My girlfriend and I spent a week at the back end of August and it I'm finding it very hard to find to find any faults. I'll preface this by saying there is little to no night life so a taxi trip into Ierapetra (8km away) is necessary if you want a drink in any of the bars.
The hotel itself is very well kept and the staff are exceptionally friendly. The rooms are spacious and clean- house keeping come round every day to ensure all standards are maintained. The pools and public areas are also kept to the same excellent standards.
The meals are split between the two hotels with breakfast lunch and snacks available in the upper part with all meals offered at the lower main hotel. The food itself is of a very good standard but limited if you have any specific dietary requirements - I'm vegetarian myself- although my girlfriend pounded plate after plate. There are other restaurants - Greek and Italian- that offer menu based dining.
Neither of us are big drinkers but the drinks offered as part of the all-inclusive are of a pretty low standard with local suppliers the only brands being on offer, but this is expected of an all inclusive holiday so it was no problem for us.
As I said before, the hotel itself is based in a pretty remote area and the only shops are those offering mainly souvenir items but the customer service given is great, a really friendly personal touch to buying gifts and other little things you require- a stark contrast to those in Ierapetra who will hound you and refuse to leave you alone when you're in their shop leaving you feeling uncomfortable.
If you ever get a chance visit a little cafe called "Cafe Lido" on the sea front of Ierapetra- on the way to Chrissi Island boats. A genuinely great level of service where the two guys that run it treat you like family on your first time there- we liked it so much we went 4 times in our 7 days in Crete. Try the Baklava if you have a chance!
Chrissi Island, as sad as it is to say, was the worst part of our holiday. If you do decide to go check the wind and weather forecast for the day as it hinges on that to make or break your day. As billed the white sand and blue waters are beautiful but the 35MPH winds made the day intolerable. The sea is warm, the sand is white, the water is blue but you do get the feeling the Island itself has been commercialised too much, with every boat being packed and there isn't a single bit of solitude on the island.
This hotel is definitely worth a try if you're looking for a quiet trip with a loved one in the sun, I know we loved it. Good luck :)
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