This was our second stay in this villa. The owner is lovely and so helpful and is a phone call should you have any problems, we did not have any. The villa is very clean and has all the essential pots and pans etc. The complex is very quite both day and night. The owner provides fresh linen and towels weekly. The pool is large and is maintained by the owner weekly. The outside area is very spacious with plenty of seating. The sun is on pool and seating area all day, I say this as this was not the case for other villas on the complex, there is also a seating area in the shade should you prefer. Local shops bars and restaurants ARE JUST a 5 min walk away (but no noise reaches the villa) as is the beach which is BEAUTIFUL. Two of my daughters got married in Nissi Beach Hotel which is again 5 min walk away, Sports Bar great, friendly staff, childrens play area and good basic food. Would suggest getting a taxi to a larger supermarket if intending to bbq and eat in at night etc as local shops ok but not much choice and obviously more expensive, taxi approx 15 euro. Both our visits were during first 2 weeks of Oct and weather fabulous. There is a water park nearby understand it is good.I would say this is the nicest villa on the Golden Sands complex. I am hoping my third daughter gets married at Nissi Beach so we can have a third visit. Would highly recommend to couples and families.
There were 9 of us staying here for a week so we could be close to family for a wedding.
We had a late arrival on the Sunday, so was given a code for the key safe. It came in Handy to leave the key so we could all go out separately and be able to arrive back at different times without any problems. There’s plenty of space available to leave a car if you’re hiring one.
Pictures don’t do the pool area justice. It Looks so much better. There was plenty of room with comfy loungers and not too overlooked. Very clean too.
Took us a few days of cold showers before we discovered how to heat the water. Once this was discovered there was plenty of hot water for the 9 of us.
There are plenty of hairdryers, a safe, kitchen appliances, iron and board and ample storage, so everything you could need.
We didn’t really use many of the villa facilities other than WiFi and air conditioning. Found these to be adequate.
Unfortunately we didn’t sleep well as the beds were very hard. They would benefit also from new pillows and pillowcases. This is the reason I’ve not given the full 5 stars as several of us didn’t have a decent nights sleep the entire trip.
An added bonus for late arrivals who cannot be met, would be to have a little welcome note to explain the basics so you wouldn’t need to unnecessarily disturb the owner. We managed to figure things out, and even found a supermarket within walking distance where we could buy the milk & teabags for the morning at 1.30am!
Plenty of restaurants within walking distance as well as the beach. Taxis charged €2 per person to get into Ayia Napa but discovered its worth checking/haggling with price on the return as we were charged anything between €10 and €20!
Overall a pleasant stay at Athena Villa. Modern, clean and tidy.
It all started well, apart from the owner asked for 300 euros deposit on arrival which we did on a card and he said it would not come out of the account but it did (more about this later). The Villa was clean with nice rooms comfy beds, lovely pool and great outdoor area but the bikes that were advertised were not there and the kitchen was a bit sparse but no cause for complain. That first night about 11pm the hotel staff that lived next door in steel containers (not shipping containers) arrived home and the noise began could be an hour could be a couple of hours, still no cause for complain we were still happy.
On the 4th night we were just about to get ready to go out for a meal at 8pm when water started pouring down from the landing like a waterfall, we rushed upstairs and water was coming from underneath the bedroom door we pushed the door open and even more water came out the room had a couple of inch's of water in it, we opened the patio door to let the water out.
The water was coming from inside a fitted wardrobe, we opened the door and water was spraying everywhere, we got to a hardwood panel at the back and after removing my wife's wet clothes that were hanging up we pulled the panel off to see a large split water pipe. We wrapped a towel around it then turned off the water outside and drained the tank on the roof, eventually it stopped.
Now luckily for the owner I do my own plumbing at home so I worked out how to stop the flood, needless to say we weren't very happy but on contacting the owner worse was to come, he said he could not do anything until the following day and as he was an hour away was not even going to come and have a look, it was only after insisting he did something that he sent a guy over after all we had no water!!
A guy turned up who I don't think was a plumber as I was explaining that we had no water and because all the taps were mixer taps and would back feed, the water would leak again if it was turned on. He said the cold water would be OK in the basins but they weren't, the pipe leaked as soon as you used the tap.
Our toilets did work but we had no running water, no hot water and no showers, the guy asked if someone could stay in the next day to let him in as he had no key so 2 of our family stayed in the next day. They should have turned up at 11am no one arrived until 1pm, eventually the leak was fixed they gave us clean towels and left.
We were determined not to let the flood spoil the holiday, but on our return to the UK I asked Michalis to refund 1 nights accommodation as we had no water etc, etc and we spent a couple of hours mopping up. He never replied so after 3 days I contacted Trip Advisor, to be told that all deposits should go through them and he should never have taken the 300 euros, Michalis then offered 100 euros off our next booking !! 2 days later the 300 euros was returned but Michalis still only offered 100 euros off another booking. Trip advisor, would you think, force him to pay, but nothing, we even sent them a video and photos of the flood together with itemised phone accounts of when we rang Michails.
Michalis said he sent a plumber that night and he fixed the leak and that they cleaned the villa, this simply was not true.
We were a group of eight 18/19 yr old boys and the villa was absolutely perfect for us.
There was a €50 damage deposit per person when we arrived, but the Landlord was pretty reasonable and very sound, so we got that full deposit back at the end of the trip no bother.
The Villa is right by Nissi Beach, the main beach for the area, you've got loads of shops for food and drink under a 10 minute walk away and plenty of restaurants withing 5 minute walk. The Villa had 4 bedrooms, one bathroom (toilet & bath), one en-suite (toilet and shower), one w.c. (toilet and sink, and one room with a shower. All the bedrooms were good sized doubles all with hanging space for clothes. The kitchen was large and the sofa's were comfy enough to sleep on for the night if your room was busy.
Outside was the highlight of the villa. The pool was massive and had loads of seating are, so was absolutely ideal for hosting pree's for loads of people before heading out to Napa clubbing. Inside and outside of the villa there were speakers wired up so there was music throughout, easy little aux cord set up and ready to go.
Distance from the strip was too far to walk unless you were steaming on your way home, so split a cab into town on the way there, works out as like €1.50 each. Make sure to book your cab during the day to come at around midnight as there's not much point being on the strip any earlier and gives you plenty of time to get wrecked.
Loads of people are always up for an after part and I guarantee that this villa will be way more peng than anything anyone else is staying in.
There's a safe for passports and stuff and the front door key goes in a safety lock box outside the house, so you don't loose it when you're out on the strip.
Honestly absolutely quality place, cannot recommend it highly enough.