We stayed the first week in June.
A person from the UK may regard the grounds of the hotel as being a something between a park and a garden, with lots of the flowers beautifully in bloom at this time of year. We had a water-front bungalow at the northern end so the walk to the main building and restaurants was always a pleasure along winding paths flanked by flowers and shrubs.
These bungalows are relatively expensive due to their position, size and features, and being really next to the sea but are well worth it. Those bungalows in the same area just further back still have good views. All the bungalows in the northern area have dedicated sun-beds. Note however, for sun worshippers, they face eastwards and so may not all receive the sun late into the evening. Essentially we were very pleased with our accommodation, which was tidied and the towels replaced everyday.
I believe these bungalows entitle one to eat in the Ambrosia(?) restaurant in the evening versus the Bacchus restaurant; the Ambrosia has more extensive menus. During diner one can additionally select from the salad buffet which has an excellent range. The breakfast is a buffet and is also extensive. All the food is very good, the service is excellent. There is also an al a carte restaurant which appears a little expensive; we did not use it.
I cannot comment on the pool as we did not use it.
The downside to a bungalow in the north are is that a road is adjacent with several tavernas, both being a little noisy but not generally obtrusively so.
Bungalows in the southern area would appear more suitable for families with small children as they are relatively close to sandy beaches.
The waterfront bar was very relaxing after tripping in some hot and humid weather during the day.
Overall a great hotel.
Note: we always look at Google's StreetView before booking so note that GoogleMap seems to have misplaced this hotel, showing it south, with the main road between it and the sea.
The local harbour is some 20 minutes walk away and well worth it. There is a neighbouring "lake", which is surrounded by cliffs on one side and is linked by a small channel to the harbour. From here the views are tremendous and the Migomis Restaurant sits right on top of the cliffs. One can have just a beer, snack or full restaurant meal here, but is not cheap. The two of us had a great lunch, starter main meal, and coffee plus bottle of excellent wine for £70.
As TripAdvisor does not include the website of the hotel I quote it here http://www.minosbeach.com/en/
Bungalows right on the sea-front are worth it, but not for small children
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Thank you so much for making Minos Beach the hotel of your choice and for sharing your experiences with other travellers. We hope, you had a pleasant flight home and took also some Cretan sun with you.
We highly appreciate your kind and detailled feedback and are happy to read, that you really enjoyed your well deserved holidays. Please allow us to add, that guests booked in superior seafront rooms, superior waterfront rooms, superior waterfront rooms with private pools, villas and executive villas enjoy their dinner in "Ambrosia" restaurant and guests for guests booked in other room categories we provide the "Bacchus" restaurant. The differences between the two restaurants are not that big, but in this way both are never too busy and allow a dinner in a relaxed atmosphere.
Thank you also very much for informing us about the bug in Google Street View/ Google Maps. Indeed they placed us at the wrong side of the road and we will do our best to correct this. Since the early 60's we are located directly by the sea.
Dear Clive, it was a big pleasure to welcome you and we hope to see you again soon!
With best regards,
Minos Beach Hotel Management
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