• Villa Sonia, Malia Crete
  • Villa Sonia, Malia Crete
  • Villa Sonia, Malia Crete
  • Villa Sonia, Malia Crete
  • Villa Sonia, Malia Crete
  • Villa Sonia, Malia Crete

(Frequently Asked Questions)

Is the Villa Sonia hotel open year round?
The Villa Sonia Hotel is open from May until the end of October.

Is the Villa Sonia hotel situated in a quiet or a loud environment?
The Villa Sonia hotel is situated in a quiet environment along the road between Malia and Stalis and has no particular problems with noise at night.

What languages does the hotel staff speak?
We speak Greek, German and English.

Does the Villa Sonia hotel offer the possibility of a late check-out?
Yes, a late check-out can be arranged at a small charge on request and upon availability.

Which currencies do you accept?
We accept all currencies and all major credit cards. We gladly accept your foreign currency exchange at official bank rates.

Does the Villa Sonia hotel provide private parking space?
Yes, we offer free parking on Villa Sonia's parking place.

Is there a garden?
We do have a lovely palm tree garden with shady palm trees and many plants and flowers; we also have a lawn for the kids to play on.

Are pets allowed in the Villa Sonia Hotel?
No, we're sorry, but pets are not welcome in our hotel. Personally we have nothing against them, but not all guests at the Pela Sofia Hotel are charmed by pets.

Is the hotel accessible for guests with a kinetic disability?
Unfortunately, however, the Villa Sonia hotel does not meet all requirements to be 'wheelchair accessible'. Should you need more detailed information, please send us a message at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

In case of emergency, can I consult an English speaking doctor?
Yes, there are excellent English / German speaking doctors in Stalis and Malia. Stalis and Malia have a private medical centre on a 24/7 base, as well as a qualified dentist and several pharmacies.

How big is Malia and its population?
The municipality of Malia consists of the coastal villages Malia and Stalis plus their mountain counterparts Krassi and Mohos.  It has a population of around 6,000 and covers a surface area of about 6,700ha.

Is there a bus stop / taxi stand nearby?
Yes, a bus stop is nearby (about 100m. from our hotel) and a taxi can be called at anytime.

Is tap water safe to drink?
Yes, tap water is safe to drink, but bottled water is generally preferred.

What power supply do you have?
Power supply in Greece / Crete is 220V. Sockets accept two-round pin plugs. Adaptors are readily available at any supermarket, or just ask our staff to help you out. Power cuts happen occasionally, especially in summertime, due to strained generating capacity.

What time zone does Crete have?
Crete, like the rest of Greece, is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Time (GMT +2) and adjusts to summertime at 4am on the last Sunday in March. It is set back to winter time at 4am on the last Sunday in October.

What are the shop opening hours in Stalis?
Shop opening hours vary, but are usually from 9am – 11pm daily in summertime. Banks and post offices are open Mon – Fri from 08.00 – 14.00 hours.

How frequent are the local bus services?
Bus services are operated by the KTEL cooperative and buses are fast, frequent and comfortable. They leave in both directions in front of our property about every 20 minutes, to Heraklion in the west and to Agios Nikolaos in the east.

Do you have places of interest in the area?
There are plenty of highlights and places of interest to visit in the area. Have a look at our section Malia Info in the box on the left.

What climate do you have?
Crete has a Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summers and mild, wet winters.

How far is it to Heraklion?
Heraklion, Crete’s capital, is 32km west of Stalis - Malia (45min. by bus, 30min. by car). Heraklion International Airport is about 29km west of Stalis - Malia.

Can I have access to the Internet?
Yes, our hotel provides (central) Internet access and has a free Wi-Fi zone.

Can I rent a car?
Car rentals are readily available, or just ask us to assist you.

How far is the hotel to the village centre and to the beach?
The Villa Sonia hotel is within easy reach on foot (about 15min.) to Malia centre and the lovely beach is practically at your feet. Malia's shops and inviting taverns are just a few minutes away. (See also Location).

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