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OVERVIEW

Take out the stress of deciding what to do and eat daily and just enjoy your holiday in this wonderful all-inclusive resort on the picturesque island of Crete, a family favourite. You'll find local authentic touches from décor to cuisine and the pretty Cretan gardens with colourful flowers throughout make walking around even more joyous.


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OUR REVIEW

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

The sprawling resort has much to see onsite, including a garden growing produce for their restaurants, but it is also ideally located for a short walk to the local village where you can soak up some Cretan life with a spot of lunch or Greek coffee amongst locals. The food market was great for stocking up on Cretan olives, olive oil, traditional carob rusks and herbal teas.

By plane: direct flights to Heraklion take around 4 hours from London. It's a 20-minute drive to the hotel. Free parking available. Book flights to Heraklion.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

Designed to look like a Cretan village, the attractive whitewashed houses are covered with pink bougainvillaea, housing accommodations of varying sizes depending on your needs. They are furnished with eclectic traditional Cretan wooden chests and cabinets, the type of furniture you'd see in a local house, giving off a homely feel.

THE FACILITIES

Creta Maris successfully promotes Cretan culture, keeping the traditions alive. Guests can try their hand at sheep shearing and meet producers who will help them to make local cheese; they even host an agora (market), so you can pop in and buy Cretan artisan goods and delicacies.

  • Bars
  • Restaurants
  • Beachfront
  • Sun terrace
  • Swimming pools
  • Kids' club
  • Water park
  • Entertainment
  • Spa/wellness
  • Fitness centre
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

Expect light and breezy rooms, suites and villas which are decorated with a neutral palette of whitewashed walls and touches of grey and beige in the soft furnishings, stone tiled floors, pretty framed modern artsy prints, ornate metalwork four poster beds, Cretan traditional furniture and clean, minimalist bathrooms.

Room types: Deluxe Room, Family Room, Suites, Creta Maris Villa

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom, balcony or terrace, tea and coffee facilities, TV, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

With six restaurants, three snack points, nine bars and the option of private dining, there is a lot to choose from. Fresh and local produce is used and authentic cuisine is on offer from the olive selection to the signature iced Dictamus herb tea sweetened with honey. Being all-inclusive was an added bonus.

Cosmos: buffet restaurant, international cuisine. All-day menu, open daily.

Cochlias: grill restaurant with sea view. Open daily for dinner, 6:30-9:30pm.

Almyra: buffet and à la carte seafood restaurant, Greek cuisine. All-day menu, open daily.

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