Dessole Dolphin Bay Resort

Dessole Dolphin Bay Resort

Melinas Merkouri 1 Ammoudara Gazi, Amoudara, Crete 71414 Greece
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4.0
#5 of 27 hotels in Amoudara
Location
4.3
Cleanliness
4.2
Service
4.3
Value
4.0
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Located on the beach of Amoudara, just few minutes away from downtown Heraklion, Dessole Dolphin Bay Resort is ideally located offering you easy reach to the centre of Heraklion while enjoying the marvellous, endless sandy beach of Amoudara, surrounded by beautiful gardens and relaxing walking space.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Bar / lounge
Beach
Tennis court
Kids club
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Public wifi
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Poolside bar
Aerobics
Darts
Entertainment staff
Evening entertainment
Table tennis
Airport transportation
Car hire
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Spa
Massage
Baggage storage
Concierge
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Room features
Air conditioning
Private beach
Private balcony
Safe
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Ocean view
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HOTEL CLASS
Star ratings are intended to indicate the general level of features, amenities, and services to expect. This property is classified according to Giata.
4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Classic
Mountain View
Languages Spoken
English, French, Russian, German and 1 more

Location

Melinas Merkouri 1 Ammoudara Gazi, Amoudara, Crete 71414 Greece
Name/address in local language
Getting there
Car recommended
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Grade: 43 out of 100
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Richard wrote a review Sep 2020
Czech Republic
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Hotel was 50% full which made our holiday even better.
Beach was cleaned every day, due the windy weather the sea had a waves which was fun to play with :)
Food was delicious especially pizza from the beach bar.
Staff was very kind and helpful. We dont even care about face masks cause what you can do anyway ;)
Swimming pool was enough for morning swim.
Only small thing is that hotel using too many plastics for drinks and food. And the cups for drinks are too small so be prepared for frequently orders at the bar but you can use to it. Thank you all members of the hotel for our lovely vac!
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Date of stay: September 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Yiannis Vasilakis, Γενικός Διευθυντής at Dessole Dolphin Bay Resort
Responded Oct 3, 2020
Dear Mr. Richard, Thank you for taking the time to giving us your feedback and especially for your understanding and patience during these strange times of the current pandemic. Our entire staff team is working hard to not only ensure an enjoyable holiday for our guests, but a safe as well. We understand your issue with the use of plastics, and as a hotel that until this year had a "green policy" and a commitment to reduce the use of plastic ( all our environmental activities are posted on our oficial facebok page), we agree. However kindly be informed, that this year due to the pandemic, we have to follow strict protocols of health and safety, that is why we have to use single use plastic glasses, or individually wrapped food items. Nontheless, we would like gto once again thank you for your kind words, and please be sure that we will forward your praise to all the staff team. We hope to welcome you once more on your next visit to Crete. Warm regards, Andreea Irimia Guest Relations
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Darko M wrote a review Sep 2021
Belgrade, Serbia
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Close to the airport, very very friendly staff (across the Hotel). Appartment was cleaned daily. WiFi was perfect (even Netflix streaming was possible). Beachbar food was delicius. Beach was clean, with nice sunbeds. Food in the restaraunt sometimes lacked a bit of variaty, but it was ok having in mind that they serve 3 meals every day, there is enough to choose from especially for the kids. Main building rooms had seaview which was not mentioned during booking and was a nice surprise. Water in the pool and pool slides were very nice. However pool slides are only for older kids. Having in mind that it is an midlevel all inclusive offer, drinks quality was acceptable. Included tap beer was drinkable and refreshing, and juices/soft drinks were standard for this level of hotel. During Covid 19 the hygiene was well maintained (mandatory gloves in restauraunt, masks inside etc).

Just a bit windy in September for small kids. In peak season there is a shortage of sunbeds at the beach and the pool. We felt it only for a day. There is power plant in the far distance, but we didn't mind. Overall very pleasant stay and I would recommend the Hotel.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Yiannis Vasilakis, Γενικός Διευθυντής at Dessole Dolphin Bay Resort
Responded Oct 10, 2021
Dear Guest, We thank you for the time you have taken for the evaluation of our hotel services. It is a pleasure for us all to know that you have fully enjoyed your holiday with us. Thank you very much for your kind statement and the very good rating, which motivates us on to get even better. We hope that in the near future we will again have the opportunity to welcome you to our hotel as a guest and we wish you well until then. Regards, Dessole Dolphin Bay Management Team
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Aistė V wrote a review May 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were three people in a family bungalow. We expected it to be bigger, but it was still cozy. Small terrace outside and there was a bath. We were surprised of a hot water and strong stream which filled bath quite quickly.
Room is clean, most likely quite cool during summer as there were tiles everywhere.
As it was not warm yet we did not use AC but it is there. Lot's of spaces to put things in.

Hotel staff is very friendly, everyone smiles and helps out.
There is lots of greenery around the hotel area, many different trees and flowers.

Food variety is good. Quality is so-so, of you want a truly amazing experience go to Ταβέρνα Ὁ Μπροκογιώργης in the mountains.
We especially liked snack bar as there was always tasty pizzas and other snacks.
Breakfast is usually the same with minimal variation but everyone can find what they want to eat.
Lunch and dinner varies more.

We especially liked the beach. It looks well taken care of and the sea bottom is sandy. It gets from knee deep to waist deep quite quickly, but it does not get much deeper than shoulder deep. You have to pass a few meters long area of stones to reach the sand but once you do the sea bottom is amazing.

There are sun umbrellas everywhere and during this period there were a lot of empty ones but I can imagine during the season they get taken quite quickly.

However there are still things around to pay for: arcade in games room and even scales in the lobby are 1euro per weighing.

Overall very satisfied with the stay and if we ever get back to Crete and want to stay in a hotel we will stay here.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Yiannis Vasilakis, Γενικός Διευθυντής at Dessole Dolphin Bay Resort
Responded May 16, 2022
Dear guest, Thank you for taking the time and giving us your feedback regarding your stay in our hotel. We are pleased to hear that overall you enjoyed your vacation in our hotel. Please rest assured we will take into account your review, and we will try our best to further improve our services and standards. It will be our pleasure to be able to welcome you once again in our hotel. Until then warm regards from sunny Crete, Dessole Dolphin Bay Resort Staff Team
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Jaroslav T wrote a review Sep 2023
Bratislava, Slovakia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed here the last week of August with my friends .
This older small resort is situated just on the beach of Ammoudara.
Yet it´s a very pleasant hotel. The amenities are not the newest, but the overall cleanliness is great and I haven´t noticed anything damaged there.
The hotel garden is lovely.
The food was great and the variety was also nice.
They use tap for wine, beer, water and soft drinks, so there was never problem with waiting for waiter.
You can find main restaurant and a buffet very close to the beach and pool. You will never stay hungry. There is also a bar in the main hall and close to the beach and pool. There is a tavern where you can book a dinner one time a week freely.
You can use coffee machine on the beach bar.
The rooms are simple, not really 4*, more likely 3*. However spacious enough and very clean. The mattresses are downy. There is a safe und flat TV in the room. The variety of TV channels is just ok.
I saw a water slide close to the theater. And there is animation every day and evening.
The beach is very close, just 5 minutes walk from the main building, enough sunbeds and parasols.
It´s wavy sea you will find there and its quite windy, so no snorkeling or swimming is possible, just have some fun in the water. Many might not like it.
But the island is to explore, as it is a beautiful island and the people are very kind, food is great.
You can start wit Ammoudara, where you will find restaurants, shops etc. Take a bus (Nr.1) to Heraklion and back (Nr.6).
Special thanks goes to all the great, kind and helpful staff.
Many thanks
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Traveled with friends
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NinnySmile wrote a review Sep 2022
Hoeilaart, Belgium
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a great time. Perfect location right on the beach front. Warm welcoming staff, enjoyed the packages at the spa, all inclusive meals were always delicious and freshly prepared with drinks as well. The pristine pools were a highlight of course. My kids were also entertained by the kids club so the parents can have adult time. Rooms are a bit cosy, but we were given rooms suitable for a family and it was safe. A hop-on hop-off busstop is just outside which is very convenient for sightseeing. No complaints at all!
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Yiannis Vasilakis, General Manager at Dessole Dolphin Bay Resort
Responded Oct 17, 2022
Thank you for taking the time and writing a review for our hotel and especially for the high score. It will be our pleasure to be able to welcome you once more in the near future. Sunny regards, Dessole Dolphin Bay Resort Staff Team
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Ana I wrote a review Sep 2021
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed with 2 small children (4 y.o. and 6 m.o.) and with my grandparents (80 y.o.), so I can safely say that they have facilities for all ages. The hotel is clean, the pool, sea (word to the wise, there are waves) and beach are wonderful and the food is great, but the true highlight of the hotel is the staff. Everyone working here from the reception, to the cleaning staff and until the beach boy are friendly, polite and always ready to help. The entertainment staff are awesome, engaging and always active. The best part for me however was visiting the SPA. It was hands down the best massage I ever got, not to mention that the lovely ladies working there were extremely nice and the atmosphere truly relaxing. If you are staying at Dessole Dolphin Bay I highly recommend you visit Valentina at the spa, you will feel like a new person once you get a massage from her, her hands are magical.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Yiannis Vasilakis, Γενικός Διευθυντής at Dessole Dolphin Bay Resort
Responded Oct 10, 2021
Dear Ana, Thank you for taking the time and writing about your experience in our hotel, and especially for the gigh rating and kind words towards our staff team. It was a pleasure having you as our guests and we hope in the future to welcome you once more. Sunny regards from Crete, Dessole Dolphin Bay
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HALKA S wrote a review Aug 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
For me was very important to manage gluten free food for my grand daughter, she has a strong diet. Staf, especially Ms, Despoina, manager of main restaurant, and masterchef was very helpfull to us, they engage in it very much and there were variety of meals for my grand dauhter in every moment.
Services on high level, cleaning and changing towels very good. Many possibilities of spendind time with sports, atc. Beach was nice. Very good organisation of trips and very helpfull reception staff. We were very satisfied.
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Date of stay: August 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
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5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Yiannis Vasilakis, General Manager at Dessole Dolphin Bay Resort
Responded Oct 17, 2022
Thank you for rating our hotel and especially for the kind words towards our staff team. It is a pleasure to know that you have fully enjoyed your vacation and you had a nice relaxing time. We hope to be able to welcome you once more in the near future, on your next trip to Crete. Until then sunny regards from Crete, Dessole Dolphin Bay Resort Staff Team
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Ester wrote a review Aug 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The hotel was really great. Our rooms were cleaned and towels were changed every day, so we were very satisfied with the hygiene in the hotel. The hotel offered various tasty variations of food. We appreciate that the hotel has a lot of staff, who do their job with love and smile on their face.
We want to say the biggest thank you to the animation team - to very talented and friendly people. Without them would be our vacation not so great as it was now. Every sports activity, aqua dance, animation vs. guest and also very good theatre, party and funny shows will stay in our memories. So, thank you Federico, Yannis, Marine, Nadir, Lara and the whole animation team.
Because the vacation in the hotel was amazing, we will come here in the future again.
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Date of stay: August 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Yiannis Vasilakis, General Manager at Dessole Dolphin Bay Resort
Responded Oct 17, 2022
Thank you for taking the time and rating our hotel and especially for the high rating you gave us. Nothing makes us happier than to know that our guests had a nice vacation in our hotel. Rest assured we will forward your praise to our staff team. It will be our pleasure to be able to welcome you again on your next trip to Crete. Sunny regards from Crete, Dessole Dolphin Bay Resort Staff Team
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Jana H wrote a review Jul 2021
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nice beach, very helpfull staff, some problems were solved fast,good food, beach bar also pleasant.
Only water slides are for children 8 years and more, which can swim.
Thank you for nice holiday and thank you dear manager.
Hejska
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Yiannis Vasilakis, Γενικός Διευθυντής at Dessole Dolphin Bay Resort
Responded Aug 4, 2021
Dear guest, Thank you for taking the time and giving us your feedback. We are happy to hear that our team staff managed to fix any existing issues immediately. We do hope you'll be back with us for more summer memories. Thank you again, Dessole Dolphin Bay Management Team
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Andrei I wrote a review Sep 2021
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stiv, Marika, Federico, Mimo, Natalia and all the other awesome people from the animation team made me feel young again. Morning stretching followed by aqua gym with Stiv helped me start a great day everyday i stayed at the hotel. My son has the time of his life with the ladies from the Mini Club and i felt that he was in a safe environment with them. Evening entertainment with Mimo, Federico and the girls were a lot of fun and designed for both adults and kids. I will definitely return to Dessole Dolphin Bay Hotel in the future.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Yiannis Vasilakis, Γενικός Διευθυντής at Dessole Dolphin Bay Resort
Responded Oct 10, 2021
Dear Mr. Andrei, First of all, we're delighted you decided to see for yourself what Dessole Dolphin Bay Resort has to offer and we are so glad it met your expectations! We appreciate your compliments to our staff team, especially since everyone here in Dessole Dolphin Bay Resort wants each and every guest to leave with great memories. Nothing pleases us more than to see our visitors come back and we do hope that you now consider yourself part of our Dessole Dolphin Bay Resort family and will return as soon as you feel need for sun and sand. Sincerely, Dessole Dolphin Bay Management Team
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chriss asked a question Dec 2023
78 contributions6 helpful votes
Gibt es in nähe Bushaltestelle nach Heraklion ?
Answer from YiannisVasilakis
Crete, Greece1 contribution1 helpful vote
Schöne Gute morgen aus Kreta und Dessole Dolphin Bay, es gibt 40 m. weit weg vom Hotel Eingang, ein Bushaltestelle nach Heraklion
Jenny F asked a question Sep 2023
Warrington, United Kingdom4 contributions7 helpful votes
Hello, can anyone tell me if there is a door separating the sleeping areas in the family room?
HannahG1408 asked a question Jun 2022
Manchester, United Kingdom333 contributions37 helpful votes
Is it extremely crowded here in August time? Particularly around 12th to 21st? Thank you.
Andrzej D wrote a tip Jun 2024
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"In May and the beginning of June, mostly old people visit the hotel. "
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T K wrote a tip Oct 2022
Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic44 contributions12 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Sunbeds at the sea are free of charge "
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BStefan wrote a tip Jul 2022
Bratislava, Slovakia17 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Bungalows near the tennis court are good."
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Roxanne Camille wrote a tip Jul 2019
2 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Bungalow apartment has own peace of garden and small patio."
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BillyMcBeard wrote a tip Apr 2019
Preston, United Kingdom627 contributions75 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Real mix of different areas, all rooms nice. Feel free to ask me."
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PRICE RANGE
$120 - $237 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
dolphin bay holiday hotel amoudara
LOCATION
GreeceCreteHeraklion PrefectureAmoudara
NUMBER OF ROOMS
259
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DESSOLE DOLPHIN BAY RESORT - Updated 2024

Frequently Asked Questions about Dessole Dolphin Bay Resort
What are some of the property amenities at Dessole Dolphin Bay Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Dessole Dolphin Bay Resort?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Dessole Dolphin Bay Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Dessole Dolphin Bay Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Dessole Dolphin Bay Resort have airport transportation?
Yes, Dessole Dolphin Bay Resort offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Dessole Dolphin Bay Resort?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Dessole Dolphin Bay Resort offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and a banquet room during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Dessole Dolphin Bay Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, German, Russian, and Greek.
Does Dessole Dolphin Bay Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
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