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Candia Park Village, Crete, Greece
This lovely family resort near both Agios Nikolaos and Elounda and their restaurants and shops is situated on a hillside overlooking Mirabello Bay. Designed as a traditional Cretan village complete with a village square and clock tower, it is very attractive, with suites and apartments housed in two-storey buildings with pretty pastel-tinted lime exteriors. Interiors can be very contemporary and swish. There are two pools, a pine-fringed beach, a kids' club, numerous watersports, a small gym, a spa and tennis, basketball and volleyball. There's a large buffet restaurant, an à la carte taverna, a kafenion (Greek Café) in traditional style, a small shop and two bars. Accommodation includes kitchenettes, so self-catering is an option for those on a budget.
There's plenty to do in this sizeable resort and you can feel quite secluded in the one or two quieter spots, and feel no need to leave and explore the island.
You're close to the shops, bars and restaurants of Agios Nikolaos and Elounda. Or take a boat trip to the uninhabited island of Spinalonga.
By plane: flights from London to Heraklion take around 4 hours. It's a 50-minute drive from the airport. Free on-site parking. skyscanner.net
Style & Character
This is very much a family hotel, but couples, solos and groups of friends will feel very at home here too. The two-storey accommodation blocks have lovely pastel-tinted exteriors, whether a deep blue, yellow, muddy ochre or pink. With bright flowering plants around them, they look gorgeous against the vivid, deep blue Cretan sky.
Service & Facilities
The beach, though small, has lots of charm, and the beach bar is a nice spot for a cocktail.
- Swimming pool
- Fitness centre
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
Our suite was spacious, with a generous-sized balcony looking out to sea, an attractive seating area, desk, kitchenette and walk-in rainforest shower. Earthy, natural features include a large jute rug, adding to the homely feel. Modern guest rooms look so contemporary and luxurious.
One-bed Suite, Serenity Suite, Family Studio, Family Apartment, Superior Family Apartment
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, hairdryer, kitchenette, tea and coffee facilities, TV, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
There's a big choice of dishes at the breakfast and dinner buffets at the main restaurant, though they vary in quality. The fresh baklavas, whitebait and grilled chicken at the main restaurant were our favourites.
Agapi: buffet restaurant, Cretan and international cuisine. Open for breakfast and dinner.
To Fili Taverna: Cretan cuisine, à la carte menu. Open for lunch and dinner.
Kafeneion: traditional Greek café, serving meze, coffee and raki. Open 5-11pm.