We booked this all inclusive holiday with some degree of trepidation, following a grisly experience in Egypt a few years ago.
We have just returned from a week's vacation, and we are very happy with our choice.
I can honestly say, we were impressed; not only with the cleanliness of the hotel and the attitude of the staff, but also the wide range of food, and drinks available as part of the package. Whereas, our previous encounter included "local spirits" as part of the package, (which consisted of alcohol which tasted like it was made in an oil sump around the corner), the Creta Marine include some very good well known brands. We are not big spirit drinkers in hot climates, but it was nice that you could get something decent without feeling robbed. The local beer was ice cold and refreshing, as were the Pepsi and 7-up (part of the package)
The food, similarly, was very good, and the hotel offered a wide range of foods to suit all nationalities (very few British at this hotel). There was always a carvery on offer, with freshly cooked and served meat, along with the grill, which served anything from fresh fillets of chicken, fish, and whole mackerel.
Outside, there were two small man-made beaches, which were coved and sheltered from the Mediterranean sea, which made them safe to swim in. We mainly spent our days around the excellent pool area, which was very clean, and staffed by a couple of pool bar staff, who were both friendly and very funny. If you wanted somewhere a little less crowded and quiet, the second pool was also first class.
I recommend you book your a la carte meal on arrival. Whilst this is a set menu, it is 5 courses, but served to you, and is a bit more special (you are allowed one per week, but it does get booked up). It is included in the package, but imported wine is chargeable (local free)
As three of us stayed, we had a sea view bungalow, which had a double and a single bedroom, each with an en-suite. My daughter likes a soft bed, so we had to ask for a softer mattress, which was immediately provided.
The hotel location is a little out of town with Rethymnon about 20 minutes drive away, and Heraklion about 50 minutes, but taxis are in easy supply, and we did go into Rethymnon twice during our stay, at 23 euros each way. All fees are displayed and are transparent, so you don't feel taken advantage of.
We didn't bother with the entertainment, but something was on every night if you like that sort of thing.
We paid 15 euros for internet connection, which only allowed one device to be connected, and the phone signal was erratic, probably due to the location, but these were minor issues for us.
All in all, we had a really lovely time. I would recommend this hotel to anyone who likes it a little quiet but relaxing.
We had a sea view bungalow and it was lovely. I think the locals like their beds on the firm side, s...
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