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OVERVIEW

This sprawling village-style resort located on the northeastern coast of Crete has plenty of facilities including a host of restaurants, a sandy beach, three pools, a modern gym, an impressive spa and kids' and teens' clubs. Comfortable guest rooms and good provision of watersports add to the attraction.


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OUR REVIEW

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

The resort is located amongst olive and citrus gardens on the northeastern coastline of Crete, around an hour's drive from Heraklion Airport. The pleasant port town of Agios Nikolaos and Elounda fishing village are nearby, with boutiques, restaurants and bars.

By plane: flights from London and Manchester to Heraklion take under 4 hours. A taxi will take 50 minutes from the airport. Free parking on-site. Book flights to Heraklion.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

There are very pleasant elements such as flagstone or terracotta floors, uplifting white walls and walls of exposed stone and some antique furniture, but in places the décor and background music is dated. Lobby areas have a mixture of both traditional and more contemporary armchairs.

THE FACILITIES

A host of facilities includes five restaurants, two bars, a private Blue Flag beach, three pools, an impressive spa, kids' and teens' clubs, a small art gallery and a high-spec gym. There are daily yoga classes and water sports including windsurfing, canoeing, paddle boarding and jet skiing. Wi-Fi is patchy.

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

BED AND BATH

Room design is generally rather middle-of-the-road rather than ultra cool or very traditional. Typically white with wood floors and marble bathrooms, highest category rooms have their own pool.

Room types: Classic Room, Club Room, Junior Suite, Classic Suite, Classic Studio, Club Suite, Family Suite, Two-bedroom Suite

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, private terrace or veranda, tea and coffee facilities, TV, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

Breakfast at The Club House is enjoyed on a terrace by the pool. The Greek Kafeneion serves a good selection of Greek traditional dishes, while Minotaure serves poolside Asian and international fare. Labryinthos offers Greek cuisine with a modern twist. All-day beach bar Blue Bay becomes Bonatsa jetty bar in the evening, and there's also the Astra Bar.

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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