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Wonderful apartment, with breathtaking view. Highly recommended
We were two families of three persons who stayed in this appartement for one week. There was a lovely man with his family that met us at the flat, and showed us around.. Unfortunatly he didn't speak english but we managed to comunicate.. The flat was really spacious, lots of room for our small children (age 2) to run about! Perpsi had arranged for small beds for the children at beforehand. If we had any questions during our stay Perpsi gave quick and good answers. The view from the flat was truely amazing, you could watch the sun go down at night.. We were a bit worried about noise from the disco, but it were nothing to worry about. There was a great resturant right next door named Eval. They had exellent seafood and wine! The manager there was a really good man that we will miss.. All in all we loved our stay in Sarande and this appartement!
It was our first trip to Saranda / Albania, and despite a few surprises, we had a great time.
The apartment we rented from Persi was very nice, as shown in the pictures. I'd also recommend Mango as opposed to the city center as it is more quiet (the music from disco club 100m from the flat is barely hearable when the windows are closed).
The flat is located in a brand new building, that had very few residents.
We unfortunately didn't meet with Persi as she was out of town when we were there. She did arrange for us to get the keys with very clear indication in advance.
After a few misunderstanding to get the keys, we got to the flat.
As not seen in the pictures, the area is totally "under construction", as is the majority of the Saranda coastline.
It was a bit of a surprise at first, but we got used to this area special charm and it is very quiet and easy going.
Persi has been very helpful and prompt to answer everytime we had a question, and we're grateful for this.
Overall we had a good week where we met a lot of friendly and helpful people (the beach staff, at the supermarket, Maksim the taxi drivers, and so on).
I wanted to thank Persi for being on the ball and helping us out when we needed help. It definitely made our stay more agreeable.
I believe the only word for our trip to Saranda is: Incredible. Kathleen and Persi made our 5 day holiday to Saranda so easy and their generous hospitality only added to the wonderful time we spent here with friends.
This apartment is comfortably decorated and stocked with all the basics we needed for the beach, which is literally a 1 minute walk from the flat. Small considerations made us feel welcome and comfortable: Kathleen and Persi made sure we had access to the internet, left us detergent for the washing machine, and even left us a bottle of great Albanian wine! They also checked in to make sure we - and our friends - had made it safely into Saranda. Really, the hospitality was truly amazing and I would highly recommend this flat to anyone considering vacationing in Saranda.
A few things to note: This flat is located in Mango Beach, which is about a 10 minute drive south of the central part of Saranda. Honestly, I think this is one of the most appealing features as the area is quieter and the beaches slightly less congested than those in town. Mango Beach is also very close to Ksamil (15 minutes south) which also has nice beaches and a more laid back feel. We were pleased to discover that there was a small grocery store in the downstairs of our building which made food shopping super easy and convenient. I also did want to mention that the disco close by on the beach is great fun, but we were were admittedly pleased to discover on the nights we weren't there that the flat is very quiet and well-insulated for sound.
There are also a couple of GREAT restaurants within feet of the flat - the Italian restaurant two doors down (on the right if you are facing the sea) has a good selection and a great wine list. Also, the top floor restaurant just a few buildings further down the road (just look up - it's hard to miss) serves an array of phenomenal fish dishes for $6-8 a plate. Be sure to take advantage of the location and the views.
In short: Amazing experience. I would highly recommend this flat, as well as the other one Kathleen and Persi offer in Saranda (our friends stayed there) to anyone wanting a laid-back Albanian beach holiday.
So, to Kathleen and Persi: Faleminderit! We loved Saranda and all of Albania, for that matter, and look forward to traveling back to your country in the future. Thanks, again!
Persi was an excellent host, and the apartment was INCREDIBLE! So much nicer than I expected. Beautiful view from 2 balconies, and walkable to town. High quality amenities - appliances and decorations were beautiful. Our friends stayed at their other apartment at Mango Beach, and also had a wonderful experience. Thank you for having us! We were a group of friends from America,Ireland, the UK and Canade, and we loved our whole trip to Albania.
This apartment was actually even nicer than in the pictures! It was beautiful, light, and huge! The Panariti sisters, backed by their father, are fantastic hosts. The apartment was ready for guests with linens, towels, laundry soap, etc. The family oriented us to the area and even took us to lunch! Very sweet. Returning to the apartment after our adventures around the area was a welcome reprieve (as some of the surrounding area has the cosmetic difficulties associated with a state in transition, such as half finished buildings and trash), and I was glad to be staying in such a luxurious flat. With its location set on a hill overlooking the main strip of activity, it was quiet at night. Having a car at this apartment is necessary to get to dinner and the beaches and sites of the area.
Our hosts were available to give guidance on places to eat (which was extremely useful as their isn't much available on traditional sources like tripadvisor) and beaches to visit. They even contacted us before our arrival to let us know about potential traffic issues, which was very thoughtful of them. We recommend staying at this apartment, and working with these hosts!
Family Panariti was a very quiet family. Although we don’t met with them, but communication with them was through messages and everything was OK. They stayed here for one night and left everything in place. Thank you and all the best for you.
Very nice and pleasent guest. Easy to talk to and polite.I would defenitly recommend her.
Very easy-going and pleasant guests.. We enjoy hosting them and would recomend to anyone ...