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“A perfect little gem..... don't tell anyone”
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View of the balcony from the master bedroom
East view from the balcony
Crystal clean waters  in our pool...
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Sunset in Crete (View from the balcony)
The Pool (20 metres long)
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Sunset31 as seen from the pool.
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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 6
Panormos, Rethymnon Prefecture, Crete

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RaiderIVV
Hove, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“A perfect little gem..... don't tell anyone”
Reviewed 19 September 2014 for a stay in September 2014

Hi everyone,

I thought I should put pen to paper over our most recent holiday to Crete in September 2014. I almost didn't as this is a genuine beautiful & tranquil location which perhaps should be hidden from the masses ! That said there are plenty of disappointing venues out there BUT this isn't one of them so I decided to share this amazing location with you.

Like most people we hunted high & low to try and find the perfect spot having been let by the big tour operators previously. So first of all thank you TripAdvisor as without you we might well have missed this little gem !

The description and the pictures on TripAdvisor looked lovely and as a result we went ahead and booked it for 10 nights. The whole process of booking was simple and took only moments to complete.

The owners a Greek couple are lovely and contact you well in advance of going to ensure that you know where you are going & provide you with contact details for their local representative 'Mary' who guides you through the rest which is simple & straightforward.

Upon our arrival in Greece as requested I phoned Mary who informed me that the apartment was ready for our arrival & as a bonus she had purchased a bottle of wine, a box of 12 eggs, some fresh bread & butter so we wouldn't go lacking. A very courteous, friendly and welcoming start to our holiday so 'thank you Mary' from us as we never expected that.

We arrived at the apartment and in a nutshell our breath was blown away. It's located on the western edge of Panormos but in reality less than 10 minutes from the town centre. It is situated on a small but modern estate directly overlooking the sea. On one side the only neighbours you have are sheep so if noise is your worry this is perfect for you as there is none ! On the other side there are just a few other apartments which during stay were either empty or so quiet you wouldn't even know they were there.

So is the apartment as good as it looks on the photos ? The actual answer is 'no' because in reality it is even better ! The photos don't do it justice. The kitchen is brand new and fully equipped with a huge fridge/freezer, microwave, oven & more utensils/pots & pans than you could ever need. The lounge is amazing with a huge tv, dvd, surround sound, playstation 2 & Nintendo Wee as well as a large and comfy sofa. Both bedrooms are a good size with more storage space than you could shake a stick & on a separate note the beds are really very comfortable ! There are plenty of extra beach towels, bathroom towels and anything else you can think included as standard.

The entire apartment has aircon which when it is well over 30 degrees a day is a really nice touch & unlike package holidays it's included without extra charge. That in itself in addition to every other lovely feature sold it to us.

The best bit and I am sure the owners would agree is the balcony overlooking the sea. There are actually 3 balconies but the one off the lounge is what it's all about. It measures about 12' by 8' so is very spacious. The view can only be described as panoramic with an unbroken 180 degree of the Mediterranean which is breath taking. I took a few photos myself & whilst no expert on these things I think you'll get the general idea.

The pool is located very close to the apartment. It is 1.70m deep at the deep end so not too deep for children. Whilst we were there on average 2 other couples at best were pool side so it did feel as if we had the whole place to ourselves. No noise, very quiet & ideal for those who just want to enjoy they sun and relax. The entire pool area gets sun from about 0800 to 1800hrs everyday so utilise the umbrellas provided as it does get very hot !

All in all an amazing place to stay !

So if you have got this far the questions I should answer are would I go again ? and what would I change....... The answers to which are:

Would I go again ? ......... YES without a doubt
What would I change ?....NOTHING

If you want to know more about the local area read my other reviews of the attractions etc.

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Liked best: The balcony view off the lounge
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
23 Sep 2014
Thank you for putting a smile on our face and for sharing our enthusiasm for our little gem! This was an incredible review and it makes us really happy to hear that our guests enjoy their stay so much!
Warm regards,
A and V
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Alice L
Stourbridge, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Just perfect”
Reviewed 27 August 2014 for a stay in August 2014

Sunset 31 is gorgeous. Comfortable well kitted out, clean, spacious ....wish it was mine. All we can hear are sheep, cicadas and the sea. We have explored a bit, visiting areas to the East as I used to work there and to Chamia. I have been shocked at how things have changed, but Panormos is unspoilt, friendly, quiet and beautiful. We would love to come again. Thanks to Mary as well who does a great job.

Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
28 Aug 2014
Thank you so much for this review! We also hope to have you back again soon...
Take care!
Agapi and Vagelis
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GillDawn1...
Berlin, Germany
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“A great apartment in a great location”
Reviewed 18 August 2014 for a stay in July 2014

We had a wonderful holiday in Sunset 31. The apartment is furnished and decorated tastefully and to a high standard, with plenty of space for four people. The location overlooking the sea is spectacular and the pool is a welcome addition - very clean and well maintained, and great for cooling down on a hot day. It's just a short walk to the village of Panormos, which we loved - surprisingly authentic and relatively unspoilt by tourism, but still plenty of good tavernas to choose from. The owners of the apartment were friendly and helpful and answered all our questions quickly and efficiently. We hope to be back soon.

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Liked best: Location
Liked least: Nichts
Travelling group: Family with Teenagers
Your age range 50-64
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Management Response
28 Aug 2014
Thank you for your kind words. We hope to see you back in Sunset31 soon!
Best regards, Agapi and Vagelis
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Glasgow
Reviewed 30 September 2013 for a stay in September 2013

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Liked best: Excellent village location
Liked least: Hot sand!!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Ina B
Norwich, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Absolutely fantastic apartment and perfect location for a visit to Crete”
Reviewed 2 October 2012 for a stay in September 2012

We stayed at Sunset31 for 10 days at the end of September (perfect time for a visit, still hot but only really too hot over lunchtime).

The communications with the owners were a great start to the holiday as they were extremely helpful with all sorts of information (not limited to the apartment but how best to get around Crete etc as well) and always responded almost instantly. They were very friendly and welcoming.

The instructions how to get to the apartment were brilliant; we found it straight away with the help of all the pictures.

On arrival, we were greeted by Mary with a welcome pack of first food supplies. She also helped us with information about Crete generally and Panormo.

The apartment was very modern and beautifully decorated. It was so much more spacious than we had anticipated and the outdoor space (with the view of the sea) was great. We really enjoyed having breakfast out there ... and watching the sunset before going into the village for dinner. We stayed in the apartment with 4 adults and our 2 children and it never felt too small or anything. All appliances/facilities you could need were there, including dishwasher, good wi-fi, aircon in every room, washing machine and tumble drier (which was great for beach towels!). The owners had also provided us with normal towels and beach towels which had helped reduce the amount we needed to pack. For our 7 month old son we were supplied with a travel cot which was in great condition and even came with a separate travel cot mattress rather than just the hard ones they normally come with. He must have slept just as comfortably as we did as our beds had very good mattresses, too. We also got a very nice clean highchair for him. The apartment had insect nets, too, although we had absolutely no problem with any insects anyway. The communal (freshwater) pool was very well kept, too. It was cleaned every day and most of the time we were the only people using it, with maybe one or two people sitting around it. The pool has a shallow bit in which our toddler could easily stand and then a deeper bit where we could stand almost all the way to the deep end. It was long enough to swim some lengths, too.

We loved Panormo as a village. It has got the souvenir shops and restaurants like every other tourist resort but it has somehow manage to keep its charm of a beautiful fishing village, probably because the tourist shops are limited to just one or two streets and the whole village is kept really well with lots of plants and flowers everywhere. We preferred the beach by the harbour to the other 2 beaches right by the hotel. It had nice sand (although sand in Crete seems to be brown), was very clean, not very busy at all, the sea was very shallow (great for our toddler) and you could see all sorts of fish even in the shallow parts. The cute little harbour provided a nice backdrop, too. We only went to one of the beaches by the hotel once to go jet-skiing. Every restaurant we tried (and we tried a different one every evening) had good food, a lovely atmosphere and very reasonably prices. With a hire car, Panormo was also a great location for excursions. We went to Knossos, Frangokastello, Rethymno, Kournas, Chania and Balos Beach - all within an easy distance.

In the evenings we walked into the village which, if you walked all the way down to the harbour, took our toddler 20 minutes whereas we could do it in 10 minutes. We found it easier (with 2 kids in the heat of the day and all of the beach stuff) to just drive down to the beach during the day as there is a free big car park right by the harbour.

We had such a fantastic holiday, we will certainly be recommending this apartment to our friends!

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Liked best: The apartment was very clean and modern, had beautiful views and absolutely everything one could need, even with a baby and a toddler.
Liked least: There seriously wasn't anything that we didn't like.
Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
14 Nov 2012
First of all we would like to thank you for choosing to spend your holidays in our country. And of course thank you so much for your kind words about our property and the village of Panormo. We will keep doing our best to meet our guest's high standards with care and respect. We are happy to hear other people sharing our enthusiasm for this picturesque place in lovely Crete. Warm regards, Agapi and Vagelis.
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