny balconies and all really comfortable. Maria and Stellos are great hosts.
Ros and Alan Haigh
We had an amazing holiday in your house in Vamos, so relaxing! It was just right for walking into
Vamos centre and for the longer walks we went on. The house is beautiful,stylish and really clean
Best wishes Sylvia
NikosAriadne Village House September 2013
Hi Ariadne,and Sandra,
Just a note to say 'efharisto poli' for our recent stay at the apartments.
We had a most enjoyable holiday, very much liked the location of room no.5 and the superb location of the apartments. Our room was kept very well cleaned and the pool area was maintained superbly during our stay. We would certainly hope to return. Kalyves, as you know very well, is a special village and we hope that it will remain that way for many years.
We would like to express our appreciation and would hope that you could help with any future bookings.
John and Gill Hathaway
September 2013 Kalives Apartments
Just a quick line to thank you for all your help arranging our holiday in Crete back in June 2013. We had the most fantastic time at Olea Villas and now that the weather is starting to go cool here we are looking back on our Summer holiday with great fondness. Your assistance in arranging the holiday played a big part in making it a stress free and easy process - thank you. Your kindness and friendly attitude made all the difference.
If we ever come to Crete again we will be sure to contact you to help us.
Debbie Heath July 2013
We were lucky enough to spend a three week holiday with our teenager at Androulakis apartments.
The way Gina and Yiannis treated us made us feel at home from the first moment, until the end.
Lots of information given, a welcome basket was waiting for us on the table with fruits, honey,
butter, crackers, their own production oil, and water in the fridge.The swimming pool and the
garden are so gorgeous, the beach very close. Many tavernas around and many places and
beaches to go to not too far away.
Next time we go to Crete, we will stay in Androulakis for sure :)
Just to let you know that we had a fantastic holiday at the studio apartment in Aptera recently.
All arrangements worked well and we loved the accommodation which is very well looked after
by Anna and her team.
We hope to return to Aptera in 2014 and will be in touch again to make our booking.
Julia and David Rhodes
Dear Kyria Ariadne,
Many of the visitors we spoke to during our recent holiday in Crete were upset by the unhelpful
comments that the foreign press were making about what tourists must expect to find in Greece at
So we encouraged them to write to the press in their home countries on their return and we are sure
many of them have done so. We attach a copy of some letters that appeared in The Independent
newspaper last Saturday(30 June). We hope they will help to encourage more tourists to stay in Crete
Best wishes for a very good season.
Ruth and Peter Davies
Dear Ariadne and Sandra
Just a note to thank you for your efforts in making our holiday special and in particular the help
that Sandra gave us while we were there.
We had a great relaxed time and hopefully looking forward to seeing you again next year.
Regards Bryan and Mary
We had a wonderful stay in villa Clio and your beautiful Island - and we did not have any trouble
with the money or banks :)
The house was just perfect for our two families and Kostas took very good care of us.
We really hope to come back for next summer and hopefully we can stay for more than two weeks :)
We better start the savings now!!
We are very satisfied with our contact with you and Sandra. We really appreciated that Sandra
came to villa Clio and told us about the Island and could anwear our questions and give us some
advice what to see and how to Get there. And we also felt very safe to know that we could contact you
if there was something we needed. We wont hesitate to contact you again and hopefully you can
help us to Get a perfect stay in Crete next summer as well!
Thank you so much and take good care of you and your firm!
Just a note to say what a fantastic holiday we had at the Villa Dimitris in Kalives and how sorry we were
to leave on Monday. The villa was exactly as you described on your web site, beautifully kept
and in an even more stunning location than we anticipated.
Thank you and your team for the smoothness and efficiency of the arrangements including the car hire
and for organising for the additional linen etc for our friends when they arrived and also for Sandra's tips
on where to go and what to see. It would also be appreciated if you could pass on our thanks to the owner
for the service they provided and to express how very impressed we were with their villa.
As for Kalives, a lovely working village and a perfect location for a quiet and relaxed holiday and indeed
so perfect was our experience that I strongly believe that Crete could well be our holiday destination
next year only for longer! Expect my call!
I would certainly recommend to anbody looking for a relaxed holiday in Crete to make
Authentic Crete their first point of enquiry.
Very many thanks and with best wishes
Dr Stuart Ashenden
Well, our vacation has ended and we have returned to reality. This is just a note to thank you so much
for all your help planning our vacation. We had a fantastic time and were very impressed with the villa
(outstanding!) and the attention given to us by yourself, Helena and Lidia. We look forward to working
with you in the future and will recommend you to anyone planning a vacation to Crete! Kali nichta!
Stone Villa, July-August 2010
Ariadne, thank you for your hospitality, our stay was very pleasant and the villa is very nice.
Villa Erato, July 2010
We had a lovely vacation in Greece, particularly on Crete!
The villa was clean, modern and very well appointed. The beds were very comfortable and we enjoyed
the generously sized bathrooms.
We were pleased with everything. Angelica was very helpful, delivering the gas grill and the cot and
giving us restaurant suggestions (The Sunset restaurant down the road was terrific!)
We really appreciated your concierge suggestions for local sights and beaches. And most of all
we appreciated your trip to Rethymnon to deliver the ferry ticket - thank you very much!
Although we enjoyed Santorini (who would not love the views?!) and thought that Athens
was very impressive, we are most fond of Crete and hope to return someday!
Best to you and we hope you have a great summer! Melorie Noble
PODISON Luxury Villa, May-June 2010
We just had the most wonderful day with Nikos sailing yacht.
Thank you so much for the referral.
He was absolutely charming and showed us a delightful day.
Athena Luxury Villa, July 2010
Kalimera Ariadne and Sandra,
I know it's been nearly two weeks since we left the beautiful island of Crete and things have been
very hectic since we got home, but at last I have a couple of spare minutes.
I wanted to email you to thank you for one of the most relaxing holidays I have had for a VERY long time.
We were looking over some of the photo's today and it's so clear from all our smiles that we had the
most wonderful time. As you know we were very blessed with the weather, I don't think it could have
been any better, but aside from that the location and especially the accomodation
were just perfect.
I work for an American Law firm and we have a 'Raving Fan' scheme where when someone
goes above and beyond what is expected of them you essentially rave about them and tell
everyone you know. Well, Soula's name has been just about shouted from the rooftops - what an
amazing person. She looked after us so well and just added special touches,
like posing the boys teddy bears differently each day, absolutely made their day! So please pass
on our thanks again.
We really look forward to coming back to Crete again very soon!
Thanks and love from
All of the Hayes' and Beer family
xx Gianna apartments
Dear Ariadne and Sandra,
It was a dream of mine to celebrate our Golden Wedding with our family in Kalives.
The Kalives Apartments were absolutely superb, the family pronounced them perfect.
Authentic Crete are extremely efficient, friendly, and knowledgeable.
Thanks to you both for helping to make my dream come true.At all times you kept in touch by email
and as I was organising a party of ten plus two cousins I was sometimes a little anxious but I need not
have worried everything went according to plan.
Unfortunately I developed Tendonitis and Sandra introduced me to a local very good physic who was
a great help. We decided not to hire cars as the family were able to walk to the tavernas.
I was finding this difficult but George taxis took me around making everything possible,
again introduced by you.So once again thank you, we will be recommending you to all our friends
Regards Vanessa and Roger Sparrowhawk
July 2010, Kalives Beach apartments
PS thank you for the Card, fruit and sparkling wine for our anniversary in our apartment
We have arrived home in Glasgow having had a wonderful holiday in Crete. Thank you so much
for all your help in organising it. We shall certainly be recommending both Authentic Crete
and our villa and its location to friends.
It was truly a lovely part of the island in which to be based. We thoroughly enjoyed all the places
we visited, especially Loutro and Chania, and we had a great day with Nicos on 'Notos'.
Thank you for all your help and advice.
Anne, Alasdair and Eilidh
Well, back home all safe and sound and back at work! We wish we were still in Crete!
We had an absolutely lovely holiday. We would like to thank you for your help in arranging everything -
you have been amazing and very patient given all the 'back and forth' .
With everything possible nowadays via the internet the service of what was a traditional travel agent is
However, having someone like you to bring the value you do is extremely beneficial - so I'm sure you
are very successful. Keep doing what you are doing! Sandra was super too. She gave us a lot of
information/tips. We appreciated our time with her.
Please send our special thanks and good wishes.
Having 2 cars worked out better for us and it turned out we wanted to split and go our separate ways
some days - so this worked out perfectly. The car hire guy was very efficient - came when said
he would - very pleasant.
The cars were all great. The Peugeot was fun - really liked this - would recommend it.
The apartment in Oia was splendid. Great location - not too far in that transportation with luggage
was problematic. Just a great spot near the bus terminal etc. Very basic - but very Greek and a nice
opposite to the villa.
Always good to have a kitchenette. Panus was just super. What a lovely man and such a
We had a very long, tiring journey from Amsterdam. I am a world traveller for biz and also personal.
I've been all over the world and am usually on a plane every week going somewhere in the world for
work but Shawn has not travelled that much so he found our delays/dodgy connections and lost
luggage very, very stressful - but when we arrived at our apartment in Santorini Panus took all
the stress away. He is a really genuine person with a big heart and great at what he does.
We would stay there again if we re-visited Santorini and would highly recommend it.
I went to Santorini some 10 years ago - Fira but didn't like it too much (not very Greek and many
However, i wanted Shawn to see it. Oia is so much nicer and we had a fabulous time.
We could have easily stayed there an extra night or two to visit the Volcano /Springs and hire a boat.
It was rather busy though with tourist buses!
So, better time to go would be earlier in the year or later. We went to a great family taverna
served gyros...which was the best food we had there.
As for Crete, well, we loved it. My family found the drive a bit long from Heraklion but again they
are not used to traveling. It was fine for Shawn and I. Chania is easier but not possible from where
We would have loved more time in Crete. We did as much as we could given we had the family
there and they just wanted to rest / be by the pool / go to local beaches whereas Shawn and i
wanted to explore.
But it all worked out well.
Greetings Ariadne and Santra
It seems so long ago!! This is just a short note to thank you for all your help last month.
Jonathan and I had a terrific holiday.
It was extremely relaxing and de-stressing which was what we wanted. ………
Have a good winter and we look forward to seeing you again next year, sometime.
Again, many thanks.
Just a quick note to say thank you for a wonderful holiday in Crete, only problem was that it
wasn't long enough.
The accommodation was excellent, probably the best we have had in Greece. Villa was lovely and
in a wonderful setting away from all the hustle. Many thanks to you all, the directions to get to
the villa were excellent and the help and advice from Sandra was good.
The car hire went really well and we had no problems with either vehicle.
I hope that we will return at some point to Crete in the near future and we would certainly use
your company again.
Do you only cover Crete with providing holiday accommodation, or are you involved with any
of the other smaller islands in Greece?
Many thanks for our lovely restful break
We had a wonderful holiday in Aghia Marina. Thanks to your efficient administration there
were no hitches.
We even arrived back in the UK 10 minutes early.
See you next year
John and marieke
Thanks for a lovely holiday last week @ the Artemis. Back in the rain, and at work now,
seems like a life time ago!! We will see you again, Nia , Dyfrig and Lewys
I just wanted to say thank you for sending us to Loutro beach on our last days.
we really enjoyed it.
The beach and the food was great.
We are back now in Toronto and the weather is cooler than expected.
We miss the sun and the sea of Crete, especially Kalives.
We are back home in Uk now and getting used to the cold again! We just wanted to let you know
how much we enjoyed our stay at the Pegasus Maisonettes. Although we have our own house
in Kefalas it was very nice to stay in Almirida with Maria, she made us feel very welcome and
I'm sure we will return!
Alison & Phil
Thank you very much for your help in organising our holiday to Artemis next year.
We always enjoy our holiday in Crete & it is reassuring that our arrangements will be
in your capable hands next year.
Yannis & Maria's welcome & friendliness during our holiday would be hard to beat,
also the beautiful setting of the apartments is something special.
The wonderful views & the peacefulness ensures you have a relaxing holiday.
If you would like to use this testimonal on your website we would be quite happy for you to do so.
Looking forward to seeing you all next year.
Rosemary & Alan
Dear Mrs. Ariadne,
I want to thank you for the arrangements that you did for us. I really appreciated it.
Stella has asked me to email and ask you "what clothes" she should bring.....ie what's the
weather likely to be next week...
..I didn't realise that travel agencies offered this sort of sartorial fashion advice.......
Thank-you for your warm welcome to villa Ammos. We had such a lovely holiday,
the Villa is truely magnificent, beautifully designed in such a stunning location.
We really could not have wanted for anything more.
We had a meal brought to us one evening from the local restaurant as you recommended
and dinned on the terrace enjoying a candle- lit evening with all the family it could not have
been more perfect.
The ladies that came in in the morning were so sweet too, would not have known they were there
apart from how beautifully clean and tidy it suddenly was.
Thank-you again for all your help and organization.
We would definately love to come and stay again,
Kind regards and best wishes,
Tracey, Richard, Joe Georgia, David and Isabelle, xx