Hey lovelies!! It’s been a bit quiet on the blog front these last couple of weeks as I’ve been sunning myself at the pretty pink Pallatium apartments in Crete for a week. We got back late on Wednesday but Thursday and Friday were spent adjusting to reality and prolonging my holiday in the garden making the most of the english heatwave, then we were away over the weekend. So it’s only now that I’m looking back over my photos and starting on all my video editing and catching up on all my emails that I’ve missed.
Only three weeks ago, I received a text from my mum saying that my grandma was feeling fed up that everyone was going away on a summer holiday but her. I was also feeling really low and I was really struggling with the never ending workload without any prospect of a real break. Aside from New York and a few british weekends away, I hadn’t had a real relaxing holiday (or beach break) for over five years or so. I really felt like I needed to get away too.
So I spoke to grandma to see if she’d be up for a holiday together, and although nervous about the age gap, she was thrilled that I wanted to take her away. I’ve always got on brilliantly with grandma and she’s always been my confident so I wasn’t at all worried about whether we’d get on throughout the week, although some of the other family had little faith – but we proved them wrong!
I did a lot of research online before stumbling across the pretty pink Pallatium apartments on a package holiday deal. They were affordable but most of all they were pink, and I was sold! I’ve wanted to go to Greece for ages (for the photo ops!) and this place seemed perfect for me. I didn’t book the original package deal I found, as the deal included flights to Chania airport, which I found out was over a two hour transfer and located on the other side of the island. Instead I went ahead and booked the apartments and flights separately through different companies, but booked flights to Heraklion airport, which was only 20 minutes away and a €30 taxi ride.
Unfortunately, of all the places the Pallatium was advertised on, I booked through Low Cost Holidays, which announced that they went bust mid way through the week that we were away. At first I was very upset at the news, and worried I wouldn’t have the money to pay the apartments AGAIN, when we were told to pay or we’d have to leave. Luckily, grandma had her credit card which we were able to pay the apartments directly to avoid any further troubles and *hopefully*, since I paid via PayPal originally, we can get refunded on our payment to Low Cost.
It could have been a really difficult situation to be in but Maria, the apartment owner, was relatively sympathetic and we felt awful for her since she’d probably lost 1000s from the demise of low cost so it was just a difficult situation for all involved. However, Maria remained happy and helpful and the apartments kept their friendly yet relaxed atmosphere throughout our stay.
We were situated, less than 10 mins walk from the beach and the supermarket and several tavernas. My fav was the island restaurant, although pricey, was my fav place of the week with the BEST view! The public areas were lovely and very well kept. The rooms were basic and could do with some improvements to modernise slightly but they were overall clean and comfortable. Despite the mid week problems, I would absolutely return to the Pallatium in future and I’d reccommend it to anyone looking for a fairly affordable but relaxing holiday!
I took so many photos over the week, I wanted to break it down in to several blog posts so watch this space on the blog and for videos over on my youtube channel for all my follow up on the week!