Arosmari Village Hotel is a haven; a cluster of stone and cypress wood cottages with a beautiful garden at its heart, set in the timeless village of Vamos. Here, among roses, jasmine and lavender are many secret corners to read, meditate or sleep the afternoon away. Touches of the rural past: a shepherd's hut, a threshing circle and even a small chapel are spread among the olive trees and lawn. A leisurely day begins with breakfast served in the gardens, using local produce and later, light lunches can be served by the pool. There is a delightful reading room with an honesty bar with open views over the pool and garden plus a cosy sitting room with old photographs and memorabilia. An extra dimension is a small Spa for guests including a Turkish Hammam and treatment room for a combination of traditional massages and therapies with scented oils.
2014 is Arosmari’s second year as a small country hotel for adults and couples only. Our Simpson concierge service will advise on local walks, driving routes and cultural activities including painting, cookery and wine-tasting. In addition, from June to September, host and pianist Nikos arranges a once weekly classical Greek music evening in the small amphitheatre in the gardens of Arosmari, complete with local wines and a delicious traditional supper.
The village of Vamos is set against the spectacular backdrop of the White Mountains. Shepherds still herd their sheep along the flag-stoned lanes and russet-haired goats amble between the olives. Vamos is a small slice of old Crete infused with the values of traditional hospitality. The village is famous for its local crafts and organic produce: including thyme honey, pickles, jams, cheeses and olive oil soap. It also has a local bakery, a 19th century kafenion and traditional tavernas where mouth-watering Cretan specialities, such as chicken in red wine, cuttlefish and fennel, artichokes or chickpea purée are cooked in stone ovens and served with some of the island's best wine. In low season, log fires create a wonderful evening atmosphere and in summer, large plane trees provide welcome shade. For those who want to explore authentic Cretan food a little further, local cookery courses are available. The village is also the starting point for walking tours of the surrounding countryside and historic Chania town is just a 30 minute drive.
For information and pictures for each individual cottage, please click on the Cottages tab.
If you want to be pampered, stay in beautiful surroundings in a working Cretan village with some of the most hospitable people then go here.. Vamos is a gem and Arosmari itself very much part of it. Every part of the holiday very close to perfect. Very highly recommended.Camomile Cottage - Mr Spragg - October 2013
We had two glorious weeks at Arosmari Village Hotel, very comfortable and relaxing. Lovely bed and linen. We liked Vamos and found everyone to be very friendly.Rosemary Cottage - Mr Ladd - October 2013
Paradise still! Our second holiday at Arosmari was as good as the first! The facilities and the location are great, but most of all the team are so friendly and helpful. Nikos, the owner, really cares about the place, Trish and Mike are so helpful, and Ruby is an absolute gem!Arugula Cottage - Mr Harcourt - September 2013
We found the whole experience at the Arosmari village hotel was a delight. Great balance of privacy with our own cottage plus all the shared amenities of pool and gardens. Wonderful friendly hosts and staff, and excellent advice on trips to other parts of Crete.Lavender Cottage - Mr Boniface - September 2013
We could not have had a more relaxing time. Calm, relaxed, professonal. Ochi problema!Oregano Cottage - Mr De Zylva - September 2013
Overall an excellent holidayArugula Cottage - Mr Fenner - September 2013
WE HAD AN EXCELLENT HOLIDAY IN CRETE WITH SIMPSON TRAVEL. THE SERVICE WAS OUTSTANDING AND THE ON-SITE STAFF WERE MOST HELPFUL. THOROUGHLY RECOMMENDED.Fennel Cottage - Mr Beach - September 2013
We had a great week at the Arosmari Village Hotel. Trish was always on hand with helpful suggestions. The pool and grounds were well maintained by Mike and were a really relaxing place to sit and read or chat. Lena and Ruby made a lovely breakfast to give your day a pleasant start. Bay Cottage - Mrs Hilton - September 2013
Simpson took the stress out of the package holiday experience. They think of everything so you can concentrate on enjoying your holiday. Camomile Cottage - Mrs Langstone - September 2013
The setting was delightful. We particularly liked feeling part of the traditional community by staying in village houses and the charming landscaping of the pool and garden and the aesthetics of the décor. Trish excelled at making us feel like her personal guests and enriched our visit by providing us with a wealth of information and knowledge. She also created a warm friendly ambience to the hotel which made our stay very convivial and enjoyable.Basil Cottage - Mr Cowell - September 2013
We had high expectations of this holiday and we have to say that it was everything we could have hoped for. Nicos and his staff have created a very comfortable place to stay and everyone made us feel very welcome. We would especially like to thank Trish, Mike, Ruby and Lena for making our time at Arosmari so memorable.Mint Cottage - Mrs Page - September 2013
We hadn't been to Greece for 20 years and we were a little apprehensive but thank you for making our trip so easy & enjoyable! We will definitely visit Arosmari again!Arugula Cottage - Mrs Shaw - July 2013
Our first time to travel with Simpson travel and certainly won't be the last. A first class operator that I would have no problem in recommending to anyone. Oregano Cottage - Mr Ellerington - July 2013
A fabulous getaway in a traditional village with all the perks of a boutique hotel. Just bliss!Lavender Cottage - Ms Atkinson - July 2013
We went to both Arosmari and GK Beach Hotel in the area and found that both had the same excellent standards. The help from your reps was invaluable and made the holiday a real pleasure, particularly getting involved in the village activities - cooking and the Jazz Festival.Basil Cottage - Mr Taylorson - July 2013
Exceeded expectations! Felt very well looked after but had our own space. Will definitely use Simpson Travel again.Lavender Cottage - Ms Knee - June 2013
Best holiday accommodation ever, Trish our concierge was so helpful with tips and places she thought we would like, even providing maps and guide books. Vamos was so peaceful and unspiolt I have recommended it to anyone who will listen and would not hesitate to book with Simpon Travel again after such a lovely holiday experience.Oregano Cottage - Mrs Dickinson-Brown - June 2013
Thank you to everyone from Simpsons who gave us the holiday we hoped for.Arugula Cottage - Mrs Elswood - June 2013
Our second year in Thyme Cottage and no disappointments whatsoever. In fact thanks to Nikos and Trish and the team. There are lots of little details that have made this an even better experience. The cottage is that bit more comfortable and the pool area more relaxing!
We have eaten in all three tavernas in Vamos and have enjoyed all our meals there, especially since they are all within walking distance.
The booklet 'walks around Vamos' provided ideas for easy strolls to occupy the late afternoons although we managed to get lost even with those helpful notes.
It has been a great pleasure seeing Ruby again and her and her team have done so well to cater for us and our erratic timings. And Trish has been so helpful.
All in all it has been a very enjoyable and relaxing week and I am quite sure it will not be our last!Mr Jermy - May 2013
Stunning location quiet just the butterflies and birds in the beautiful gardens. Fab pool. Peace abounds here. All so well tended and kept so clean. Excellent accommodation.Arugula Cottage - Mrs Mellor - May 2013
Fantastic 2 week stay. Weather hot first week, cooler second week due to wind, but very pleasant. Overall a fantastic piece of paradise. We will be back!Mr Tapley - May 2013
We congratulate you and your excellent team upon Arosmari Village hotel. Superb Spa, nice gentle touches. Nikos (lovely man, owner & manager - who welcomed us to his great creation), Trisha (your excellent rep'), her husband Mike (estate maintenance), Lena & Zoe (cleaners).
A pleasure. Thyme Cottage - Mr Hepburn - May 2013
We honeymooned with Simpson travel, because we wanted a holiday with a luxury feel. From the moment we were met at the airport we were made to feel like valued customers, by friendly knowledgable passionate staff who helped to make our stay in Crete unforgettable.Arugula Cottage - Mr Mccaig - April 2013
Great people, great place, great holiday. I’ve really relaxed here. Thank you. See you again.Mr Stiff - October 2012
Really beautiful place – we’re so lucky we found it.
Everything is just perfect for a relaxing holiday. Thanks to Nikos and the team!Mr Morris - October 2012
When we arrived we met a gentleman who said "Welcome to paradise!" . How right he was!
Arosmari is a beautiful and peaceful place in a lovely old town. This was our fourth holiday in Crete and by far the best. The accommodation was excellent, all the staff were very friendly and so were the other guests. There is so much to do in the area and there are some really great tavernas nearby. All the ingredients for a really relaxing holiday!Arugula Cottage - Mr Harcourt - September 2012
Thank you Stelios for your professional and effective back, neck and shoulder massage. Awesome treatments.Ms Lloyd - September 2012
Very relaxing stay – the garden and pool are great. We are so pleased our friends recommended Vamos and Arosmari. Thank You.Mr Purvis - September 2012
Excellent. Too good for words.Mrs Cobham-Moore - September 2012
Your body massage with special attention to my neck was excellent Stelios – I’ll be back! Thank you.Mrs Lowe - August 2012
Arosmari Village Retreat is a good location for exploring north west Crete that also has many local attractions and a true village atmosphere.Basil Cottage - Mr Heath - August 2012
Thank you for a fantastic holiday.Oregano Cottage - Ms Tapper - August 2012
We’ve had a brilliant two weeks in Thyme Cottage. Wasn’t quite sure what to expect but it has been a wonderful holiday experience. Thank you Nikos, Ruby and the lady who cleaned our cottage every day. Enjoyed the breakfast that Ruby prepared! We’ve met some lovely people who have been a special part of our holidays.
Some places and recommendations:
• Take a pedalo on the river in Georgioupolis and look for turtles.
• Drive through the mountains (sheer drops!) and take the boat to Loutro.
• Go on a boat for a 2 hour trip to see caves and snorkelling from Alymirida.
• Waterpark was fab but expensive. Go early in the day to make the most of it.
The beach in Rethymnon – very warm.
There is so much more to do but we would need another holiday to get over it! Thank you Crete and Arosmari – we’ve had a great time. We’ll be back and/or will try Simpson Travel again.Mr & Mrs Leach - August 2012
Thank you Nikos for a wonderful retreat. Everything has been perfect and truly relaxing. Thank you Ruby for your wonderful smile every morning at breakfast. Memorable moments to our wonderful holiday include the boat trip from Kissamos to Balos, Lake Kournas and seeing the turtles and the water snake. Mountain road to Choria Sfakia and boat ride to Loutro was wonderful – sea very clear. Also Elafonissi was amazing and the coastal route back wonderful.
We have had a fantastic two weeks in tranquil surroundings. The Assumption Day festival was lovely to experience and very special. Thank you.Mr & Mrs Pluss - August 2012
Really good and very professional back and neck massage – thank you SteliosMrs Mackenzie - July 2012
A fantastically relaxing fortnight here in Vamos. Great accommodation and beautiful gardens and pool. We’ve enjoyed staying in beautiful Vamos and hope to return some day. Highlights were the Cretan Cookery course (see Klio in Tourist office) and the Monastery of St George. Thank you Nikos, Ruby, Trish and Natasha for all your care.Mr & Mrs MacKenzie - July 2012
Thank you Stelios for a wonderfully therapeutic and professional massage. A great way to relax, unwind and a fab start to a holiday.Mrs Amias - July 2012
Wonderful – just what we hoped for, and more. Accommodation perfect, lovely surroundings and a great place to kick back and unwind. We’ll miss the views from our terrace – the Lefka Ori, and the circling buzzard… but we WILL be back.
Stelios body massage is also highly recommended! A wonderful retreat!Ms Simmons - July 2012
We cannot add anything more to previous entries! We last visited about seven years ago. Yes there have been changes and developments but only good ones! The breakfast is a wonderful addition. As well as excellent food it is a good way to get to know your fellow guests. The highlight for us has to be the cooking lesson. Do book a lesson via the Tourist office in Vamos to find out why! Our best wishes to Nikos and family. May your venture continue to go from strength to strength.Mr & Mrs Brown - June 2012
Our first visit to Crete! Vamos has been an excellent location and Arosmari a delightful place to stay. Thank you to Nikos, Ruby and Trish for helping to make our stay so enjoyable. And thank you to our fellow guests whose company we have enjoyed at breakfast. A visit to Klio at the Tourist office was useful and our Cretan Cooking lesson was great fun. We hope to see you again.Mr & Mrs Kitson - June 2012
We have loved everywhere we've been -we are on the same plotRosemary Cottage - Mr Jones - June 2012
Our second enjoyable visit to Arosmari Retreat. This time we really ‘chilled’ so it may be worth reading our recommendations during week 14-21 Sept 2010.
This time we bought ‘Discover Almyrida & Kalyves...On Foot’ (still the same price) highlighted several interesting sounding places we intended to visit by car, but ran out of steam before doing so!!
Kalyves beach remains our favourite – especially the less commercialised western stretch.
There is a small road to the right, almost opposite a large supermarket, at the end of the town – quite near to G.K. (also handled by Simpson where we believe you may use the facilities).
(Thank you everyone for a lovely time)Mr & Mrs Brown - June 2012
We totally endorse everything said here. Plus take the drive to Choria Sfakia on the mountain road and take the water taxi to Sweetwater Beach. We must come back some day.Mr & Mrs Briers - June 2012
Our second visit in successive years. I’ve found it a wonderful relaxing environment to live in. Thanks to everyone who made our stay a memorable one. Mr & Mrs Clarke - June 2012
Beautiful! A wonderful stay in a fabulous cottage amongst a stunning setting.Ms Lyons - June 2012
Thank you for a lovely holiday! Rosemary Cottage - Ms Garner - May 2012
Great holiday, loved Vamos as very un-touristy and the small suggestions above would make things perfect - it was a really lovely break. Thyme Cottage - Mrs Emms - May 2012
A cluster of 10 semi-detached or detached cottages with communal gardens
Hotel for adults/couples only
Reception/concierge open 6 days/week for advice on local walks, driving routes and cultural activities
Tuition/classes available for painting, cookery and wine tasting
Continental breakfast served daily
Light lunches available by the pool
Reading room/library, small sitting room, honesty pool bar
Hammam and massage room - treatments can be pre-booked from UK or paid locally
Laundry service available (payable locally)
iPod docking station and safe in each cottage
Korres bathroom products, slippers and bathrobes in each cottage
Iron, ironing board, hairdryer, pool and bath towels provided
Wifi in communal areas
Swimming pool 13.5m x 5m (depth 1.1m - 1.8m)
June – September: Classical music supper evenings with local wines (payable locally)
Beach (Kalyves) 10min drive
Tavernas/shops (Vamos) 8min walk
Chania 30min drive
Chania airport 1hr drive
Booked in UK
Treatments (details below)
Classic Partial-Body Massage
Classic Full-Body Massage
Deep Tissue/Sports Massage
Deep Tissue/Sports Massage
Hot Stones Massage
3 x 25min therapies
2 x 50min therapies
3 x 50min therapies
Classic Partial-Body Massage - relaxing massage for feet and legs, or neck, back and shoulders, using essential oils to release muscle tension
Classic Full-Body Massage - relaxing massage to stimulate blood circulation and relax muscles using essential oils
Deep Tissue or Sports Massage - specialised massage applied to specific body tissue prone to damage and injuries; massage aimed at increasing flexibility, strength and endurance limits; ideal for guests wishing to receive medium to deep pressure
Hot Stone Massage - helps to reduce stress and eliminate muscle stiffness resulting in detoxification and body revitalisation; stones have significant geomagnetic properties of thermal conductivity and are high in iron and magnesium
Reflexology - an alternative medicine, a holistic therapy based on the existence of reflex body points using special techniques of pressure, movement and massage, good circulation can be achieved reducing tension, relieving the body of toxins and improving nerve function
Head Rejuvenation - massage to relax muscles to release subcutaneous connective tissue which when relaxed and healthy is refilled with water resulting in skin hydration. The face becomes clean and transparent in appearance and the skin becomes more elastic whilst also relieving headaches, migraines, insomnia and cervical syndrome. This method of massage aims to balance facial expression and offers relaxation and wellbeing.
N.B. The massage room at Arosmari Village Hotel is air-conditioned.
If applicable, car hire category included in price is as follows:
1 Group B
1 Group C
1 Group D
2 Group B
1 Group B and 1 Group C
2 Group C
YOUR HOLIDAY PRICE INCLUDES
• Prices are in pounds sterling and are per person
• Accommodation only for the guests named on your invoice (including breakfast where stated if you are staying in a hotel)
• Return economy flights from the UK to your destination (flight supplements may be applicable depending on availability)
• Government and local taxes, excluding visa charges
• An air-conditioned car or return transfers, as specified in the property details
• The assistance of our local representative overseas
• Simpson information book in your accommodation
YOUR HOLIDAY PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE
• Any breakages, damage, losses, extra cleaning or outstanding accounts incurred during your stay
• Holiday travel insurance
• Twin-centre holidays: a £15-45 per person administration fee is applicable which will include all middle transfers
YOUR SECURITY AND PEACE OF MIND
Full protection is guaranteed when you book a package with us. Our holidays are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority under the Air Tour Organisers Licence (ATOL Licence 5858) and by the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA Membership W5698).
For most of our self-catering accommodation we are able to offer accommodation only prices (excluding flights, car hire and transfers). Restrictions may apply at certain times of the year.
Children aged 2-11 years are eligible for concessions of between 5%-25% of the holiday price. This is offered at most of our self-catering properties depending on departure dates. High season dates are excluded. Two full paying adults must be travelling in order for child discounts to apply. For further information please call our sales consultants.
There is a charge of £75 per infant (under 2 years) on all our holidays. Cots and highchairs are provided free of charge in our self-catering properties, however, some hotels may charge for these items and we will advise you of any extra costs at the time of booking. Many hotels offer reduced rates for children if they share the same room as their parents.
PLACING AN OPTION
In order to allow you to co-ordinate your holiday arrangements with friends and family, in many cases we are able to hold an option for up to 24 hours before confirming your booking.
PAYING FOR YOUR HOLIDAY
In order to confirm your booking a deposit of £200 per person is required unless you are booking accommodation only in which case 20% of the total holiday cost is required. However, if we need to buy in flight seats especially for your booking, we will ask you to pay a higher deposit to include the cost of the flights. This payment is non-refundable. The balance payment for your holiday should be paid at least 10 weeks prior to your departure. We accept most debit cards and credit cards, and personal cheques. All payments made by credit card will be subject to a 1.75% charge* reflecting our incurred costs. (*American Express is subject to a 2% charge.)
Multi-centre holidays incur a £15-45 per person administration fee.
It is compulsory that all our guests have comprehensive travel insurance and we will need full details of your policy at the time of booking or before you travel.
Your travel documents are available to download and print 3 weeks prior to departure provided you have fully completed and submitted Advanced Passenger Information and Car Hire details (if applicable). Please check that you have completed all forms and pressed the submit button.
Please note if you are travelling with Ryan Air you will only be able to download your boarding passes approximately 7 days before departure due to the airline's check-in requirements.
Should you prefer to receive your documents by post, please ask us at the time of booking.
PASSPORTS AND VISAS
It is your responsibility to be in possession of a valid passport and any necessary visas. EU citizens do not need a visa to travel to Greece. If you are a non-EU citizen then you should check with your own embassy for the entry/re-entry requirements necessary for your journey. Children not on an accompanying parent’s passport before October 1998 are now required to hold their own passport if they are under 16 years. If you do not have a passport, it is recommended to apply at least 6 weeks before your holiday. Passports should be valid for 6 months after your return date.
Our prices are based on our lowest contracted fare. Occasionally it may be necessary to purchase flights outside of our normal allocation and in these circumstances we may need to charge an additional supplement to reflect the extra costs incurred. This will also be the case if we are booking flights from regional airports or on flights where we do not have a seat allocation. If a supplement applies, this will be advised to you at the time of booking.
Most charter airlines allow 20kg of luggage per person (excluding infants); however it is becoming more common for airlines to change their restrictions on luggage weight and the number of items. Before travelling, we recommend you check your flight tickets for details and check with the airline’s website if travelling on a non-charter flight.
IN-FLIGHT MEALS AND SPECIAL DIETS
If the airline you are travelling with offers in-flight meals, requests for special meals may be made up to 14 days prior to departure. Whilst we will always pass your request onto the airline, we are unable to guarantee supply. Charges may apply and we will confirm these to you at the time of booking.
GROUP SEATING AND EXTRA LEGROOM
Some airlines offer passengers the opportunity of pre-booking guaranteed seats together at a pre-paid supplement (seats may be situated either side of an aisle) and some offer seating with extra legroom for a reasonable supplement. Availability and supplements can be advised at the time of booking.
You will usually need a certificate of fitness to fly if you are more than 28 weeks pregnant. Most airlines will not allow you to fly if you are more than 32 weeks pregnant. Please refer to the airline’s website for details of their policy.
API (ADDITIONAL PASSENGER INFORMATION)
Most countries require that the airline take additional information from each passenger such as full name, date and place of birth, passport number, country of issue and expiry date. You will need to provide this information at the time of booking or, at the very latest, prior to release of your travel documents. You are able to complete the details online via Manage My Booking or call a member of our Pre-Departure team.
The name shown on a ticket must exactly match the name of the passenger travelling as it appears in his/her passport (first full name and surname). If not, you may be refused boarding. Once your flights have been booked, it is not usually possible to make name changes without incurring substantial charges. If there are any errors on your invoice or your flight tickets, please inform us immediately.
FOREIGN OFFICE ADVICE BEFORE YOU TRAVEL
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office provides up-to-date travel information to help British travellers make informed decisions about travelling abroad. Should you wish to check their advice or information about the destination you are travelling to, please visit their website: www.fco.gov.uk/en or call 020 7008 1500.
In the event of a flight delay, whenever possible we will ensure that the airline/operator communicates the reasons for and extent of any delay and implements appropriate standards of welfare provision. EU carriers should also comply with EU Regulation 261/2004 in the event of delays, cancellations or denied boarding and guidance is provided on the CAA’s website www.caa.co.uk
CAR HIRE INFORMATION
Most of our holidays include an air-conditioned hire car, to be collected from and returned to the airport (or port where applicable). The category of car included in the basic holiday price will vary according to the number of people in your party. We do not consider infants as part of the total party size. The cars we have included offer comfortable seating for the size of party travelling, however, we do ask you to take into account the size of the boot space for your luggage if any infants are in your party, and the number of child and baby seats required. You may wish to upgrade your car to give you extra comfort and space. Availability and supplements for upgrading will be advised at the time of booking. For transporting extra luggage it is also possible to pre-book a taxi.
The types of cars listed are only examples of car models in each category. We cannot guarantee that you will receive a specific make or model.
Crete Car Makes & Models
Group B Hyundai Atos A/C 4 seats
Group C Fiat Punto/Citroen C3 A/C 5 seats
Group D Hyundai Accent/Nissan Almera A/C 5 seats
Group E/F Suzuki Jimny/Vitara Soft Top 4 seats - on request
Group F2 Daihatsu Terios Hard Top A/C 5 seats - on request
Group G1 Minibus Fiat Doblo A/C 6 seats - on request
Group G2 Minibus Fiat Scudo A/C 9 seats - on request
Group H Hyundai Accent Automatic A/C 5 seats - on request
Group I Cabrio Peugeot 206/Citroen C3 5 seats - on request
Corfu Car Makes & Models
Group B Hyundai I 10 A/C 4 seats
Group C Ford Fiesta A/C 5 seats
Group D Hyundai Accent A/C 5 seats
Group E Automatic Car A/C 5 seats - on request
Group L Ford Focus A/C 5 seats – on request
Group F Minibus Fiat Scudo A/C 9 seats - on request
Group G Suzuki Jimny Soft Top 4 seats - on request
Paxos Car Makes & Models
Group B Fiat New Panda/ Fiat Punto A/C 4 seats
Group C Grande Punto/ Chevrolet A/C 5 seats
Group E Suzuki Jimny Soft Top 4 seats - on request
Group F Dacia Duster 4x4 Hard Top A/C 5 seats - on request
Group I Suzuki Grand Vitara A/C 7 seats - on request
Group J Automatic Car A/C 5 seats - on request
Group K Fiat Doblo A/C 7 seats - on request
Sivota and Epiros Coast (Simpson Secret) Car Makes & Models
Group B Fiat Punto A/C 4 seats
Group C Hyundai Accent A/C 5 seats
Kefalonia Car Makes & Models
Group A Daihatsu Cuore A/C 4 seats
Group B Hyundai I 10 A/C 4 seats
Group C Fiat Grande Punto A/C 5 seats
Group D Hyundai I 30 A/C 5 seats - on request
Group E Suzuki Jimny Soft Top 4 seats - on request
Group E1 Daihatsu Terios Hard Top A/C 5 seats - on request
Group F Minibus Fiat Doblo A/C 7 seats - on request
Group J Automatic Car A/C 5 seats - on request
Ithaca Car Makes & Models
Group A Fiat Panda A/C 4 seats
Group B Hyundai I 20/Opel Corsa A/C 5 seats
Group C Fiat Grande Punto/Seat Cordoba A/C 5 seats
Group E Suzuki Jimny Soft Top 4 seats - on request
Group E1 Daihatsu Couare Automatic A/C 7 seats - on request
Zakynthos Car Makes & Models
Group B Fiat Panda A/C 4 seats
Group C Opel Corsa A/C 5 seats
Group D Ford Focus/Opel Astra A/C 5 seats
Group K Toyota Prius Automatic A/C 5 seats - on request
Group H Suzuki Jimny Soft Top 4 seats - on request
Group W Minibus A/C 9 seats - on request
Skopelos Car Makes & Models
Group B Hyundai Atos A/C 4 seats
Group C Renault Clio/Citroen C3 A/C 4/5 seats
Group D Hyundai Accent A/C 5 seats
Group D1 Hyundai Accent Automatic A/C 5 seats - on request
Group E Suzuki Jimny Soft Top 4 seats - on request
Group F Fiat Scudo A/C 9 seats - on request
Lefkada and Meganissi Car Makes & Models
Group B1 Fiat Punto A/C 4 seats
Group C Hyundai Accent A/C 5 seats
Group D Seat Cordoba A/C 5 seats – on request
Group F Hyundai Accent Automatic A/C 5 seats – on request
Group M VW Caddy A/C 7 seats – on request
Group M1 VW Transporter A/C 9 seats – on request
INCLUDED IN YOUR CAR HIRE
• Unlimited mileage
• Local taxes and compulsory insurance
• Two main drivers. Please note that there is a minimum age for drivers (minimum ages vary from 21 to 25 and can be advised at the time of booking) although there is no maximum age limit. Drivers must hold a British/EU Driver’s Licence or International Driver’s Licence, held for at least a year. You will not be able to hire a car without your original, valid Driver’s Licence which you must carry at all times when you are driving. Please also take the counterpart of your licence if you hold a photo licence.
Please note that in most cases you will need to pay an ‘excess’ in the event of theft or damage to your hire car, regardless of blame. As amounts and conditions vary throughout Greece, please ensure you ask for full details at collection, before you sign your car hire contract. The excess charge ranges from €300 to €1,000 dependent on your destination. Where an ‘excess’ applies, it may be possible to purchase extra insurance locally, which reduces or cancels the ‘excess.’ The insurance with or without the excess will not cover:
• Tyres, including puncture repairs
• Loss of or damage to car keys (and costs incurred due to this, for example towing and replacement keys, etc.)
• Windscreen, wing mirrors or undercarriage (you should not drive off-road)
• Interior of car is also not covered in Corfu and Paxos
• Personal Accident Insurance (this should be covered by your personal travel insurance)
• Any damage, loss, accident, theft, attempted theft, etc caused by your own negligence, for example, driving under the influence of alcohol, unlawful driving, driving off-road, using wrong type of fuel, unlocked doors, apparent personal effects, etc.
CAR HIRE DEPOSIT
The car hire agents will require you to lodge a credit card deposit when you collect your car. No money will be taken if you return the undamaged car at the correct time with the correct amount of fuel and not requiring cleaning.
Child and baby seats (forward facing seats only are available) can be provided if booked at least 2 weeks prior to your departure and are charged at £2 per day. Please remember to specify the age of the child. Local car hire and Simpson Travel staff are not authorised to install the child seats and as style and installation may differ to those in the UK, you may prefer to bring your own child seat for your own peace of mind.
Please refer to the information at the top of the page for details of the transfers included in the cost of your holiday. Taxis are licensed and insured to carry up to 4 passengers. Therefore, if there are 4 passengers and an infant then 2 taxis are needed and we will provide you with a separate quotation. If you are travelling with young children or babies, child seats are not provided for any vehicles used for transfers. For your own peace of mind, we recommend that you bring your own although there is no guarantee that local taxi companies will allow the use of child seats. Please note that the transfer times included in our accommodation details are approximate estimates only and do not include any waiting time.
Although we pre-arrange and book your ferry crossings in advance, poor weather or ferry cancellations may disrupt the schedules. In most cases, when you arrive at the port you will have to wait a certain amount of time for your onward boat transfer. If your flight experiences delays and you miss your pre-booked boat transfer, we will then book you onto the next available boat. If you miss the last ferry due to a flight delay or cancellation due to poor weather, it may be necessary for you to overnight at the port and then take the ferry the following morning.
ACCOMMODATION AND USEFUL INFORMATION
Air-conditioning and heating
We have indicated in the property descriptions which accommodation has air-conditioning included in the holiday price. Heating is available in some of our properties during the low season weeks, which is normally included in the holiday price.
Animals and wildlife
As in all rural communities, indigenous animals are an essential part of the way of life. The braying of a donkey, crow of a cockerel or the barking of a dog is not a complaint that receives much sympathy from the locals! Care should be taken to minimise the presence of insects and animals in your accommodation. Keep surfaces clean, dispose of refuse regularly and ensure that food is not left uncovered. Cats and dogs are often resident where an owner or manager lives on the property. If you are allergic to cats and/or dogs please ensure that you check the suitability of your chosen accommodation with us prior to confirming your booking.
We have specified if a barbecue is available at your accommodation. Please note that often in summer, due to the hot weather, use of your barbecue may not be allowed and/or strict rules for its use may apply. The local or national government reserves the right to introduce new rulings at any time, often with little prior notice, prohibiting the use of barbecues to reduce the risk of fires. Where a barbecue is not provided, it is usually because the surroundings are considered a fire risk or inappropriate for the use of barbecues.
We provide Simpson Travel beach/pool towels in all our self-catering properties and these are normally laundered weekly. We would be happy to advise you which of our hotels provide beach/pool towels and if a charge applies.
Please note that a double bed could be two single beds placed together. Double beds usually measure 140cm x 190cm and single beds 80/90cm x 190cm. If you are booking a hotel room, please let us know your room preference (double or twin). Although we will make every effort to convey your request to the hotel, we cannot guarantee your preference will be available.
Check-in and check-out
You will usually be able to occupy your villa or apartment after 4pm and you must vacate it on the day of departure by 10am. Most of our hotels follow common practice with regard to check-in and check-out times (around midday); however some have later check-in times between 3pm and 5pm.
Self-catering accommodation is cleaned a minimum of twice a week (including arrival day) and some accommodation may be cleaned more often. Cleaning usually consists of a sweep, mop, bathroom and kitchen tidy up.
Distances and timings
Please note that all walking and driving times stated are approximate estimates only. Transfer times are also approximate estimates only and do not include any waiting time.
Hotel bookings with half-board include dinner, which is usually a fixed menu with or without a choice of dishes. In some hotels, you may take your half-board meal at lunchtime.
Health and safety
Simpson Travel is committed to raising the standards of health and safety throughout all our destinations. Our guests’ safety and wellbeing is of the highest importance to us. However, please note that since many of our properties are private homes, it is not always possible to meet the same exacting standards as in the UK. In your accommodation we will provide any necessary health and safety information. We ask you to familiarise yourself with this information and the property on arrival, particularly when travelling with children, and to raise any concerns with your local representative.
Internet access and connection
If a property offers wifi or internet access, the type of connection may vary. Additionally, the signal could be intermittent at times and may not be available in all areas of the property. There may be a charge for internet use in some properties.
Linen and laundry
Bed and bathroom linen is provided and usually laundered twice weekly. For your convenience some of our properties have a washing machine.
Noise and building works
Traffic, farm work, roadwork, animals and other sounds form part of everyday life, however, what constitutes ‘noise’ to one person may not be a problem for another. Please let us know if you have any special needs regarding this. Occasionally, building work is unavoidable as we do not control such work and may not know about it in advance. Whenever possible, we will notify you of any work that we believe may affect your holiday.
Only guests named on your invoice are entitled to occupy the accommodation.
Throughout Greece, especially in the older houses, the plumbing system is not designed to have items flushed down the lavatory. Where necessary, bins are provided in all bathrooms.
We cannot guarantee that a full selection of satellite channels will be available. Channels in English may be very limited and these are often only CNN or BBC World.
Some facilities are subject to weather conditions and the general season, for example swimming pools, restaurant terraces, pool bars, local restaurants, and they may be limited or unavailable at the beginning or end of the season. Please do not hesitate to check with us, should a particular facility be a necessity to you.
Security and cleaning deposits
For self-catering properties, we require you to lodge a security deposit against any breakages, damage, losses, extra cleaning or outstanding accounts, which you may have incurred during your stay and/or due to your negligence. This should be provided by credit or debit card at the time of booking by providing authorisation for us to deduct (within 14 days of your return home) any advised charges from your card. Most of our properties are the owners’ personal homes and repairs, replacements and extra cleaning can be very expensive, so we do ask you to take care in order to avoid incurring extra costs.
Swimming pool details are given on our website. Pool dimensions are approximate only and, unless specified otherwise, pools are freshwater and unheated. In Paxos most pools are filled using ‘sweet water’, which is generally a mix of well water (with some salt content) and fresh water. Dates when pools are operational are subject to the prevailing weather conditions at the time of opening and closing and we cannot be held responsible if poor weather means the pool is opened later, or is closed earlier in the season.
Upon arrival at your accommodation, we kindly ask you to acquaint yourselves with the pool’s safety and hygiene rules. Very few pools have covers, fencing or life rings, so children must be supervised at all times. Some pools are ‘infinity pools,’ which have an exposed pool edge with an unprotected drop. This maximises views and is an attractive feature of the pool. We recommend that children are supervised and that you do not sit, lean or walk on the unprotected edge.
Whilst the owners or staff of some properties may live on site and tend to the grounds, they are aware that you value your privacy, and will do their best not to intrude. We do ask you, however, to allow them reasonable access to the property so that they can maintain the grounds and keep them in good order.
We offer a welcome pack in all our self-catering accommodation consisting of a small selection of staple items and local produce. This includes the following complimentary items: coffee, tea bags, milk, bottled water, fruit juice, bread, butter/margarine, crisps, white wine, local beers, tonic, pasta, pasta sauce, yoghurt, honey, regional biscuits, washing powder, washing-up liquid, dishwasher tablets, washing-up sponge, salt and pepper, sugar, olive oil, mixed herbs and toilet paper.