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Plakias / Re: Any Plakias Updates?
« Last post by Frank And Julie on February 11, 2018, 06:34:19 PM »
Just and update on the CretaMare, they have constructed a metal frame in the balcony of each room see photo attached and have now formed a plasterboard around this steel which will form the new patio door opening giving each room an extra 18inch to 2ft, it seems a lot of work for a little gain but am sure they have there reasons.

I'm not sure about the building to the rear of Plakias Suites, I guess they were just making that resort a bit bigger but I might be wrong, If I hear anything I will let you all know.

Quite a bit of rain yesterday and today with an onshore wind the waves were very big 2m high at least depositing stones and a bit of debri on the main sea front road.

Still digging outside Sofia Taverna so one way road still completely blocked off, making it very difficult for lorries to get the new harbour side of things and they are having to go right around and drop down in from Selia.

Plakias / Re: Any Plakias Updates?
« Last post by shinaria on February 09, 2018, 12:13:08 PM »
Thank you! Does anybody know what the huge construction behind the "Resort" is?
Plakias / Re: Any Plakias Updates?
« Last post by Frank And Julie on February 05, 2018, 08:19:54 PM »
No the car park is a builders yard for all the equipment and materials they are digging it up in places to lay new drains and manholes but there isn't a building or anything being constructed, I guess it will all be back to normal before the tourist season starts.
There was a concrete lorry outside the Creta Mare today and they have concreted new front kerbs to all the balconies, I will take a photo and if I can work out how to reduce its size I will post it up here.

Plakias / Re: Any Plakias Updates?
« Last post by shinaria on February 05, 2018, 02:57:50 PM »
"The main car park outside Kri Kri is now a full scale building site" does that mean that something is built on the main parking lot? Or ist it just a temporary place to park the machines and material?
Plakias / Re: Any Plakias Updates?
« Last post by FionaCW on February 05, 2018, 12:19:46 PM »
My goodness, certainly a lot going on - going to be very interesting seeing all this when complete ! Thank you F&J for the update - most welcome.
Plakias / Re: Any Plakias Updates?
« Last post by Daniel on February 05, 2018, 09:48:27 AM »
Thanks for that excellent update on Plakias.

Most interested in the bit about George and his Creta Mare.
We are due back there in early September and would be pleased to see the pace habitable again by then!!!

Any further information on this building work would, therefore, be most welcome.

We would normally be back early June but are going to try Paleachora for a change this year.
The comparison with Plakias will be most interesting.
Plakias / Re: Any Plakias Updates?
« Last post by Frank And Julie on February 04, 2018, 07:49:53 AM »
Well its all happening at the moment here on sunny Crete !
The main car park outside Kri Kri is now a full scale building site you can just squeeze past with a car but the road is closed at the corner by the Pharmacy so to get to the road by on the rocks you have to go through the car park at the back of the Apollo  down the dirt track and out the back coming back in just up from the Carma Rooms.
For those staying at the hotel Lemon it is having major work to the ground floor reception and is completely gutted.
The hotel Creta Mare now looks like is has been hit with a bomb and has no front, all the balconies have been smashed down including no patio doors or glass.
The building at the back next door to Manolis Apartments has been a concrete shell for many years but now is well on the way to completion  a new 5 star hotel I am told, they have squeezed a big swimming pool in between the two buildings and it looks set to be open for this season.
Weather is great at the moment a few windy days last week but now in the 15deg mark with sunny but sometimes cloudy days.

Holiday Companies / Re: Olympic 2018
« Last post by JackieatUrbanAgenda on February 02, 2018, 10:55:36 AM »
I was checking yesterday.....LGW to Heraklion all 'sold out' (adding a premium to the costs for a different airline) plus no transfers so an additional 292 for the 180 odd to get from Plymouth to Gatwick making our precious holiday look as though it wasn't going to happen ! Was told it would be on Easy Jet (not my preferred airline) and that there might even be an additional problem with matching the flights, the routes and access to Costa Chrysoulas (how the &^%$ does that happen ?)

Then tried Bristol (cheaper and easier for us) and found a solution as they now fly to Heraklion as well (didn't know that) considering that...a bit later than we had hoped but not too far out of our time and price range.

I cannot believe the Olympic attitude. If I ran my business like that I'd be in all sorts of problems. Whatever happened to customer service ? No wonder people moan about holiday companies ! (Sorry Elspeth ...not your fault !).
Holiday Companies / Re: Olympic 2018
« Last post by Mike G on January 27, 2018, 01:16:10 PM »
Olympic did their '12 islands of Christmas' again this year, so, not wanting to disappoint them, I shook their hand before they sobered up and clinched a great deal to KC for 10 days in October again!
We will be off to Finikounda in the Peloponese in June for the firat time, but will be on the lookout for a bargain deal to Plakias any other time.
Can't wait to get back to Greece, and Plakias especially.
I too took advantage of the seasonal offers and booked on Christmas Day. For many years Olympic's Gatwick to Heraklion charter has been on a Tuesday, leaving at around 9am. This year it is a Sat leaving after 3pm (and returning after midnight). Whereas previously I have been in Plakias in either the middle two weeks of May or the last two, I found that the first date that the charter ran was June 2.

Out of curiosity yesterday I checked  to see if the dates had been extended but could find no Olympic charter flights from LGW. On inquiring I was told that they had all sold out as they have had several group bookings.

While only the charter flights come with a transfer, they do offer transfers at extra cost for all the other flights. These are at minimal cost for north coast resorts near Heraklion, but for Plakias they offer a taxi at well over 100 per journey.

Unless Olympic put on extra charter flights a lot of customers wanting to come from LGW will be disappointed.

One good piece of news is that Olympic has increased the "free" luggage allowance to 20 kg on the charter flights, presumably because most, if not all, of the other carriers they use offer 20 kg.
Holiday Companies / Re: Olympic 2018
« Last post by Arnaki on January 24, 2018, 12:28:31 PM »
It isn't Air France - it is a charter company ASL France.  My daughter flew with them last year from Manchester to Plakias with no concerns. 
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