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Τελ Αβίβ Ισραήλ
Οι καλύτερες διακοπές που πήγα ποτέ
Είχαμε προγραμματίσει να μείνουμε στο Ismini's Apartments για μία εβδομάδα, και μείναμε μία εβδομάδα επιπλέον γιατί ήταν τόσο τέλεια. ΄Hρθαμε με το μικρό μας κοριτσάκι και ήταν απίστευτα και γι' αυτή. Το σπίτι και τα δαμερίσματα έχουν όλα όσα χρειάζεστε. Είναι καθαρά και όμορφα διακοσμημένα. Φαίνεται ακόμα καλύτερο απ' ότι στις φωτογραφίες. Τo σπίτι είναι μεγάλο και καλαίσθητο, τα διαμερίσματα έχουν περισσότερο το στυλ σπιτιού στην παραλία. Αλλά το καλύτερο μέρος είναι σίγουρα η μεγάλη αυλή, μπροστά στη θάλασσα, τα πάντα θρεμμένα με αγάπη από την Ισμήνη. Η Ιμήνη είναι τέλεια, και μας βοήθησε με όλες τις πληροφορίες, τα εστιατόρια τριγύρω είναι καλά και όχι πολύ ακριβά, εκτός από την παιδική χαρά στην αυλή, υπάρχουν δύο ακόμη παιδικές χαρές πολύ κοντά οπότε είναι το τέλειο μέρος για παιδιά. Η παραλία είναι επίσης τέλεια, μία από τις λίγες παραλίες της Κρήτης που δεν πάσχει από τους ισχυρούς ανέμους. Θα θέλαμε πολύ να επιστρέψουμε! Συνιστάται ιδιαίτερα!…
Matlock United Kingdom
We never want to go home!
We have been going to Kalives for 20 years now and 15 of those years have been spent at the Ismini Apartments which says it all. The Apartments and House are well situated with a big lawn and gorgeous colorful flowers. Open a gate at the end of the garden and and you are on the beach where there are high quality umbrellas provided for the sole use of clients. Ismini is very welcoming and kind with a cake on arrival, fresh oranges and grapes when in season. The accommodation has everything you need, is kept very clean and if you have any problems Ismini is always there to help. Tavernas and shops are two minutes walk away. Perfect!! Beryl and Mark
Fantastic stay at Ismini's
We spent two weeks at Ismini's apartment in April 2015 with our 19 month old son and had a great time. The big garden and the many toys and swings kept out son busy. Ismini was very generous with her time and advice on where to eat and shop. The local tavernas delivered to our apartment. The apartments have been recently renovated and look very nice. There are nearby mini markets with very good local products. We would recommend this place for families with young children.
London United Kingdom
A perfect gem and FANTASTIC VALUE!
I have stayed several times at Ismini's many times over the years and cannot recommend it highly enough. The main "apartment" is really a house, not an apartment, but Ismini is reluctant to reflect that in her prices up and charge the market value because she is a generous soul and feels loyal to her repeat customers (of whom there are many). The house is spotless, the situation is absolutely idyllic and Ismini is charm and kindness personified. This is just a gem of a place and we hope to go back again and again...
New Jersey USA
Beachfront apartments with gardens
The Ismini Apartments were very nice. Ismini is an older woman who is very friendly and keeps beautiful gardens. The pictures on the web site are absolutely accurate -- the beach is just across the lawn. The beach right in front of the apartments is next to an outlet of cold spring water, and a very short walk around the breakwater takes you to the main beach where the water is warmer. The benefit is that the beach right in front has few people on it. The only negative to the Ismini Apartments is that they are on the Kalives town road and get some road noise -- mostly from motorcycles. It's not terrible -- I used earplugs at night and got used to it during the day. I happily recommend the Ismini Apartments.
Lovely place for a perfect holiday
This year we´ve been already the third time to Ismini Botonakis Villa (guesthouse) and we can recomment the accommodation very much. It is a fantastic place for a great vacation! The beautiful old house with the large garden is in front of the fine-sandy-beach. Ismini furnished the mansion very tasteful and rich in details with antiques and old hereditary pieces. In the ground floor there is a WC in the input area. Furthermore there is a big dwelling with a well equipped kitchen. In the upper floor there are two cosy sleeping rooms with space for 2 adults and max. 2 children. The bath on upper floor is also equipped very well for Greek conditions. The view from the small balcony at the parents sleep area is sensational. From the large, wine-over-climbed terrace you get a…
Beautiful location and very nice place to stay
We have stayed at Ismini's appartments two times, and the place is very nice indeed. The house where we have lived in, the Guest House, has always been very clean and well equipped. The location by the sea is fantastic, and Ismini's garden is absolutely the best. On windy days, the garden gives shelter, and in warm days, the nice terrace area gives shadow. There was also two small soccer goals in the big flat garden, perfect for family soccer games. Ismini, who is the hostess, is very friendly and tells stories of Kalives in the old days, if she is asked for it. But she is also very careful not to disturb her guests.
Chesterfield United Kingdom
I loved it here. The place is very clean. I stopped in the house which had a lounge and kitchen, downstairs toilet. Upstairs two bedrooms and bathroom. The main bedroom has a balcony which overlooks the bay. Outside there is a beautiful terrace and a large garden which leads to the beach. It is in a really good location with mini supermarkets and local shops and bakeries within two to five minutes walk. The local eating places are also very handy. Ismini heraelf cannot be more helpful. The bay itself is beautiful. I would definitely recommend Ismini's and hope to visit again as soon as is possible!
Tel Aviv Israel
The best vacation ever
We planned to stayed in Ismini's apartments for a week, and stayed 1 week more because it was so perfect. We came with our baby girl and it was amazing for her too. The house and the apartments have everything you need, They are clean, and beautifully decorated. It looks even better than the pictures. the house is big and elegant, the apartments are more beach house style. but the best thing for sure is the great yard, in front of the sea, all nourished with love by Isminis. Ismini is great, and helped us with all the information, the restaurants around are good and not very expensive, besides the playground in the yard, there are 2 more playgrounds very close so its a perfect place for the kids. the beach is also great, one the few beaches in crete the relatively do not suffer…
Staying at Ismini's apartments overlooking the Kalives sea front was one of the best holidays I have ever had. We (three adults and two kids) hired two of the self-contained apartments (one had a massive kitchen/dining room on the ground floor and double doors onto the enormous front garden) and spent our time on the beach in Kalives, going into Chania (a very attractive place to wander around) or exploring the lovely beaches nearby. Ismini is warm and welcoming and greets you with her own home-made cake and you feel that the whole experience is part of a bygone area. If you are fortunate enough to find one of the apartments free when you want it, don't hesitate - this place is a real find and kids and adults alike all loved it.
Great people, Great Place, Great Holiday
Originally we (my wife and me) went to Crete to travel around. We looked for a convenient place to stay which will be close to tourist attractions. When we entered this wonderful house and garden we decided to spend most of our time there, and actually gave up most of our travelling plans. As Israelis, who live just 10 minutes from the beach, it is relatively difficult to impress us with beaches, but this was outstanding. The direct access from the appartment to the garden and from there straight to the beach is just fantastic. But above all we found great people who made every possible effort to give us an unforgetable holiday. We shall be back.
3 July 2019
Fabulous place, Fabulous location and a Fabulous host! :)
Homely atmosphere and breathtaking view! Greek hospitality at its best... Ms. Ismini is a kind-hearted and a warm person and truly cares about her customers and went out her way to make our stay pleasant and comfortable. We had a great time and would love to visit again! :)
19 October 2018
The garden and the proximity to the sea. Very quiet.
1 May 2018
Perfect week at the beach
All in all a perfect stay. We stayed here with our one year old for a small week at the end of April. The apartment had everything we needed. We had lunch and breakfast at the apartment, dinner we had outside most of the time. What the other reviews forget to mention is that the beds are brand new and very comfortable. Ismini was, as you can also read in other reviews, very friendly and helpful. The garden and direct beach entrance are all you need. We definitely recommend this place and would come again.
24 May 2018
Our new favoeite hideaway
Ultra clean. Gorgeous sea view from every window. Ismini is a delightful host who personally saw to every detail. We now think of her as our friend! The apartment is quite new but carefully built in the old Greek style with solid wood, thick walls etc. Every modern comfort inside. We'll always remember our visit.
10 June 2018
Perfect location with much private space, a lovely garden and a nice host right at the sea
- Ismini who runs the property is a charming lady who takes care of her property and the beautiful garden perfectly placed directly at the beach with a large private area at the beach at the edge of the the calm part of Kalyves (on the other side of the creek, the beach is more crowded).
- The garden, despite being an eye-catcher, offers large space for children's play (basketball, soccer, frisbee) - for the parents, there is lots of space for a sunbath (even though the beach is right next to it)
- Kalyves is a perfect place for day trips to Rethymno, Kania, Samaria (and other) gorges in the white mountains
5 July 2018
Best Accommodation in Crete!
Wonderful location. Clean, modest rooms. Amazing amount of private space on the beach with a beautiful garden. Amazing view. Property owner is wonderful and couldn’t have been more friendly or helpful. Wonderful restaurant next door and many others in walking distance.
6 July 2019
A lovely place to stay. We had a great holiday and hope to return very soon.
The location was brilliant, so close to the beach and yet in the centre of Kalives. and set in a beautiful garden. Ismini is such a lovely lady! She made us two cakes while we were staying! She was so friendly and helpful. We hope to return with our family at some point.
18 July 2019
perfect relaxation by the sea
Ismini's place was so relaxing! The complex consists of two small houses with "balcony" bedrooms for 3 people each, a bigger 2-storey house for 4 people, and the house where Ismini herself stays. The buildings share between them a huge lawn that is surrounded by flowers and trees. The apartment complex is located between a restaurant and a hotel, but due to the tall trees and bushes along the perimeter you don't notice these neighbours. All of the buildings have terraces facing the lawn and - beyond that - the beach. We loved that we could cross the lawn and go directly out on to the beach, where Ismini has set out umbrellas and sunbeds - exclusively for her guests and at no extra charge.
We (my husband and our 5-year-old) stayed in one of the small houses. The house has good and sturdy furniture - loved the beds! - and beautiful old lamps. The terrace was wonderful: we ate all our meals there. The staircase to the bedroom and the bedroom floor are not creaky, so you don't have to worry about waking up your child when you go to bed later at night. The house has a window (and an extra door) facing the main road - but you don't hear any noise due to excellent sound isolation; and there is a blind and a pretty curtain that together shut out the road also visually. There is cleaning twice a week, when you also get clean linen and towels - we appreciated this very much. The air-condition works well, and so does the cooking stove.
We absolutely recommend this place.
Thank you for being such a nice host, Ismini, and of course - for your delicious cake :)
10 September 2019
A beautiful place to stay which is just so much more than your usual holiday apartment!
Ismini was a very welcoming host (we even received a freshly baked cake on arrival!) and the property was just perfect! It felt like a home rather than a holiday apartment, it was super clean and had beautiful antique furniture and wooden features. The garden was beautiful and led directly onto the beach where we could use private loungers. We have a one year old and he loved playing in the garden on the toys provided and also felt very at home here. Can’t recommend highly enough.
22 August 2018
A perfect holiday in a perfect location
This place is a gem and the lady who runs it is one in a million. She was so kind to us and even checked that the taxi driver hadn't ripped us off when we turned up. We arrived to a freshly baked cake and she was so helpful with anything we needed. The house is literally on a private beach and the view from kitchen/patio/main bedroom is magical.