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The Royal Blue

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Panormos, Crete 740 57 Greece
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Updated 06/22/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 06/22/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#2 of 12 hotels in Panormos
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The Royal Blue 5* hotel is a tranquil exclusive resort, with its own private bay and an endless horizon of Cretan Blue. The complex consists of 38 public and private swimming pools as well as colorful gardens which extend throughout the resort. Guests will be pampered beyond conventional luxury with singular service standards and the renowned Cretan hospitality. The understated elegance of the 190 rooms, suites and villas, the uncompromising unique flavors of the resort's cuisine, the unique settings for the organization of your events and the mystical magic of the Pure Blue Spa are just the introduction to an experience that extend beyond the realms of a luxury resort. Hotel Features: Private Beach, Manmade marina, Beach services, 2 Tennis Courts, Tennis lessons upon request, 4 Restaurants (3 à la carte Restaurants), 4 Bars, Conference Center - Meeting & Banquet facilities, Library, Jewelry Shop, Mini Market, Boutique.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Beach
Bicycle rental
Babysitting
Parking
Wifi
Hot tub
Pool / beach towels
Adult pool
Indoor pool
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Private pool
Fitness / spa locker rooms
Fitness classes
Sauna
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Happy hour
Outdoor dining area
Poolside bar
Rooftop bar
Tennis court
Entertainment staff
Evening entertainment
Table tennis
Children's playground
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids club
Kids pool
Highchairs available
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Airport transportation
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Spa
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hammam
Head massage
Manicure
Massage
Pedicure
Salon
Solarium
Steam room
Adults only
Rooftop terrace
Baggage storage
Concierge
Gift shop
Outdoor furniture
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
ATM on site
First aid kit
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Private beach
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Minibar
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Room service
Safe
Telephone
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Hair dryer
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Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
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Romantic
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Languages Spoken
English, French, German, Greek
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Elizabeth J wrote a review Oct 21
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We stayed at the Royal Blue for a week in October. We came across it through BA Holidays and as it looked so lovely, we decided to book. From the moment we arrived my husband and I felt incredibly well looked after by all staff. We were given cold drinks and a refreshing towel whilst we were checked in and we were golf buggied to our room by the villa manager. Our room was beautiful - sea front, with private plunge pool - and it was clean, modern, and had all toiletries and amenities that you would expect. We were on a half board deal which included the buffet breakfast and dinner (Masks and glove required and provided). The food was tasty and varied. We also used the a la carte restaurant (where we received discount) and the food here was excellent (as was the service). The lobby bar was also lovely with a nice selection of cocktails & drinks (and there was a 'happy hour' too which was nice). The bar by the beach/pool was also cool and had a nice feel to it both during the day and at night. The main pool was nice to relax by with enough comfy loungers but the beach was really lovely. It has been 'man made' with a marina wall but this provides a sheltered and safe environment to enjoy the sea. Plenty of sun beds and cabanas for all! Overall, we can't really fault The Royal Blue and their lovely staff. We definitely hope to make a return visit soon.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Responded 6 days ago
Dear Elizabeth, We would like to thank you for choosing The Royal Blue for your holiday. Your friendly comment is an incentive for us to continue to the best of our ability, so that all our guests feel as comfortable as you were in our hospitality. The fact that you could have a wonderful time in our hotel is an excellent confirmation of our efforts and we are happy that we could exceed all your expectations. Once again, thank you for your wonderful feedback and if visiting Crete again in the future, we hope you will consider staying with us for another enjoyable experience. With kind regards The Royal Blue Hotel Management
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petrmarcol wrote a review Oct 19
Vienna, Austria10 contributions7 helpful votes
My boyfriend and me was here 1st time in 2019 and 2nd time this year September. From first step in the hotel we felt like we are here every weekend. Complete Staff ( reception staff, managers, restaurant staff, cleaning service…) ist so professional, helpful and very friendly. We asked for one special apartment and we go it. This apartment has a perfect position and balcony with a beautiful sea view. Apartment is enough big for two and always very clean. We love that possibility that you can choose if you want to stay at Pool or on the Privat Beach ( 1 Minute to walk from our apartment ). There is so many positives things to write! We are more than happy with this Hotel and all that Staff! We will definitely Come Back!!!! J&P 252
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Dear petrmarcol, Thank you for staying once again at The Royal Blue! We are ecstatic about your review and very happy to read, that you had such a wonderful and memorable stay with us. On behalf of our entire team, we are very proud that everybody delivered such a good service throughout your visit and we will definitely pass on your comments to them. It sounds like our hotel was perfect for all of your needs and we are very much looking forward to welcome you back for the third time, when visiting again the beautiful island of Crete. In this case, should you have any questions or need support, please feel free to reach out to us at any time. Wishing you all the very best for the forthcoming winter period, once again thank you and with kind regards The Royal Blue Hotel Management
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Phillippa_11 wrote a review Oct 17
Knighton, United Kingdom29 contributions6 helpful votes
We booked The Royal Blue as the hotel we wanted was unavailable for part of our stay in Crete. When it came to moving to our ‘hotel of choice’ we didn’t want to leave. This hotel is absolutely amazing. From arrival the staff were so friendly, attentive and informative. Definitely get the tour of the resort on the way to your room (on the golf buggy), it was so nice to know where everything was rather than wondering round aimlessly trying to work it out for the first few days. Rooms were of a good standard, modern and clean. Breakfast was of a very good standard and the staff did well seating everybody even on a couple of rainy mornings. We only ate in the evening once but found the restaurant buffet to be of a higher standard than average. The best bit for us was the range of pools and the beach. We booked a room with a shared pool between 5 rooms, but due to the huge main pool, large adults pool & amazing beach we didn’t even use it, still a nice to have. We had a hire car which made getting around easy, although I believe the bus service from the hotel to local towns was quite good. Overall we were taken by surprise and absolutely loved it. We tend not to return to the same hotel but we will definitely be making an exception for The Royal Blue.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Dear Phillippa, We would like to thank you very much for taking the time to write such a fantastic comment regarding your visit at The Royal Blue. It is a pleasure reading that you enjoyed the hotel so much and our staff members delivered such a great service throughout your stay. Our combination of both, competent and friendly service, is one of our main priorities and we are constantly working to provide all our guests with a genuine experience. The biggest compliment, however, is your feedback that although you do not tend to return to the same hotel twice, you will make an exception for The Royal Blue. This big praise will be shared with all our team members! Thanking you once again, we do hope to have you back next year at our hotel. In this case, should you have any questions or need support, please feel free to reach out to us. Wishing you all the very best for the forthcoming winter period, we remain With our best regards The Royal Blue Hotel Management
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Chris ellinas wrote a review Oct 15
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From the moment we arrived, we received the warmest of welcomes. Anastassia (The Manageress) made sure everything was perfect for us, we even received an Upgrade to a Suite ,just because we was Cypriot. The Rooms are airman comfortable with the most amazing Mattresses, it was the best night's sleep I had in ages. Anastassia was very helpful in advising us of where to see ,eat and even down to organising Car Hire. The Facilities are First Class,it really has something for everyone We will be visiting Crete more frequently, I don't think we will even bother looking at any other Hotels, due to the Service and Friendliness of all the Staff ,that made our 4 nights, one of the most memorable Holidays we have ever had. See you soon Royal Blue, can't wait to come back.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Dear Chris, what a wonderful and flawless feedback after your recent stay with us. We thank you very much and are delighted to read that you spend one of the most memorable holidays ever. This is indeed a very big praise and will be shared with great pleasure with all our members, with special mention to Anastasia, who delivered such a great service throughout your stay. We always try to do our best to make sure our guests have the best experience while staying with us and it is a great reward that you cannot wait to come back! In this case, please do not hesitate to contact us in advance for any wishes you might have. Looking forward to welcoming you back, we wish you all the very best for the forthcoming winter period and remain With our kindest regards The Royal Blue Hotel Management
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Latifa L wrote a review Oct 4
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I was attending an international seminar for 5 days, the staff is amazing and ready to help, the rooms are very beautiful and clean, furnished with taste. I really enjoyed my stay at the hotel and would recommend without hesitations, for professional or family stays.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled on business
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Response from Barbara Dunner, Marketing at The Royal Blue
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Latifa, thank you for your visit at The Royal Blue and your feedback on TripAdvisor. We are delighted to read that you had a wonderful experience at our hotel and especially mention the friendliness and helpfulness of our staff members, the hallmarks of our company. Thank you also for your recommendation, which is our biggest satisfaction. Our aim is to create a particularly pleasant atmosphere for our valuable guests with our numerous services, so your words confirming our success are very important to us. Once again, we thank you very much and do hope to have you back in the future for another delightful stay. Until then, we wish you all the very best. Kind regards The Royal Blue Hotel Management
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PRICE RANGE
$141 - $376 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
sensimar royal blue hotel panormo, sensimar royal blue resort and spa
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Sensimar Royal Blue Resort & Spa
LOCATION
GreeceCreteRethymnon PrefecturePanormos
NUMBER OF ROOMS
190
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Royal Blue
Which popular attractions are close to The Royal Blue?
Nearby attractions include Paraschakis Olive Oil - Crete (4.9 miles), Spilies Beach (1.4 miles), and Melidoni Cave (4.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Royal Blue?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, a rooftop bar, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at The Royal Blue?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at The Royal Blue?
Guests can enjoy a rooftop bar, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Royal Blue?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Royal Blue?
Conveniently located restaurants include Romeo & Juliet Fusion Cuisine, Taverna Geronymos, and Kastro Cretan Cuisine.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Royal Blue?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool, a fitness center, and a sauna during their stay.
Does The Royal Blue have airport transportation?
Yes, The Royal Blue offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Royal Blue?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at The Royal Blue?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does The Royal Blue offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.