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“Great place for families” 4 of 5 stars
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Candia Park Village
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Agios Nikolaos, Agios Nikolaos, Crete 72100, Greece   |  
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Ranked #5 of 95 Hotels in Agios Nikolaos
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Southampton
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great place for families”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2009

We went as a family with an eleven year old, self catering with Thomson and had a great time. The resort mainly consists of families from the UK and Germany but no marauding teenagers as their needs are better catered for in the town of Mália.

Try to get a room with a sea view as this really made our holiday and wasn’t any more expensive. There still exists the culture of putting out the towel on the sun-lounger before breakfast but in August there were more than enough good spots to go round. The pool was great, not over crowded and had a lifeguard.

Certainly try to book a hire car and arrange this before you go as costs when you get there can be high. The style of driving, with two wheels on the hard shoulder to allow overtaking, takes a while to get used to but the roads are excellent although the standard of driving is not. Otherwise your a taxi ride away from Ayios and that's about seven euros each time. By hire car even Knossos is well within reach.

Now we get to the excursions where some were good and some not so good. The ‘sail away’ trip where you disappear off on an old wooden sailing boat and swim in the sea was excellent. Good also for children of about 11 years upwards. The boat was called The Annie and the crew were superb. Not cheap but really worth it.

The ‘Go Greek’ night I’d personally give a miss. The trip from Candia Park to the so called authentic Greek village takes approx two hours one way. As you get off the coach you’re told to get your photograph taken with the donkey which you can subsequently purchase for 5 euros. The buffet food in our opinion was of a very poor standard. You are seated out in the open, which can be chilly as you are well above sea level and the location lacks atmosphere.

The entertainment however is very good indeed. Then you have another two hour journey home. It’s expensive because of the distance you have to travel so most of your money goes on the cost of the coach, rather than the food or entertainment. Those picked up nearer pay a lot less.

Overall the facilities at Candia are very good. Staff couldn’t be more helpful, check in and out was a breeze. Thomson rep was very helpful and always available. Even the onsite shop has free compressed air to inflate your lilos. A moment of sanity in a world gone mad.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
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Dorset
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2009

We did a last minute booking and found this place on the internet. Travelled with First Choice and had a great experience from beginning to end. Candia Park apartments are located in a village type setting around impressive swimming pools and bar/restaurant facilities. Staff were very effiecient and friendly and everywhere was immaculately clean. The complex was out of town but it is easy to get a taxi into Agios Nikolaos (8 Euros). There are some lovely restaurants around the lake there and all are very child friendly.
The First Choice/Thomson rep (Richard) was extremely helpful, he organised car hire for us and told us about good places to visit. He was the best rep we have ever dealt with.
The children loved the holiday and spent a lot of time swimming in the fabulous pools and in the sea. The complex has 2 small beaches (one sandy and 1 pebbley). The apartments were basic but functional and very clean with daily room service.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2009

Please don't hesitate - book a holiday here if you value peace and quiet when you want it, livelines when you want it and all round chill, made to measure holiday. The Village is modelled on a cretan style village - we stayed in a self catering sea view apartment (a blue one!) with the most spectacular views over the sea.
To say self catering is going it a bit as the 'kichen' had a kettle, two gas rings and a fridge. That was it! - Luckily I had no plans to entertain!
The aside, the balcony was the most fantastic extra 'room' - we played cards, dice and had happy evenings there after our nights our at Aghios Niklaos or Elounda or the Taverna/buffet restaurant at the hotel. The exchange rate took us by suprise but that is not the fault of Crete - just came to about 80 - 90 Euros for every meal out...we didn't hold back though!
We were quite suprised that the children had to walk through our room to the bathroom though...also, as their room was the living area, we were also suprised to find that the air conditioning unit was in our room ad there was a noisy extractor fan which funnelled the cool air into the living area - this was quite noisy at night.
That aside - seeing as we feel we are quite 'picky' this holiday was great, best we have ever had. Crete is a fabulous island, this hotel is a fabulous hotel - never felton top of anyone and always plenty of sunbeds etc for all four of us at any time of day. We had the choice of rocky beach, sandy beach or pool when we decided to have a day 'in'. Saw octopus, crabs and colourful fish whilst snorkelling within 5 metres of the shore. SUPERB! Thank you Candia Park for making this a memorable, relaxing, invigorating holiday for our family!
I would go back - only got the centre and the western side of Crete to explore now and need to see those before we do - going back to Crete next year though!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Berkshire
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2009

Have just returned from a great 2 week stay at Candia Park. I would agree with the general sentiments from the vast majority of reviewers who rate this hotel highly. In addition I would like to add the following observations and tips.
This hotel seems to work best for self caterers who intend to hire a car, and half board who want to chill. Without a car or HB, the taxi fares are going to rack up, and the on-site shop is limited and the only one anywhere close by. We were in the HB & chill category and were pleasantly suprised that we were not bored by the hotels resturants after two weeks especially considering that we had vegetarians in our party.
The accommodation layout is exceptional, and the rooms themselves adequate.
The negatives were mostly minor; some wobbly wooden handrails and some litter on the beach and grass sunlounger areas (there are plenty of bins - so unfortunately the origin of the problem was lazy guests). The only major issue for us was outside the control of the hotel - persistent barking from local dogs! If our routine was to include SC evening meals on the patio/balcony then this would have been a big issue.
Where experience exceeded our expectations concerned staff. All were friendly but also efficient. Reception, maintenance and especially the resturant staff worked hard to give a quality of service to justify the high "star" ratings used by the holiday companies.
The benefit to First Choice / Thomsons customers of having an English rep who is now a full time resident nearby cannot be overstated as Richard went "the extra mile" to assist guests.
We would definitely like to return soon, and if so, it would be nice to here that the entrance fee to Knossos was now included in the not inconsiderable amount charged by FC/Thomsons for their excursion.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2009

We had a lovely holiday here. There were 4 of us, two adults and two teenagers, in a one bedroom apartment and we found there was plenty of room for us all. The balcony was large and we used it as an extra room for eating and relaxing, not to mention drying swimming costumes etc. The way in which the hotel is set out like a Cretan village was really pretty and meant that you never felt on top of other people and we were seldom aware of any noise at all.
The Hotel is a bit out of town but we hired a car for 10 days and used it for shopping and sight-seeing.
We found the pools and beach both excellent and never had any trouble getting 4 sunbeds, no matter what time we went down, and the free beach towel service is great. You don't need to take a towel as you are given a new one each day.
We ate out most of the time and never had a bad meal. We would recommend La Strada in town and Kri Kri on the road into town. If you hire a car go up into Kritsa and try the roof top restaurant. The food was fresh and delicious. We had the hotel buffet a couple of times and enjoyed it but felt it was a bit expensive compared to eating out. We also ate in the Taverna and although it was a bit more expensive than in town, the food was delicious and portions huge. For lunch we used the electric grill to make toasties.
We had a lovely day out to Spinalonga and would heartily recommend the organised tour which included a barbecue and a trip to a beach for swimming as well as a guide on Spinalonga. We saved a bit of money because we made our own way into Elounda.
If you haven't read the book The Island by Victoria Hislop read it before you go to get most out of the trip.
The other guests were mostly German with a few French and some British but this did not make any difference to us. The entertainment is very low key but the greek dancing and the magician were entertaining and there was always some kind of music playing.
We obviously didn't need the kids' club but it looked great.
All in all a relaxing holiday in a beautiful setting and one which we would definitely repeat.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Edinburgh
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2009

This was our 3rd holiday at the Candia Park Village and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a relaxing holiday.

The grounds are beautiful and kept really neat and tidy. The staff are friendly, the rooms are lovely (ask for a top floor if you want the afternoon sun) and are cleaned every day. We had clean towels daily and the bed linen was changed when we requested. The kitchen area is basic but fine if you just are having breakfast or lunch and they supply washing up liquid and tea towels. There is a supermarket on site which is small but sells bread, milk, juice etc.

The little private beach has a huge range of watersports - pedalos, canoes, speedboats, banana boat, crazy couch - and the staff working there are as helpful as all the other staff.

The kids club is open from 10am to 9pm - you don't need to book, the kids can just pop in at any time which is great if the weather is too hot. They have hourly activities - cookie baking, arts and crafts, games, bingo and both my kids (9 & 13) loved it.

There are 2 restaurants in the Candia, both of which have great food, although the menu is a wee bit limited. Reception can order taxis for you and it costs 8 Euros to travel into Ag Nic where there are many places to eat and drink. I don't think we ever had a bad meal.

The only negative about staying at the Candia is its relatively remote location but in saying that, it's the thing that makes it so relaxing and peaceful.

I would have no hesitation in recommending this place to couples and families. Anybody looking for late nights should probably avoid it!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2009

We liked the style of the hotel (average size "village" type hotel with small "houses"), we appreciated the small beach and the quite setting. Unfortunately, only few rooms are privileged with nice sea views whilst the rest have garden view only.

Very good for children; ours loved the Mini Club and spent more time there than anywhere else! The food was of good quality but not exceptional and the service quite friendly.

The hotel is near Aghios Nikolaos, a charming small port, but transport is required. The hotel does not offer any bus service to the city, and given the location of it, it is strongly recommended to rent a car. It is dangerous to walk to catch a bus or a taxi (the latter only stop at the hotel's entrance on the main road) since there is no pavement in the private hotel road.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Agios Nikolaos, Agios Nikolaos, Crete 72100, Greece
Location: Greece > Crete > Lasithi Prefecture > Agios Nikolaos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Agios Nikolaos
#3 Luxury Hotel in Agios Nikolaos
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Agios Nikolaos
#14 Romantic Hotel in Agios Nikolaos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Candia Park Village 4*
Number of rooms: 222
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Cretan style village right on the sea between Aghios Nikolaos (3.5km) and Elounda (5km), from which a frequent bus service connects with both villages.The airport and capital City of Heraklion are 65 km away, and all the fascinating attractions of the island can be reached by full or half day excursions. The village is comprised of 222 units of different types, set among 65.000 square meters of gardens. All units enjoy the same facilities including individual air-conditioning / heating, direct dial telephone, safety deposit box, TV, fridge, facilities for light cooking, filter coffee machines, hairdryer, private bath and shower and large terrace or balcony. ... more   less 
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