These family-friendly apartments come with a laid-back pool scene and a reputation for first-rate home-cooking.
These bright, traditional-looking studios are only a 10-minute walk from the shops and tavernas in Alykanas. Ten minutes more will get you to the nearest beach – a sandy number that shelves gently into the sea.
The complex has a great pool. It comes with panoramic countryside views and a shallow children’s section. The neighbouring bar, meanwhile, serves home-made dishes, from British favourites to Greek classics.
Sorry it's taken soooo long to write this.
We enjoyed a fabulas 2 weeks here back in June 14. There's a great atmosphere created by the whole family who run the hotel. The rooms are basic but very comfortable and very clean. The food is very good and the bear is also very good.
Will A, Carlisle, United Kingdom
Yet another brilliant holiday
We started coming 8 years ago . Once again a brilliant holiday thanks to Andi and Kyriakos and their wonderful family and staff.. Met old and new friends and must have been relaxed as planning to bring our 14 year old granddaughter next year. Wonderful but should we be sharing this beautiful place ! I said ideal for families but couples and friends and solos evenMore
Pauline J, Wellingborough, United Kingdom
A Great Place to Stay, Rural But Still Close To All You Need, With Brilliant Staff
We were recommended the Grapevines by good friends who thought that it's setting , staff and locality would be to our liking....we were not disappointed ...
On arrival we were shown a room that did not quite meet our requirements...no problem... The alternative was just right. Rooms are typical Greek , very functional , very clean, with just what we needed for our stay. Mimosa the cleaner was brilliant, always a smile, and her standards were top notch. Miri who cleans the pool and helps to cook and prepare good value food was friendly and helpful with his suggestions of what to do and where to go.
We were the only "New" guests, all other rooms taken by people who seemed to have visited numerous times. What about the boss ,Andy...were to start, the owner who just wants to make sure that your stay is 10 out of 10! The Saturday weekly barbi was good and the Thursday home cooked Mousaka one week and Stiffado the next together with a desert great. A good time to meet up with other guests. My wife a vegetarian was well catered for with a special Mousaka . The bar staff very friendly and helpful.
Clean pool and well kept loungers and garden areas
A 5 minute walk to the nearest Supermarket and Taverna, 10 to the main centre, 10 to the nearest beach....wonderful.
Needless to say we would recommend The Grapevines for a stay..so much so we have already booked for 2015..... Looking forward to the return in September next year...Thanks again Andy and family...More
Stayed at the Grapevines from 10-24 August. Been visiting Alykanas for some years now, but our first time here. We were over in May for a week staying elsewhere, and, having already booked for August, called in for a chat with Miri re rooms. In August we travelled as a couple during week 1. In week 2 our daughter and 3 friends arrived post A level results for a chill out week before Uni. Following Miri's advice in May, we e mailed Andi re rooms - didn't hear back but not to worry, as on arrival, she had sorted it all. We had a rather small room at the back of the bar facing out over the vineyards, All fine if a wee bit cramped at times. I should say that we asked to be accommodated separately from the girls and so probably restricted Andi's options. The girls got a great deal with two large adjacent rooms. Facilities basic, rustic and close to countryside. Glad to report that the princesses did "get" Greek life, and had a lovely time.
Poolside really tranquil. Andi cannot do enough for her guests - didn't meet her husband, but the girls did as he offered them a lift down to Laganas when they visited for a night out!
We ate in the bar a couple of times, and food was lovely.
This place is excellent if you have a realistic review of a Greek island and don't expect a 4 star hotel for guest house money, which, sadly some folk in resort seemed to. We loved it, and would go back tomorrow - might try for one of the bigger rooms next time just to make perfect even better! Couldn't thank Andi with a hug on our last morning as I had been stricken with the 24 hour bug going around and felt pretty awful... I send a virtual hug via TA!More
holifan2, Warrington Cheshire
A real let down...
We had very mixed feelings about Grapevines when we stayed here and I will be honest were bitterly disappointed when we arrived and were shown our box room. I have held off writing a review for a while as I wanted to be as objective as possible but am now sharing the good and bad points as these might help you when deciding to book a holiday here. We paid quite a lot for our holiday and felt that the accommodation represented very poor value for money compared with the many other places we have stayed in Greece. We wondered how we were going to get through the 2 weeks we had booked there. I strongly suspect we may not have got the room that we paid extra for when we booked but didn't complain as it would have been futile with all the rooms being occupied and we wanted to make the best of our holiday there.
1. Alykanas is a great resort with a good choice of restaurants and a long sandy beach.
2. Grapevines has a great location on a track just a short walk away from local restaurants and bars.
3. The pool area is clean and well set out with palm trees and other plants.
4. There are usually more than enough sunbeds for guests to use, though sometimes visitors from nearby apartments can make the area more busy.
5. Food and drinks at the accommodation are of a good standard and Greek/barbecue nights are quite good fun.
6. You can buy bottles of water at reception for a slightly higher price which saves carrying them from the shops in the resort.
7. Rooms are cleaned regularly but the cleaner does just like to walk in without knocking sometimes.
8. There is free wifi - we didn't use this much but it was very popular with other guests.
1. The room we stayed in was far too small. There was not enough room for the furniture let alone place to put cases down on the floor. The kitchen area was literally a foot away from the end of our double bed. We're not large people but the bathroom was also unbelievably tiny and the toilet badly placed meaning the shower curtain would stick to the edge of the toilet bowl. Not very hygienic. Though not the fault of the accommodation we got sick during our stay (probably from eating some mussels which were past their best at a local restaurant) and we really felt the size of the room during this time and the lack of any privacy.
2. The price of air conditioning was extortionate around 120-150 euros if I remember correctly and attempts to get by without it were futile (see below).
3. There is constant music played in the pool area until late which you can hear in your room unless you close the door... the music itself isn't a bad selection and not often repeated but it gets a bit wearing not to have a bit of peace after a while.
4. The owners' children might use your balcony as a bicycle park and won't care if your towels etc are there. They just need somewhere to put their bikes... your stuff can fall on the ground or just help cushion their handlebars. The boys are sweet when joining in with Greek dancing displays but give their parents a hard time and sometimes argue loudly - kids I guess.
5. Check in is very disorganised and there can be a long wait before you get your room. You will need to ensure you are allocated the correct room at this time or it will be too late.
6. The owners are friendly while you are spending money there but don't seem to realise your lack of inclination to do so arises from being overcharged for things like air-conditioning and total disappointment and perhaps even despair with the room you have been allocated. They often talk loudly about how much more money people in the UK make, this is how they see you as a guest at Grapevines - they want your money but lack the business skills to do this without making it patently clear!
If you find Grapevines as part of a late deal it may be worth staying here but please bear in mind some of the points above before booking. I hate to write bad reviews and hope that they have resolved some of these issues since we stayed there.More
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