Tucked away in lush gardens and ringed by pine trees, this hotel is certainly in a good-looking pocket. Factor in a golden sandy beach that's just a five-minute walk away - plus the shops and bars of Hanioti just a little further on - and this place scores high marks for setting. Sleek and simple describes the hotel itself. On the outside you've got wooden balustrades, whitewashed walls, and terracotta roof tiles. They've gone for the minimalist look, and statement headboards stand out against the cream backdrop. Slick touches include LCD TVs and minibars.It's worth mentioning that air-conditioning is available in each room. What really sets this place apart, though, are the staff. The personal touch is really rated here, and that comes across in the form of home-cooked meals. Breakfasts are a help-yourself affair, while dinner is à la carte –with a twist.
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Staff extremely helpful and flexible. Nice pool and surroundings. Room was perfect for the basic needs: clean, tidy, comfortable (perhaps the pillow was too soft)...
Breakfast is table service, they only had one or two members of staff, so some patience is required. Would highly recommend this place!
I gave this hotel 4 stars. I wavered between 3 and 4, and would have given it 3 and a half if I could, but as I couldn't, I rounded up, rather than down. There are some niggles, but many good points too...
I'll try to fairly address them all.
In August 2021, the Hanioti Village Resort was having to cope with Covid-19 restrictions, so they had to make changes which made the holiday less relaxing than it otherwise would be. I don't blame them for that of course, it's out of their hands. But still, there could be improvements.
For example, at Breakfast, you have to queue up outside (in the heat) as only one family at a time are allowed in. Then the staff ask what you want (there's a decent selection of hot and cold), and they serve it up. You then take your food to the outdoor veranda (covered) or gardens to eat. In normal times, you'd eat inside, but alas, this year it wasn't possible. The problem is, there was four of us, and the veranda is set up with tables for two. So we usually went to the gardens, but that's in the blaze of the sun, and on cheap plastic table and chairs. You try to place the table in the shade of the hedge or palm tree, but the sun moves, and you're quickly in the hot sun.
The lunch menu at the bar was really nice, and service was great. However, there are only two small tables on the decking area by the pool, each with only three seats. That's not enough. We had to eat on our beds some days. That's okay, but not ideal.
The pool is nice enough, and there's a jacuzzi part which you need to ask to turn on. The jacuzzi water seemed to have a bit of a film on anda few dead bugs. They had an ice cream freezer but that wasn't working. That would have been great.
There are enough beds around the pools (get up early when us Brits are there, about 7.30am for a good choice), but they're so uncomfortable. One side is entirely in the shade with massive umbrellas, one side is entirely in the sun with no umbrellas, and the third side is shaded by palm trees. That was where we preferred.
Our room was a superior double. It had been recently refurbished to a good standard, but I'm not sure 'superior' describes it. It was nice though, but good lord, it needed more storage (room 201). There was ONE small drawer on top of a small fridge. There was hardly any shelving, and the 'pool view' was entirely obscured by a large bush. You could ask for your room to be cleaned and towels replaced. Sometimes though it was cleaned without me asking, so I was a bit confused! The shower was the best I've ever had. Hot and powerful. The pillows were rock hard and thick, so sleeping on your front wasn't an option. Our daughters had room 305, and that wasn't refurbished, but we preferred it, as it was bigger and had much more storage.
The hotel is next to a main road, so at first the road noise was noticable, but as the days passed, we stopped noticing it, and it didn't bother us. Hanioti only is a 15 walk away, and beach only 5 minutes.
The staff work really hard (they are understaffed which doesn't help I'm sure). The daytime barman seems to do absolutely everything. He's a treasure, and makes a mean Mojito and latte. He did a pool party one day, where he made Mojitos in the jacuzzi, and we all chilled out in the sunshine. That was our favourite day for sure!
The nightime barman was called Billy. A laid back, sardonic character who went to great lengths to try to get us a taxi on a couple of nights, whilst also juggling bar responsibilities. A good egg.
The grounds are pretty and well maintained, and the buildings neat and tidy.
Aircon in the rooms was free (amazingly), and could be left on when you left the room. Bliss!
Smoking was permitted around the pool. Come on Greece, catch up. Who wants smoke covering you when you're sunbathing?
Drinks were quite pricey. If I order a Sprite, I want the a whole, unopened, new bottle, not a slim glass, half filled with ice, and then topped up from an already opened bottle of Sprite. Two glasses of Malibu and Pineapple were €13, and the glasses as mentioned, were slim. The fresh orange and milkshakes were lovely.
Some of these issues (e.g. Covid-19 rules) have been forced on the hotel and they can't help it. Some issues (e.g. road noise) they can't do anything about. But some things (crap sunbeds, lack of parasols, price of drinks, plastic tables, lack of pool view from room 201), they could address, and I hope they will. If they do, the Hanioti Village Resort will be the better for it.
We had a nice stay at this hotel, room was a little dated but ok, breakfast was good but evening meal was not good, I would recommend staying b&b as we ate out a few times, the pool is good and no need to get up early to reserve a bed there is always some available, the staff are really good and helpful, overall a nice place to stay
Staff really friendly and helpful, especially Christina in reception. Wedding was 1 hour away, arranged taxis to pick-up point. Rooms very comfortable...
Centre a bit away, pity there is no shuttle bus.
I and my wife stayed at the Junior Suit which is equipped with jacuzzi bath tub. The room was spacious, clean and well furnished. Housekeeping changed our towels on a daily basis...
The receptionist was really helpful and kind. The breakfast was rich and varied (one of the best buffet-type I have ever had). Definitely a place to visit again!