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Reviewed 25 July 2010

My husband and I spent our honeymoon in Crete and Athens, and we stayed at Nymphes for most of our time in Crete. We absolutely loved the place and would definitely stay at Nymphes again. The place was beautiful and serene, the owner gracious and helpful, and we really got to experience Crete staying there - it wasn't like staying at resorts that would be the same wherever you were.

I can't say enough about how beautiful the place was. The apartments are built into a cliff high above the beach at Agia Pelagia, and we had a beautiful panoramic view of the Mediterranean from our balcony. (All the apartments face the Mediterranean and would, i imagine, have similarly awesome views!) There are olive groves all around, and grapevines and flowers growing over the trellises that shade outdoor tables near the pool. The location is high above the town, so it is serene, quiet and romantic - we could hear goats bleating on the mountain nearby in the evening sometimes.

The woman who owns the place was a gracious but unobtrusive hostess. We arrived at Nymphes by car, after having driven up the steep, twisting road that leads up to it. We were a little confused about where we should park to check in at first, but no worries - the owner heard our car and came outside to wave us into the small parking lot above the pool. She offered to help with arranging any tours we might want to take and explained that we could order breakfast in our room by just letting her know the night ahead of time that we'd want breakfast. (There was a small charge for breakfast.) We did order breakfast one morning, and it was tasty, hot and delivered right at the time we'd requested. We had a delicious omelette with fruit, coffee, and juice.

There was a bottle of local wine awaiting us in our room, which was small but very clean and comfortable, furnished with a desk, bed and kitchenette, as well as a table and chairs out on the balcony. The bed had the typically thin mattress you find in hotels in Crete, but we found it comfortable. The bathroom was small, but again, typical for Crete. Free wireless internet access is one nice little amenity at the hotel.

Another "amenity" to the place for us was the cats, as we missed our cats while we were gone. Free roaming cats are pretty common all over Greece and Crete was no exception. We kind of adopted a trio of cats while we were there, as they were so friendly and sweet. We sealed our lovely relationship by bringing the cats leftover fish from our dinner one night. :-)

What to do while staying at Nympes? It's a good jumping off point for exploring Crete. My husband and I spent one afternoon lounging at the pool at Nymphes, and enjoyed getting up and seeing the sunrise from our balconies some mornings, but otherwise, Nymphes was our lovely retreat at the end of our daily explorations of Crete. We drove to see the law tablets at Gortyn one day, to the beach at Agia Pelagia one morning, to Rethymno one evening, etc.

That said, if you want to be right in the middle of town, and walking distance from anything, this isn't the place for you - it is pretty secluded up in the mountains. That's part of what we enjoyed about it! But it is a very short car ride down the hill to Agia Pelagia and to the road that runs along the northern coast of Crete.

If you're the resort type and not into doing your own explorations on Crete, this probably isn't the place for you, either - it's quiet and private, without planned activities or any of that foolishness. My husband had originally booked a stay at a large, expensive resort - we thought we'd splurge for our honeymoon. But Nymphes, which cost a fraction of the resort's price, seemed more luxurious to us. At the resort, the food was terrible (which is unforgivable given how great and cheap local food is), the rooms were uncomfortable (our king-sized bed was actually two twin beds put next to each other - how romantic!), and it was not a good way to experience Crete. On our first night at the resort, we got on the internet and found Nymphes, and we left the resort and checked into Nymphes the next morning. Best decision ever! We really loved Nymphes and have many fond memories of our stay there.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank Philosophista
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Reviewed 29 June 2010

No view compares to the view from Nymphes!! Even after my visit to Santorini with it's world famous views did not compare with my morning sunrises at Nymphes! Pepy is truly a hostess who cares about those who are fortunate enough to discover the treasure that she has created. I will go back regularly to re-experience the magic of the Aegean on Crete. I miss it already and will always cherish the memories! Thank you eternally Pepy for your hospitality!

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled solo
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Thank Deborah B
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Reviewed 18 June 2010

Great pleace with great lady! Excellent view, cool atmosphere, without noise, just perfect place for relaxing and chilling... Many many kisses for Pepi.

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank SashaIlic
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Reviewed 15 June 2010

We - me and my husband - stayed in Nymphes Luxury Apartments in June 2008 for 3 weeks. It was a good time we spent there. Quiet, beautiful small hotel, consisting of small komfortable studios and roomy apartments. The landlady Pepy was very kind and sweet, her hospitality was charts! Everything was enjoyable in her small lovly hotel - nature, garden, quietness, the breathtaking exciting view to the Agia Pelagea bay.
It was a great pity to leave this charming place. We are still dreaming to come back anytime to Crete and stay in Nymphes again.

Olga & Igor,
Moscow/Russia

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank z_post
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Reviewed 28 May 2010

My husband and I stayed at Nymphes for 5 nights in May. I'm not too picky but he sort if is.
Both of us loved it! We did not spend too much time in the room, most of the day we were driving around all over Crete.
However, I must say something about the service! The night we landed, we got lost (no street signs on Crete!!). By the time we found it (thanks to a helpful gas attendant), it was close to 1030pm (we were suposed to be there around 9pm). Pepy was standing outside with a flashlight waiting for us. She guided us to our room and left us with a bottle of wine and fresh fruit. She was very sweet, and kind (like visiting your aunt for the summer), and honestly, that was the last time we saw her. However, nothing to do with her, we were just out every day from 9am until 10pm... Agia Pelagia is beautiful.. we shopped for some groceries at he supermarket.. packed lunches everyday.. ate cereal and fresh fruit, sandwiches and snacks... A rental car is a must!!! VERY steep hills!! standard all the way! Water was very swimmable and we took advantage!
Its so quiet you can hear the goats and sheep at night next door...
The housekeeper came by after a day or two and loaded up on fresh towels and TP paper. She was also very kind and soft spoken... Would like to plan on going back one day...Greece stole my heart... :D

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank Maggs82
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