We stayed all inclusive in a superior room. We hired a car as it is quite a distance from Heraklion Airport.and while my husband assures me the drive over the mountains in the dark on the wrong side of the road is nto something he wants to do again, it only took us about am hour and a half. We arrived late, but were offered a cold platter each to eat, which was much appreciated! On entering our room we were disappointed to note that it was not as modern as the pictures on the hotel website showed. During our holiday we got the impression that the whole hotel was being slowly refurbished, we assumed in off peak times. Though dated, the room was bright, airy and spotlessly clean, and definitely big enough for all four of us! The housekeepers were thorough and friendly, and when my son lost some money he had hidden under his mattress they went through the dirty washing immediately and found it wrapped up in his sheets!!
Food wise, we were more than satisfied with the selection on offer. I can see how it might become repetitve if you sample everything at each meal, though. You wouldn't expect a hotel with a menu as opposed to a buffet to change the menu nightly - so why should the all inclusive buffet have a huge rotation of meals? The food was generally good, and on occasion, excellent. There was usually something being cooked pretty much to order to one side of the hot buffet, this varied on a daily basis. For breakfast there was a huge selection - though the sausages and bacon were not what we'd expect! Good selection of fruit, cereals, and the bread was baked freshly every morning... which is more than you can say for most hotels!
There was entertainment provided which the children took advantage of. The "animators" did come round the pool on a regular basis trying to involve you in the activities but easily took no for an answer if you weren't interested. The water sports on the beach just behind the hotel were good value for money, and when he realised I was pregnant the owner let me ride in the boat for free while the others got dragged along behind on banana boats etc! The evening entertainment was not generally our cup of tea, but the animators put in alot of effort and work very hard to make it entertaining for all - it can't be easy writing something that can be understood in four different languages.
Again there were not many english people at the hotel, and everyone we spoke to in the village said "AAh, with the Russians" When we told them where we were staying. Ierapetra itself is not a huge touristy place,there are shops and bars along the sea front, but we didn't find much more than that. We took the car out a couple of times just to go exploring, and found some interesting places only a short drive away, such as a huge gorge which you could walk through to an idyllic village, and some minoan ruins, as well as miles upon miles of secluded beach. Hiring a car is definitely recommended!
All in all we had a lovely family holiday, and would go back again in a heartbeat!
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- Petra Mare Hotel Ierapetra
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