Had a lovely, relaxing, enjoyable holiday at the Palm Bay with my Mum in August.
We didn't arrive at the hotel until the early hours, but the older man met us at the reception and was very pleasant. He even carried one of our suitcases to our room as not to waken other guests with the noise of pulling them along.
The accommodation was really nice, reasonably sized room, with decent storage.
We were allocated a room with a massive balcony, which was great. However, our balcony attached onto a neighboring one, yet there was no divide at all. This did not effect us/the people next to us in any way, but could be an issue for some?
The hotel is situated in an ideal place, with access to a small beach just down the central path and is within reasonably close (e.g easy walking distance) to the local restaurants, shops, car hire etc.
Despite the close proximity to the small beach, we frequented a bigger beach. The bigger beach was roughly a 20min walk away, over mixed terrain (path, some slight rocks). The walk was very pleasant, as it took you along the coast of the sea; providing a breeze etc. This beach was much nicer/bigger than the beach 2 seconds away from the hotel. The only thing I would say is that the food and drink there is expensive, so perhaps take a cool-box?
The only thing we were disappointed about was the quality/choice of food at the hotel. The breakfast was o.k, we were both able to eat something everyday. The dinner however was not that great e.g. one meat option, over-cooked veg, sometimes a Greek option. I think they have tried their best to cater for the mixed tastes of Europeans, but the quality has fallen down in doing this. (The stuffed tomatoes for example were lovely, more food like that, for me, would have been preferable).
The drinks were all reasonably priced. Despite previous reviews I had read, we did not experience the 'drinking all night' image that had been painted, in fact, the bar area never seemed to be open past 11.30?
As we were disappointed with the food (although others did seem to enjoy it), we ate out several times. I would highly recommend two places within the village. As you go down the hill from the hotel towards the village there are 2 restaurants- further on than Mikes place- with 'fish taverna' written on the front (one of which also had 'steak house' written). We ate in the orange coloured place once and the other place (the one next to Hemmingways) 2 times. Both the food and the staff were exceptional! Mama Mia's was also packed every night.
There is a Norwegian bar that is really pleasant to sit and have a drink, as well as a few nice sea-front places to enjoy a cocktail or two!
Although the area itself is relatively small, the town/village area had a buzz about it at night (without being overly busy).
There are also several excursion operators in the area offering some lovely trips e.g. Santorini, Samaria Gorge, Beach BBQ, glass bottom boats etc.
We did the Samaria Gorge (which I would not recommend)! The trip begins very early, they were unrealistic with travel times (resulting in 20 hour trip overall) and the walk itself becomes very tedious. The scenery however is lovely and the swim in the Libyan Sea was great.
Overall, the holiday was great. The hotel offered a lovely place to stay, with good facilities. The surrounding area was lovely, the people were fantastic. To sum up, I would happily staff (one a self catering basis if possible) at the Palm Bay again, and would most definitely stay is Sissi again.
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- Also Known As:
- Palm Bay Sissi
- Hotel Palm Bay
- Palm Bay Hotel Crete/Sissi