My partner and I stayed at the Matheo Suites, Malia for two weeks in September 2010.
Malia was not our first choice of destination however when we spotted Matheo Suites on the Thomson website and secured a great deal we thought why not!
We arrived late at night and were offered a drink by the friendly staff even though the bar was just closing.
We were staying in the suites at the hotel which are a little away from the main building. They are very modern and set within beautiful grounds (olive trees, lime trees, lemon trees...). We were on the ground floor and our patio doors opened onto a very private terrace with beautiful views over the hills. The room itself was lovely - modern, fresh decor and lovely bathroom with wetroom. There was no kitchen but there was a fridge to keep our beers cold! The room was spotless and maid service was every day except Sunday. The rooms were cleaned well as we could smell the bleach after she had been in! My only gripe would be that towels were only changed every three days but we hung ours outside to freshen up so it was bearable!
The pool area was great. It too, was sparkling clean and there was plenty of sunloungers available all day. There was also a covered jacuzzi which made a welcome escape from the blazing Greek sun!
The bar at the hotel was great too. We only ever had lunch there but the food was fresh and tasty and the beer served in a frozen glass! Bliss!
The staff were all so friendly and made us feel very welcome. By the last couple of days the lady let my boyfriend pour his own beer behind the bar!
When we left on the coach we were all kissed and given a hug goodbye - never had that at any hotel I've been too!
It was a 10/15min walk down a back country road into Malia old town from the hotel. We enjoyed the walk (watch out for the hill though!) but it may be a bit of a problem for those with mobility issues or elderly guests.
Malia old town was lovely and I would recommend San Giorgio's restaurant as well as Kalesma and Odas. There is also a beautiful bar across from Odas where we had great service one evening.
As for the Malia strip - despite being young(ish!) and enjoying clubbing and nights out - this was not for us. It was dirty and smelly and the bars were all grotty and not very nice! We ventured own twice in the two weeks but didn't really enjoy it! If you like McDonalds, KFC and drunk Brits abroad then this is for you!!! :-)
The old town of Malia and the beautiful Hotel Matheo made our holiday! We would definately return!
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