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WHAT WE LOVE...

This resort hotel located on the north-eastern coastline of Crete, around an hour's drive from Heraklion Airport, is reminiscent of a traditional Greek village. The pleasant port town of Agios Nikolaos and Elounda fishing village are nearby, but you'll probably not want to leave the choice of pools, private sandy beach, selection of restaurants and bars, watersports and lovely sea views on offer. There's also a gym and an impressive spa, and guest rooms and suites are supremely comfortable.

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Ben West
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Ben has written for many publications and websites, including the New York Times, Times, Telegraph, Spectator and New Statesman. His work has taken him to around 90 countries, and he has also written a number of books and a play, Gertrude’s Secret, which toured UK theatres for three years.

THE DETAILS

Location

The hike through the nearby gorge of Kritsá is lovely. With sheer rock faces either side, it takes around three hours.

On the north-eastern coastline, close to Agios Nikolaos and Elounda. We recommend visiting Spinalonga Island.
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

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Style & Character

It's ideal for both families and couples. Guests are predominantly from the UK, US and Germany and the rest of Europe. There's a slight traditional Greek village feel, with things as its own chapel (common in Greek hotels) and kafeneion (a traditional-style café).

Service & Facilities

The hotel gives gifts to both children and adults at the end of their stay, which is a nice touch.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Beach
  • Fitness centre
  • Swimming pool
  • Spa
  • Kids' club
  • Pet-friendly
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

Rooms

Our room was bright, painted white with a marble bathroom. Amenities included a minibar, safe, white sofa, and a pretty terrace looking out to the sea. The highest category rooms are more secluded, being situated amongst gardens and birdsong - with sizeable gardens and a pool.

Classic Room, Club Room, Junior Suite, Classic Suite, Classic Studio, Club Suite, Family Suite, Two-bedroom Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, private terrace or veranda, tea and coffee facilities, TV, free Wi-Fi

Food & Drink

We loved the live bouzouki music at the Greek Kafenion restaurant. At Blue Bay Restaurant, the fish of the day, carefully prepared and de-boned in front of you, was large and deliciously fresh.

The Club House: terrace restaurant, serving à la carte breakfast daily, 7:45-10:30am.
The Blue Bay: beach restaurant, Mediterranean cuisine and sushi. All-day dining, open daily.
Greek Kafenion: outdoor BBQ restaurant and Cretan cuisine. Tasting menu from €67.

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